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A renowned doctor living in Kagutsuchi. She was Kokonoe's assistant and Tager's co-worker until Arakune's mutation, 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. Her Drive ability, Mantenbo
, levitates her staff and allows the player to control it as a separate entity. She gained her combat abilities from the Boundary in the same way Arakune did. 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.
The console version has her host her own Fourth Wall Mail Slot
show called "Teach me, Ms. Litchi!"/"Tell me, Dr. Litchi!", drawn in chibi 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.
The Material Collection reveals that during her tenure in Sector Seven, she used to be close to Roy/Arakune, but after a bad argument, their relationship broke apart. Her specialty is oriental medicine.
In Litchi's Continuum Shift
story path, she seeks out Kokonoe in order to help find Arakune. Unfortunately, her thesis on seithr that she created during her tenure at Sector Seven catches the eye of Hazama, whom she promptly refuses to work with. When she encounters Tager, however, Kokonoe interjects and tells her that her efforts are futile, and that Arakune chose his path for himself. It is later revealed that Litchi herself is dying from seithr exposure, and she will soon suffer a similar or worse fate than Arakune did. Noticing her desperation, Hazama appears before her again and makes an offer to save Arakune. Finally folding under the pressure, Litchi hesitantly agrees to his offer, and is now a member of the NOL.
, her Overdrive is Daisharin (The Great Wheel)
, a former super move of hers that allows her to manually control the direction in which her staff attacks.
In the same game, in her story, Litchi is looking for Noel. However, after encountering Bang and hearing that Linhua and the residents of Orient Town were sorrowful at her absence, she became torn with her desire and her love for the town, causing her to run off crying after defeating Bang, and bumps into Rachel Alucard, who once again interrogated her purposes and defeating her. It turns out that the reason why Litchi joins NOL was because Arakune has become a creature that needed an Observer to stay in material and Hazama has agreed to become his Observer. However, Rachel reveals that while he did so, he observed him as Arakune, not Lotte Carmine, and Litchi lacked the power to become his Observer, thus he'll never turn back into Lotte. Making matters even worse, Rachel revealed that Kokonoe has become disillusioned and angry at Litchi for siding with Terumi and has plans to kill her as a traitor. However, despite so, Rachel urged Litchi to return to her instead of being a pawn of Terumi for nothing, apologize to Kokonoe and hope that she'll show some mercy and tend to her. Realizing how much she screwed up, and how her allegiance with Terumi not only costed Lotte, but also many people, Litchi collapsed and broke down in tears.
The Story Mode begins with her assisting Relius in developing a weapon in exchange of curing Arakune, but she didn't enjoy his company and Hazama's. When Relius fetched Arakune to Ikaruga, an angry Litchi stormed off to Ikaruga to look for him, but was distracted by Kokonoe where she leaks information of what she was doing with Relius, also conversing with Makoto Nanaya and contemplating about what she must do. Eventually, another encounter with Relius reveals that the cure for Arakune is impossible, and the only available way is to recreate the world without Master Unit Amaterasu, so she may prevent Lotte from conducting her Boundary research. Reluctantly and knowing her days as a normal human are numbered, Litchi accepts the offer and assists him, apologetically attacking and beating up Bang, and even Carl join forces with her despite her warning not to, as he wants Relius to cure Ada. She then fought Makoto until Relius was thoroughly beaten by Valkenhayn and his plans crumbling. Litchi was saved by Carl and he had her patch Relius up so he still lives until he fulfills both promises, now with Relius extremely crippled and stripped from his overwhelming resources and strength and manipulation and his ego completely crushed. Litchi now accompanies Carl in his entourage, still hoping to reclaim the Azure Grimoire from Izanami to eventually make the chance to reverse her and Lotte's misfortunes.
- Acting for Two: In both Japanese and English, Ada Clover below shares her voice with Litchi. Carl himself recognises the similarities in their voices.
- Action Girl: This is BlazBlue after all, just because she's so nice doesn't mean she wouldn't smack your ass if necessary.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Good Is Not Soft: If it means dirtying her morality by joining the bad guys, in order to do the greater good, she'll not back down, even if she didn't like it.
- Lady of War: She's still a very classy fighter with lots of reserves and grace in her fighting style, and very feminine.
- 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.
- Broken Messiah: However, she has much more emotional baggage thanks to her corruption and she wouldn't let others see that side.
- 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: Unlike what people thinks, 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.
- Anime Chinese Girl
- 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.
- 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.
- Boobs of Steel: Subverted. She's the most stacked playable female in the series thus far (the Trinity part of Platinum doesn't count). However, in raw physical power, she loses out to Bullet and Makoto (both stacked, but not as stacked as her).
- Broken Bird: By Chronophantasma she's steadily losing her pluckiness and is having a hard time keeping a straight face when facing familiar faces like Bang or Carl who urged her to return to Kagutsuchi, which reasonings like "I can no longer go back." She was flat out crying after beating Bang, and then when Rachel told her that she's been had by Terumi and Kokonoe is probably gunning for her head, she completely broke down.
- 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.
- Distressed Damsel: A severe Deconstruction. Litchi knew she's in distress and only Kokonoe can save her, but Kokonoe flat out refused, preferring to deal with her own business. This eventually caused Litchi to go over to NOL, because no one else would help, but deep down, her mentalism is in complete distress. She might've gotten out of this in the end of Chronophantasma, now that Hazama is dead, and Relius became a broken man that she and Carl are the ones in control of their lives, but her Boundary problem is still not solved.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 an extremely 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 A LOT 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 fetches Arakune into Ikaruga, causing her to drop whatever she's assisting him and went to Ikaruga, 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.
- 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 beats herself for not being able to give the Kaka clan their reproduction solution that quick.
- 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 turned like Arakune as of the current.
- 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.
- 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. Thankfully she's alive in the current timeline, 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 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 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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. Said profile also says she becomes "insistent" when drunk. However, throughout the game's story, she's a very dutiful woman rather than a constant party woman. In gameplay however...
- Love Interest (of Bang)
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: BlazBlue's biggest one, still going strong in spite of competitions like Makoto and Bullet. To wit:
- Absolute Cleavage/Cleavage Window: Hell yes. The latter also sticks even as she's turned younger by Amane.
- Boobs of Steel: Biggest boobs, biggest damage dealer. Subverted that she is more of a Lady of War in practice, the one with monstrous strength is Makoto instead (and as of now she's number 3 biggest boobs)
- Gainaxing/Jiggle Physics: Definitely her bouncing in her standing still◊ pose. Also happens with Litchi's Ittsuu move (when her staff wraps around her) and when she's walking forward◊, which itself is rather seductive. Weirdly subverted when she's walking backwards◊; apparently it takes just one hand of hers to keep those boobies in check.
- Gag Boobs: The mere presence of her boobs are usually mentioned for humors.
- Hello, Nurse!: She's loved by everyone in Orient Town, for her prettiness and kindness.
- 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 Juubei intervenes). Of course chances are this is where she got her doctor skills.
- Hospital Hottie: She's the goddess of this trope.
- Lady in Red: Wears red and damn she's sexy.
- Sexy Walk: Here it is.◊
- Sex Is Violence: In Calamity Trigger, her yelps of pain sounded like... other things.
- She still retains at least one of those yelps in her English voice set in Continuum Shift. Probably because the English voice set is reused...
- Chronophantasma seems to have her doing less orgasm-like screams of pain, however.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where she sometimes keeps Lao Jiu and Ragna's wanted poster. Tsubaki takes notice that she keeps her meat buns in her cleavage.
- Must Make Amends: She feels responsible for creating Arakune, but unlike Tager, she seems dead set on restoring him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After being told about how her insistence on saving Arakune costed not just Bang's safety, but also how it furthers Relius' plan to initiate the 'Day of Destruction'. She's down on all fours, crying.
- My Greatest Failure: Arakune. Judging from her CP ending, her efforts ending up handing Relius the Kushinada Lynchpin could be the next big one.
- 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 ends up subverted 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...
- Pandaing To The Audience: Her little Panda Lao Jiu, which Litchi raises on her hair, making it look like a hairpin.
- 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.
- 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 on Black Bra and Panties, 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..."
- Simple Staff: Except that it can be controlled from afar, and can grow in size.
- 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. In a subversion, she needs more than that in order to eventually give in, but even that's Forced Into Evil.
- Samaritan Syndrome: An alternate way to describe her devotion. Litchi can't stand to see people suffering, especially after that incident 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.
- 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 end of Chronophantasma.
- Technical Pacifist: She wouldn't think of violence as the first answer to everything, usually as a last resort.
- 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 her Evil Costume Switch
- 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. The Promise to save Arakune seriously costed her a lot.
- 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!!!"
Arakune was once a human scientist 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 cannibaland 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. His Drive ability, Crimson
, allows him to curse the opponent and activate "Fever Mode", letting him summon insects to attack them. His Astral Finish turns him into a ball with a giant eye in the center which can be controlled to crash into the opponent
The Material Collection reveals that during his tenure in Sector Seven, he used to be close to Litchi, but after a bad argument, their relationship broke apart. His specialty is alchemy.
His story in Continuum Shift
is pretty much the same. Still looking for the Azure Grimoire, with new and (not-so
) improved BEES in tow. In his canon path, it is revealed that Arakune's real name is Lotte Carmine, and he served as Kokonoe's assistant when he was still human. His current state is the result of his desire to upstage Kokonoe and fuel his own ego. In his canon path, Arakune briefly regains his sanity and ability to speak coherently, warning Litchi to not pursue him any further, lest she end up like him. In an attempt to help ease her suffering, he requests to die by her hand, but Litchi refuses and he becomes insane again. After Arakune suddenly has a breakthrough from the encounter with Litchi, he is detained by Relius and captured for Hazama to use as bait for Litchi. In truth, however, he was instead modified into a weapon or attack dog for Relius, armed with an engine similar with Ragna's Idea Engine and became a potent force, not to mention, able to speak more coherently. Relius then sent him to Ikaruga to obtain Bang's Phoenix Rettenjou, believing that Litchi is too useless for the job, and promising the 'Truth' for his job. As of Arakune's story mode, he succeeded. As mentioned in Litchi's paragraph, he now required an Observer to stay in the realm, and Hazama has become his Observer. However, because Hazama observed him as Arakune, and not as Lotte Carmine, this means that he will remain Arakune forever. Barring a miracle, there is no cure for his condition now.
In the Story Mode, however, he's just set off to Ikaruga and not playing a very large role.
, his Overdrive is Crimson Depths
, which extends the duration of his Fever Mode. It is also revealed that by some unknown means he is now able to form coherent sentences instead of speaking in fragments.
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
- 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."
- 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 Irresistable Arakune, which is only seen in "Help me! Professor Kokonoe!", whereas he dons a 'handsome man' face and starts flirting with Anything That Moves. Even comes complete with Bishie Sparkle.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Lotte, 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. 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.
- 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: Laughs more than Hazama, even.
- 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: Lotte "Roy" Carmine. 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" 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.
- 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.
- The Chronophantasma remix removes this, much to the fans' chagrin.
- 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.
- The Unintelligible: Other people have absolutely no clue what he's saying, but he feels that he's speakin coherent sentencees.
- 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.
- Villain Teleportation: And the only one able to do it!
- Voice of the Legion: Not as distorted as most, just with an echoed filter.
- Was Once a Man
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was this as Lotte 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.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?
- 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
"Hailed by the heavens, earth, and people, the one and only Bang Shishigami is now here!"
. Bang is more or less a Shonen
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
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. 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 Continuum Shift
, he survives
the explosion from his encounter with Hakumen, subsequently blowing a hole open in the ceiling of the Kaka Village, allowing the light of the sky to shine in, and is now searching for his master's son who, according to Valkenhayn, is still alive. In his canon path, he tags along with Carl and Taokaka as they head to the Library's main office, and is unknowingly stalked by Platinum until Taokaka senses her and brings her forward. As they head in, Platinum suddenly collapses and awakens as Trinity Glassfille, one of the Six Heroes, who has a message from Jubei for Bang. She reveals that Bang is currently in possession of the Nox Nyctores Phoenix: Rettenjou, and that Jin Kisaragi is not the enemy he should be focusing on, but the Library as a whole. Taking Platinum under his protection at Trinity's request, Bang's new objective is to head to his birthplace of Ikaruga in the hopes of discovering the answers he seeks.
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 Burning Soul
While wandering through Ikaruga, he eventually found out the horrid truth that Litchi has taken the side of NOL. In an attempt to eventually fix that, Bang runs into Relius Clover and was revealed one of the uses of the Phoenix Rettenjou: Its other form is the Kushinada's Lynchpin, a device that possesses enough power to create a massive destruction by purging all seithr in the world, bringing the day known as 'Day of Destruction'. Relius also told Bang that Lord Tenjou had known that one function and could've used it to make Ikaruga Federation win the war, but didn't use it as he recognized that it would bring a greater calamity instead as the world is highly dependant on seithr, shocking Bang. It's unknown what happened to Bang afterwards, except that Hazama's Arcade ending shows that Relius has taken Bang's Rettenjou away for his other plans.
The story mode is vastly different, however. Bang departed from his entourage with Platinum and also said good bye to Carl. An encounter with Jin Kisaragi sent him through the basement and had him encounter the mercenary Bullet where he travels with her for awhile until he's summoned by Kagura Mutsuki, learning that the son of Lord Tenjou, Homura Amanohokosaka, is alive and urges him to fulfill his mission to protect Ikaruga. He was preparing to use the Phoenix Rettenjou to activate the Kushinada Lynchpin... but he was attacked from behind by none other than Litchi, remorsefully siding with Relius Clover to recreate the world into a world where Lotte Carmine (Arakune) lives. Making matters worse, Carl also joined forces with Relius so the latter can cure Ada. Betrayed by his love interest and '#2 Apprentice', Bang could only withstand their attacks until both Tsubaki Yayoi and Makoto Nanaya reinforced him and he took on Relius, eventually taking off to the sky carrying the Phoenix Rettenjou (with Valkenhayn taking over his place in battle). Praying for strength from Lord Tenjou, Bang sent the Phoenix Rettenjou into the Kushinada Lynchpin, decreasing the amount of seithr in the world and making Gigant: Takemikazuchi vulnerable for Ragna to defeat. What happened to Bang and how he felt on the betrayal of the two people he valued a lot was unknown, although he didn't know that both Carl and Litchi reversed the role of 'being manipulated like puppets' to Relius due to his success.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Chronophantamsa'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 Mc Cool 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!"
- 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
- 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: He tries to be one, but it doesn't exactly work out well given the series` setting.
- 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.
- 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 pathnote . Great going, Bang.
- Dogged Nice Guy: He holds a one-sided crush on Litchi.
- 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.
- 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: The other ability of the Phoenix Rettenjou, the Kuchinada Lynchpin can activate a world-wide bomb that can purge all seithr in the world, hence why this particular Nox is called a Anti-Nox weapon since all Armagus, Noxes and pretty much all of society depends on seithr to function. He finally uses it near Chronophantasma's ending, as seen here.
- 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.
- 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.
- Genius Bruiser: He is NOT as dumb as he seems when it comes to combat.
- 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."
- Gratuitous Japanese: Even when using his English voice set in Continuum Shift, he'll occasionally say "nani?" It only helps make him look manly.
- 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
"QUICKER THAN THE WIND AND AS STILL AS THE FOREST! HOTTER THAN FLAMES AND MORE MAGNIFICENT THAN A MOUNTAIN!"
- 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 Didnt 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Love at First Sight: For Litchi.
- 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.
- Minor Major Character: 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.
- Mr. Fanservice: The only way to explain why he's baring his abs like that.
- The Munchausen
- 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."
- 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".
- Playing with Fire: His seals/Drive attacks sear the enemy with his Hot-Blooded passion.
- Plucky Comic Relief: What he started out as, but its 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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...
- 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!"
- 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: Moves from the Naruto series.
- 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.
- Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: When Arakune beats him, Arakune declares that he "looks nasty" and leaves.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: Tager's joke ending, much to Tager's puzzlement
- Unknown Rival: Jin has no idea who he is. Neither does Ragna.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Now, jump... into my MANLY CHEST!!!
- Weak, but Skilled: Bang seems to have worked himself up to this level in Continuum Shift, as pointed out in the Took a Level in Badass trope.
- Weapon of Mass Destruction: The other form of his Rettenjou, the Kushinada Lynchpin. As Relius noted, it has enough power to initiate something called "Day of Destruction." And it is implied that Relius managed to steal it from Bang.
- 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 is 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.
- By Chronophantasma, Bang is said to about to enjoy an increase in importance. That importance being having a Weapon of Mass Destruction (see above), and it's yanked away from him by Relius. Add to the possibility that Relius probably used Litchi to get a lead to that... yeah it sucks to be Bang.
Carl Clover & Ada Clover/Nirvana
"Allow me to show you... what they call a virtuoso."
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 Astral Finish makes Nirvana produce a time bomb with a large radius, but the opponent has to be lured into it.
In his canon path in Continuum Shift
, it is revealed that the incident involving his father traumatized him to the point where he is extremely distrustful of adults. As such, Carl refuses help from Bang and Litchi at first after a run-in with Ragna, but relents for a while. During his treatment, Carl leaves halfway through and makes his way to the main Library office, only to be met by Litchi again who, unbeknownst to him, has already sided with the NOL at this point to save Arakune. After they fight, Carl cries for the first time in years, having kept his emotions bottled up due to Nirvana's influence. As he is comforted by Litchi, who explains that not all adults are bad people, their moment is short-lived when Relius appears and reveals his latest creation - Fluctus Redactum: Ignis, formerly Ignis Clover, the wife of Relius and mother of Carl and Ada. Litchi defends Carl from Relius' attack and both are teleported away by Phantom. Carl now heads to Ibukido to stop whatever his father is up to, with a new desire to hopefully follow in Litchi and Bang's example.
, his Overdrive is Synchro High Speed
, which overclocks Nirvana and improves her speed and power. Story-wise, while he is less crazy than before, he is still visibly angry at Relius. On learning that Litchi was amongst the NOL, Carl already had gathered enough sanity to deduce that she's not a liar for siding with Relius, and decided to protect her, thinking that Relius might have nefarious plans on her like he did with Ada. But it won't be easy for Carl, since there's this suspicious Dude Looks Like a Lady
named Amane Nishiki who near-obsessively wants to put Carl as a part of his acting group. His Arcade mode consist of running off from Amane, feeding Taokaka, having to knock Litchi down to prevent her going with Relius further, and once again a good ol' showdown with Relius in which Carl reaffirms that he will protect both Litchi and Bang, the two adults that helped him restore his humanity. However, that resolve was shaken when Relius instead makes an offer that Carl would have a hard time to resist: He'll turn Ada back to the way she was before.
The Story Mode skips right through Carl's encounter with Relius. After thinking hard of what he must do, he decided to pull a Face-Heel Turn and assisted Relius, despite Litchi's warnings. He remorsefully beat up Bang until Izayoi interrupts and squared off with him. However, Relius' plan crumbled and he was beaten to near death by Valkenhayn. Carl opted to save both him and Litchi and left from the vicinity. After having Litchi patch up Relius, Carl reveals that he's not going to let Relius die until he cured Ada and that he has a plan that requires Relius to live, but once he's done, Relius will pay for what he has done, and that Carl's nothing like his father. Dispirited, Relius accepts the offer and looks forward for 'paying for what he's done'. As of current, Carl travels with both Litchi and Relius possibly to claim the Azure Grimoire from the hands of Izanami... with him in charge.
He also gains a brand-new Astral, 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
- Anti-Hero: Since Carl is one of the protagonists, he can be considered this.
- 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.
- 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
- Cassandra Truth: No one seems to believe Carl when he says that Nirvana is his sister.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Fragile Speedster: With defense and the ability to chain being put into working with Ada to trap opponents, Carl almost needs Ada for more than story. With that,
- 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.
- 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.
- Lethal Joke Character
- Man Behind the Man
- 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:
- 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.
- 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
- Shotacon: Carl gets quite a lot of attention for a young boy, which has led to him becoming a Memetic Sex God in some circles of the Internet. 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.
- Soul Jar: Nirvana holds the soul of Carl's sister, Ada.
- 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.
- Tetragonist: Alongside Rachel more or less, considering that his dad's part of the Big Bad Duumvirate.
- Theme Naming: His specials are all related to music. Vivace, Cantabile, Laetabilis Cantata, etc.
- The Short Guy with Glasses
- 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
- 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.
Nirvana (Ada Clover)
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.
- 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?"
- Assist Character
- 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
- 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.
- Energy Ball: Volante
- 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: Volante, as mentioned above.
- Knight Templar Big Sister: She may be even more protective of Carl than he is of her, which says a lot about her devotion.
- Lightning Bruiser: When Carl uses Syncro High Speed
- Megaton Punch: Fermata sends the opponent flying off the top of the screen if it connects.
- Mighty Glacier
- Promotion to Parent: She looks after Carl more than her parents do, and provides a maternal figure for him.
- Robot Girl: An Automaton version
- Robot Maid: Nirvana sort of looks the part.
- 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
- Time Bomb: She pulls 10 second one out for Carl's Astral. It apparently gets juiced up in Chronophantasma.
- The Quiet One: For obvious reasons. Most certainly NOT The Stoic, however.
- 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.
- Weak, but Skilled: She's apparently not very combat-able compared to other Nox Nyctores, to the point where Hakumen said she's "not supposed to dirty her hands."
The sub-boss of the first game. Hakumen is the former 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. 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.
Hakumen is actually the future version of Jin Kisaragi and the result of a Stable Time Loop. After Jin's falls into the Cauldron going after Ragna, he is sent back 100 years into the past: the exact time when the Black Beast appears. In his dying state, he is saved by Rachel, who installs him into the Susano'o Unit. He is also given the Nox Nyctores Interfectum Malus: Ookami, which can completely nullify the effects of magic as well as cut through the fabric of reality itself. Jin fulfills his destiny in destroying the Beast (Ragna) and becomes a true hero, but being the Jerk Ass he is, he chastises humanity for creating the beast in the first place.
Humanity, not wanting to hear about how their own failings might one day kill them all, lock him inside of the Edge of the Boundary. 90 years later he is freed by Kokonoe of Sector Seven, who intends to use him for her own purposes. However, being the arrogant Jerk Ass
he is, Hakumen disobeys her orders and heads after Ragna on his own to kill him, this time not out of madness, but out of a sense of duty to keep the world in balance. His Astral Finish, Kokūjin Ōgi: Akumetsu
, 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.
In every time loop, he ends up teleported away by Kokonoe before he can finish his match with whoever he faces at the Gates of Sheol. However, in the True Ending of Calamity Trigger
, he breaks free of Kokonoe's intervention through sheer force of will, and the battle between him and Ragna continues until he is suddenly defeated when Ragna unleashes his Azure Grimoire's full power. By the time of Continuum Shift
, he has been successfully captured by Tager and imprisoned within the deepest levels of Sector Seven by Kokonoe. He is freed by Rachel and he agrees to cooperate with her in order to find Terumi. During his investigation, he encounters Tsubaki, who is a huge fan of his. Hakumen is suddenly overcome with shock, but composes himself enough to tell her an "old man's tale" before leaving to confront Terumi. In his canon path, he is shocked and dismayed to find his past self,
Jin Kisaragi, awaiting him. After fighting him, the sudden rumble of the Cauldron alerts Hakumen that the tempering has already started. Rather than go himself to see what's happening, he realizes that there are more important matters at hand, and sends Jin off with some words of wisdom, and a warning that Tsubaki might be there. Platinum suddenly appears and delivers a message to him from Jubei, detailing how he was wounded by Phantom and his suspicions that she could actually be Nine.
In the True Ending of Continuum Shift
, Hakumen awaits at the Gate for Mu to arrive, and engages her in combat. He is able to hold his own, but is interrupted by Jin, who tells him to step aside and let him handle this, for it is his duty as the bearer of the Power of Order to destroy Mu. Hakumen watches on as Mu is defeated by Ragna, and Tsubaki and Litchi defend Hazama, Relius, and the Imperator. Some time later, he breaks off his alliance with Rachel since their business has been completed, but not before calling her "too soft" for an Observer.
The Wheel of Fortune Drama CD elaborates on his story when he was still human, and is partially reiterated in his "old man's tale" to Tsubaki. In the original timeline, Tsubaki was his secretary instead of Noel, as she did not exist. When Jin ran off to search for Ragna, Tsubaki followed and ended up fatally wounded at the hands of Nu -13-, which explains Hakumen's hatred for the Murakumos. He desperately tried to save her, but due to his unstable mental condition at the time he couldn't focus properly to use his healing ars, and Tsubaki died in his arms. Since then, he has hated himself and renounced his former identity as Jin Kisaragi.
, his Overdrive is Kishin (Demon God)
, which disables his ability to use his Crush Trigger but accelerates his Magatama gauge's recovery rate and allows him to cancel his counters into special moves.
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Ookami can cut through, amongst other things, Ars Magus, Phantom's Sorcery, dimensional borders 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.
- Animated Armor
- Anti-Magic: His Ookami sword negates seithr and Ars Armagus (since it's powered by seithr).
- Asshole Victim
- The Atoner: For his actions as Jin.
- Badass: Probably the biggest example of the entire cast, and that's saying a lot. Case and 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:
"I hope you know what it takes... TO STAND BEFORE ME!"
"Why don't you show me...YOUR SO-CALLED JUSTICE"!
- And many, many others. 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:
"I am the White Void. I am the Cold Steel. I am the Just Sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it in the fires of destruction! I am Hakumen! The end has come!"
- 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.
- Blood Knight
- 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.
- Brought Down to Badass: That said, his "normal" isn't exactly everyone else's "normal" and he's still implied to be one of the strongest characters in the game.
- 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.
- The Comically Serious: So Comically Serious he's not given a Gag Reel. Not like he needed one anyway.
- Counter Attack: His standard Drive, Yukikaze and Akumetsu, work on this principle.
- Damn You, Muscle Memory:
- Akumetsu is 720+D in Calamity Trigger, charge down -> up+ D in Continuum Shift. If you like using it...
- Also, Gurren 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) and Zantetsu (41236C) have had their input reversed. Renka is now 236B and Zantetsu is 63214C. 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.
- 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.
- Eyeless Face: If what the narrator said was true in his storyline.
- 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.
- 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 talks about justice. Hell, his Astral Finish literally means "to destroy evil".
- 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
- 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.
- Guide Dang It: Judgement Squall is unblockable if you delay it for the maximum period of time. The in-game description doesn't even remotely hint at.
- Guttural Growler
- Heartbroken Badass
- Heroes Want Redheads: Since he´s Jin
- Heroic Sacrifice: CS reveals that he pulled off one of these in the past by having Jubei seal him along with Hazama.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Hero Antagonist: Not just to Ragna, either. In some of the paths for the other characters, such as Tao, he attacks them seemingly just because he can.
- 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.
- Hurting Hero: See Wheel of Fortune to see why.
- 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
- Katanas Are Just Better: His Nox Nyctores, Interfectum Malus: Ookami. Technically it's a Nodachi, not a Katana.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mighty Glacier: Not as slow as Tager, though.
- 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:
- 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.
- Ninja Samurai Zombie Robot
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Surprisingly averted with Hakumen.
- 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.
- Shows vulnerability and kindness to Tsubaki, and apparently named one of his attacks after her.
- In spite of his hate for Jin, he does give him some encouragement if Jin does something right.
- 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 prequels, 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
- Razor Wind: Kokuujin: Shipuu/Judgment: Squall
- 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.
- Samurai Ponytail
- Sealed Good in a Can: Imprisoned in the Edge of the Boundary until rescued by Kokonoe
- Shoulders of Doom: Another trait he shares with Justice. Interestingly, they look almost identical to Mu-12's.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Yukikaze looks like this, even if it isn't a One-Hit Kill.
- If you use Yukikaze when your opponent do a Barrier Burst, it is in most cases a Single-Stroke Battle.
- 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.
- Staring Down Cthulhu/Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth: Arakune was made into what he is from some minor experiments with the Boundary. Hakumen remained within it for NINETY YEARS and has suffered zero damage to his psyche.
- 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, since even immortals would eventually cease to exist because of the heat death of the universe or something similar. Luckily 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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!
- 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: Went up the tier list in Continuum Shift... a lot. And then "Chronophantasma" gave him Overdrive...
- To elaborate, 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.
- Tsundere: As much as he denies it, some things never change.
- 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."
- 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.
- Walking Spoiler: Do you see all of those blanks spots.
- 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.
- 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.
- Your Days Are Numbered: In Chronophantasma ,it's revealed that he's slowing fading away and states that he's at his limit that not even Rachel observing him would keep him around, it's also the reason that Trinity helped him Restrain Terumi when he and Hakumen were evenly matched.
"From beyond the realm of souls and birth, I call upon the ur-sword to bring ruin upon my enemies. Perish."
She is actually sentient and recognizes Ragna and switches her personality
from Emotionless Girl
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, not realizing it's a fake and it'll cause them to go back in time and become the Black Beast
(alternatively, she does know, and its how she intends to 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 it from all who try to enter it, but since she was dormant Arakune somehow managed to get in. 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.
She dies in the true ending of Calamity Trigger
, but her soul is plucked out of the Boundary by Kokonoe and implanted within the body of her predecessor, Lambda -11-, in Continuum Shift
. Her soul surfaces from within Lambda and she sacrifices herself to save Ragna.
Her playstyle has also undergone a drastic change - Nu is now 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.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The catalyst for the Cruel Twist Ending in Chronophantasma is Nu literally backstabbing Ragna after he saved her.
- 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.
- White Hair, Black Heart
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
- 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.
- Younger than They Look: The Blazblue Material Collection seems to suggest that her body was created before Ibukido's destruction, but it isn't until her awakening at Kagutsuchi's Gates of Shoel that she is actually completed. This technically makes her less than a day old.