Characters / Blaz Blue Calamity Trigger 2

BlazBlue, much like Guilty Gear, has plenty of Rummage Sale Rejects to go around. This is a list of the playable characters who were introduced in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Voice actors are listed as Japanese/English.

It may also contain unmarked spoilers. You may wish to finish the game's story modes before reading. Go here for characters introduced in Continuum Shift, here for characters introduced in Chronophantasma, here for characters introduced in Central Fiction, here for non-player characters, here for light novel characters and here for manga characters.

Shout Outs, Captain Ersatz, Expy, "No Celebrities Were Harmed", Continuity Nods and Mythology Gags regarding to specific characters should go to the game's own Shout Out page. This is also true for memes, which go here.

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    Taokaka 
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  • Height: 165cm (5'5")
  • Weight: 42kg (92.6 lbs)
  • Blood type: O
  • Date of Birth: February 22
  • Birthplace: Kagutsuchi
  • Hobbies: Taking naps, boiled rice (she loves steamed meat buns)
  • Values: Friends
  • Likes: Steamed meat buns
  • Dislikes: Squiggly (Arakune)

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

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese) / Philece Sampler (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma)(English)

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

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

Her Drive ability, Dancing Edge, lets her perform more confusing maneuvers to attack. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Almost Becoming Two!, a former super of hers which produces a shadow image of herself that doubles the number of hits her attacks dish out.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel is named Kaka Clan's Hospitality! where she summons multiple Kaka Kittens to carry the opponent off-screen... who then proceeds to violate the opponent before a big cat head falls in front of her, which opens and reveals the opponent. Her Astral Finish, Attack Meow Pow! involves her bouncing off of the walls while slashing her opponent, then performing a drill uppercut, which misses due to Jubei coming in from the left-field and being a sneaky badass.

  • Adaptational Badass: Minor case, but in the second manga she helps Ragna fight off the group of bounty hunters at the restaurant instead of being carried away by a fleeing Ragna.
  • Airplane Arms: Her forward dash.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her fixation on boobs notwithstanding, she's also never affected by the Spectacles of Eros and artwork from the BlazBlue Material Collection shows her getting awfully... cuddly with Litchi Faye-Ling in a hot-spring. It could just be her childlike innocence though.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Her crest (which appears during her Distortion Drives/Astral Heat) resembles that of a cat's face.
  • Ascended Meme: "Don't want" (presumably the voice actor ad-libbing a more memetic "do not want") and "*nom nom nom* " appear in her English script.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Especially when food is involved.
  • Audience Surrogate: She becomes this in Teach Me Ms. Litchi! where she asks about what the various things in the story are, from Sector Seven to Ars Magus.
  • 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 that the 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.
  • Bouncing Battler: Her new "Aerial Dancing Edge!!" DD in CP has her bouncing and flying around the screen as she slashes the midair enemy multiple times. Inverted with her Astral which has the opponent bouncing around as she warps all over the place to knock the foe over and over.
  • Braids of Action: Those dangling rope-like things under her hood? Those are really long braids.
  • 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. One of her intro poses has her sticking her face to the screen.
  • 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: She is a Kaka, a race of Beastkin cloned from Jubei and thus has more catlike traits than Kokonoe.
  • Cat Ninja: She becomes an actual ninja (Bang's apprentice to be exact) in some joke endings.
  • Cat Smile: When she's not grinning, she often sports one of these, especially if she's being coy.
  • Character Development: Tao seems to have acquired a bit of an intelligence boost for Continuum Shift, even going as far as reciting a medical fact she "remembered" to Bang in his Arcade story. And let's not forget how you can make her remember things in the new Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.
  • Charged Attack: A few of her normals can be charged for more damage and greater hitstun.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Pretty much her default expression.
  • Clone Degeneration: One possible explanation for the generalized senility of the Kaka. Notice how the Elder seems to be still put together - she was the last surviving member of the Kakas' very first generation.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Mostly fights at close range, aided by her high speed.
  • Cloud Cuckooland: the... place that Taokaka's Astral takes place in is... even stranger. White, fluffy clouds, giant fish flying through the sky, randomly appearing Chibikaka... you just have to question whether this is supposed to be some place for real, or you've been trapped in the kitten's dream world or something.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: So much of one that she causes Nu to have a BSOD when she tries to comprehend Tao with logic.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Ragna or Litchi usually do this job for her. As do Torakaka and Jubei, though less frequently.
  • Cool Big Sis: Torakaka is this to her.
  • Covert Pervert: Taokaka shows signs of this. Her primary target, Litchi, seems completely oblivious, though.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Like all the Kakas, she has noticeably dark skin.
  • Deadly Lunge: Her Drive is pretty much this.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she's still playable, she gets less and less spotlight over time. Especially glaring in CP story mode where she's never fought nor playable, and disappears entirely near the climax and ending.
  • The Ditz: She has the "special ability" to forget anything she does... in three steps or seconds, whichever comes first. CS reveals this includes meeting Ragna as a child. That said, she does seem to be getting better.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of her Distortion Drives has her making a copy of herself that copies her attacks. In CP, it's her Overdrive.
  • Dumb Blonde: Up to Eleven! She is the dumbest character in the entire series by a huge margin.
  • Dumb Is Good: Definitely not one of the smarter members of the cast, but still one of its nicest...as long as you feed her that is.
  • The Faceless: Possibly subverted: she presumably has a face, but it's... well... always covered with shadow. Her face and Cheshire Cat Grin can at least be seen through the 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...
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Same deal as Ragna, except she never realizes the guy she met before and "good guy" are one in the same
  • Fragile Speedster: She has two very fast command jumps (including a Wall Jump), her Drive offers a lot of mobility options, and she's the only character (other than Bang) with a triple jump. However, she's tied with Carl for the lowest health in the game, so she can be taken out fairly quickly once she's caught.
  • Fun Personified: Even Ragna can't help but smile around her.
  • Genki Girl: Always energetic, and often drags poor Ragna with her.
  • Grapple Move: One of her Distortion Drives is this, that leads to the Big Ball of Violence.
  • 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."
  • Hidden Buxom: She's actually quite stacked underneath that hoodie.
  • Idiot Hero: So, very, very, very much...
    • To the point that she doesn't realize the "good guy" she's hanging out with is the guy she's supposed to be hunting.
  • Ingesting Knowledge: Parodied in one of Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments where Tsubaki suggests to make her eat a dictionary so she could get smarter. The result, is, well, just like you'd expect...
    Taokaka: Meow, this tastes horrible! Tao is very disappointed!
    Makoto: Yeah. I kinda suspected as much.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: There's only a slingshot bikini on beneath that coat, and a sizable chunk of Tao's screen time involves groping boobies without the target's permission. What keeps her from being the other trope is that she genuinely has no clue her conduct is inappropriate.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She never realizes that grabbing other females' "meat buns" is not a right thing to do.
  • In the Hood: She has her hood up at all times and her face is always obscured, although that effect is most likely a result of wearing a mask as opposed to this trope.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "In the name of... the big white thingy in the night sky! Tao shall punish you!"
  • Is It Something You Eat?: One of her first responses to any new concept.
  • Leitmotif: "Catus Carnival", which is pretty much her randomness in music form.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Word of God is that she's supposed be to the game's Dan, except she doesn't suck quite as badly; in fact, she's rather deadly.
    • Ironically, Bang is Calamity Trigger's Dan.
    • Tao's Unlimited form is one of the strongest out of everyone in CS. Even though it takes a second longer to charge up, 3 standard D attacks will finish off everyone except Tager (who requires 4).
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Tao will grope anyone with decent sized boobs, and give her (rather frank) opinion about her victim's chest. At one point, this resulted in her accidentally started feeling up the rock-hard chest of Bang Shishigami. She was, of course, looking for Litchi in her clinic, but Bang was the only one there.
    • Though, given her personality, it's probably not perverted or sexual in nature. She just finds them fun since they're bouncy and squishy.
  • Male Gaze: Her sprites in Continuum Shift have been modified with more well-developed boobs like Litchi, meaning she might be starting to grow up.
    • This official piece of art (one of the unlocked gallery pictures in CT) show that Tao has always had a bit of this going on even in the original. She just was wearing a pretty baggy coat this whole time.
  • Minion Master: As her Unlimited self she gains new Distortion Drives that make use of the Kaka kittens.
  • Mistaken for Object of Affection: In one part of CS, she comes to Litchi's clinic, expecting to grab her boobies as usual. She didn't realize for a moment that what she grabs now is the rock-hard chest of Bang.
  • Mixed Metaphor: 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 mask with a mouth full of lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth. And like Kamineko, she is still hilariously adorable.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments in Continuum Shift, Tao explains that she remembers the general history of how Ars Magus came to be, but still doesn't know the real important stuff like Nox Nyctores. She says that she's close to finding the person who can properly teach her, because her spid... uhh Kaka senses are tingling.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Her long sleeves hide her claws, and she can also throw multiple random items from them.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Since she can't remember anything for long she has a habit of giving other people nicknames right after meeting them, such as "Scruffy Man" for Bang or "Bunny Person" for Rachel. Some of her nicknames for other characters were even adopted by the fandom, the most well-known of which is probably "Boobie Lady" for Litchi.
    • Continuum Shift suggests that she does know peoples' names but prefers to call them by nicknames. By this point she's aware that "good guy" is actually Ragna and actually refers to him as such when someone asks her what she means by "good guy." She learns Tsubaki's name, but still insists on calling her "red lady" because of her hair color.
    • It repeats itself in Continuum Shift II; in Platinum's Arcade Mode, Tao is asked if she knows a man named Bang Shishigami, Tao replies with "Hmm, Bang Shishigami? Oh, you mean the Scruffy Man!" So it's pretty clear that she can keep up with the names, but she just likes the nicknames that much.
      • Sadly, she doesn't spell Bang's name correctly in the English dub of this scene.
    • Further explained in Makoto's CP Arcade Mode, where Taokaka states that Noel's nickname is partly because she doesn't like her given name, which may be the case for the others. Notably, she never gives Torakaka a nickname beyond "Tora".
    • As shown in her system voice lines for CF, she has one for every playable character (except herself, Platinum and Naoto). note 
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "I'mma Beat The Crap Outta You!" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Odd Friendship: Ragna is a wanted man who wants nothing to do with anyone, Tao is a ditzy Catgirl who only thinks about food. And yet, she's one of the few people Ragna can call a friend.
  • Only Sane Man: She's this in CF. Like Ragna, she is one of the few in the cast who don't want the world change. Her desire is for the Kaka Clan to live in riches, but it won't be a village she'll be living in.
  • Panty Shot: Pretty much every move she makes causes her to expose her panties.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She's either the giving or the receiving of jokes whenever she's involved, and she's almost always happy throughout it all.
  • Random Effect Spell: Visually, at least, her new Cat Spirit Encore move has her swiping different items from each opponent that she'll then eat.note 
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; she's innocent and playful. If you make her angry, however, then the red eyes should tell you that she means business.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In Continuum Shift, when planting her head on Litchi's boobies:
    "Boobies are fun! Boingboingboingboing!"
    • She also likes to say "Jump!" and "Leap" and the like whenever she's about to do so.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In her section of Help Me, Professor Kokonoe, Taokaka suddenly talks like this after eating Kokonoe's silvervine candy. It's only temporary, though.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Don't expect her to show up whenever the tone shifts to something more serious. Notably, she's absent in almost every True Ending of the series. Also a reason why she's quickly Out of Focus early at Chrono Phantasma.
  • Shotoclone: her Drive moves have both "forward rush" and "anti-air" variants while her Kitty Litter Special acts as her variable projectile.
  • Snot Bubble: Can be seen during one of her intro poses, where she stars sleeping.
  • 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.
  • Species Surname: A variation. Tao doesn’t have a last name, but the name of her species, Kaka, is a part of her full name, with Tao being a shortened version of it without the “kaka” part.
  • Split Second Blade Spam: She can do this with her claws.
  • Super Soldier: The original purpose of the Kaka Clan. It... didn't work out so well.
  • Theme Naming: Cats, for her special moves.
  • Third-Person Person: "Tao is Taokaka, meow!"
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Yep, you saw this coming. In her Calamity Trigger story mode, this is one the things you can choose to have her say to Rachel after the vampire steps on her tail.
    Taokaka: "I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!"
  • Too Dumb to Fool: She is the only character so far that Hazama has failed trolling.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her Continnum Shift Story Mode, she tried to fight Hazama only to fail spectaculary. Her CP Arcade Mode has her unknowingly break Hazama's plans by luring Noel away from a trap he had laid out for her, as well as seeing her hold her own against him until he's forced to leave with Phantom, a spectacular improvement. Her Arcade Run isn't called Growth for nothing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat buns.
  • Unblockable Attack: Unlimited Taokaka has one DD where she summons a Kaka Kitten to bring out a bomb. The bomb explodes in 10 seconds and its explosion is unblockable.
  • Use Your Head: Taokaka's front grab has her latch on to the opponent and reel them in for a headbutt.
  • Verbal Tic: Often edits words to sound like "meow" and tends to insert cat noises into her dialogue.
  • Wall Jump: Her Trick Edge special lets her do this. Meanwhile she can also do a Wall Cling with her Sticky Kitty special and then jump away from it.
  • Wolverine Claws: Her main weapon.
  • Wrap Around: If Tao throws a baseball that fails to connect with her opponent, it'll show up on the other side of the screen a few moments later and try again.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a bulldog.

    Iron Tager 
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  • Height: 240cm (7'10.5")
  • Weight: 550kg (1,212.5 lbs)
  • Blood type: Natural oil
  • Date of Birth: November 23
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Bottleships
  • Values: Kokonoe (creator)
  • Likes: Mystery novels
  • Dislikes: Salt water

"I'm surprised you've survived this long..."

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese) / Jamieson Price (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma) (English)

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

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

His Drive ability, Voltic Battler, magnetizes the opponent and allows him to draw him/her closer with certain attacks. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Voltic Field, which places a magnetic field around the entire stage and forcing the opponent into a constant state of being magnetized.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel is Charged Lightning where he stuns the opponent with his fist, then grabs them and then emits electricity from his body that fries the opponent. 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.


  • Adjusting Your Glasses: He always does it by the bridge.
  • 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.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Before his remodeling by Kokonoe.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: "You're within my estimates."
  • Badass Normal: In the past, before he became a cyborg. When he was the captain of Bullet’s mercenary squad he fought against Azrael. Despite being a normal soldier, potentially using Ars Magus, he was able to hold his own against Azrael for a long time and it is implied that he managed to wound Azrael’s arm and that this wound still causes him pain.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where Rachel makes way for him.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: He gains a new move in Chronophantasma where he smacks the airborne enemy to the ground and then crushes them under his weight. His Unlimited-only Distortion Drive takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when people question his loyalty to Kokonoe. In CP, he's also angry when Bullet gets thrashed by Azrael, but he doesn't know why. It's because Bullet was his subordinate.
    • In CF, as now Bullet is his subordinate, he will exact punishment to anyone who threaten or hurt her in any way, as Kagura and Azrael show.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In his CF arcade, he saves Bullet from Kagura.
  • Big Red Devil: In looks only mind you.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Kokonoe. Though since Tager is far from stupid, it's closer to Tager making up for Kokonoe's frailty.
  • Butt Monkey: In several Help Me! Prof. Kokonoe! segments, especially in Arakune's, where Kokonoe dresses him up as a Meido... and then uses him as a vacuum cleaner to clean up the squiggly mess Arakune left behind... through his mouth
  • Calling Your Attacks: A big offender.
  • Censored for Comedy: In 'Teach Me, Ms. Litchi', he covered up Kokonoe dreaming up to put enhancement on his GIGANTIC TAGER!!!
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In Continuum Shift, it was revealed that Tager had witnessed some kind of horrifying event that slaughtered countless people. In Continuum Shift II, we found out just what it was: the process of creating Ignis killed almost everybody in Sector Seven.
    • He also mentioned once that Tsubaki's weapon, the Sealed Weapon Izayoi, is a prototype to the Lux Sanctus Murakumo. In the third game, Tsubaki called upon the hidden power of her weapon and then it transforms into its true form: a set of pike and shield that then forms her armor, in a similar way to a Murakumo Unit.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Due to being a grappler character. He does have a projectile, but he can't use it nilly-willy due to it requiring to fill a gauge first. His magnetism ability really helps in this case.
  • Compensating for Something: Commented at by Rachel in one of her winquotes for him. Although we probably wouldn't know the truth.
    "That is quite an impressive body you've built. But I believe only 30% of it is truly necessary. Are you perhaps, compensating?"
  • Containment Field: Pre-installed by Kokonoe, he can project one named Eclipse Field. Aside from being physically impenetrable, it can also prevent observations or phenomenon interventions from the outside. It is used when Jin, Noel and Makoto start their plan on bringing Tsubaki back to her senses, to prevent the Imperator from interfering. It uses most of Tager's energy.
  • Crater Power: His Genesic Emerald Tager Buster creates quite a big crater as he slams his foe hard to the ground. His Astral Heat takes it Up to Eleven.
  • The Comically Serious: One of the most "normal" characters in entire cast, which makes him hilarious in the gag scenarios.
  • Cyborg: Tager was once a human but has been converted into an Artificial Causality Phenomenon Weapon and implanted with Demon Cells by Kokonoe.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: King of Tager is hold A+B+C and mash D in Calamity Trigger, 1080+D in Continuum Shift. If you like using it...
  • Deadly Lunge: One of his drive moves has him lunging forward, arms stretched and magnetized.
  • Energy Ball: His Spark Bolt move has him firing a very fast electric ball that has priority over other projectiles. It needs to be recharged after every shot, however.
  • Face of a Thug: Tager's appearance, as noted above, is reminiscent of a Japanese Oni, and he is indeed very intimidating looking, despite being really a nice guy who is just doing his job. Off-game, when the demo of Calamity Trigger revealed him as one of the playable characters, everyone almost immediately thought he would be a villain. In-Game, his menacing appearance makes him stand out like no other, and at least one person attacked him because of his looks. To be fair though, that person was Bang.
  • A Father to His Men: As the captain of Bullet's former squad. He unhesitatingly engaged Azrael of all characters to ensure their safety, and if the latter's words are to be trusted, he gave him one hell of a fight too. In CF, when he meets Azrael again, he tries to hold him back from hurting Bullet. His desire is to be with his squad again.
  • First-Person Smartass: Read his thoughts in his Continuum Shift story mode. He has a surprising amount of snark in him.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted; see Face of a Thug above.
  • Foreshadowing: It becomes increasingly obvious throughout all of Chronophantasma that he's the captain of Bullet's squad that was slaughtered by Azrael. Kokonoe knows too and she's trying to desperately keep it from getting out, especially because she was the one who modified Tager to begin with. Confirmed in his Arcade play in CF where Bullet calls him "Captain".
  • Genius Bruiser: He's highly analytical in battle and often assists Kokonoe in her research.
  • Gentle Giant: His hobby? Building ships in a bottle. He also avoids conflict if possible, and will only attack if provoked or ordered.
  • Golden Super Mode: Parodied in one of his gag reels, where, after he becomes a Humongous Mecha, he then becomes the more powerful Golden Tager X. Somewhat played straight in one of Kokonoe's DD, where, if done in Overdrive, she'll summon the Golden Tager instead of the regular Mecha Tager that deals heavier damage.
  • Grapple Move: He specializes in these.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: with Kokonoe.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: He gains this move in the fourth game, called Wedge Catapult.
  • Human Weapon: It is mentioned that his cybernetic implants are artificial Causality Phenomenon Weapons.
  • The Igor: To Kokonoe.
  • In a Single Bound: During his Gigantic Tager Buster command grab, he jumps high enough to briefly jump off the screen. When using Genesic Emerald Tager Buster, he jumps really, really high. In King of Tager, he jumps out of the atmosphere.
  • Informed Ability: He is supposed to be around 550 kg, but everyone else can still toss him around like normal. Of course, this might just be Gameplay and Story Segregation.
  • Instant Death Radius: High-level AIs or skilled players will make his enemies regret getting into grab range.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Had some, gained more as part of Continuum Shift buffs.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Much like Ragna, he can pick up grounded opponents for further attacks. The move is also magnetized.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Completely fanboys Valkenhayn. Unsurprisingly, Kokonoe calls him out on it, but relents to letting Tager have a quick spar.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: CSII's extra scenario revealed that the injuries he sustained during the creation of Ignis erased most of his memory. Hazama temporarily unlocks it during Tager's story path via the power of Mind Rape.
  • Leave Him to Me: In Kokonoe's arcade mode in CP, he asks her to leave Terumi to him, out of concern for her safety. While she'd love to, she also has something to "test" about with Terumi. Tager still insists though (with him claiming that he's under Kagura's orders), so Kokonoe had to put Tager down first. In the end Tager can only ask for her to come back safely, and she promises him she will.
  • Leitmotif: "MOTOR Head", with the slow build up depicting his massive size and ferocity.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Pretty much what his Drive does.
  • Meido: He shows up in this outfit during Arakune's Help Me! Dr. Kokonoe! segment.
  • Meteor Move: The Gigantic Tager Driver and its stronger variants are this. And his Crimson Meteor air move from Chronophantasma. Doing these online will invoke many an Oh, Crap!/This Is Gonna Suck from your opponents.
  • Mind Rape: Undergoes one in Continuum Shift, delivered by - surprise surprise - Terumi, who uses Ouroboros to mess with his emotions, which temporarily unlocks his memories from the Ikaruga Civil War.
  • Mighty Glacier: Being the quintessential grappler of the series, he's naturally a slow-moving but hard-hitting powerhouse. He's also the only character without a dash or even a step (outside of Unlimited anyway).
  • Morality Pet: While Kokonoe often puts him in embarrassing position and/or forces him to do things that he doesn't like, it's shown that she really cares about him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He often disagrees with many of the plans that Kokonoe is enacting, and even questions her on occasion, but can't do anything but obey her orders.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few genuinely nice people in the Blazblue world. Sadly, his jobs are the ones that involved turning people into mush.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: CSII revealed him to be a Part-Demon Cyborg.
  • Oh, Crap!: The prologue to Chronophantasma Extend has Tager (then captain of the merc squad) infiltrating Naobi with his group to seize Nirvana. When he arrives to claim it, he and his squad notice that everyone in the facility is gone or dead. It's when they are just about to claim Nirvana that they find out why.
    Azrael: "Let the hunt BEGIN!!"
  • Oni: Tager is called "Red Oni" in Japan because of his big red body and big fangs. Ironically enough, his personality is more that of a blue oni.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Litchi and Kokonoe are the only characters that call Tager by his name. Everyone else refers to him as "(The) Red Devil."
  • Only Sane Man: Tager is erudite and often baffled by the antics of other characters.
  • Power Fist: He can magnetize his forearms to do powerful punches or to drag enemies towards him.
  • Rated M For Manly: Second to only Bang. If they do not rate over to Bang, they rate on Tager. Could be a reason why he garners more popularity in the West (it also helps that he's voiced by Jamieson Price, premiere voice actor for Badass Baritone and this trope for the Western audience)
  • Red Baron: The Red Devil.
  • Revenge: He really wants Azrael to pay back for slaughtering his subordinates. He's so angry about it that he even feels overwhelmed by his own anger.
  • Red Right Hand: Subverted. He may have oni features but he's a rather Nice Guy.
  • Rocket Punch: In one of Teach Me Ms. Litchi! segments, Kokonoe reveals that his arm can do this. He can't do it in gameplay though.
  • Satellite Character: Subverted. Tager does have a lot of potential going on and it seems that Chronophantasma will put that in light. However, he's completely bound to Kokonoe, and since Kokonoe is pretty damn important story-wise, Tager is mostly used in the story as merely a medium for Kokonoe to interact with the world outside her lab, and Tager can't even do anything about it due to his programming.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: All the time.
  • Ship Tease: A noticeable amount, both ways, with Kokonoe.
  • Shotoclone: somewhat: he has a normal projectile, but his "uppercut" move is instead an anti-air grab.
  • Signature Move: His Gigantic Tager Driver and its DD and Astral variants. Also to a smaller extent, his Gadget Finger and Spark Bolt.
  • Skunk Stripe: His hair is mostly black with a few streaks of white.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Otherwise you wouldn't know this hulking mass of monstrosity is actually intelligent.
  • Spin Attack: His Magna Tech Wheel Distortion Drive is him spinning while his arms are covered in magnetic current. He can then continue it with a Megaton Punch.
  • Spock Speak: Often speaks like this. Gag reels has him break out of this on occasion. In one of Teach Me Ms. Litchi! segments, he's criticized for this as it makes Taokaka confused.
  • Talk to the Fist: In his joke ending, he punches Bang while the latter is calling an attack.
  • Theme Naming: Electricity, magnetism and technology for his moves.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kokonoe could be an Omnicidal Maniac for all he cared and he would still be loyal to her. Justified that he's specifically programmed to do so. He's taking Hakumen's warning about the nuke silo Kokonoe had, and while Tager is horrified, he knew that he has no place or ability to protest.
  • Use Your Head: One of his jumping attacks has him do this.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Kokonoe did this to him in the past, when he was mortally wounded. She then fitted him with demon cells and cybernetic implants.
  • The Worf Effect: Tager is generally the character used to show off a character's strength; is used as a guinea pig for Relius to test out Ignis in his Continuum Shift Bad Ending, for Ragna in Chronophantasma, and Hazama in the Anime.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Being a grapple character he specializes in this, with several of his specials, most of his Distortion Drives and even his Astral Heat being based on wrestling throws.
  • Yes-Man: To go with his Undying Loyalty, a negative interpretation. Tager will do everything Kokonoe says without complaint, though he's programmed to do so.
  • You Are Number 6: His code name is TR-0009, though he's the only one who addresses himself as such in-game, and even then it's at the start of his missions.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Normal Tager cannot dash. He compensates by using his magnetism to draw his opponents to him.
  • Zipperiffic: While he only actually has two of them, the ones he does have are way too big.

    Litchi Faye-Ling 
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  • Height: 170cm (5'7")
  • Weight: 58kg (127.9 lbs)
  • Blood type: AB
  • Date of Birth: July 7
  • Birthplace: Shanghai
  • Hobbies: Mahjong
  • Values: Her hair, Lao Jiu
  • Likes: Shōchū liquor
  • Dislikes: People with weak mind

"Did you need an examination?"

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese) / Lauren Landa (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma)(English)

A renowned doctor living in Kagutsuchi. She was Kokonoe's assistant and Tager's co-worker in Sector Seven until her close friend Roy's mutation into Arakune, which caused her to go AWOL. She defends the local townspeople from Arakune and is trying to restore him to his former self by any means necessary, even through death. She also seems to respect Bang and even goes off apologizing if she ever beats him in combat. She gained her combat abilities from the Boundary in the same way Arakune did, through her panda "hairclip", Lao Jiu. Later on, throughout the story, she realizes the burden of her quest, but she keeps pressing forward undeterred, no matter how depressing the results may be.

The console versions have her host her own Fourth-Wall Mail Slot show called "Teach me, Ms. Litchi!"/"Tell me, Dr. Litchi!", drawn in Super-Deformed style where she asks various characters to explain the backstory to Taokaka. Every character in the story shows up except Arakune, Hakumen, and Nu, although some are less successful than others at teaching. Oddly, Litchi does very little teaching of her own.

Her arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Innocent World, Temptation to Force and Preceptor. Her story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: EXCUSE and erosion.

Her Drive ability, Mantenbo, levitates her staff and allows the player to control it as a separate entity. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Daisharin/The Great Wheel, a former super move of hers that allows her to manually control the direction in which her staff attacks.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Koukujaku/Crimson Peacock has her staff transform and do a Spin Attack on her opponent and launches them high to the air. Then both her and the staff do a flying kick from both sides of the opponent in midair. Her Astral Finish, Kyu Ren Hoto/Nine Gates Of Heaven, can be done while she's on top of her staff, or during Overdrive mode. She performs a diving kick, lifting them high into the air then performs a 99-hit bicycle kick in the opponent's face, then kicks them backwards.


  • Action Girl: This is BlazBlue after all, just because she's so nice doesn't mean she wouldn't smack your ass if necessary.
  • All-Loving Hero: She is one of the nicest character in the series. Especially when you take account that everyone has given up on Arakune, she hasn't. That's how much she treasures friendship and other people close to her.
  • Always Save The Boy: She will do everything possible if it has a chance of bringing Arakune back, even if she helps the villains in the process (because she gets in a real pinch).
  • Ambiguously Bi: Well, how else do you explain her fondness for making girls cosplay? Also, she apparently spent a good deal of time "examining" Noel's body prior to one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi! Reloaded segments.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Litchi's choices at the end of CS is either she joins The Dark Side for the cure, or she will rot and die by her own corruption. Leaving the corruption like Kokonoe suggested will not make the problem go away, and she's pretty much deprived of other options by that point.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Just like her predecessor Jam before her.
  • Anti-Villain: The Villain in Name Only variety. Her only 'villainous' quality is she once forcibly worked with Relius, Hazama and the NOL out of desperation of saving herself and her old friend. She stops being this in CF.
  • Apologetic Attacker: She's prone to apologizing, usually after beating the crap out of her enemy. In battle, she apologizes if she deals above 2000 damage, and she apologizes a lot during CP when she must fight to obtain something (Bang), in self-defense (Bullet) or to protect herself from those who desperately want her out of the NOL (Carl).
  • Badass Bookworm: Worked as a former scientist in Sector Seven, now works as a doctor in Orient Town well versed in all sorts of medical inquiries, from life-threatening illnesses to mere ancient Chinese remedies. Armed with a manipulative staff, magical powers and an acrobatically effective style of martial arts, she's definitely no pushover, either.
  • Badass Boast:
    Litchi: "I'll teach you a few tricks."
  • Big Bad: In Platinum's gag reel in Continuum Shift. Lost this position in Central Fiction's take on this Gag Reel, whereas Nine took her place.
  • Betty and Veronica: Roy/Arakune and Bang, respectively, for her. Roy was her colleague at Sector Seven whom Litchi got very close to, and nowadays she still strives to save him from his corruption. He's also more polite, softspoken and somewhat timid, but with a desire to prove himself. Meanwhile she just met Bang after she moves to Kagutsuchi, and he's a bombastic, spirited ninja who's very interested in her. She at least considers Bang a good friend.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't get particularly mean compared to most examples, but she's really determined to save Arakune from his fate and will do what she has to in order to accomplish that. In her CT story mode, whenever she confronts Bang who is stalking her, she fights him and if she wins, she tells him never to step foot in Orient Town again or he will be detained. If she loses, well...she still wins.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has the largest bust of the entire female cast and is pretty proficient with her staff too.
  • Broken Bird: Underneath the kind smile lies a sad soul who sacrifices a piece of her humanity every day, all for the sake of someone she cares about (when everyone else would have low opinions on that someone).
  • Broken Messiah: She starts as an All-Loving Hero, but in her quest to Find the Cure for Arakune, her efforts so far didn't produce any results, and with her only source of help that she trusted (Kokonoe) flat out refused as well being afflicted with the corruption which, if left behind, will consume and kill her, drove her to desperation and eventually joining NOL, an act she truly despised of. Even compounded with the fact that two of her main co-workers/superiors turn out to be the worst men to ever exist, she tries to hide this fact and still acts as kind as before.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: She does this in one of her pre-battle animations.
  • Chekhov's Cough: In Continuum Shift. It's a sign that her body is degrading due to the Boundary's power.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: She's ultimately a kind and altruistic character, but she has a lot of flaws she has to wrestle with.
  • Cleavage Window: Hell yes. The latter also sticks even as she's turned younger by Amane.
  • Combat Medic: She's a doctor who can also kick ass.
  • The Coats Are Off: In most of her Battle Intro she normally wears her doctor's clothing before flipping it up, revealing her battle clothes.
  • Cool Big Sis: In the English versions, not so much, but in the Japanese versions she'll often refer to herself as "Onee-chan" during battle, which means "big sister" in Japanese.
    Litchi (setting aside her staff): お姉さんが教えてあげるわ!/"Big sister will teach you!"
  • The Corruptible: Litchi's Fatal Flaw is her Guilt Complex. Terumi saw through this and managed to get her to join NOL by telling her that NOL may have the information about saving him.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Until CF, one of the most recurring Gag Reels has always been Litchi finding another girl while drunk, and dress them up in cute clothes. Noel, Tsubaki and Bullet can attest.
  • Cuteness Proximity: If she gets drunk, she becomes really obsessed with pretty girls coming to her proximity and goes to put them in cosplay.
  • The Dark Chick: Her position as of the NOL's Five-Bad Band after CS until the end of CP.
  • D-Cup Distress: Downplayed. The only problem Litchi has with her "meatbuns" is that it makes finding clothing that fits quite difficult. This interferes with her cosplay fetish, natch.
  • Determinator: She'll stand up against the whole world if she has to in order to protect and save the ones she loves the most.
    Litchi (to Izanami): "I don't care what you are...I'm not ready to die today. Until I've fulfilled my mission..."
    Litchi (to Susano'o): "It doesn't matter who you are...there's a mission in which I need to complete. I will never give up...ever."
  • Did Not Get The Guy: In the end she doesn't get to save Roy. But she's still happy in the end.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Litchi is always a 'high-execution' character with her staff on/off stance and how you do things with it; if you do not bother to learn her, she wouldn't look that strong. If you do, she becomes very deadly.
  • Dirty Business: She makes it clear throughout CS and CP that she doesn't like how it comes to her joining the NOL with its clearly unsavory top brass like Hazama and Relius, even if she has to to save herself and Arakune. And she always opted to get out of his services if he ever loosened his grip on Arakune as shown in Sector 7 story, something he didn't do in the main CP story. Not only that, she ends up being a fugitive hunted by Sector Seven itself and not even Kokonoe will cover her anymore and she had to separate from the town she's grown to love and attack those she called friend (Bang), even when she has remorse over it. Bottom line, Litchi's time in NOL is miserable, she only endured them because her commitment to save Arakune is greater.
  • Diving Kick: Her Astral Heat starts with this.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: She projects an image of a taijitu in many of her moves, and she creates an image of a dragon (through Lao Jiu) in one of her win poses.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In one of CP's Teach Me More, Miss Litchi episodes, Bullet barged into Litchi's clinic to ask for directions to Ikaruga. But when Litchi tried to cover that in a lesson, thus delaying Bullet, she threatened to attack. Before she could do that, Litchi started yelling like a sergeant, completed with overuse of maggot. She actually managed to make Bullet cry by calling her a crybaby, by the way.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After 3 games of being tormented, Forced into Evil and making outlandish decisions out of desperation and guilt, facing corruption from the Boundary, Litchi FINALLY gets a break in the ending of CF, where she returns to Orient Town and reunites with Linhua, and seems to have returned in normal graces to Sector Seven, (considering that Mai Natsume has joined Sector Seven and accompanied her no problem to her clinic with Kajun Faycott), and even is entrusted with Platinum as a new foster child. Let's be clear, for losing Roy (and learning the hard way that she had to let go), this lady deserves it.
  • Easily Forgiven: In CT, while she is stern and assertive after discovering Bang stalking her (one that he calls a "misunderstanding"), she is quick to forgive him once he apologizes, much to his awe and relief. And while in spite of attacking Bang in the climax of Chronophantasma for her goal while working with Relius, in the story mode where everyone got their memories back, Bang never mentioned her attack on him or her allegiance with Relius and happily assisted her.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She doesn't like Tao calling her "Boobie Lady."
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Expect to see her staff spin a lot. Especially during her DD/Overdrive, The Great Wheel.
  • Evil Laugh: Only in Gag Reels and always Played for Laughs. She does this in Azrael's section in Chrono Phantasma's Teach Me Miss Litchi, she does it in Tsubaki's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift & most notably does this numerous times in Platinum's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift Extend, whose final laugh in said gag reel is good enough for even Terumi to give a compliment.
  • Failure Hero: She really could give Ragna a run for his money in this department and even Ragna finally gets his chance of success in the end. Nothing Litchi does actually has a visible success. Trying to save Roy ends in failure as it turns out he didn't want to be saved. In process of that while also discovering her own life was fading out, she was Forced into Evil, subsequently having Sector Seven mark her as a fugitive and ruthlessly attempt to capture her. She also nearly became a good mother figure and inspiration to Carl Clover, but because of the temporal reset that occurs in CF, the experiences and lessons are all for naught—even when the characters regain their memories back—and Carl ends up taking on a darker path. She does get her own break in the end of the series, but for the most part all of her efforts ended up in vain.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her Guilt Complex leads to her making tragic decisions in Continuum Shift.
    • She has another, her complete refusal to share her burdens with her friends which could give her emotional support also led to no one noticing her actual problems, thereby, like Rachel, just chalks her down as 'Obsessed selfish woman'. It could be because she doesn't want her friends to suffer like her, though. She finally admits this to Tao and Bang in Central Fiction
  • Five Stages of Grief: Spend through the whole circle throughout the series:
    • Denial at Calamity Trigger: When the game started, Litchi has been on the mindset of 'If I kill Arakune, maybe I'll be able to move on with my new life here at Orient Town.' It's only at the end that she decided that she shouldn't deny her old mission to save him further.
    • Bargaining at Continuum Shift: Anger comes later (read below). By this game, Litchi realized that her time is running short even for her. However, a chance presents itself, but not in the way she likes it: Join Hazama and his nefarious gang and she may extend both her time and Arakune's chance. Reluctantly, she went rogue against her other friends.
    • Anger at Chronophantasma: Everyone berates her for her selfish decision to save herself, especially Rachel who called her extremely egotistical deep down, and Kokonoe not even bothering to helping her and leaving her to get arrested by Sector Seven. It's in this time that Litchi canonically snapped and lashed out in anger. Even when she's beating her friends, she's probably angry at herself for doing this.
    • Depression periodically at Central Fiction: More unpleasant truths present themselves to Litchi. First, she's not an Entitled, and if it wasn't for Lao Jiu, she would've turned to goo even before her time is up. But the biggest blow is finally meeting a lucid Roy and being told that he didn't even want any help at all, rendering her quest futile. At this point, in depression and tears all over her face, Litchi still wanted to finish things once and for all.
    • Acceptance at the epilogue: Since Bang took her place in finishing Arakune, Litchi didn't carry the burden of personally killing a beloved one. This, and taking his advice at heart, allowed her to move on and settle happily at Orient Town.
  • Flash Sideways: In CS she experiences visions of herself in other timelines due to her growing Boundary corruption.
  • Flying Weapon: She can control her staff to fly towards her opponent to smack them with it from afar. With Daisharin, she can control it more easily as she attacks.
  • Food as Bribe: In her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe short, when Kokonoe becomes a bit irritated, Litchi gives her a small cake. She also lampshades it.
  • Forced into Evil: Litchi is at first not interested in working with Hazama, as he's Obviously Evil, and even after when he reveals that he may know of a way to save Arakune, she still resisted, but it's only after Kokonoe refuses to help her and after she realizes that her corruption is already at a high level and that it was only a matter of time until she completely succumbs, that she is forced to take up Hazama's offer unless she wants to rot away and turn into the next Arakune. She's really reluctant as she already knew Hazama was untrustworthy, multiplied by her feelings of disgust at Relius attempting to kill Carl.
    • In Chronophantasma, this really shows, bitterly working with her surbodinates withing the NOL. She's very apologetic to her enemies, and she wouldn't even think twice to scold Relius in case he shows his Lack of Empathy, insisting that Arakune be called 'Roy' instead of 'that thing', or spoiler:getting pissed that Relius sends Arakune into Ikaruga, causing her to drop her duties assisting Relius and go after Roy, also pointing out that part of the promise is that 'she can do whatever she wants when in NOL's service'. In CF, when she regained her memories, she implies that working with Relius isn't enjoyable at all.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: "Teach me, Dr. Litchi!"
  • Friend to All Children: She embodies a lot of motherly qualities, showing a lot of love, care and concern for the Kaka kittens, the Ronin Gai children and, of course, Carl. She's also fond of Platinum, even if Luna still hates her for being 'Boobzilla'. She even adopts her in the ending.
  • Gag Boobs: Her breasts are rather a large source of humor in the series, mostly as envy from the less endowed characters. And Tao's affectionate nickname of "Boobie lady" of course.
  • Gainaxing: And ''how.''
  • Godzilla Threshold: Litchi crossed this in two phases on a personal case. The first phase, on realizing that Lotte Carmine was inflicted with an extreme corruption of the Boundary which practically has no normal permanent cure and begging for Kokonoe to help does no use, she sees it fit to corrupt herself with the Boundary to find symptoms and develop the cure from experience. The second phase is when she found no cure overall and her own corruption was getting to her, she sees it fit to join the NOL for the small hope of cure, despite the organization storing someone who's pegged as extremely shady and suspicious (Hazama), or blatant monster of a father (Relius).
  • Good Samaritan: The majority of her personality. If a person is in need of help, especially when they're abandoned by everyone else, Litchi will come in and try to give help. Ask Linhua, Kaka clan, or even Arakune (despite how much he doesn't want any). Also even if she's in NOL, she still willingly hugged a distraught Carl, who should be none of her concern, to calm him down, like the Trope Maker himself.
  • Guilt Complex: She's very easy to blame herself over things that are even remotely her fault. Not just Arakune, she also berates herself for her inability to correct the Kaka clan's reproductive issues.
    Litchi(After defeating Mu-12): Y-You...are the Lieutenant...? How come I didn't notice sooner...? I'm sorry...I couldn't stop this from happening...
  • Hair Decorations: Aside from Lao Jiu, she also has a hair tube that ties the lower part of her hair in the shape of a Taijitu.
  • Happy Fun Ball: That cute little panda hairclip Litchi wears? It's an actual living creature, Lao Jiu allows her to animate her polearm and use Ars Magus. It does this by siphoning power from the Boundary- the land of the dead- and continued use will result in Litchi becoming as tainted as Arakune. Also subverted as it seems that it also works as a limiter to her corruption since she should've become like Arakune already.
  • Hartman Hips: It becomes quite apparent in her CF portrait.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the end of Chronophantasma, Izanami took over from both Hazama and Relius as the de facto Big Bad, and Litchi is now going under Carl, who has Relius on his ropes, and she's more comfortable with him. However, while still not on the good graces of Izanami, she didn't join the main heroes. During Central Fiction, she's disassociating with the bad guys further and (before the memories return) back to her CT days, and not remembering working for the NOL, despising them all the while.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Bang and Kagura certainly think so.
  • Hero Antagonist: By the end of CS. She still has the best intention and sanity to act like a decent human being. Her allegiance, on the other hand, made her antagonistic.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: In her CP Arcade ending, she's left in tears after realizing Kokonoe does care about Roy, and is working to protect him just as much as Litchi is. Remembering Roy's pleas to return back to Kokonoe, as she has the best interests in mind (even if she won't admit it to anyone) is what kicks this off.
    • Happens again in Act 2 of Central Fiction's Arcade mode when she learns that Arakune is just a vessel of the man who was Lotte "Roy" Carmine. A fraction of his soul resides within Lao Jiu, and it's the only thing keeping her from turning into seithr like everyone else. Izanami tells her that she is not an Entitled, so her wish for Roy to return cannot be granted, and is only alive because Roy is protecting her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Carl's alternate ending in Calamity Trigger. The ensuing temporal reset keeps it from sticking, as evidenced by CS.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: By the epilogue, she has finally managed to make her heart go on as she looks happy with returning to Orient Town and adopting Platinum.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Despite being an accomplished, beloved doctor in her hometown, she deprecates herself in her efforts to save Roy, feeling responsible for not helping him back then.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. Litchi knows that the NOL means bad news, that Hazama is REALLY suspicious and she clearly disapproves of Relius' attempt in Offing the Offspring. Still, since they're the only option (the one she knows, at least) to save Arakune and she's getting desperate, she pretty much ignored everything else and joined them. Same goes with siding with Relius in Chronophantasma, she really has no other choice when the prospect of cures are debunked and the only way is to recreate the world.
  • Hospital Hottie: ... "This woman is a doctor, right?" Even Kagura takes note that if she's a doctor, he's going to have to make excuses to get sick just to see her again...
  • Hospital Paradiso: She has explicitly said that once Arakune's saved, she will settle down in Orient Town and help people there instead of resuming her scientist career in Sector Seven. She fulfilled this at the ending of Central Fiction.
  • Hot Scientist: She used to work for Sector 7 under Kokonoe until the Arakune incident, and she's seen in a lab coat in a flashback during Tager's Arcade Ending. She now resides in Orient Town where she works as a doctor for the destitute citizens.
  • Hurting Hero: Doing the good thing like saving a friend requires her to get corrupted like said friend, hide the condition to the other people that could've given her support, and eventually join an organization she disliked. But no matter how much it hurts her, Litchi would continue to do what she thought was right.
  • Ill Girl: Her Boundary corruption plays a big part in her overall desperation that she's in danger of perishing due to it, which made her turn to NOL out of necessity in CS. This is not quite touched in CP, which implies that at the very least, going to NOL gave her access to tools to alleviate her own sickness.
  • I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: During her stint as the "Boing Queen" in Platinum's CS Gag Reel. She sums it nicely:
    Litchi: Simply put, bitches, I have the boobs, so I MAKE THE RULES!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • I Have the High Ground: Played down on coolness; more for function - after planting her staff on the ground she can hop on to it (standing on one leg to boot!) and hit opponents from there. Some players have made impressive combos with it. Required for her Astral Finish. Because the Great Wheel has Matenbou at her side at all times, she cannot perform her Astral during Overdrive in CP.
  • Image Song: "Oriental Flower ~Flower Blossoms~". Her Japanese voice actress, Chiaki Takahashi, provides the vocals to the song.
  • I'm Crying, but I Don't Know Why: In her CF Arcade Act 3 ending. After seemingly meeting Roy for one last time, she wakes up in her clinic, suspecting it to be a dream. When she realizes tears are streaming down her face, she can't recall why...
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Her name is supposed to be pronounced "Lie-chi," or "Lychee".
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: She has average health, average mobility, and decent damage output; her attack range is also variable thanks to her staff and its related mechanics.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Her Unlimited self gains one as a Distortion Drive, and it's absurdly powerful, capable of taking out half the opponent's health bar in a single use.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Acts a mentor to Taokaka and teaches the kittens in the Kaka Clan, all the while consulting with the village Elder on ways to prolong and continue their race.
  • Lady Drunk: Her bio said her personality depends on whatever sake she's drunk.
  • Lady of War: She's still a very classy fighter with lots of reserves and grace in her fighting style, and very feminine.
  • Leitmotif: ''Oriental Flower'', and ''Oriental Flower II'', which has a bit of a darker tone to it, but still ultimately contains the same tempo from the first.
  • Love at First Sight: In the short story Borderline, she quickly blushed the first time she and Roy met each other.
  • Love Interest: Roy Carmine/Arakune. She also has the affection and adoration of Bang, and it's very one-sided.
  • Love Martyr: Let's just say she puts herself through a lot for Arakune. Which became even more tragic when she finally reached her goal, Roy ends up just refusing to be helped and drove her away.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: As a statement to how strong of a Good Samaritan she is, in one of Carl's story routes of CT, not even the thought of saving Roy can hesitate her to shield the little boy from Nu's killing blow meant for him. And with her last dying words...
    Carl: "Why did you protect me...? How could you do that?!? I don't understand..."
    Litchi: "Do I need...a reason...to help someone in need?"
  • Megaton Punch: She does this to Bang Shishigami in her CT story mode, and that's after she loses to a fight she challenged him to.
  • Meganekko: As seen from her picture above. Her glasses are practically inseparable at this point.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The only thing you could call her of being 'evil' would be by being under the same banner as Terumi and Relius, and even then, Litchi spends her time apologizing for what she does while staying on that banner, and even politely asks Bang to let her 'borrow' his nail instead of seizing it by force.
  • Mirror Match: In CS only, she's the only one who lampshades this whenever 2 Litchis go face-to-face.
    Both Litchis (before starting battle): "Huh? What? A...A lookalike?"
  • Moment of Weakness: In CS she grows very desperate on saving Arakune and herself since Kokonoe refuses to help her that she'll accept any help, even when it comes from a shady guy like Hazama (and Litchi is very aware that he can't be trusted, but she didn't have any other choice).
  • Ms. Fanservice: BlazBlue's first; still going strong in spite of competitions like Makoto and Bullet and Nine.
  • Must Make Amends: She feels responsible for creating Arakune, and seems dead set on restoring him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In her CP Arcade Mode ending, Litchi suffers this after Rachel explains to her the brutal ramifications of being an Observer as well as reveal to her Kokonoe's own observation of Arakune, being the only source of maintaining his very existence. She's down on all fours, crying.
  • Named Weapons: Her staff, Mantenbou (10000 Heavens Staff).
  • Nice Girl: If she wasn't a Chinese Yamato Nadeshiko already, she'd be this. Especially when everyone else was still treating Bang like a joke, as of CS, Litchi has always been genuinely nice to him and always refer him as a good friend. Which makes it more heartbreaking even for her when she had to beat him up under Relius' order.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Might be more so than Kokonoe considering she was her assistant for her Ars Magus projects, but now works in the medical profession.
  • Only Sane Woman: Litchi is pretty much the sole character with no direct interest in Ragna, and compared to the rest to the cast, she seems to possess the straightest, noblest goal: protect the people and find a cure for her friend. Unfortunately, this gets played with in Continuum Shift when Arakune, in a brief moment of sanity, warns her that she might end up corrupted/crazy like him due to tapping power to the Boundary.
    • Also became one for the antagonist team. Really, compare her with: Terumi, Relius, Saya, Tsubaki and Nu...
  • Orgasmic Combat: Oh heavens yes. This lady probably serves as a pioneer to this trope. Setting aside her suggestive clothing, sexy strut and racy taunts, whenever she gets hit, she screams and moans as though she's in another kind of heated affair...come CF, if she loses a round by knockout she lets a scream that sounds like she's in ecstasy.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Her little Panda Lao Jiu, which Litchi raises on her hair, making it look like a hairpin.
  • Playing with Fire: A few of her moves are covered in flames.
  • Plucky Girl: She still retains her normal 'kind' self, even if she's obviously unwilling and unhappy to be in NOL and by CP she's becoming a Broken Bird slowly.
    • She's been defeated by Tager (on Kokonoe's order to return her to Sector Seven) and Ragna (whom she had to defend against to avoid him stealing her "dream"), but when it comes to a friend in need or those she loves she never hesitates to get back up, and keep fighting until it's over, even if it may kill her.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Litchi's Fatal Flaw means that expressing her worries and concerns are the furthest thing from her mind, meaning nobody has an idea what she's going through, let alone figure out how to fix it. On top of that, the possibility that Roy has lost too much of himself to the Boundary to be saved slips further away as her corruption continues taking root, and because of her refusal to express her dilemma, she is often subject to misunderstanding and subsequently branded as a foolish and/or ignorant woman by other main characters she encounters (Kokonoe and Rachel as prime examples). In CF, she admits to Bang and Taokaka that she did this trope because she didn't want to trouble her friends with her own personal problems.
  • Precision F-Strike: During Chronophantasma's story mode, Kokonoe's bitter rejection to Litchi's desperate pleas on saving Roy causes the kindhearted and sweet former student of Kokonoe's to let one loose.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: When she's not fighting (such as in Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!), she tied up her hair in a bun. And she becomes much proper indeed, with her also sporting a more "covered" dress.
  • Promotion to Parent: Litchi becomes Platinum's foster mother in the ending of CF.
  • Punny Name: Her name sounds similar to "Lychee" and she's primarily dressed in red, i.e the color of the lychee.
  • Puppet Fighter: her staff is the puppet in this case, as it can be controlled in different ways to assist her attacks. Especially while in Daisharin.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Usually kept on a ponytail that is already LONG, it gets let loose during one of her winpose, when losing after a timeup, or after she's defeated in one of Tager's ''CT'' story mode routes or when on the receiving end of Relius' Astral Heat. (see Slipknot Ponytail below).
  • Rage Breaking Point: She snaps when she encounters Rachel shortly after joining the NOL, citing that she's constantly refused help, running out of options and is in danger of dying herself. Unfortunately, she is defeated by Rachel and told to think about her intentions deeply and thoroughly before leaving her alone. Litchi also begins to get angry towards Kokonoe the more and more she refuses to help or even open up about saving Arakune.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Averted at first. Lady in red with black accents, but still the nicest character in the cast. Subverted later, she becomes a member of NOL which makes her look like a bad guy... but she still retains her goodness and morality, and was in fact Forced into Evil as a Villain in Name Only type Anti-Villain.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: inverted - she may turn to the bad guys' side but she still retains her helpful and kind disposition.
  • Samaritan Syndrome: Litchi can't stand to see people suffering, and to her, Arakune is the one person who needs her help the most.
  • Say My Name: Twice, first during Bang's story if he loses against Hakumen... "Bang? Bang! BAAAAANNNNGGG!!!" And then, during the 7th episode of 'Teach me, Ms. Litchi!' "Baaaaang.... Baaaanggg..."
  • Secret Test of Character: During Mai's Arcade, she deliberately attacked Mai who was just trying to protect her friends and looking for information about Relius for that. By the end of it, Litchi admits that she's just testing Mai's resolve which she definitely would need if she wants to confront Relius.
  • Sexy Spectacles: Befitting of her Ms. Fanservice status, she wears a pair of square-rimmed glasses at all times.
  • Sexy Walk: Her normal walk involve her taking a slow, seductive strut just to further hammer down about how she's a walking fanservice machine.
  • Shoryuken: Her Tsubame Gaeshi special is her doing an uppercut followed by throwing her staff to the air. Also her Three Dragons: Green, a jumping upward kick.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Her devotion to finding and helping Arakune return to human form implies this. This pretty is much what Hazama uses to convince her to Face–Heel Turn, telling her he knows how to fix Arakune.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Lose due to time up, and her hairpin gets off, revealing her Rapunzel Hair. Also happens when she wins a match, or after losing to Tager in his CT Story Mode.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She is a doctor and was a scientist, and her glasses show it.
  • Soul Jar: It turns out Lao Jiu houses a bit of Roy's soul.
  • Spam Attack: Her DD All Terminals is one of those "ranbu"-stylednote  super moves.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: This also comes up in her time-up losing pose. A more tragic version during her CP Arcade mode, where she begins to sob after learning that Kokonoe, like her, has been finding ways to keep him from dying.
  • Spin Attack: Her Thirteen Orphans DD has her staff do this. She can also launch her staff away while it spins to her opponent with The Four Winds special.
  • Stance System: She would do different moves depending on whether she's with her staff, without it, or when she's standing on it. Her Daisharin is also another stance altogether as she can't use the staff the same way in that state.
  • Statuesque Stunner: While she just barely falls short of the trope at 5'7", she happens to be one of the tallest females in the series, along with Nine and Bullet.
  • Stripperiffic: In a subversion, she's not particularly fond of it and prefers more decent clothing. However, due to her breast size, she had trouble of getting decent clothes of the right size.
  • Summon to Hand: If she has planted her staff onto the ground, she can choose to call it back and it'll fly towards her, hitting the enemy in the process.
  • Technical Pacifist: She wouldn't think of violence as the first answer to everything, usually as a last resort.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Her eyes are naturally pink.
  • Telescoping Staff: It can either stretch, become shorter and thicker, or bend in sharp angles. In her Thirteen Orphans DD it even morphs into a humanoid shape.
  • Theme Naming: Her specials are named after Mahjong hands.
  • Three Strike Combo: She can chain her Three Dragons specials, in order: White -> Green -> Red. In CF, she is able to chain the moves in any order she wishes to.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Oh poor, poor Litchi. She goes through a lot of battles, is forced to make tragic decisions deemed questionable by others and takes a lot of heat from others, all for the sake of saving an old friend of hers. Her suffering continues in later parts of CF, where she not only discovered she's not an Entitled and her "dream" was never fated to come true, but when she actually meets Roy again, he admits to her he didn't even want to be saved in the first place! Thankfully, she gets a much happier ending in the end.
  • Token Good Teammate: She retains her morality despite being in Team Evil, and is uninterested in their Evil Plan, only caring about being able to help more people. And unlike Tsubaki, she didn't even get an Evil Costume Switch.
  • To Know Him, I Must Become Him: She corrupts herself with powers of the Boundary (through Lao Jiu) so she can hopefully figure something out to cure Arakune's condition. In the end, "Arakune" rejects her rescue and ventures into the Boundary, never to be heard from again. Litchi is cured of the corruption and is safe and sound back in Orient Town.
  • Tragic Heroine: Had the best interest of the people, a very noble goal... said same goal is alienating her from her friends, eating her body and health from the inside, made her join a faction she didn't like, especially under a man she's highly suspicious at, and in insistence of pursuing it, she was inadvertently coerced to set the world to be doomed. However, by the end of her arc she realizes that not only is Arakune not Roy, but the real Roy doesn't want nor particularly need saving. After all her struggling and pain, all she gets is some depressing closure from Roy, giving her the strength to move on.
  • The Unchosen One: CF revealed that she's not one of the Entitled, and she only survived the Embryo's effect due to Lao Jiu carrying a piece of Roy's soul (who is an Entitled).
  • Unwitting Pawn: Hazama used Arakune to get her to join the NOL, and Relius used her efforts to create a doomsday device that threatens the existence of the entire world.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: At the beginning of CT, when she first started looking for Ragna and his Azure Grimore, she took a poster of Ragna and tucked it between her chest. The player finds out she did this trope when Taokaka, after attacking her, points out the poster and the narration reveals where she tucked it.
  • Walking Spoiler: Let's just say, she gets a shocking development in CS that persists throughout CP, and in CF she gets even more hot stuff.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: She has an invisible clock on her head ticking to signify when she becomes the next Arakune because she tampers with the Boundary while trying to understand Arakune's corruption. She, understandably, is horrified with this and want to prevent this.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Chinese, but she fits in quite well once you look into her personality: kind, sensible, soft-spoken, nurturing and Friend to All Children, protective to those she considers friends and family (and will go through the extreme to save them), mostly tried to be modest, and even sports a Hime Cut. She's also graceful in combat and isn't a doormat that prefers staying in the kitchen. Hazama is still capable of playing with her protectiveness and forcing her into villainy.

    Arakune 
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  • Height: 20~200cm (7.9" ~ 6'6.7")
  • Weight: 5~1000kg (11~2,2204.6 lbs)
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: Unknown
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Unknown
  • Values: Knowledge
  • Likes: Knowledge
  • Dislikes: Ignorance

"In the end both you and I...are pointless Pointless POINTLESS, AHAHAHAH!!!"

Voiced by: Takashi Hikida (Japanese) / Spike Spencer (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma) (English)

Arakune was once a human scientist, real name Lotte "Roy" Carmine, who worked with Tager and Litchi to study the Boundary, a strange realm inaccessible normally to humans. After a horrible accident involving being exposed to seithr for too long, Arakune slowly transformed into the horrifying monster that he is now: a strange, black, blob-like creature that thrives on information. To sustain himself, he has no choice but to become a cannibal and devour the members of Taokaka's tribe, among others. He has also been driven completely insane by his transformation, which has eroded his mind and made his speech incomprehensible and fragmented. He now wants to find Ragna because of his Azure Grimoire, which he believes to be an immense source of life for him to devour. As the story goes, he seems to gain some amounts of coherency and sanity, but still too far from being saved.

His arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Voicerecorder, Incomplete and to the madness. His story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: Solve equation and dilectus.

His Drive ability, Crimson, allows him to curse the opponent and activate "Fever Mode", letting him summon insects to attack them. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Crimson Depths, which extends the duration of his Fever Mode.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel is named n factorial where he stuns the foe, then devours them, "chews" them and then pukes them out. His Astral, N to Infinity has also been modified. Now when he hits the opponent, they are trapped in a giant spider web. Then, several giant eyes appear in the background as centipedes begin to fill the screen and close in on the opponent. When the screen is fully covered in centipedes, a horrible crunch sound is heard as the centipedes devour the opponent alive. The screen then begins to rain blood all over it until it fades.


  • And I Must Scream: Sums up what he really is. Subverted. Turns out Roy appears fine and content in researching the Boundary from afar.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders. From his name, to his crest, to 2 of his specials, all of them shows it.
  • Apocalyptic Log: His arcade mode ending is an audio diary of his slow transformation into... that.
  • Ax-Crazy: His personality. Even as Relius fixed his speech coherency, he still is very crazy.
  • Badass Bookworm: Even after his transformation, he seeks information.
    • One of his entry poses even has him sitting amidst a pile of books, which he promptly absorbs.
  • Bee Bee Gun: His B Curse bug in Calamity Trigger has him summoning a bee-like insect from top of the screen, and F of G Distortion Drive causes entire swarm of bees to come from the ground. And that is not accounting the other insects he can summon of spew out.
  • Berserk Button: Has a very nasty reaction to the name "Kokonoe". Ask Tager.
  • Blob Monster: He is a nearly mindless pile of liquid seithr.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: During Arakune's "Help Me, Professor Kokonoe" segment, Kokonoe mentions how he had been toned down since the first game. She comments that "the other players always ended up shitting bricks whenever you showed up."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It is hinted in CP that he's Not Himself, presumably from Relius' modifications of him.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: After Litchi confronted him with what would be the definitive way to restore him, Roy instead tells her that he knew those methods already and prefers staying in this state near the Boundary, while telling her to destroy his vessel, Arakune, finally getting Litchi to commit herself to destroying Arakune for good even if her eyes are full of tears when that happens. It's not known if this is Roy's true feelings, but he probably knows that if he dissuades her the normal way like he did before, it will never get through her head and she'll continue her path of self-destruction.
  • Can't Catch Up: It is heavily implied that the reason Arakune sought the power of the Boundary was because he felt constantly overshadowed by Kokonoe.
  • The Casanova: The Irresistible Arakune, which is only seen in "Help me! Professor Kokonoe!", where he dons a 'handsome man' face and starts flirting with Anything That Moves. Even comes complete with Bishie Sparkle. Even Kokonoe, who's rather annoyed by him, admitted that he's "kinda.... cute."
  • Confusion Fu: Considering that he's a sentient, drippy blob, it's hard to read what he's going to do next. A lot of his attacks come from unexpected angles. Oh, and he can instantly teleport across the stage.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Many of his attacks deal a lot of weak hits. This is also his chief strategy with his Drive.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: If you turn on the option to display his text in full, you'll notice that a lot of his dialog is like this.
  • Difficult but Awesome: He's got some unorthodox moves and maneuvers, lacking in defensive measures other than dodging, and his offensive power is not much. However, his Drive can help him deal a lot of damage once the Curse Gauge is full, provided that you know how each bug he summons works (which have different amounts of startup and hitstun). The Curse Gauge mechanic are also nerfed inbetween games, but a skilled Arakune is still fearsome because of that.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Continuous research and exposure to Boundary and seithr slowly turned him into one. Hazama, however, says that it's because Arakune is actually a failed attempt to recreate the Black Beast.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Dabbling with the sheer knowledge of the Boundary, for any reason, is not advised - Kokonoe, a Mad Scientist herself, even told him to not do it. Yet he goes on, and then becomes Arakune because of his corruption.
  • Expressive Mask: Go watch the opening to Continuum Shift II and look closely when Arakune and Bang look up the roof Litchi is on. Arakune's mask blinks.
  • Fan Boy: During the EX Story, it's safe to say that he 'idolizes' Relius for his achievements. Then again, this is Relius we're talking about - this pedestal came broken.
  • Fantastic Racism: Somewhat downplayed. His quotes against Makoto and past experiences with Kokonoe reflect his views and interests of beastkin in general.
    Arakune (after defeating Makoto in CS) "So you're a 'beastkin'...? I don't... have... good memories of... beast...kin creatures... Disappear!"
    Arakune (after defeating Makoto in CP) "Beastkin...you... Not interested...Not... Not... Get out of...way."
  • Foreshadowing: Word of God states that by deciphering what Arakune's cut-up unintelligible sentences mean, one can figure out "the secret behind the Boundary".
    • For example, some of his broken up lines when interacting with Hakumen, foreshadow the fact that Terumi was the original being inside the Susano'o unit.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Arakune is incapable of talking in coherent sentences like a normal person...except when fighting, when he talks coherently.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Fused with Writing Around Trademarks in Bullet's Gag on CP Extend. Who could think that a character that can't say one complete sentence without jumping some letters would be useful for that?
    "Must hurry.... get Legend of the Overfiend Redux..."
  • Giggling Villain: He's a monster who terrorizes citizens of Orient Town and murders members of the Kaka Clan, and he has that insane cackle he throws every now and then.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: All that wisdom he got from the Boundary turned him insane, and his transformation into...that, which took away his ability to speak, only furthered his insanity. It's gotten to the point where he has no reliable memory of anything anymore.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He wants to be the supreme scientist. Unfortunately, Kokonoe is way too superior, which irritates him. Compounded that in the EX Story, Relius considers him an imbecile, but when Kokonoe makes a reference to Litchi's work, Relius instead mentions that he thought Kokonoe enjoys a company of full imbeciles but he's wrong. Which... didn't sit well for Roy, considering that Litchi is much more junior than him as a researcher.
  • I Choose to Stay: in the Story Mode of Central Fiction and the third part of Litchi's arcade, he (Roy) reveals that he chooses to stay being Arakune, and after that, stay in the Boundary, so he can do more research, even if nobody would ever find out about his studies. He also tells Litchi to stop pursuing him and go back to her loved ones because they'll need her, and to kill his vessel.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Every time he fights Litchi, it becomes this. She never seem to succeed.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: But he won't eat Bang, because Bang "looks like an imbecile".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: As a researcher, he harbored some ambition that he'd surpass his superior Kokonoe in scientific breakthrough, but for some reason, Kokonoe dismissed him that badly and even refused to support him in a particular research about seithr. Not knowing to give up and even dismissing the support of his partner Litchi, he went on through the research and ended up as Arakune. And even as Arakune, what remains of him was his hatred for Kokonoe's superiority and his desire to become supreme scientist.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: For some reason, neither Kokonoe or Hazama have any trouble understanding him.
    • It probably helps that both of them are fully aware of the subject matters he is spouting. Other characters wouldn't have the meta knowledge, or the desire to sit down and try to chat with him.
  • Invisibility: His "Equals 0" special turns him invisible.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: And different points in-game, his name is pronounced both ah-ra-KOON-ay and ah-RAK-nee.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His bad ending in Continuum Shift, where he erases Litchi's memories of him so that she would stop hunting after him and eventually end up like him. The end result is similar to Litchi's own bad ending, except that he still lives, taking one last look at her from hiding before disappearing into the night.
    • This could end up as a Deconstruction if you keep your fridges in tact. As Litchi stated, Arakune's knowledge is jumbled thanks to the Boundary corruption. Thanks to that, eating Litchi's memories instead dooms her to at best a slow death, at worst turning into the next Arakune, since memories about him are what drove her to get better, as she's also plagued by Boundary problems. In short, he's instead making it worse.
  • Laughing Mad: Descends into this quite often, usually before a fight and after some incoherent rambling about the Azure.
  • Leitmotif: Thin Red Line, with a rather notable Scare Chord at the beginning.
  • Let Them Die Happy: That's what he actually thought, as someone who has been thrown into despair into thinking that there's no way out for people like him. Since he knew that it would be impossible for Litchi to get out of the situation, decided to at least give Litchi happiness before what he thought to be the inevitable end. But as said above, Litchi found out that that 'end' wasn't really inevitable for her and she refused to give in to his despair.
  • Long-Range Fighter: His Drive lets him be played this way with his curse bugs.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: He's more "crazy" than "malevolent", but still, his mask plays up his creepy factor.
  • Mask Power: In a way. He created the mask he is wearing now so he could communicate with others... but it still doesn't work. In fact, it may have just made it worse.
    • "Of course if I don't have a face, I'll make one."
  • Meaningful Name: Arakune sounds similar to "arachnid", the family that includes spiders. On that note, "Arachne", pronounced much the same way, is a character from Greek mythology who was turned into a spider. Granted, that Arachne's female, but still.
    • Further, "Rot" (i.e how Lotte is pronounced) is German for "Red". "Carmine" is a shade of red. Considering his Drive ability is called "Crimson", his BGM is "Thin RED Line"... there's a trend here.
    • Speaking of "Thin RED Line", the expression "Red Line" usually refers to a point of no return, a line than can only be crossed once, which may or may not be an accurate description of Arakune's condition...
    • Also, "Rot" could refer to "decay", much as what has happened to his body, his memories, and his sanity. And it's only getting worse.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Part of his insanity is attributed to acquiring too much knowledge from the Boundary. He might sometimes blabber about things that he knows but others unable to figure out, usually relating to the Azure. Interestingly, Mori has said that if one can make sense of what Arakune said, one can uncover some secrets of the Blazblue world.
  • Not So Different: Hakumen tells him as much when they meet in Arakune's CT Arcade mode path.
    • Also stated in even greater detail in Arakune's Story mode in CS. Hakumen even notes that Arakune has reached such a point that he could almost be a Sankishin like Hakumen and Rachel if he tried to. Of course, this would involve stepping back and generally staying out of everyone's business like them too. And we all know THAT'S gonna happen...
  • Oblivious to Love: In the Material Collection, in his diary, he wondered why Litchi was so nice to him. Now he can't even remember her most of the time, and is driven to confusion and frustration by this strange woman who won't leave him alone.
  • Power Degeneration: Continuous tapping into the boundary, again, but it's inferred that he doesn't even have his former body.
  • Rain of Blood: His Astral Heat in CP ends with this.
  • Rolling Attack: His "y, two dash" special is this, done in midair.
  • Sanity Slippage: His descent into madness and growing erratic behavior before he turned into a blob can be seen in flashbacks throughout the series.
  • Scare Chord: His Leitmotif begins with one. This being a Daisuke Ishiwatari composition, it naturally leads into a badass metal riff.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Being a Blob Monster he can freely shape himself into various things (commonly animal heads/appendages) as he attacks.
  • Signature Move: His curse clouds and curse bugs, natch.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: At least when he was human scientist, he wears a pair.
  • The Swarm: He can summon one in his "F of G" DD.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Has a teleport move as one of his specials.
  • Theme Naming: Zero Vector; If P, then Q; Y, Two Dash; Equals 0; F of G; F Inverse, and N to Infinity.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Post-modification with Relius, he is far more powerful and is capable of doing Relius' jobs well enough.
  • Trouble Magnet Gambit: Pretty much what his "curse" Drive works like.
  • Uncertain Doom: Unlike the other characters, he doesn't appear in the epilogue of CF with no reason. He was last seen fighting against Bang with the latter having full intent to kill him (after Litchi okays it). The outcome of their battle is not shown, but it's implied he turned into seithr like the others... but those who turned into seithr come back in the ending, except for him. Possible explanations include 1) his soul (Roy) was already in the Boundary and chooses to stay there, 2) Arakune's existence is already wonky to begin with. It is worth noting however, that before turning into seithr, Bang did manage to hit Arakune with Rettenjou, a weapon designed to destroy Nox Nyctores, while Arakune's body itself was said to be very similar to a Nox, possibly indicating he inflicted a fatal wound.
  • The Unintelligible: Other people have absolutely no clue what he's saying, but he feels that he's speaking coherent sentences.
    • Weirdly, Kokonoe somehow manages to have a lengthy conversation with him in Continuum Shift. Perhaps she has a translator.
    • Spike Spencer was literally only told 4 words of direction when he recorded the character. "Go Bat-Shit Crazy". Arakune's broken dialogue is NOT a result of technical editing. He really acted it out just as you hear him.
      • Word of God has revealed that Chronophantasma has granted him Character Development, and his speech is no longer randomly cut off. He can now speak coherent sentences, but is still very much batshit insane so no one will bother listening to him anyway.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He has been a puppet throughout series. Terumi corrupted Roy's mind about the Azure to become Arakune. In Continuum Shift, he was captured by Relius, then Hazama uses him to get Litchi to join the NOL, then in Chronophantasma, he became this again to Relius.
  • Voice of the Legion: Not as distorted as most, just with an echoed filter.
  • Was Once a Man: Was exposed to the boundary which drove him insane, and was pulled into the cauldron by Terumi resulting in his current form.
  • Wave Motion Gun: He can fire a purple laser upward as one of his Distortion Drives.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was this as Roy Carmine. When thousands of people died in the Ikaruga War, he didn't revel in the massacre, but he did consider it an acceptable loss considering all the scientific data Sector Seven gained from it.
  • White Mask of Doom: He wears one. It is the only part of him that is actually solid. He created it because he thought it would allow others to understand what he is saying, not realizing that his words are complete gibberish.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Was once overshadowed by Kokonoe and had his insecurities dragged out by Hazama and Relius. Subverted that in the end, it still garnered him not respect but instead ridicules and everyone else except Litchi still treat him like a pathetic monster or trash.
    • Becomes more of this trope once Relius modified him. He Took a Level in Badass and possibly can be as powerful as Ragna + Idea Engine.
  • The Worm That Walks: A variant; he houses various insectoid limbs inside his blob body.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: In the past, Kokonoe often orders him to make coffee for her.


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