Characters: Blaz Blue Calamity Trigger 2

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    Litchi Faye-Ling 

"I don't suppose you're here for... a checkup?"

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese) / Lauren Landa (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, to the point of making some... questionable choices down the road.

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. Her Astral Finish, Nine Gates Of Heaven, can only be done while she's on top of her staff. She performs a diving kick, then performs a 99-hit bicycle kick in the opponent's face, then kicks them backwards.

  • Absolute Cleavage/Cleavage Window: Hell yes. The latter also sticks even as she's turned younger by Amane.
  • 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 by far the nicest character in the game. 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.
  • 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 that she's with NOL. Her other traits are all screaming 'Good' and 'Sympathetic'.
  • Anti-Villainous Breakdown: She broke when she encountered Rachel, citing that the only person that could help her refused her, making her go down her path. Unfortunately, Rachel doesn't even care, thinking that she's just obsessed. And again in the third game where Rachel revealed to her that Kokonoe is trying her darnedest to observe Arakune so as to hold him onto the living word for the time being, but doing so causes Kokonoe great strain; she also remembered Arakune's own warning to her.
  • Apologetic Attacker: She's prone to apologizing, usually after beating the crap out of her enemy. In Chronophantasma, she apologized if she ever dealt above 2000 damage, and she regretfully apologized that she had to beat up Bang while under Relius' clutches.
  • Big Bad: In Platinum's gag reel in Continuum Shift.
  • Betty and Veronica: Roy/Arakune and Bang, respectively, for her. Roy was her colleague at Sector Seven whom Litchi got verg 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.
  • 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 an extremely broken woman who sacrifices a piece of her humanity every day, all for the sake of someone she cares about.
  • Broken Messiah: However, she has much more emotional baggage thanks to her corruption and she wouldn't let others see that side.
  • Chekhov's Cough: In Continuum Shift. It's a sign that her body is degrading due to the Boundary's power.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Once she's out of Relius' manipulation and goes with Carl, she becomes this. She's always a good woman, but fully racked with her flaws and lacks overwhelming great power to match up with the top tiers of the story which either hampers her from doing the good thing she wants and makes a lot of bad judgments.
  • Combat Medic
  • Cool Big Sis: She likes acting like one. Especially to Taokaka.
  • The Corruptible: Litchi's Fatal Flaw is her Guilt Complex, Samaritan Syndrome and stubborn stance in terms of saving Arakune, which means all methods become acceptable; and she never told anyone about this. Terumi saw through this and managed to get her to join NOL by telling her that NOL may have the information about saving him... after Kokonoe refused to help her.
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Look at what she did to Noel...
    • Apparently, in CS, she does that to Tsubaki too. And in CP, Bullet's her new victim.
  • The Dark Chick: Her position as of the NOL's Five-Bad Band, along with their Sixth Ranger (with high chance to become a Sixth Ranger Traitor). Unlike how she is pegged as an Evil Genius due to her expertise, Litchi is first and foremost a very emotional woman, thus fitting the 'Chick' part better.
  • Darker and Edgier: Chronophantasma doesn't let Litchi show enough of her nice sides, especially in the Story Mode, where she's mostly sporting an annoyed or angry scowl, and her portrait is also no longer smiling. She becomes a bit more aggressive when assisting Relius, compared to the time she had in CS.
  • 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.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Litchi is always a 'high-execution' character, if you do not bother to learn her, she wouldn't look that strong. If you do, she becomes very deadly.
  • 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.
  • Dramatic Irony: In both ways. The fact that Litchi is in NOL has the adverse effect of probably getting Carl back to path of psychosis if he learns about this particular fact of 'betrayal'. Likewise, while the audience knows, Litchi doesn't know that there is a certain Nox Nyctores that rends the Boundary, the Phoenix Rettenjou, and it's in Bang's possession, which if she knew, would've made her think twice of going over to NOL. Bang doesn't know much about his weapon either, however, which adds more into the irony.
  • 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: Does this despite her kind hearted nature, and is really good at it. 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her inability to finally accept that Arakune needs to be let go and her Guilt Complex leads to her making a very questionable decision 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.
  • 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 flat out 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, but is ultimately cornered in something where no one else could (or want to) help. This is what differs her from doing the good ol' Face-Heel Turn.
    • As of Chronophantasma, this really shows, 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 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'. Likewise, she's constantly putting annoyed or angry face on Team Douchebag. However, she ends up taking Relius' offer again after being talked down that what she looked for can't be found in this current world, but she still shows that she's forced by telling Carl to back off from the life of villainy. However, once the fortunes are reversed and Relius broke down, Litchi shows that she's just forced on him, by willingly siding with Carl for his plans.
  • Fourth Wall Mail Slot: "Teach me, Dr. Litchi!"
  • Friend to All Children: She shows a lot of love 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'.
    • Shotacon: Some her words and actions hint towards her being very interested in Carl, such as her Cooldown Hug, where she places Carl's head in her cleavage and this little gem:
    Bang: What, is my word not good enough for you?! Why are you asking Carl?!
    Litchi: Oh? No real reason. Ohohoho.
  • 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.
  • 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 something that wasn't majorly her fault. Not just Arakune, she also berates herself for her inability to correct the Kaka clan's reproductive issues.
  • 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.
  • Heel Neutral 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.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She's beloved by pretty much everyone in Orient Town, as well as the Kaka Clan.
  • 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 BSOD: She's left in tears after being told that her efforts to 'do the right thing' instead made things even worse with Relius now having access to a Weapon of Mass Destruction.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Carl's true ending in Calamity Trigger. The ensuing temporal reset keeps it from sticking, as evidenced by CS.
  • 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 to save Arakune and she's getting desperate, she pretty much ignored everything else and joined them, still believing that they might keep their promise, but also knowing that there's only a slim chance of that happening, but it's the only lead she has right now. 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: She's the goddess of this trope.
  • 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.
  • Hot Scientist: She used to work for Sector 7 under Kokonoe until the Arakune incident, and she's seen in a lab coat in Tager's Arcade Ending. It's hinted in Tager's Story Mode that Kokonoe wants Litchi back, and Tager resorts to beating her up when she refuses (fortunately for her Jubei intervenes). Of course chances are this is where she got her doctor skills.
  • Hurting Heroine: 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.
  • 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.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Defied. Everyone else has been telling her to stop worrying about Arakune (even Arakune himself), but Litchi knew that problems, especially hers like her own corruption, don't go away if ignored.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Her name is supposed to be pronounced "Lie-chi". Or "Lychee".
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Her Unlimited self gains one as a Distortion Drive.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Of course. Why else did she bother to teach up the cats?
  • 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, which takes a lot of samples from Jam's own theme. Oriental Flower II 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: of Bang. She also has one in form of Roy Carmine/Arakune.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Crazy enough to... corrupt herself with the Boundary just to understand the corruption and find the cure (and this is from backstory!).
  • Love Martyr
  • Megaton Punch: She does this to Bang Shishigami in her story mode, and that's after she loses to a fight she challenged him to.
  • Meganekko: Only in one instance is she seen without her glasses - after getting beaten by Tager in his Story Mode. Too bad her eyes are closed.
  • 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. Her win quotes also reflect regrets against some characters, she envied Noel for being able to get out of NOL while she couldn't, and remarks that she now has the same eyes of Jin in the past when he's still your cold NOL asshole.
  • Mirror Match: She's the only one who lampshades this whenever 2 Litchis go face-to-face.
  • Ms. Fanservice: BlazBlue's first; still going strong in spite of competitions like Makoto and Bullet.
  • Must Make Amends: She feels responsible for creating Arakune, and seems dead set on restoring him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being told about how her insistence on saving Arakune cost not just Bang's safety, but also how it furthers Relius' plan to initiate 'Doomsday'. She's down on all fours, crying.
  • My Greatest Failure: Judging from her CP ending, her efforts ending up handing Relius the Rettenjou could be the next big one.
  • 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 person. 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...
  • 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 Woman: She still retains her normal 'kind' self, even if she's obviously unwilling and unhappy to be in NOL, as shown in her mannerisms and quotes throughout Chronophantasma trailers. That didn't last long, the Chronophantasma arcades show that she's becoming a Broken Bird slowly.
  • 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; being forced to face this truth is one of her Berserk Buttons, and Kokonoe and Rachel get their patience tested trying to hammer this home. In the Sector Seven story of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, she even avoids telling Makoto, who made an effort to ask what's wrong in the first place. Pitiable though she be, in this aspect she truly is Kokonoe's 'dumbest student'.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Rapunzel Hair: Usually kept on a ponytail that is already LONG, it gets let loose during her winpose, when losing after a timeup, or after she gets beaten in Tager's Story mode and when on the receiving end of Relius' Astral Heat. (see Slipknot Ponytail below).
  • 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.
  • 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..."
  • Sexy Walk: Here it is.
  • 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.
    • Samaritan Syndrome: An alternate way to describe her devotion. Litchi can't stand to see people suffering, and to her, Arakune is the one person who needs her help the most.
  • 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 Story Mode.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: This also comes up in her time-up losing pose. A more tragic version at the end of her CP Arcade mode, when Rachel tells her that her efforts to save Arakune through observation were a complete waste of time for everyone involved.
  • 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.
  • Stripperiffic: In a subversion, she's not proud of it and prefers more decent clothing. However, due to her breast size, she had trouble of getting decent clothes of the right size.
  • Tears of Remorse: If this is the very proof that she really is Forced Into Evil, as seen at the climax of Chronophantasma.
  • Technical Pacifist: She wouldn't think of violence as the first answer to everything, usually as a last resort.
  • Telescoping Staff: It can either stretch, become shorter and thicker, or even bend in sharp angles.
  • Theme Naming: Her specials are named after Mahjong hands.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: She was saved by Carl in the end of Chronophantasma and Relius' crushing defeat means that Carl is now in charge of the group and she can be more at ease in following things.
  • 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. There hasn't been much progress so far, however... and she's in constant danger because of it, too.
  • 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 accidentally set the world to be doomed without realizing it. When she did, she broke down in tears. In Story Mode, this continues that once again the hope to save Roy is just in Relius' hands so she joins him and had her beat up Bang. She had no idea just what her promise to save Arakune was going to cost her.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: She has an invisible clock on her head ticking to signify when she becomes the next Arakune. 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 exactly a doormat that prefers staying in the kitchen. Hazama is still capable of playing with her protectiveness, though, forcing her into villainy.


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

'Voiced by: Takashi Hikida'' (Japanese) / Spike Spencer (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. 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Strongly downplayed. He may not actively hate beastkin, but his CS commentary with Makoto strongly implies he let his experience with Kokonoe color his view of beastkin in general.
    "So you're a 'beastkin'...? I don't... have... good memories of... beast...kin creatures... Disappear!"
  • 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".
  • 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..."
  • 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/Always Someone Better: 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 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.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: But he won't eat Bang, because Bang "looks like an imbecile".
  • 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.
  • Laughing Mad
  • Leitmotif: Thin Red Line, with a rather notable Scare Chord at the beginning.
  • Long-Range Fighter
  • Let Her 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Someone had a major in Math.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • With Great Knowledge Comes Great Insanity
  • 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.

    Bang Shishigami 
So awesome, he comes with his own theme song.

"Hailed by the heavens, earth, and people, the one and only Bang Shishigami is now here!"

Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama (Japanese) / Tony Oliver (CT-CS), Steve Kramer (CSII-current) (English)

A Ninja. Bang is more or less a Shōnen action hero...and this makes him even more of an aberration in the world of BlazBlue. He has dedicated himself to the pursuit of love and justice after his lord was killed by Jin Kisaragi during the Ikaruga Civil War. He also wants Ragna's bounty, believing him to be a criminal and nothing more. But his first and foremost objective is to revive Ikaruga. Quite the Large Ham as well. He's pretty much the story's comic relief, but over time he gains more prominence and importance, and even helps to save the day.

He has a crush on Litchi (though she doesn't reciprocate) and will go charging hammily headlong if he ever sees someone making her upset, much to Tager's misfortune or if he sees anyone that he misconstrues to be involved with her to the misfortune of Ragna. As the story goes on, however, his loyalty to her will be put to test...

His arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Gong!, Desperado and KUSHINADA. His story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: BELIEF and Lost ARCH ENEMY.

His Drive ability, Burning Heart, allows him to use special counter-attacks that open up four seals situated on the top of his super meter. If all four seals are opened, he can activate a special super called "Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan" that raises his Power Levels to OVER 9000, giving him increased speed and power, as well as allowing him to teleport in any direction. When performed in the console version and in Continuum Shift onward, it overrides the current BGM with a new song performed by none other than Hironobu Kageyama himself, called "Omae no Tettsui ni Kugi wo Ute!" (translates as "Beat a Nail With Your Hammer!"). His Astral Finish, Shishigami-style Forbidden Technique: "The Ultimate Bang", involves him stabbing the enemy with his Big Freaking Nail, then performing a gigantic Megaton Punch through several paper doors, and then ramming his opponent in the face with the aforementioned Big Freaking Nail.

In Chronophantasma, Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan is now his Overdrive, and the 4 seals requirement was dropped, now used instead as a requirement for a new super. His highly-acclaimed Bang Install theme has also been replaced, and stops when he runs out of Overdrive meter. Fortunately it's status as distortion is returned in his unlimited state, replaced by overdrive Erupting Soul.

  • A Father to His Men: Bang treats his subordinates with caring passion, he never belittles them, and seems to enjoy participating in any trivial tasks and manual labor alongside them as an equal. His subordinates reciprocate by praising Bang all the time, to the point it looks like this is their only purpose as minor characters in the game.
  • All Webbed Up: One version of his Shuriken-jutsu special has him throw a special nail that entraps is enemy in webs.
  • Anything But That!: He'll do anything for Litchi... except handing over the Rettenjou. After all, it's listed as his most prized possession in the Material Collection.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In Litchi's CP arcade run, he apologizes before he fights her; he's going to bring Litchi back to Kagutsuchi because everyone there needs her.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: Bang's Nox Nyctores, Phoenix Rettenjou is revealed in Continuum Shift as the only weapon capable of breaking the Boundary. Making matters worse in Chronophantasma, it can also be used as an anti-seithr nuke.
  • Arch-Enemy: Bang may be a goodhearted person, but his grudge against Jin for his actions in Ikaruga lasted 2 whole games before he moved on.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: One of Bang's victory lines.
    "There are two things in this world I cannot stand: lies and evil, and lies, and bell peppers!!"
    • And before fighting Hazama in his Arcade mode, he mentions that he hates "twisted justice, rotten hearts, and pineapple in sweet and sour pork."
  • Ascended Extra: Would you believe he started off as nothing but the Plucky Comic Relief? And now he possesses one of the key components in the villains' plan, and he's integral in Chronophantasma's True Ending.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Encouraged to do so in gameplay. Despite having one of the better mobility in the game, he has the shortest timer before negative penalty for not being aggressive occurs.
  • Awesome McCool Name
  • Background Music Override: Conect all his Burning Heart attacks, activate Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan and "Beat a nail with your hammer!" overrides any current theme playing, cue to: BANG BANG BANG BAAAAANG!!! BAANING-UU TAMASHII!!! TATAKAU KOKORO KOUGETSUKU HODO NIIIII!!!
  • Badass: Might be hard to see at first, but when Bang gets serious he shows exactly why he's the "Pride of Ikaruga".
  • Badass Adorable: An unusual example. Whilst the "badass" part is obvious, the "adorable" mostly comes from the precise intersection of his meatheaded idiocy, his constant Butt Monkey status, and his genuinely kind, good-hearted nature.
  • Badass Boast: His image song "Gale," is arguably this.
  • Badass Creed: Gets one for a normal Distortion Drive:
    "To rid this world of evil, I will become a hammer of justice!"
    ''"Where there is light, there will be darkness. I will bring justice to the evil who lurk in the dark! People call me the Divine Lightning of Justice!"
  • Badass Normal: Really. Remember, every other character has: a) some kind of magical artifact (usually one of the Nox Nyctores), b) an inherent supernatural background that gives them powers, or c) exposure to some mystical force which has left them supernatural abilities. Technically, Bang has a Nox, but it's stated in-game that he doesn't even know it IS a Nox, let alone how to use it. That means that all of his abilities (including Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan) have been achieved through training and hard work. He can go toe-to-toe with some ludicrously powerful people, and even though he often gets tossed around anyway, the fact that he can even survive some of those battles is amazing in and of itself. In Chronophantasma, he fights Ragna, and Relius to a standstill.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Big Brother Mentor: Thinks of himself as this towards Carl. He does have a pretty sweet Pet the Dog moment with him, though.
    • Solidified in Continuum Shift, Carl's good ending has him taking his leave to prepare himself against any move his father might pull, in one of his usual inner monologues Carl wishes that if he ever reaches adulthood, both Litchi and Bang are the figures he would take his mature character from.
  • Big "NO!": Let’s one in the middle of an all-out fight against Relius, Carl and Litchi, Bang is at pain and disbelief for Carl and Litchi to be siding with Relius.
  • Big Frickin' Nail
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Bouncing Battler: His new DD in CP has him bouncing around wall-to-wall, hitting the midair opponent multiple times before finishing it with jamming his nail into the midair opponent.
  • Bruiser With A Soft Centre: Especially around kids.
  • Buxom Is Better: While explaining Litchi’s qualities to Bullet, Bang makes sure to boast about Litchi’s voluptuous breasts, as one of the traits for why she is a goddess to him.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Biggest offender. He calls out everything he does. And often, what he calls out isn't even the name of the attack. He'll also call out "Air tech!" or "This is an ukemi!" and even "I wasn't doing anything!"
  • The Cape: Initially subverted, he tries to be one, but it doesn't exactly work out well given the series` setting. Though by later games he actually is capable of inspiring those around him, namely Carl, Bullet, and even Ragna.
  • Characterization Marches On: Back then Bang was prone to misunderstand every situation he found himself in, provoke fights for he thought it be bringing some evil doer to justice, only to be ridiculed and defeated, no one but his subordinates seemed to rely on him for anything, and in general he seemed to be oblivious about his surroundings. The series progressed in depth and so did Bang (his ever increasing popularity helped of course), as of Chronophantasma he now seems to grasp his surroundings, even if sometimes initially still oblivious, he grew out of pursuing petty revenge (Jin) or believing someone is evil till he trades blows with them (Ragna), is a much more capable fighter, also many are relying on him to the point of world changing events lingering on Bang, and the moments where he is ridiculed has been drastically decreased.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Up till Continuum Shift Bang was just a funny background guy who just didn't seem to fit in the major scope of things, ridiculed by many, ignored by others, respected by just a few; to the more perceptive however, Bang was being built up with strong connections to grand events since Calamity Trigger, starting with Rachel noticing he had an inactive Nox Nyctores, just an easy to miss mention of what would be brought up in story with much greater importance at the climax of Bang's story in CS, as of CS's end Bang is now directly and indirectly connected to many plot threads leading to Chronophantasma and even to what may happen in the future.
  • The Chew Toy
    • One especially memorable example can be found during Litchi's joke ending in Continuum Shift, which has her beat the living daylights out of him with a metal bat in accordance with the rules of a living board game. Talk about being the epitome of Chew Toy.
    • Throughout Continuum Shift's Tutorial and Challenge modes, you will always be beating the crap out of Bang while you practice your combos.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Bang feels the need to help anyone he sees (or thinks it is) in need, when it’s a child that usually translates to Bang wanting to take the person as his disciple and raise them into a good individual, older people are met with an offer for Bang to assist them in their quest or task, regardless of how taxing it may be, for Bang it just must not be something shady or evil.
  • Clothing Damage: The end of his Astral Finish in Continuum Shift incinerates everything but his fundoshi.
  • Covert Pervert: Has an Erotic Dream of Litchi and gets a nosebleed just thinking of her breast size.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Bang is treated like an idiot by everyone. Word of God says even Carl is stronger than him. But despite that, he holds out on his own, has a Nox Nyctores that is inactive (which could make him more powerful than he is currently), and as long as the subject isn't about Litchi, he COULD be competent; and lastly... Hakumen praised his undying spirit. That speaks a lot for Bang's potential. Chronophantasma also adds Azrael, by now considered a psychopathic fight-monger, to even admit that Bang got spirit and doesn't mind a rematch next time they cross pathsnote . Great going, Bang.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: In his story mode in the first game, Rachel claims that Bang beating Ragna is about as likely as Bang erasing all the seithr in the world. Come Chronophantasma, not only can Bang hold his own against Ragna, he also ends up being the one erasing all the seithr in the world.
  • Damage Over Time: One version of his Shuriken-jutsu special has him throw a special nail that poisons his enemy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He does have his moments sometimes where even he is questioning things.
    Bullet: What are you doing?! Why did you let him go?! That man was just about to tell me everything!
    Bang: D-Don't! That's no different from being a hoodlum!
    Bullet: What, I can't do that? That's how I always get information!
    Bang: are you not already in prison?
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He holds a one-sided crush on Litchi.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of his Distortion Drives starting in CS ends with 2 Bangs crashing to the opponent. Also one of his Unlimited-only DD.
  • Dramatic Irony: He has a Boundary rending Nox Nyctores. While he hasn't mastered it, if only he knew Litchi's Boundary problems, he could've persuaded her and prevented her going over to NOL. As of now, he's mostly seen by the fandom as the one who will eventually save Litchi.
  • Dramatic Wind: Bang's scarf blows heroically behind him in the breeze no matter which way he's facing or even if he's indoors.
  • Dumb Is Good: Subverted. Bang is actually pretty perceptive and resourceful, he just gives off the "dumb" vibe due to his Large Ham tendencies.
  • Dulcinea Effect: Pledges himself as Litchi's protector despite barely knowing her. He also extends this to his "disciples:" Tao, Carl, and Platinum.
  • Elemental Punch: His Drive is him doing a flaming punch/kick to the foe that activates his Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan seals. 2 of his specials also work like this.
  • Failure Knight: He still couldn't hang over his guilt of letting Lord Tenjou die by the hands of Jin.
  • The Fool: Dumb as a brick, and remarkably hard to kill.
  • Fantastic Nuke: His nail, Phoenix: Rettenjou can be used to activate one, Kushinada Lynchpin, a device that can nullify all seithr in the world. He finally uses it near Chronophantasma's ending, as seen here.
  • Fingerless Gloves
  • Foil: Gains a rather humorous dynamic with Kagura in Chronophantasma. They're both disciples of Tenjou and total perverts; but Bang stays loyal to his master even after his death, more of a Covert Pervert and has eyes only for Litchi. Kagura joins the NOL, the same organization responsible for Tenjou's death, and has no compunctions on hitting on anything remotely attractive to him.
  • Friend to All Children: In the same vein as Litchi, Bang seems to be very fond of children. Notably, all orphans from Ikaruga deeply respect and adore him; the Kaka kittens also have come to like him as well. No wonder the Ikaruga orphans Litchi met before were Shipper on Deck for her and Bang. He also likes to take younglings such as Carl or Taokaka under his wing.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: He's the lowest tier character, in-story, because he hasn't really learned how to use his Nox Nyctores yet. For this reason, he could never beat Rachel Alucard in a fight, and the game will remind you of this anytime you use a "weak" character to beat a "strong" character in Story Mode. Usually by mocking you. For your victory. Yet, in CS, he's top-tier.
  • Gentle Giant: Even though he is hammy, Hot-Blooded and a complete Ditz, Bang is a nice guy with a heart full of justice and love for all who are not evil.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars / X Marks the Hero: He got his scar from being attacked by Jin.
    "To remind myself of those tragic days, I only need to look in a mirror and see the scars on my face."
  • Grapple Move: 2 of his specials are this, that ends with him comboing his foe while teleporting around. Also one of his DDs in CP starts with one.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Even when using his English voice set in Continuum Shift, he'll occasionally say "nani?" It only helps make him look manly.
  • For Happiness: When Ragna asks him what does he fight for in their bout in CP's true ending, he answers that it's to ensure the future of his fallen country and for the smiles that were lost to be restored.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Although they were remorseful, Bang didn't take the betrayals of Litchi and Carl well. But that doesn't stop him from fulfilling his goddamn mission!
  • Heroic BSOD: Bang temporarily loses all meaning in life when Litchi rejects his dramatic love confession.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In one of his endings, at least. Turns out to be canon. And turns out he survived it.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: It'd probably help if he didn't shout so much.
  • Hopeless Suitor: The likelihood of Litchi returning his feelings are extremely slim considering she has her own problems with another man. She does appreciate him as a friend though.
  • Hot-Blooded:
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns
  • "HOW CAN THIS BE?!": He has this as one of his quotes whenever he's hit.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: As stated he has the Phoenix: Rettenjou in dormant state, with zero knowledge on how to use it. Further more, Relius also kept referring him as having something left behind by Shuuichirou Ayatsuki, in probability the Kushinada Device/Lynchpin. Once again, Bang has no idea what the heck is that.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: So far, the only instances where Bang used his Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan in story heavily implies that he is much stronger than other characters take him for, even with an unactivated Nox. Bang activated first against Tager in CT, with the Red Devil instantly being overthrown by him; the other time was against Hazama in CS, Bang used it to flee with Tao and Carl in tow, Hazama immediately complimented Bang and stated that he is more than meets the eye.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: His general attitude appears to Tsubaki to be playing the role of a period adventure hero. Her response is... interesting.
  • Idiot Hair: Depends on who's doing the character art for the game, but he tends to have something of an ahoge in the in-game illustrations (like in his character art for Continuum Shift, shown above).
  • Idiot Hero: Topped only by Taokaka in this regard.
  • Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: During episode 7 of Teach me, Miss Litchi, his subordinates suggest posing as a patient in order to get into the clinic. He says it's a great idea. ... He's just never been sick and doesn't know how to even get sick. This exchange is currently the trope's page quote.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: His new Distortion Drive in CP ends with him nailing his foe to the ground with his nail. As well as his Unlimited-only one. This is also what starts his Astral Heat.
  • Invisibility: He can turn invisible as an Unlimited-only special.
  • Incoming Ham
  • Invulnerable Attack: Enabled by his Drive moves.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: While ninjas normally specialize in speed, Bang is more of an all-around character than anything, though his speed is still emphasized.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Is using archaic "sessha" and "de gozaru."
  • Justice Will Prevail
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He gets along very well with the Kaka clan, saving their village in one Calamity Trigger ending and serving as a doting adoptive parent to Tao in another.
  • Large Ham: To truly absurd levels.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Buffed in the sequel Continuum Shift so that he's now one of the best characters in the game.
  • Limited Wardrobe: While Bang certainly is not the only one in the series subject to this, he is unique in that artbooks and side-materials, Bang is shown to be perfectly capable of wearing casual clothes, particularly when he is working at construction sites in Ronin-Gai, Bang wears jeans and a white shirt.
  • Leitmotif: ''Gale/Reppuu'', an extremely bombastic piece that describes his ''BURNING SOUL'' And of course, both of his Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan themes, Bang The Nail With A Hammer and Bang! Bang! Big Bang!
  • Lost in Translation: His story playthrough in CS, Lost ARCH ENEMY, isn't actually about an actual arch enemy of sorts. "Arch Enemy" is what Nox Nyctores is called in Japan. It refers to his nail, which is secretly a Nox.
  • Love at First Sight: For Litchi.
  • Made of Iron: Bang is the closest thing the series has to a Badass Normal, but despite that, he's capable to enduring a lot of abuse.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds those when he reunites with his Tenjou's son, Homura, after trying to secure any info on his location to no avail before this meeting.
  • Meaningful Name: He sure likes doing everything with a "bang". The kanji for his first name (萬驱) also means "to purge myriad/ten thousand evil", which fits his devotion to justice.
  • Memento Macguffin: The nail he carries around? It was given as a memento by his lord Tenjou, and it's more important than it looks. It turns out to be Phoenix Rettenjou. Not only that, it houses Tenjou's soul.
  • Mr. Fanservice: The only way to explain why he's baring his abs like that. It gets better with his Astral Heat in ''Continuum Shift' onwards, which ends in his clothes burning off.
  • The Munchausen
  • Named Weapons: His nail is a Nox Nyctores named Phoenix: Rettenjo.
  • Nice Guy: Outside of his Crazy Jealous Guy antics in the first game, Bang is one of the nicest characters in the stories.
  • Ninja
    • McNinja: He technically was born near Poland.
  • No Indoor Voice: For real, there's almost nothing but shouting coming from his mouth at times. Ragna even lampshades this in his win quote against Bang in Chronophantasma
    Ragna: GAH, my ears...seriously man.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Apparently, he's not so Highly Visible all the time. Bang is also well aware of how his idealism sounds to Jin, at least, and explains his seemingly illogical mercy to Jin thus:
    "As you have said... many... times, I am an idiot."
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In his CS bad ending, he actually gets to kill Jin, while he's down. His HMPK segment has Kokonoe pointing this out, saying that it's not like him.
  • Parasol of Pain: No, he doesn't carry it around like Rachel, but one of his supers involves him throwing a parasol... which then rains hundreds of metal nails all over the opponent.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Bang is very reverent of his homeland of Ikaruga. However, his Slight Hope counterpart has a more neutral outlook of the Ikaruga Civil War, calling it "a foolish quarrel in which neither side was innocent" and how they have "paid for their pigheadedness".
  • Plucky Comic Relief: What he started out as, but it's being subverted the more prominent in the plot he gets. Notably, his portrayal in the anime is played completely seriously with almost none of his Large Ham tendencies in sight, he's even sensible around Litchi.
  • Power Glows: Golden. Sometimes Red for some reason, as seen in Continuum Shift story segments.
  • Rated M for Manly: He's slowly leaving the Testosterone Poisoning status for people within the YMMV territory, those who give Bang's manliness the poisoning status.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He and Carl tend to have this vibe, with him as the Red Oni.
    • Also has this going on with Kagura, and once again plays Red Oni.
  • Retcon: Somewhat; in the story of Calamity Trigger it is mentioned that he died fighting Hakumen. But in the next game it's revealed that he actually survived, although with heavy injuries (and with Litchi patching him up), and the story of him dying was just made up by Taokaka.
  • Ruritania: Born in Wadatsumi, which is located in eastern Europe.
  • Sadistic Choice: Forced unto him by Kokonoe in Tager's joke ending.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: "Glare!" and "Thud..."
  • Scarf of Asskicking
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Between him and Carl, he is the manly man.
  • Shipper on Deck: Two Ikaruga orphans Litchi have met in Calamity Trigger were happy to push her into marrying Bang, mostly because both Bang and Litchi are good and respectable in the eyes of the children.
  • Signature Move: His Drive moves, which opens the way for his real Signature Move: the Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He may comment on some of the more..."provocative" aspects of the female cast, but nonetheless is only attracted to Litchi.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: The only set of clothes Bang is shown to have besides his Highly Visible Ninja outfit, jeans and a white shirt, as seen in artbooks and gallery entry in Calamity Trigger. Inverted with his usual clothes, which has the sleeves but bares his body.
  • Soul Jar: Not him. The nail he carries around houses Lord Tenjou's soul.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Despite his surname being romanized under the Hepburn system as "Shishigami", Bang insists on spelling out the Kunrei-Shinki romanization. S-I-S-I-G-A-M-I.
    • This is parodied HARD with Platinum the Trinity, since she insults him by calling him Bang Sissy-gami.
  • Spread Shot: One version of his Shuriken-jutsu special has him throwing 3 nails in a spread fashion. As Ultimate Bang, all versions of said move are now spread-shots.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Towards Litchi. Subverted in Continuum Shift. He no longer stalks her and seems to be on good normal terms.
  • Super Mode: Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan, which actually makes him a legitimate threat to some of the series' more powerful characters. Sadly he doesn't use it that often.
    "Shishigami Ninpo Forbidden Art: FU-RIN-KA-ZAN!!!"
    • In Tager's joke ending he activates his Furinkazan, complete with a golden aura, and kicks Tager's ass. Then things get weird...
    • In the true ending of CS he also uses it on Hazama... to get the hell away from him with Taokaka and Carl.
      • Used again in Chronophantasma to fly sky high, and activate the Lynchpin, throwing Phoenix Rettenjou into it.
  • Team Dad: Thinks of himself as this to Carl and Taokaka, and pretty much any other youngster he feels the need to take under his wing, a notable example is what Bang wanted to do as soon as Platinum said she had no parents, taking her to Ronin-Gai's orphanage and raise her along with the other Ikaruga orphans. In his True Ending in Continuum Shift Bang also encourages two Ikaruga children to be strong and take care of Ronin-Gai, for him to have a place to return someday, as he leaves on a journey to Ikaruga.
    Bang: "A child matures by learning from a man. Yes, child. Take a good look. Learn from this man!"
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Unlimited Bang gains this as a special.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: That's the exact basic concept of what Toshimichi Mori thought while creating him, still Bang's over-the-top character is not seen as comically exaggerated within his fandom, which is pretty damn huge, instead they will always push him into Rated M for Manly territory. Their devotion to Bang seems to have caught Mori's eyes as Bang has been achieving great importance to the storyline as the series goes on, including him being less over-the-top and more straight-sided on the manliness aspect.
  • Thanks for the Mammary: In a near unconscious state Bang mistakes Bullet for Litchi, immediately after accidentally leaning on her breasts, being that dozed off Bang couldn’t know any better since Bullet and Litchi are about the same size.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Originally only in the console version of the first game, but later became standard in the sequel.
  • Theme Naming: Many of his specials have "-jutsu" in their names and they're all sounding exaggeratedly awesome; pretty much a shonen staple.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: He hates Jin all right, but thanks to his Master's teachings, he always refuses to kill him, if he beats him, he only departs with the note for Jin: "Reflect on your sins!"
    • He makes an exception in his CS true ending, but it's freaking Hazama, fresh from beating two children near to death for no real reason. Of course, since it's Hazama, he fails, but he escapes not only with his life but manages to tow Taokaka and Carl out with him.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Outside the story, he's god tier in CS. But the story also has started treating him with more respect, too. By the end of CS, he's arguably less of a Butt Monkey than Ragna is, and he now seems legitimately capable of beating his opponents (if they're weakened), as opposed to the first game where some of them would simply feign defeat in order to make him go away. In his own story, Carl seems to think he's the superior fighter, Hakumen respects his warrior's spirit, and even Hazama, who spends the entire game trolling anyone and everyone who fights him, is all compliments when fighting Bang. And in CP he's treated more seriously, even though he's still his boisterous self.]]
  • Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: When Arakune beats him, Arakune declares that he "looks nasty" and leaves.
  • Troperiffic
  • A Twinkle in the Sky: Tager's joke ending, much to Tager's puzzlement
  • Unknown Rival: At first his goal was fighting Jin in combat to avenge his fallen land of Ikaruga. Meanwhile Jin can barely remember who Bang is. It's due to having his memories devoured by Terumi however, instead of his usual jackass behavior...mostly
  • Videogame Dashing: He's better at this than most other characters, with him being able to do 2 air dashes instead of just one. He also has a special that lets him do an air dash to 8 directions, although it consumes his limited amount of nails. Finally there's his Fu-Rin-Ka-Zan, where even moving normally causes him to dash all over the place.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Now, jump... into my MANLY CHEST!!!
  • Weapon of Mass Destruction: His Phoenix: Rettenjou can be used to activate one, namely Kushinada Lynchpin. As Relius noted, it has enough power to initiate something called "Day of Destruction." Andit is implied that Relius managed to steal it from Bang, at least going by his Arcade ending in CP.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Leave it to a ninja to figure out a way to incorporate a dropkick into the classic Smoke Out maneuver.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Every now and then, when he wins a match, he actually tells the player to "tune in next week!"
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • One of his ending paths finally gets Litchi to see him in a positive light rather than being a creepy stalker; and Bang even gets her to make The Promise to wait for him in Orient Town's bar. Unfortunately for Bang, what happens next is that he's dragged into the Boundary fighting Hakumen, presumably dies, and the one who remembered him is not Litchi (she probably forgot), but the Kaka clan. Thank God it's technically not canon as Continuum Shift shows.
    • It turns out this happens in the canon path (though he also learns about the presence of Tenjou's son). Bang's Continuum Shift story begins with him saving Litchi from an unknown assailant (not Hakumen), and then sort of came Back from the Dead (Tao was making up stories for that one). Which means, Bang pretty much gained Litchi's respect. However, this gets yanked again as unknown to Bang, Litchi ends up joining NOL out of desperation.

    Carl Clover & Ada Clover/Nirvana 

Carl Clover

Just a boy and his automaton sister.

"Allow me to show you... what they call a virtuoso."

Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (Japanese) / Michelle Ruff (English)

Don't let the Cute Shotaro Boy looks fool you, unless you can't help it. Carl is a vigilante seeking Ragna's bounty, which pretty much everyone in the world wants. He controls an autonomous puppet called Deus Machina: Nirvana.

He claims Nirvana is actually his sister, Ada Clover. Obviously, no one believes him, especially the people who knew Nirvana from the Dark War when it was first created, but he's actually telling the horrible truth. Her current state stems from the fact that their father, Relius, was a gifted alchemist who used her in one of his experiments, surgically combining Ada and Nirvana together to make it into an improved "Organic" Nox Nyctores. Carl watched it happen; worse, when his father gave up and left half-way through, Carl had to finish the job himself to save what was left of her. Because of all this, Carl is now pursuing his father to find out why he did what he did, but apparently Relius seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. He was formerly a student along with Noel and Jin at the academy, but he dropped out while Jin and Noel graduated. His glasses allow him to talk with machines, which explains why he can talk to Nirvana.

His arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Cross Road, Kalmah and Present Danger. His story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: Promise and Relatives.

His Drive ability, Automaton, lets him control Nirvana. His Astral Finish makes Nirvana produce a time bomb with a large radius, but the opponent has to be lured into it. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Synchro High Speed, which overclocks Nirvana and improves her speed and power. He also gains a brand-new Astral Finish, Deus Ex Machina. Instead of having Nirvana form an exploding ball of energy, she uses a different ball of energy that sucks the opponent in like a vacuum. If the opponent hits the ball, Carl drapes his cape over them and it is shown that the ball sucks them into another dimension where they are crushed by giant cogs.

  • A Boy And His Puppet Sister
  • Adorably Precocious Child
  • Adorkable: Like Noel, he is cute, modest, and shy. Also has Nerd Glasses.
  • Adults Are Useless: Carl's general view on grown-ups is basically this, except replace "useless" with "evil". He learns from Litchi and Bang that this isn't entirely true.
  • Affably Evil: A genuinely polite, and kind boy. Unlike Hazama, Carl never stops being polite, and simply wants to be with his sister. Though, in the end of his path in CS, he started flipping off due to drugs, calmed down by Litchi and at Chronophantasma, he's no longer of this trope, now a good boy that rediscovered his humanity.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Antagonistic Off Spring: To say he hates his father would be putting it mildly.
  • Anti-Hero: He just wants to restore his sister and take revenge on his father. He's also a bit of a sociopath.
  • Ax-Crazy: If what Hakumen says during Carl's arcade story is to be believed, then Nirvana is not affecting Carl's mind, and it is Carl's own bloodthirst that is moving Nirvana. Everyone else seems to think Nirvana is the reason for his craziness, but they're probably thinking of the original Nirvana.
    • Carl seems to have mellowed out some, if some of his CS arcade win quotes are any indication. In CP, he definitely has.
  • Badass: Word of God states he's the strongest of the vigilantes (which include a clone of one of the biggest badasses in the game's backstory and BANG SHISHIGAMI). Of course, he doesn't realize it or think much of it. Then again, he's tag-teaming with a Nox Nyctores, which is a definite advantage.
    • Badass Adorable
    • Badass Bookworm: His main hobbies, according to his profile, are reading, chess, and playing the violin. On the side, he just happens to be a near-fearless vigilante.
    • Badass Cape: Somehow, it can hold a knight-and-horse puppet that is just as big, if not bigger, than Carl himself.
    • Badass Normal: Nox Nyctores sister aside, he's just an ordinary human, a kid at that, yet is able to hold his own against all kinds of other beings.
    • Cultured Badass: As well as some of the hobbies mentioned above, he enjoys drinking tea, as proven in his Material Collection art.
  • Berserk Button: Saying that Ada is Nox Nyctores or a puppet, not his sister or even calling her Nirvana is a quick way to anger out of him.
  • Big Sister Worship
  • Bowties Are Cool: Of both the Badass and Adorkable varieties.
  • Break the Cutie: His father turned his sister into Nirvana in front of him and then abandoned it half-done, forcing Carl to finish Nirvana up all by himself. This scarred poor Carl for life.
  • Brother-Sister Team: The brother half.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He tries to do so in CS's story for turning his mom and sister into puppets. However, Relius is a lot stronger, and Carl had to escape with Nirvana and Litchi with their lives, so the conclusion to this trope will have to wait
    • In CP he's going to do this again. This time, he managed to beat his father, but after that Relius says that he's gonna try to restore Ada.
  • Cassandra Truth: No one seems to believe Carl when he says that Nirvana is his sister.
  • Charged Attack: One of his normal moves can be charged for more damage and an additional effect.
  • Cheerful Child: Mostly in gag reels, though.
  • Chess Motifs: Carl's dolls are likely base on chess pieces. The small doll is a pawn, the doll with a flag is the bishop, the lance-wielding doll on a horse is the knight, the large doll with a shield (when he blocks attacks) is the rook, Ada is the queen and Carl himself is the king.
  • Child Prodigy: Carl is a gifted vigilante, despite being seemingly much younger than the rest of the cast.
  • Companion Cube: Nirvana
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: He does this with Nirvana. Justified in the sense that she really is his sister, and that he can apparently speak to machines with his glasses.
  • Cooldown Hug: He recieves one from Litchi in CS story mode after their story mode fight. Too bad the cooldown period is cut short by none other than Relius, who shoves her away casually and then summons Ignis (Carl's mom) to fight him.
  • Creepy Child: Once the player sees past the next few examples. Carl is disturbingly erratic and prone to acts of seemingly random murderous violence, usually when "sis" tells him to do something. His Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment has Kokonoe telling him to be a bit more cheerful.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Ever courteous, Carl always has a smile on his face, even when he's staring down a target.
    • Or threatening to kill them.
  • Dramatic Irony: Carl either realizes or did not realize that Litchi is in NOL, siding with Relius despite chastising his parenting skills (if the former, then it's the reason he snapped at her in the first place). However, thanks to Character Development, he has a better chance to finally not take things in face value and probably find that she's actually Forced Into Evil and perhaps try to help in the future.
    • Result: In Relius' story in Chronophantasma, Carl demanded to know what Relius planned to do on Litchi, which shows that he didn't feel betrayed, but instead concerned. In his story, he tried his best to protect Litchi from Relius, and to some extent also Bang.
  • Glacier Waif/Glass Cannon: Carl has limited mobility options, most notably lacking a run-type dash, has a measly 9,500 health, and his biggest source of damage is done via Ada. Also, he's reduced to a walking stance when he's directing Ada to attack.
    • Difficult but Awesome: Carl probably has the steepest learning curve in the game, but once you learn how to properly use him, you can look forward to pummeling opponents in tandem with your sister for some nice big damage, especially through some disjointed sandwich combos. This nets him the highest damage output in the game through very very long combos.
  • Freudian Excuse: A very good one at that.
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual: His glasses let him talk to machines.
  • Heroic BSOD: After Carl learns that his mom was turned into a robot much like his sister, he has a "blank, empty expression on his face, befitting someone who has lost everything."
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Carl can pull off flags and several puppets from his cloak, some of them as big as he is. And apparently all of them are based on chess figures, which is one of his biggest hobbies. Most probably an ability learned from his father.
  • Idiot Hair: Underneath his hat he is shown to have this. He is by no means a total fool, though, it's more representative of his naivete.
  • Kid Detective: In his CS gag reel, he works to solve "The 7 Mysteries of the Academy".
  • Kid Hero: If his true ending in Continuum Shift's story is to be believed, this is what he wishes to become.
  • Kid With The Remote Control
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Inverted somewhat, as he's the younger brother. His main goal in the series is restoring his sister back to human form. He's very protective of her, and sometimes threatens those who try to take her away.
  • Leitmotif: Marionette Purple, kinda self explanatory really.
  • Marionette Master
  • Marshmallow Hell: A borderline example. When Litchi gives Carl a Cooldown Hug in CS's story mode, the side of his head is pressed right up against her chest.
  • Mechanical Horse: Hides a small one of these in his cape along with a knight puppet, which he uses as his primary weapons.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: His eyes get shifty when he is being influenced by Nirvana.
  • The Mole: He was really working with Rachel and Valkenhayn in Taokaka's gag reel.
  • Named Weapons: Since Nirvana/Ada IS his weapon, this does apply.
  • Nice Hat
  • One-Hit Kill: Unlimited Carl in CP has the pre-CP Deus Ex Machina as an Overdrive-only DD. Its damage exceeds 10500 HP, meaning that it can take out quite a number in characters from full health in one go.
  • Only Sane Man: In Noel's joke end.
  • Puppet Fighter: Both literally and in the sense of the trope. Activating Carl's Drive allows Nirvana to move, and pressing the Drive button with various inputs causes her to attack on her own while Carl does his own moves. Nirvana can only be used as long as her gauge lasts, though. From there, a skill Carl player or any solid user of any avatar-based fighter can easily land some nasty and long combos, and sandwich their opponent in between.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue oni to Bang's red oni.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Between him and Bang, Carl would be the sensitive guy - at least on the surface. In reality, it turns out that Bang is the soft-hearted soul who won't even kill his own archenemy when he gets a chance, and Carl is the one who's damn ready to went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope if it kills his father in the process.
  • Shorter Means Smarter
  • The Short Guy with Glasses
  • Shotacon: Carl gets quite a lot of attention for a young boy. Any time Makoto and Carl appear on screen together usually results in the poor (or lucky) kid getting The Glomp, he gets a Cooldown Hug/Marshmallow Hell courtesy of Litchi at the end of his Continuum Shift story, and then there's this quote:
    Bang: What, is my word not good enough for you?! Why are you asking Carl?!
    Litchi: Oh? No real reason. Ohohoho.
    • And Chronophantasma adds up Amane as one of the people who can't seem to get enough of Carl and wants them together in the same room.
  • Smart People Play Chess: According to his profile, chess is one of his main hobbies, and he was at the top of his class before he disappeared.
  • Sociopathic Hero: He certainly shows shades of this throughout both his Arcade and Story modes, especially when dealing with Relius (duh), Noel (for her connection to the Azure) and Tsubaki (For her connection to the NOL, and subsequently his father). It should be noted that the last two were once his closest friends.
  • Stage Magician: He very much looks the part. So much so, in fact, that BB fans have developed an Advice Dog meme around it.
  • Tell Me About My Father: Tries this on Tsubaki in CS arcade mode.
  • Theme Naming: His specials are all related to music. Vivace, Cantabile, Laetabilis Cantata, etc.
  • This Cannot Be!: In Noel's Continuum Shift Gag Reel, he receives a big shock when he sees Hazama enjoying the Kagutsuchi puffer fish which took out the rest of the BlazBlue cast and left them twitching on the ground, covered in their own vomit.
    Carl: Im...possible! How can you possibly eat THAT?!
  • Token Mini-Moe: Male example, sharing the spot with Platinum.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Cookies, according to both his profile and comments from the producer
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: There is something seriously unnerving about a boy, who looks no older than 14, going on a revenge quest against his father, and his completely sociopathic ways in doing so. What makes it creepier is how he still maintains his polite attitude, even as he threatens someone's life.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Noel's CS arcade win quote: "Carl, you were such a kind and gentle child. Please, stop this and think about what you're doing!" Indeed, Kid!Carl as seen in flashbacks is adorable, you can thank Relius for his eventual descend.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Compared to Ada, he needs to rely on speed and comboability to do decent damage.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: As mentioned above, others sometimes try to tell Carl that some things he does are wrong. However, he usually doesn't listen, most likely due to his mistrust of adults.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Carl does this in Taokaka's joke ending, as he sets a trap for the heroes while working with Valkenhayn.
  • You Remind Me of X: In the Remix Heart manga, he claims that Mai's attitude reminded himself of his sister.
  • Zipperiffic

Nirvana (Ada Clover)

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi / Lauren Landa note 

Carl's older sister. As a human, she was very kind and nuturing towards her little brother, causing Carl to idolize her. She baked him cookies, offered him games to play, had an amazing sense of humor, and was overall a genuinely kind person, according to Carl. However, two years before the events of Calamity Trigger, her body parts, and most likely her soul, were incorporated into the Nox Nyctores Nirvana by their father Relius.

Currently, she serves as Carl's weapon, partner, and drive ability, acting on his commands and protecting him. Despite her being a mechanical puppet, she has an unusual amount of sentience, acting on her own to protect Carl or attacking a dangerous enemy, such as Hazama. She also can speak to Carl, despite her dialogue consisting of nothing more than ellipsis. This causes others to doubt Carl's sanity, even though it has been stated that his glasses allow him to talk to machines, including her.

It is revealed later that during the Dark War, Nirvana (note: not Ada) was assigned as Celica's guardian.

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Carl says that she has an amazing sense of humor in his Gag Reel, but it's such a shame we'll never hear the answer to "How many dead hamsters does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" Also in Noel's Gag Reel, when Noel, Bang, and Carl hear about how the chef slipped on the Peking Duck and got messed up in the process, Nirvana/Ada supposedly said something 'pwn-worthy' at the chef's expense.
    Carl: Now that's just going too far! It's bad enough you're making jokes at the poor man's expense, but must you do so with that arrogant smirk on your face as well?
    Bang: Master Carl... What... Did your sister say?
    Carl: Eh? Oh yes. She just asked, "What does a chef who slips on a duck and Kagutsuchi's seithr have in common?"
  • Anti-Air: She does a big clap upwards as one of her drive moves. Also the Con Brio special where she extends her claws diagonally upward.
  • Assist Character
  • Badass
  • Boobs of Steel: Ada was pretty stacked when she was a human, and Nirvana has literal steel covering hers.
  • Brother-Sister Team: The sister half.
  • Cool Big Sis
  • Creepily Long Arms: Which, combined with her Limp and Livid state, makes for a Creepy Doll indeed.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Considering her joke involved comparing the chef's accident to what is essentially a poisonous gas, one can infer a rather snarky and cynical punchline.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: Their pre-CP Astral Heat is this; if the explosion fails to hit the enemy, Carl will be unable to use her for the rest of the round.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: A number of attacks, most notably Rhapsody of Memories.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Carl's bad ending in CT, she protects him from Nu. Thankfully, this isn't canon in the current timeline.
  • Kamehamehadoken: Her Volante special.
  • Knight Templar Big Sister: She may be even more protective of Carl than he is of her, which says a lot about her devotion.
  • Marionette Motion: Moves this way when activated.
  • Megaton Punch: Fermata sends the opponent flying off the top of the screen if it connects.
  • Mighty Glacier: She moves and attacks rather slowly, but they do quite some damage whenever they hit. She becomes faster if Carl activates his Overdrive.
  • Purple Is Powerful
  • Promotion to Parent: She looks after Carl more than her parents do, and provides a maternal figure for him.
  • The Quiet One: For obvious reasons. Most certainly NOT The Stoic, however.
  • Robot Girl: An Automaton version
  • Robot Maid: Nirvana sort of looks the part.
  • Shotoclone: She has a projectile special, an anti-air special and a straight rush special. Thing is, she's rarely (if at all) played like a regular "shoto".
  • Signature Move: Her 6D (up + Drive) move where she claps upwards. Used in Carl's infamous "Clap Loop".
  • Significant Double Casting: The reason why Nirvana shares the same voice as Litchi can be traced in Calamity Trigger in Carl's story, when he was being tended by Litchi, he flashed back on how Ada said the same kind thing as Litchi. Subsequently, as the story progressed, Carl became fond to Litchi and sees a very similar soul within her like Ada. note 
  • Soul Jar: Nirvana holds the soul of Carl's sister, Ada.
  • Sphere of Destruction: In CP she gains a new DD where she traps her opponent in a sphere and then the sphere bursts, dealing high damage. Also her pre-CP Astral Heat.
  • Spin Attack: One of her Drive moves is a slow version of this with her long arms.
  • This Is a Drill: Her Con Fuoco special morphs her hand into a drill as she punches an opponent with it.
  • Time Bomb: She pulls 10 second one out for Carl's Astral. It apparently gets juiced up in Chronophantasma, especially as Unlimited Carl's Distortion Drive; although it loses the 10 second delay.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Carl.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Compared to Carl's relative comboability, her options (outside of her Kamehamehadoken) are "punch, or slash, as hard as possible," with almost no comboability unless working in tandem with Carl.
    • Hakumen once mentioned that Nirvana "wasn't supposed to dirty her hands". Indeed, her purpose when she was made was being Celica's guardian, who is a pacifist, and Nirvana didn't have much combat capabilities on her own, beyond her raw strength.

One of the legendary Six Heroes. Also kind of an asshole.

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

The sub-boss of the first game. Hakumen was the de facto leader of the Six Heroes who defeated the Black Beast. He was trapped inside the Gate for decades until he was finally released around the same time Ragna's first attacks on the NOL happened; Kokonoe intended to use him as her slave but then he ran away, going after Ragna as Hakumen thinks he's endangering the world. He is armed with the Nox Nyctores Interfectum Malus: Ookami, a nodachi which can completely nullify the effects of magic. Also, his armor is one of the three Sankishin (Three Shining Gods) Units, the Susanooh, which (through his sword) has the ability to cut through time.

Later it's revealed that he's Jin Kisaragi from an alternate timeline, who fell into the Cauldron going after Ragna and and sent back around 100 years into the past, before the Black Beast appears; she's given the Susanooh by Rachel, saving his life and with it, he goes by a new identity. Later in the story he meets (again with) the "true evil", Yuuki Terumi (aka Hazama), another of the Six Heroes who rebelled, and sets his sight on defeating him, teaming with other people (namely Rachel, other Six Heroes, and ironically, Ragna) in the process.

His arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Lies and Truth, Heaven and Hell and Magic Master. His story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: Atonement hero and possibility.

Unlike the other characters, he does not have a regular Heat gauge, instead using his own Magatama meter that gradually stores up to 8 orbs, used for special moves and Distortion Drives. The meter fills up automatically over time in addition to being filled by attacking and defending. His Drive ability, Zanshin (God Slash), is a multi-purpose countering maneuver that helps filling his meter. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Kishin (Demon God), which greatly accelerates his meter gauge, and allows him to cancel his counters in his special moves. His Astral Finish, Kokūjin Ōgi: Akumetsu (Evil Slayer), involves him performing a counter. If the opponent falls for it, the background suddenly switches to the style of an ancient Japanese scroll painting and he unleashes a fatal strike upon his opponent which fills the screen with blood.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Ookami can cut through, amongst other things, Ars Magus, Phantom's Sorcery, temporal borders (with the help of the Susanoo Unit) and can permanently injure and kill the otherwise immortal Murakumo Units.
  • Animal Motifs: Much like Jin before him, a "Fox". But even more Badass because it's the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox in Japanese Mythologies. Which strongly reflects his status as the Alternate Timeline of his past self.
    • When activating his Mugen/Infinity Distortion Drive, Hakumen's long silver hair stands up and seperates into nine pointy lineups, depicting the nine tails of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox. Heck! Even Hakumen's official Crest artwork has nine pointy leaf-like swords attached to the runic circle in the center, with the imagery of a fox as well.
  • Animated Armor: Its ambiguous if Hakumen's body is inside the armor or just his soul.
  • Anti-Hero Of the Pragmatic Hero variety. Hakumen has a completely noble goal of wanting to prevent the world from falling back into the destruction it almost faced 100 years prior. Unfortunately, he's a bit of an asshole who'd rather do things his way than talk things out, which puts him at odds with the cast most of the time. True to form tho, he does mellow out a bit through the series.
  • Anti-Magic: His Ookami sword negates seithr and Ars Armagus (since it's powered by seithr).
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Uses archaic Japanese in the Japanese version. Not as much in the English version though.
  • Atomic Hate: When he discovered that Kokonoe has a silo full of nukes in her base, he gets horrified by it, and apparently considers them worse than the Black Beast.
  • The Atoner: For his actions as Jin.
  • Badass: Probably the biggest example of the entire cast, and that's saying a lot. Case in point: He KILLS Terumi. Forever, with no current chance of any sort of coming back. Considering how much Terumi has cheated death and played people for fools, that is a very noticeable feat.
  • Badass Back: His Astral Finish reeks of this, with him arrogantly sheathing his sword facing away from the camera as his opponent lies splattered all over the ground.
  • Badass Baritone: In the first two games he had a very deep voice already, but come Chronophantasma his voice is so testosterone-laced thanks to a new distorting effect that it may impregnate all females in a 50 meter radius.
  • Badass Boast: Really, Badass Boasts make up about 90% of his dialogue. (When you've been trapped on the edge of the universe for most of a century, you have a lot of time to come up with this stuff.)
  • Badass Creed: It's what he's best known for and his Catch Phrase. His quote above tells the story.
  • Barrier Warrior: Hakumen's Drive in games creates a barrier what absorbs hits which allows Hakumen to counterattack. And from Continuum Shift onwards, his ability to cut projectiles is change to creating a black hole-like barrier when hitting a projectile with his sword, which blocks any further projectiles.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: While he as Jin already saw Tsubaki as a loyal friend and subordinate, it's not before her (gruesome) death where she Took The Bullet for him (after he acts mean to her, to boot) that he realized how much he loves her. As Hakumen, it's more pronounced in that he calls her "my lover" and makes her his motivation to live and fight.
  • Berserk Button: Literally anything having to do with Nu (including Lambda), due to her role in Tsubaki's death in Wheel of Fortune, his original timeline.
    • On the subject of Tsubaki, hurt her before him if you feel like dying.
  • BFS: A little bit of Truth in Television comes into play with Hakumen's sword. It is so massive that instead of trying to draw it out of the sheath (With his sheath on the back, this is literally impossible), he has a sliding mechanism built into the sheath that allows him to open the entire left side of it at will, making it possible to draw it quickly. The anime chose to go with Rule of Cool and has the sword go right through it.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Continuum Shift, he saves Tager from Hazama, Valkenhayn from Relius, and along with Bang, saves Platinum from Relius. He also saves Tsubaki from Ragna in Chronophantasma.
  • Big Good: During the Dark War as the unofficial leader of the Six Heroes.
  • Big Little Brother: He's a future version of Jin in a very large armor and thus he's taller than his big brother Ragna.
  • Black Knight: Not that he's actually clad in black armor, but he plays the character archetype right down to a T.
  • Blood Knight: It's not that obvious given his taciturn nature, but he never exactly turns down a fight no matter who challenges him and admonishes those who hold back when they do fight him.
  • Boring but Practical: In a setting where most characters have sorcery and are beast-hybrids, Hakumen is simply a man in a suit of armor with an Anti-Magic sword. He is one of the strongest beings in the series on nothing but skill and strength alone. Yea, he can cut through time, but he very rarely uses it.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: he attempted to slay Izanami with Time Killer - a technique that can erase all of the victim's time across timelines and is taxing on him - and failed, due to her being Death itself, a timeless concept. On top of that, Phantom teleports him away.
  • Brought Down to Badass: His "normal" isn't exactly everyone else's "normal" and he's still implied to be one of the strongest characters in the game.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the first game he can only use, at best, 20% of his total strength due to the remaining 80% of his existence being left on the Edge.
    • He's also seemingly regaining strength over time; in Continuum Shift it's implied he can now use around 30-40% of his full power.
  • Calling Your Attacks: While Hakumen doesn't shout them out loud like other characters, he does have a deep-growling version of this trope.
  • The Cape: A rather extreme example. Hakumen is hailed as one of the Six Heroes who defeated the Black Beast, and even tried to have humanity change its ways. He makes a large, grandiose speech announcing his presence and is primarily motivated to vanquish all evil in the world. Unlike Bang however, Hakumen is very much taken seriously.
  • Character Development: In his first appearance, he's an antagonist who's primary concern is eliminating "evil", and by evil he means Ragna's unstable Azure Grimoire. Even ignoring this, he always picked a fight with the cast for some reason and absolutely detested Jin. By Chronophantasma, he's toned down on this a bit and his rivalry with Ragna is far less hostile since he's decided to focus on killing Terumi instead and is willing to work with Rachel, albeit reluctantly, to do so. In regards to Jin's own Character Development, he's far less spiteful towards him as well and commends him for achieving the Power of Order and even gives him advice in undoing the Mind Eater curse on Tsubaki.
  • Charged Attack: A few of his normal moves can be charged to do more damage and have different effects. As well as his Kokuujin: Shippuu DD.
  • Climax Boss: Hakumen is always the penultimate boss in Calamity Trigger's Arcade Mode, as well as most of the cast's story routes, but he's always transported away by Kokonoe before he can finish his fight. In the True Ending when he fights Ragna, Hakumen overcomes Kokonoe's intervention and continues their fight, which forces Ragna to use his Azure Grimoire for the first time, which is what leads to the Time Loops being broken and the plot to kick in.
  • Close Range Combatant: He's more effective to be played at close range. In a variant, he's not supposed to be rushing in recklessly like most fighters; instead, he's the defensive kind, waiting for the foe to come close first.
  • Combination Attack: In the climax of CP, he and Jin combine their Yukikaze together to destroy the Monolith.
  • The Comically Serious: The only time he gets to be the butt-end for comedy is in his Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment. He can't admit that he made mistakes and that getting an advice from someone like her humiliates him, all while being completely serious. He also reacts with confusion when Kokonoe tells him (sarcastically of course) "you need calcium, eat some fish".
    Kokonoe: Man, guys like him are a real pain for these gag routines.
  • Counter Attack: His standard Drive, Yukikaze and Akumetsu, work on this principle.
  • Crazy-Prepared: To an extent; when Jin is asking Jubei about infos on Izayoi, the latter says that Hakumen had organized researches on it. This is made clearer in Phase Shift novels; there, he witnessed Tsubaki's ancestor died after using Izayoi's powers too much. He suspected that Tsubaki herself (who technically would be born decades later) would one day wield the weapon and so he went to find out more about it by organizing those researches.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory:
    • Akumetsu is 720+D in Calamity Trigger, charge down -> up+ D in Continuum Shift. If you like using it...
    • Also, Guren is 236A in Calamity Trigger and is 214A in Continuum Shift.
    • j.C is no longer that nice jump-in friendly move it used to be either.
    • Renka (214B) has their input reversed; it is now 236B. While a good change overall, damn if it doesn't get you killed when you're used to doing the old input.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Using Time Killer without his full power at his disposal causes him to start to disappear even when anchored by Rachel being his Observer. As of the end of Chronophantasma he's slowly fading away because of it and will most likely not survive the next game unless the rest of his power is dragged out of the Boundary.
  • Darth Vader Clone: in many ways, inverted. Both are mysterious masked Black Knights with a sword, heavy voice and a form of "illness" (Vader's cyborg problems and Hakumen not being fully pulled out of the Boundary), but Vader wears black, Hakumen wears white. Vader is a Magic Knight, Hakumen can barely use any Ars Magus. Both were gravely injured before being transformed into what they are now, but Anakin became a Fallen Hero after becoming Vader, while Jin becomes more mature and heroic as Hakumen. Both also have the protagonists as their Arch-Enemy and they have familial relation to each other, but Luke is a honest-to-goodness good guy while Ragna is known as a criminal with quite the mean streak. Their benefactors (Palpatine and Rachel respectively) are powerful magic users with affinity for lightning attacks, but while Palpatine is a old, deformed Big Bad, Rachel is a cute loli Big Good.
    • They both used to have lovers, whose death motivate them, but in a contrasting way - Vader had a serious case of Love Makes You Evil which turned him into what he is, while Hakumen relies on his memories of his lover to defeat the Black Beast.
  • Death-or-Glory Attack: His counters have quite a small active window, so pain usually ensues if you mistime. It does not help that some of his Distortion Drives and Astral Heats have unusual timing so you cannot just wildly use the super flash buffer technique.
  • Determinator: Spent ninety years of utter isolation in the Boundary — the same one that drove Arakune mad — and retained his sanity through sheer force of will.
  • Difficult but Awesome: He becomes this in Continuum Shift.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The only reason there even is a plot is because Hakumen is severely handicapped due to being pulled out of the Boundary forcefully. The fact that can completely shit on the two villains at 15% of his full power should give you an idea of just how weakened he is at the moment.
  • The Dreaded: Absolutely no-one without a death wish wants to fight this guy. He's the only person Relius and Hazama don´t feel confident fighting at the same time, and for good reason: in Wheel of Fortune he curbstomps both of them at the same time with 15% of his full power.
  • Emergency Transformation: Jin likely would have died if Rachel didn't make him into Hakumen.
  • Enigmatic Minion: To Kokonoe at first, and then to Rachel.
  • Evil Laugh: Japanese dialogue only, and tends to indulge in this a lot during moments of sarcasm. Obviously taken from Lelouch.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: He doesn't have any eyes on his mask. His armor instead sports them everywhere else, like his shoulders, chest and shins.
  • Face Palm: He does this when he loses due to Time Up.
  • The Faceless: Hakumen's never seen without his mask. And the one time he does remove it, his back is turned. Of course, it's entirely possible there's no human body in there at all, just Jin's disembodied soul.
  • Fantastic Racism/Fantastic Slur: Jubei makes it clear that "Grimalkin" is not a polite term.
    • The Japanese version is a little more obvious about this, as it has him referring to Jubei and Kokonoe as "Bakeneko" or "monster/goblin cats".
    • "Grimalkin" itself is actually just an archaic word that means "old cat." (Or, more colloquially, a witch's cat) It's usually applied to female cats, though, which might be why Jubei takes offense to it but Kokonoe doesn't seem to care. Hakumen's just being sesquipedalian.
    • It should also be noted that Hakumen's use of the term for Jubei would appear to be mostly good-natured ribbing on his part (the two are old war buddies, after all), whereas (given his tone of voice) he has nothing but pure disdain and loathing for Kokonoe.
  • Failure Knight: What failure? See the Wheel of Fortune Drama CD. (Hint: I Let Gwen Stacy Die.)
  • Flower Motifs: His attack names.
  • For Great Justice: While he's more complex than just this, a strong sense of justice and the need to right wrongs for its own sake is still a large chunk of his motivation, especially considering how much he talks about justice. Hell, his Astral Finish literally means "to destroy evil".
    • He also commends fellow justice warrior Bang on his undying will, chastises Tsubaki for her flawed view on justice, and teaches a thing or two about it for Izayoi.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Its possible to play Hakumen as the unstoppable force that he is in the story, but not without difficulty.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Preeety much.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: His Astral Heat.
  • Green Aesop: Most of his motifs tend to revolve around nature, as well as Shinto religion. All of his attacks are named after flowers and seasons, his crest has the nine-taled fox in the center, he tries to discourage Kokonoe from relying on technology so much, and he strongly dislikes nukes, even moreso than the Black Beast.
  • Guest Fighter: In Lost Saga.
  • Guide Dang It: Judgement: Squall (or Summer's Advance in CS) is unblockable if you delay it for the maximum period of time. The in-game description doesn't even remotely hint at.
  • Guttural Growler: How most of his lines were read in CT-CS.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Losing Tsubaki when he was still Jin and then losing his brother were not exactly the happiest moments of his life. He also mentioned that his lost love (and his memories of her) drove his sword and will towards defeating the Black Beast.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Specifically towards Tsubaki in his own timeline, because his prior incarnation was Jin.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: CS reveals that he pulled off one of these in the past by having Jubei seal him along with Terumi.
  • Heel-Face Turn: After Calamity Trigger, he temporarily calls off his feud with Ragna to deal with Terumi resurfacing, which inadvertently puts them on the same side.
  • Heroic Willpower: To an absurd extent. Years inside the Edge failed to break his will, and it makes him Immune to Fate. In Calamity Trigger, he uses it to counter an attempt to teleport him by affirming his own existence. It's attributed to his Power of Order, much like Jin's.
  • Hurting Hero: See Wheel of Fortune to see why. Also slightly more elaborated in Phase Shift 2.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: It is implied that he doesn't actually like having to kill Ragna, being his brother and all, but stopping the potential Black Beast that he fears Ragna would be is his priority.
  • I Hate Past Me: He and Jin are not known to get along often. Which is mostly due to the understanding that Hakumen hates the man that he was.
  • Implacable Man: There really is nothing that can stop him once he sets his sights on a goal.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: A properly-timed slash can defeat most projectiles.
  • Instant Death Radius: He can attack largely with impunity in the distance between his opponent's maximum melee reach and the end of his own BFS. This especially is true in Chronophantasma, where if the opponent isn't careful they'll be on the receiving end of an Overdrive combo, which have become notorious for giving him rather clutch victories.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Made low-tier, at least in Calamity Trigger, by the conspicuous absence thereof.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hakumen is extremely arrogant and independent and refuses to be tied down by anyone, even if they're on the same side. But he does seemingly respect his comrades from the Six Heroes, particularly Jubei, and treats Tsubaki with the most kindness we've seen thus far.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: His Nox Nyctores, Interfectum Malus: Ookami. Technically it's a Nodachi, not a Katana.
  • Kiai: Is well known for shouting "ZEA!", to the point that it becomes a minor meme of his.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: It's what he looks like, but he's more of a...
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Because he's not exactly the nicest of characters despite being one the characters who helped saved the world in the backstory.
  • Knight Templar: Hakumen is convinced the only way to save the world is to eliminate all sources of it's evil, namely Ragna and Terumi. No he is not open to alternative methods and will cut down anyone who opposes him towards this goal.
  • Large and in Charge: He was the tallest of the Six Heroes and their de facto leader.
  • Large Ham: Hell, 'Ham Nuke' is an anagram of his name, and kind of apt.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: By the time of Chronophantasma, his true identity as an Alternate Self of Jin isn't even a spoiler anymore. Terumi outright calls him Jin in their Battle Intro.
  • The Leader: The first one to take the fight to Black Beast before the other five heroes, and is considered the de facto leader of the group. Which makes him the headstrong type.
  • Leitmotif: SUSANOOH, yes its spelled with all capital letters in the official OST.
  • Magikarp Power: Hakumen without magatama is just like anybody else. Hakumen with enough magatama becomes a terrifying power to behold.
  • Man in the Machine: What remained of a mortally-wounded Jin following a time-jump into the past was placed into the Susanoo Unit by Rachel, and became Hakumen.
  • McSamurai: Despite his samurai-inspired look, he wasn't apparently born in Japan. He's the Brit Jin Kisaragi after all.
  • Meaningful Name: Hakumen means "white mask" or "white face". It may also be a reference to the Hakumen Konmō Kyūbi no Kitsune, which fits with his kitsune emblem and with his mask, which resembles a fox's face and ears. Further, when his long hair hair flares up in response to his power, it divides itself into nine tails.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Hakumen does not have a Heat gauge like the rest of the cast. Instead he has a Magatama gauge which allows him to seamlessly cancel his specials and Distortion Drives into one another. Each special move and Distortion Drive requires a certain amount of orbs in order to use.
  • Mighty Glacier: Rather slow in the leg, with his dash being a simple hop as opposed to a run, but as he gets enough magatama, he can start bombarding his opponents with a long string of strong attacks.
  • Morality Pet: Tsubaki is this for him as she's the one he shows the most kindness towards. With a good reason: he already lost his own Tsubaki due to his conceitedness, and he has learnt from his mistakes.
    • CP gives him another one: Celica. He helps her when she gets lost and she tells him that some of what he's doing isn't entirely right.
  • My God, What Have I Done?/My Greatest Failure: Hakumen has two instances of this, due to his former life as Jin Kisaragi
    • In the Drama CD The Wheel of Fortune, after Jin got injured badly by Ragna, Tsubaki comes to his aid and literally pleads for him to stop fighting. Unfortunately, Jin's obsession for killing Ragna and stubornness got the better of him, with Jin telling Tsubaki to "Get lost" and that "He doesn't need her", causing Tsubaki to lament those words in pure depression. This in turn, drove Tsubaki to pull an Heroic Sacrifice, shielding Jin from Nu's stabs. For Hakumen, the death of Tsubaki in The Wheel of Fortune holds a lot... which explains his actions in one of Tsubaki endings in CS and the hatred he holds for both Jin Kisaragi (seeing himself as responsible for her death) and Nu-13/Lambda-11.
    • It's the (many) death(s) of Ragna... See This Is Unforgivable! below for the other.
  • My Name is Hakumen: He does this a lot. Most notably, it shows up in both his Badass Creed (seen above) and in one of his win quotes:
    "I. Am. Hakumen! Do not forget that!"
  • Mystical White Hair
  • Named Weapons: His Nox Nyctores: Ookami. Which literally means "Howling God".
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Hakumen has yet to suffer more than a slight daze, even against people like Relius or Hazama. Which sort of makes sense because the Susano'o Unit is supposed to be completely indestructible.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted; he has the chance to kill Arakune but decides against it because Litchi is the only one who should.
    • Played straight with Ragna, seeing as how Hakumen's Jin and all.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Like Terumi, he's a ghost inside that armor and the only thing tying him to the world is being observed by Rachel.
  • Order Versus Chaos: If you read Jin's folder on the last page, you should know why
  • Pet the Dog: The only character he treats as an equal in the first game is ironically the resident Butt Monkey, Bang. It helps that he, as Jin, in the Wheel of Fortune, never encountered Tenjo in the Ikaruga War, let alone Bang.
    • Shows vulnerability and kindness to Tsubaki, and apparently named one of his specials after her. Fitting considering who he was.
    • In spite of his hate for Jin, he does give him some encouragement if Jin does something right.
    • In the climax of CS, he decides to spare Ragna after he manages to save Mu-12 without killing her.
    • In Platinum's CP arcade mode, Hakumen sincerely asks Trinity to go and rest while he takes care of Terumi. According to Trinity, people have been saying that Hakumen is actually a nice guy.
  • Power Glows: Mugen/Infinity gives him a white glow.
  • Power Limiter: Stated to be only at 20% of his full power due to the rest of it being left in the boundary, but is still one of the most powerful characters in the game, powerful enough to trash most characters. Which makes you wonder how powerful he really is once he reached his full potential. And we are not even counting his "Power of Order", yet. Damn.
    • In the novels, Ragna gets to meet the Dark War era Hakumen-in-his-prime, and he's completely terrified of him.
  • Power Nullifier: Ookami's power is apparently this, represented in-game by its ability to destroy projectiles and in-story by the fact that otherwise-immortal characters such as Nu, Arakune and Hazama are legitimately afraid of it. For good reason as it turns out, as he used it to permanently wipe Terumi from existence.
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Reality Warper: Small scale; as he's Jin, he possesses the Power of Order, which allows him to reject certain events through sheer force of will. Heroic Willpower above gives one such example.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives out one to Jin after defeating him in his CS story.
  • Regenerating Mana: His magatama charge fills up automatically, and normal attacks and Drive moves speed up the process. His Overdrive makes it fill faster.
  • The Rival: Among Ragna's most prominent antagonists behind Jin and Terumi.
  • Samurai Ponytail
  • Samurai Zombie Robot
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Imprisoned in the Edge of the Boundary until rescued by Kokonoe.
  • Sheath Strike: His Crush Trigger in CP uses his sheath to break the opponent's guard.
  • Shoryuken: A kick version with his Hotaru (Firefly) move. It can beat almost everything in midair. His Unlimited version has a more powerful version of it, akin to Hazama's Serpent's Infernal Rapture.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Another trait he shares with Justice. Interestingly, they look almost identical to Mu-12's.
  • Signature Move: His Drive moves, as well all his Distortion Drives. He's also often depicted doing his j.214C special (midair quarter circle backward + C button). It has Tsubaki's name on it.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: Yukikaze works like this. Subverted in Overdrive as he adds a bit more slashes.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Tsubaki
  • Smug Super: He reeks of this. And for good reason.
  • Soul Jar: Hakumen's armor contains Jin's soul, not his body.
  • Starting a New Life: Before Jin started using the armor, Rachel stated that he'll become different from what he was. And then Jin used it, starting his new life as the would-be legendary hero, Hakumen.
  • Stealth Pun: Japanese-only. His Bad Ass Creed has the "Just Sword" as jin for sword in Kanji. So that part can also be rendered "I am Jin."
  • Stone Wall: His Counter Attacks allow him to be played this way.
  • Story-Breaker Power: He doesn´t have access to even half of his full power right now , yet Hazama and Relius are still terrified of him. There wouldn´t even be a plot if he was at full power.
    • His Time Killer is all but referred to as such; It instantly kills anyone it hits by destroying the time between the moment they are struck and their future death, forcing the concept of death upon their very soul based on that one moment in time where the person can die. It even works on immortals. Though it's absurdly taxing on Hakumen and Izanami is immune to it because by all technicality, she's already dead.
  • Straight Man: To the point where he's the only character in Continuum Shift without a gag reel.
    Kokonoe: "Man, he really needs to pull that stick out of his ass. Guys like him are a real pain for these gag routines."
  • Super Mode: His "Kokujin Ougi: Mugen!/Empty True Sky Form: Light of Judgment" Distortion Drive. It requires all 8 magatama, and his meter will drain down slowly, but now he can use all his specials and other Distortion Drives without using any magatama. Combined with his Overdrive, it can give him an infinite magatama for the duration.
  • Super Strength
  • Sword Beam: He has one for a Distortion Drive, Kokuujin: Shippu/Empty Sky Form: Summer's Advance not unlike Jin's Touga Hyojin/Ice Wave Distortion
    • His Unlimited form has a more powerful version of the move, where he throws out 4 Sword Beams one after another.
  • That Man Is Dead: In Continuum Shift, he has completely renounced the name "Jin Kisaragi", stating that it no longer has any meaning to him.
  • Theme Naming: Japanese mythology, as well as flowers and nature. His Distortion Drives and Astral Heats also starts with "Kokuujin/Empty Sky Form".
  • This Cannot Be!: He reacts with this trope when Jubei informs him that Terumi has returned, much to his own shock and disbelief.
    Jubei: I reckon it's Kokonoe who's trying to pull you out here... An' if she does, I'd be much obliged if you don't tell about me. I got my reasons.
    Hakumen: ...Then you have my word. But what has brought you here? What news do you bring of the outside world?
    Jubei: ...Terumi's back.
    Hakumen: What!? That can't be! It's impossible!
    • He also reacts like this in his Help Me, Professor Kokonoe session when he realizes where he is (i.e back at Koko's lab).
  • This Is Unforgivable!: In The Wheel of Fortune, which tells the story of the timeline he's from, he (as Jin) screams this at Nu-13 after she fatally injures Tsubaki using Legacy Edge after the latter had just let herself be stabbed in an attempt to protect him. The resulting hatred for Nu-13 still exists even now, as evident by his reaction to Lambda-11 in her Arcade Mode.
    • He also possesses similar feelings towards himself, particularly notable in his reactions with Jin, who is his past self. He believes that he brought nothing but pain and misery to those around him, and he especially can't forgive himself for killing his brother Ragna. At the same time, he knows that the Black Beast's revival presents a very real threat to all life in the world, and believes the best way to eliminate that threat is through Ragna's death. It's obvious from one of his endings in Calamity Trigger that the act of killing Ragna still fills him with immense grief, no matter how many times he's done it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: he went from being one of the worst characters to use in Calamity Trigger, to being pretty good in Continuum Shift and now considered by many to be in the upper tiers in Chronophantasma. This is due to his Overdrive enhancing his basic abilities to its fullest.
  • The Übermensch: He lives according to his own idea of "justice" and rejects anything that doesn't fit in how he thinks the world should be. This is the cause of most of his clashes against the other "good" characters.
    I will define the world how I see fit. That will not change.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In his bad ending in Continuum Shift has Terumi kick Tsubaki while she's down immediately after he just got done brutalizing her for Hakumen to see. Then he mocks Hakumen about Tsubaki's death in Wheel of Fortune with a great amount of detail. When this happens Hakumen's reaction goes from horror to completely losing it. No reciting his badass creed. No truth. No justice. Just pure, unadulterated hatred. Exactly what Terumi wanted.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: His Unlimited self in Calamity Trigger. If you are an inexperienced player, he will destroy you.
    • SNK Boss: If you thought he was bad in Calamity Trigger, Score Attack Hakumen in Continuum Shift is a nightmare, and Unlimited Mars Hakumen in Extend is a night terror.
  • Warrior Therapist: Towards Jin, although he intersperses it with flat-out insults.
    • He'll occasionally be this with other characters in his Arcade Mode win quotes. Also, as Mu-12's Final Boss in CSII'a Arcade, he tries this at first, before concluding that she's too far gone. In CP he also acts like this for the brainwashed Tsubaki and later Izayoi.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: First to Rachel regarding her inaction, and then when he learns that Kokonoe has something like a hundred nuclear warheads restored to working order, he... doesn't take it well, since he thinks they're the only thing worse than the Black Beast.
  • White Mask of Doom: This should be pretty obvious.
  • World's Strongest Man: He is by far, the most powerful character in the cast. To date, he's only lost to Hazama, Valkenhayn, and Ragna, who had to go all out to get that victory. Hakumen wasn't even at ''a quarter'' of his full power against any of them. The only other being considered in the same league as him at full power is Jubei, the "strongest living creature in existence."
  • Worthy Opponent: He seems to regard Ragna and, of all people, Terumi as this - if he defeats either of them, he gets mad at them for holding back. He also has some respect for Valkenhayn, Kagura Mutsuki and most interestingly Bang this way.
  • You Remind Me of X: In Phase Shift 2, he tells Celica that she reminds him of Tsubaki due to them both having the same boldness in pursuing there goals.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: In Chronophantasma, it's revealed that he's slowly fading away and states that he's at his limit that not even Rachel observing him would be enough to keep him around. It's a result of using Time Killer when not at his full power and of existing alongside Jin. This is also the reason that Trinity had to help him restrain Terumi when he and Hakumen were evenly matched.

    Nu- 13 

"From beyond the realm of souls and birth, I call upon the ur-sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish."

Voiced by: Kanako Kondo (Japanese) / Cristina Valenzuela (English)

The Final Boss of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Nu is a battle cyborg, called a "Murakumo Unit", sealed within the Sheol Gate. She's programmed to eliminate all who come near the Gate if they are unrecognizable. She disappeared in the second game and is replaced by her predecessor, Lambda-11, but then resurfaced in the third game.

She is actually sentient and recognizes Ragna and switches her personality from Emotionless Girl to Yandere when conversing with him. She reveals that she's in love with Ragna and wants him to join her in destroying the world. When he refuses and breaks her heart, she suddenly becomes a mega-bitch and decides to take him by force. She also possesses a fake Azure Grimoire, and she wants to join with Ragna to complete it, and in the way, becomes the Black Beast together and destroy the world. Her giant sword/armor device, Lux Sanctus: Murakumo, is also a Nox Nyctores. Her true purpose is actually to observe the Boundary and guard the Gate from all who try to enter it.

Her arcade mode playthroughs are named, the first and third games: the Calamity Trigger and CHILD PLAY. Her story mode playthrough in the first game is named Wish.

Her Drive ability, Sword Summoner, lets her manipulate magical swords. Her Astral Finish, Sword of Destruction, has her holding the opponent in place as she conjures a large magical sword that fatally impales them in midair, as an animated cutscene. Her playstyle has also undergone a drastic change - Nu in CP becomes a style-switch character with two stances: Dia Forme, which uses Nu's moveset, and Luna Forme, which uses the moveset of her predecessor Lambda -11-. Her Overdrive is called Unlimited Drive, which temporarily turns her into her Unlimited form and allows her to summon two of each sword at once. With the announcement that Lambda will be returning as a selectable character in a Fall update to Chronophantasma, it has also been revealed that Nu will lose her stance system, now being permanently in Dia Form.

  • All Just a Dream: Her arcade and story modes are exposition-heavy dreams.
  • Artificial Human
  • Aww Look, She Really Does Love Him: Whether Nu's love for Ragna was genuine or not was a major topic of discussion until Continuum Shift's True Ending came about.
  • Ax-Crazy: Easily the craziest below Terumi.
  • Badass Creed: While deploying her Astral Heat.
  • The Baroness: The Sexpot type appearance and age-wise but has the fear factor of the Rosa Klebb type.
  • Become Your Weapon: She's normally separated from her weapon. In order to access her battle form, she merges with it.
  • Berserk Button: If you A.) hurt Ragna, B.) get in the way of her and Ragna, C.) are protected by Ragna, or D.) are a female in the same room as her and Ragna, she will KILL YOU. That's Yandere logic for you.
  • BFS: Her weapon's idle form is that of a giant sword, although she uses it more as armor. She does summon one in one of her Distortion Drives, and an even bigger one in her Astral Heat.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: You thought Nu's Yandere-ness for Ragna was the "limit" of her insanity? Chronophantasma kicks it up a notch: it turns out that doing The Masochism Tango with Ragna is the 'only' thing she understands. She says that it literally saddens'' her to hear that Ragna is trying to save people rather than kill them, including herself.
  • Bridal Carry: Ragna comes back out of the defeated Takemikazuchi with Nu this way.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: With Ragna, due to the fact that she's a clone of his little sister Saya.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Hazama in Chronophantasma to the point she's acting just like she did in Calamity Trigger. In her Chronophantasma arcade mode she's trying to fight Hazama's control.
  • Can't Live Without You / Gemini Destruction Law: Nu mentions that Ragna and her has a "life-link", which prevents either from dying unless both die at the same time. In Calamity Trigger's True Ending, Ragna was saved by Noel and Nu was left to die in the cauldron. Kokonoe was able to grab her soul from the Boundary and transfer it to Lambda's restored corpse. Even after Lambda was killed, Nu started regenerating her old body back at NOL headquarters.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: In the drama CD The Wheel of Fortune. When she thinks Ragna is cheating on her with Tsubaki, she doesn't take it well. The reason she thinks Ragna is cheating? It's merely because Tsubaki is in the same room with Ragna, never mind that Tsubaki is holding Jin.
  • Clones Are People Too: Subverted. Yes, she has personality, and yes, most of the heroes consider her human. But her personality is utterly insane and she's always under the control of villains who treat her like dirt.
  • Cloning Blues: She, like the Murakumo Units before her, are all clones of Saya.
  • Cute and Psycho: Could practically be the goddess of this trope.
  • Cyber Cyclops: In her armored form.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dash Attack: Her Act Parser Zwei moves in the third game, taken from Lambda-11.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Or not. Yea, turns out her touching death scene with Ragna in Continuum Shift's True Ending didn't have much of an effect on her Yandere tendencies, judging by the third game.
  • Death from Above: Her Calamity Sword DD summons a big sword from above to stab the opponent's head. Her Astral Heat is similar with a much bigger sword.
  • Death Is Cheap: She has been killed twice now in the True Endings of the first two games, only to get brought back to life in time for the sequels.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Many of her attacks come in a bundle of weak hits and her combo can be fairly lengthy, thus you can expect this a lot.
  • Difficulty Spike: Your punishment for blowing through the first nine Arcade Mode stages with her is having Unlimited Rachel as the final stage. Have fun!
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Nu-13 (and, by extension, Lambda-11) wander around barefoot whenever they're not wearing the Murakumo armor. Similarly, Mu-12 wears thigh-high toeless stockings in her pre-armor form.
  • Double Entendre: When speaking to Ragna, her dialogue is filled to the brim with these.
    "Let's kill each other again, Ragna! [Celica] can watch, if you want... or we can make it a threesome! She'll have to go first, though."
  • The Dreaded: Definitely the most feared thing aside of the Black Beast, Hazama or Relius. Even the characters who don't know her or see her Yandere side know that she's bad news when she appears. Well, except Taokaka and Rachel. Even Hakumen is wary of the danger she poses, due to his past.
  • Evil Albino: With an Undeathly Pallor, red eyes and light-colored hair, she evokes this look. Especially since Saya (of whom Nu's a clone) has normal fair skin and green eyes.
  • Evil Counterpart: Nu is pretty much how Noel might have turned out had Ragna not been there to save her in Continuum Shift.
  • Evil Laugh: Almost every time Ragna is around, she bursts into maniacal laughter every chance she gets.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Wears an eyepatch that is stated to be the other half of Ragna's Azure Grimoire.
  • Fanservice Pack: This is Nu in Calamity Trigger. This is Nu in Chronophantasma. Her breasts are the most notable thing, but she looks far less childish in Chronophantasma than she did back in Calamity Trigger.
    • In Centralfiction her bust gets slimmed down to around Noel's size in her character select art.
  • Final Boss: Of Calamity Trigger, in both the True Ending and everyone's Arcade modes (save her own, of course; curiously, Rachel serves as "final boss" to Nu).
  • Fragile Speedster: She's fast, but has only 10,000 health.
  • Fusion Dance: It is explained in CP that (completed) Azure Grimoire + Murakumo Unit = Black Beast. That also is what was implied when she tries to bring down Ragna into the Cauldron into the past, in both the first game and in Wheel of Fortune; which also implies that the Black Beast that has done so much destruction in the past was actually those two fused together. Oh, and in the ending, they start to fuse again.
    • This also happens during the climax of the same game where she fuses with Take-Mikazuchi to control it from the inside.
  • Glass Cannon: Damage potential is amazing, but has only 10,000 health.
  • Grapple Move: Her Astral Heat starts with this.
  • Gravity Master: Her Gravity Seed special can confine her opponent to a specific point on the floor.
  • Healing Factor: She can quickly recover from lethal blows. This is also what allows her to come Back from the Dead for the third game.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: If you consider Nu and Lambda to be the same, then in Calamity Trigger she's a villain, in Continuum Shift she's not and pulls a Redemption Equals Death Heroic Sacrifice, and in Chronophantasma she's back as a villain again. Justified because Murakumo units have their emotions sealed so can be controlled and thus reprogrammed. As of the Story Mode of CP she doesn't really have problems with Izanami ordering her around.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In CS, as Nu/Lambda, she gives up her life to protect Ragna from Terumi's attack, and uses her death to upgrade his fake Azure Grimoire with the Idea Engine Kokonoe installed in Lambda's body. This gives Ragna the power-up he needs to defeat Terumi and Mu.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a very noticeable one.
  • Implacable Man: Nothing seems to phase her when she's trying to kill her target.
  • Instant Death Radius: Approaching an experienced Nu player(or even the AI) can be rather daunting considering she can attack anywhere from full to midscreen. In other words, the entire screen is her radius.
  • Invocation: "From beyond the realm of souls and birth, I call upon the ur-sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish."
    • And "O' silver blade forged in the depths of the beyond, heed my summons and purge those who stand in my way. Lay waste."
  • Laughing Mad: In the True Ending she finally snaps and starts mocking Ragna's attempts to alter the timeline, saying that he "can't change anything". Granted, it's a very chilidish-sounding laugh, but it sounds like something out of Higurashi: When They Cry.
  • Leitmotif: Awakening the Chaos, sharing with Lambda. Although Nu retains the remix in Chronophantasma.
  • Long-Range Fighter: her Drive allows her to be played like this.
  • Machine Monotone: Unless speaking to Ragna.
  • The Masochism Tango: She thinks she's in this with Ragna, but that's only from her own warped perspective. This is reinforced by their "life-link" which means she can have herself and Ragna kill each other over and over again. The end of Chronophantasma has Ragna explicitly state that he wanted nothing more of their relationship.
  • Monochromatic Eye: In the true ending when she stabs Ragna the eyepatch comes off showing us that her eye underneath that is just a single color red with various hues. All of the eye, pupil, iris and sclera.
  • Motor Mouth: At least when she speaks monotone. When does Kanako Kondo breathe?
  • Moveset Clone: Chrono Phantasma Extend is the first time her and Lambda appear on the same roster, and thus this trope is in effect. Nu resembles her original self from Calamity Trigger, minus the mode changing function she had in the original Chrono Phantasma, and Lambda is based based on her Continuum Shift self and has an additional move Nu lacks.
  • Ms. Exposition: After Ragna's fight with Take-Mikazuchi and him and Celica going inside it, they meet Nu. After some small talk she then gets to explain the circumstances of what happened in Ibukido's destruction, and in particular, its connection to Noel and her true purpose.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In The Wheel of Fortune, when she thinks Ragna is cheating on her with Tsubaki because both are present at the Cauldron when she wakes up, she tries to kill her. She completely loses it when Ragna protects Tsubaki from her, badly injuring him in the resulting fight, then later stabs Tsubaki while she protects Jin... and following it by using Legacy Edge against her, saying that she "hates that girl."
  • Not Quite Dead: Her body was regenerating at the end of CS, and as of Chronophantasma, she's fully healed.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: After perceiving Ragna's desire to save her as rejection, now she just wants to destroy everything. Including Ragna.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Given that her Yandere personality constantly blares on all frequencies, it's really telling that she is reduced to ranting, cursing at and attacking Ragna out of actual anger near the end of Chronophantasma, rejecting the notion of being saved (or even saying that she wanted to be saved). Then again, it might be a part of her warped perception on what a "good" relationship feels like. In Chronophantasma Extend, we witness the aftereffects of this - she now speaks coherent sentences in her Creepy Monotone voice and utterly despises Ragna for rejecting her, wishing death upon him and every single thing still living in this world.
  • Pick Your Human Half: Of the "looks human, acts robotic" type. Subverted when around Ragna.
  • Post Final Boss: She's technically the last fight of Chronophantasma as well, but she's fought after the plot has more or less been resolved. Notably, neither her nor Ragna are in their Unlimited forms unlike previous final bosses in the series.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner/Catch Phrase
  • Psycho for Hire: In Chronophantasma for Izanami's group.
  • The Red Baron: At least to Hakumen, who tends to make up names for people he doesn't like or are a legitimate threat in his eyes. He usually refers to Nu as things such as an "Abomination", "A Sword Meant To Slay God", etc. But it's also personal with him.
    • And although nobody really refers to her with it aside from the title and her story, "The Calamity Trigger".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning
  • Regenerating Mana: Her Unlimited self in CP has her Heat Gauge filling up automatically.
  • Robo Speak: For most of the series. Averted in Chronophantasma Extend, where after she synchronizes with Noel, Nu is now able to speak complete sentences. The problem is, she's permanently locked in yandere mode and speaks with a very threatening Creepy Monotone to anyone who is in her way of killing Ragna (i.e.: Lambda).
  • Robot Girl
  • Shoryuken: She has a new special move like this in CP which is a jumping somersault followed by her blades spinning around her.
  • Shotoclone: In CP she becomes one with her new somersault special in addition to her Drive moves and projectile specials.
  • Signature Move: Her Drive moves and her Legacy Edge DD.
  • Sleep Cute: After Ragna defeated her at the end of CP and she goes unconscious, Celica mentions that Nu looks cute when she sleeps.
  • Soul Fragment: Like all Murakumos, she carries a piece of Saya's soul inside of her.
  • Stance System: In the third game she can switch between Dia Forma (her original fighting style, emphasis on zoning) or Luna Forma (Lambda-11's fighting style, emphasis on rushdown). Averted in CPEX where Lambda is playable and thus she loses her Luna Forma.
  • The Starscream: Terumi reprograms her to use as the "Sword of Izanami", only for her to break free of Hazama's servitude when she eventually learns that the world is having its way with HER Ragna.
  • Storm of Blades: Her fighting style.
  • Straw Nihilist: Her taunts include many allusions to the pointlessness or emptiness of all existence, leading up to "Everything...disappear."
  • SNK Boss: Especially in CT Arcade.
  • Synchronization: Nu had a life-link with Ragna in CT, which is why she wouldn't die.
    • She also goes through a different kind of synchronization with Noel in CP, making her a proxy "Successor of the Azure" as well as making her talk like Noel as well, as part of Hazama's plan on using her ability as the "successor" to summon Master Unit Amaterasu.
  • Teleport Spam
  • Theme Naming: Swords and blades. And brand names of cars.
  • Third-Person Person
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: But of course.
  • This Cannot Be!: In Chronophantasma's final act, Nu is completely and utterly baffled when Ragna delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle to her not only without any intent to kill her, but also without using the Azure Grimoire.
  • Tragic Monster: Beneath all of her monotony or even her psychotic obsession towards Ragna, she's secretly a lonely soul who has gone through a lot of crap.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: The catalyst for the Cruel Twist Ending in Chronophantasma is Nu literally backstabbing Ragna after he saved her. Then again, it is an Unwanted Rescue for her.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Near the end of CP she expects to play "killing each other" with Ragna again, only to be disappointed when he says that he's going to save her. He reasons that what Nu told him and Celica just moments ago (about Ibukido's destruction and Noel's origins) implies that she wants to be saved deep down.
  • Valley Girl: She becomes this in Ragna's CS gag reel. Along with Talking Like A Pirate.
  • Villain Teleportation
  • Villainous Breakdown: In Calamity Trigger's True Ending. Snaps immediately after Ragna steps in to protect Noel, and you can tell because she starts acting less cute and bubbly and more crazy and psychotic.
    • Happens again in Chronophantasma, when Ragna states he's going to save her rather than kill her, saying that Nu herself told him to do it. She completely flips her shit and attacks him not for the sake of The Masochism Tango, but out of pure rage.
      "Ragna, if you keep talking like that, I'm really going to kill you."
    • Thanks to her synchronization with Noel, Nu is no longer just a mindless machine who only reacts around Ragna. She is now able to express emotion. Unfortunately, as shown in Lambda's arcade mode, the only emotion she expresses is pure hatred for everything. Everything including Ragna, this time.
  • White Hair, Black Heart
  • Woman Scorned: Lambda's Arcade Mode in CPEX shows that while Ragna is still the #1 thing on Nu's mind, it's no longer in a loving, yet creepy manner. Now she loathes him for rejecting her and wants to kill him.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Her agonizing experience surrounding her creation leads her to hate the world and desire its destruction.
  • Yandere: In her profile data - Hobbies? Thinking about Ragna. Values? Ragna. Likes? Ragna. Dislikes? Everything else. Houston, we have a problem.
  • You Are Number 13.