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

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

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese) / Philece Sampler (English)

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

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

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

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

  • Adaptational Badass: Minor case, but in the second manga she helps Ragna fight off the group of bounty hunters at the restaurant instead of being carried away by a fleeing Ragna.
  • Airplane Arms: Her forward dash.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her fixation on boobs notwithstanding, she's also never affected by the Spectacles of Eros and artwork from the BlazBlue Material Collection shows her getting awfully... cuddly with Litchi Faye-Ling in a hot-spring. It could just be her childlike innocence though.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Her crest (which appears during her Distortion Drives/Astral Heat) resembles that of a cat's face.
  • Ascended Meme: "Don't want" (presumably the voice actor ad-libbing a more memetic "do not want") and "*nom nom nom* " appear in her English script.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Especially when food is involved. The goddess of the trope.
  • Audience Surrogate: She becomes this in Teach Me Ms. Litchi! where she asks about what the various things in the story are, from Sector Seven to Ars Magus.
  • Badass: She's genetically engineered from Jubei's genes, Bang's student and rival, and she's pretty much Chaos Incarnate. Who also stands on even ground with Tager, Jin and Ragna.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One of her Distortions, which is appropriately named "I'm Gonna Beat the Crap Outta You!"
  • Big Eater: Thinks about food pretty much all the time. In fact she's almost always hungry, to the point of emptying someone else's wallet due to a high tab, or she can be bribed into doing anything in exchange for food. Borderlines on Extreme Omnivore: In Story Mode, where (given the player's choice) she will even try to eat someone (Ragna and Bang can fall victim to this). And even in Arcade Mode, when fighting Litchi, will cause the latter to rant about not eating her steamed buns.
    • She even thinks that little girls are food.
    • Cat Spirit Encore, a move introduced in Chronophantasma has her swiping an item what opponent drops and eating it, not caring if the item is even food. She does show if the item isn't edible (or is a chili pepper from Bullet or a rotten octopus from Arakune) by being disgusted by what she just ate.
  • Blood Knight: With the sort of innocent enthusiasm that only a childlike, nigh-invulnerable Super Soldier can properly muster.
  • Bouncing Battler: Her new "Aerial Dancing Edge!!" DD in CP has her bouncing and flying around the screen as she slashes the midair enemy multiple times. Inverted with her Astral which has the opponent bouncing around as she warps all over the place to knock the foe over and over.
  • Braids of Action: Those dangling rope-like things under her hood? Those are really long braids.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mostly during the Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! segments, but she also looks up close into the TV screen during one of her entrances and if you hold down crouch. One of her intro poses has her sticking her face to the screen.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She doesn't so much name her attacks, but loves to provide verbal sound effects for them.
    • Unless she's facing Arakune, in which most cases she has several new names for her attacks, mostly containing "squiggly" as part of them.
  • Cat Girl: She is a Kaka, a race of Beastkin cloned from Jubei and thus has more catlike traits than Kokonoe.
  • Cat Ninja: She becomes an actual ninja (Bang's apprentice to be exact) in some joke endings.
  • Cat Smile: When she's not grinning, she often sports one of these, especially if she's being coy.
  • Character Development: Tao seems to have acquired a bit of an intelligence boost for Continuum Shift, even going as far as reciting a medical fact she "remembered" to Bang in his Arcade story. And let's not forget how you can make her remember things in the new Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.
  • Charged Attack: A few of her normals can be charged for more damage and greater hitstun.
  • Clone Degeneration: One possible explanation for the generalized senility of the Kaka. Notice how the Elder seems to be still put together - she was the last surviving member of the Kakas' very first generation.
  • Close Range Combatant: Mostly fights at close range, aided by her high speed.
  • Cloud Cuckooland: the... place that Taokaka's Astral takes place in is... even stranger. White, fluffy clouds, giant fish flying through the sky, randomly appearing Chibikaka... you just have to question whether this is supposed to be some place for real, or you've been trapped in the kitten's dream world or something.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: So much of one that she causes Nu to have a BSOD when she tries to comprehend Tao with logic.
  • Cool Big Sis: Torakaka is this to her.
  • Covert Pervert: Taokaka shows signs of this. Her primary target, Litchi, seems completely oblivious, though.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Like all the Kakas, she has noticeably dark skin.
  • Deadly Lunge: Her Drive is pretty much this.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she's still playable, she gets less and less spotlight over time. Especially glaring in CP story mode where she's never fought nor playable, and disappears entirely near the climax and ending.
  • The Ditz: She has the "special ability" to forget anything she does... in three steps or seconds, whichever comes first. CS reveals this includes meeting Ragna as a child. That said, she does seem to be getting better.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of her Distortion Drives has her making a copy of herself that copies her attacks. In CP, it's her Overdrive.
  • Dumb Blonde: Up to Eleven! She is the dumbest character in the entire series by a huge margin.
  • Dumb Is Good: Definitely not one of the smarter members of the cast, but still one of its nicest...as long as you feed her that is.
  • The Faceless: Possibly subverted: she presumably has a face, but it's... well... always covered with shadow. Her face and Cheshire Cat Grin can at least be seen through the shadow.
    • Confirmed to be wearing a mask in Calamity Trigger's "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!" segments and later by the developers.
  • Fastball Special: Kitty Litter Special throws random objects, including a very surprised Kaka kitten.
  • Foreshadowing: Her joke ending in Calamity Trigger, a trailer for a fake movie, "revealed" that Litchi would become a villain. Guess what happened in Continuum Shift...
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Same deal as Ragna, except she never realizes the guy she met before and "good guy" are one in the same
  • Fragile Speedster: She has two very fast command jumps (including a Wall Jump), her Drive offers a lot of mobility options, and she's the only character (other than Bang) with a triple jump. However, she's tied with Carl for the lowest health in the game, so she can be taken out fairly quickly once she's caught.
  • Fun Personified: Even Ragna can't help but smile around her.
  • Genki Girl: Always energetic, and often drags poor Ragna with her.
  • Grapple Move: One of her Distortion Drives is this, that leads to the Big Ball of Violence.
  • Hammerspace/Hyperspace Arsenal: Always carries a plate with her in case she comes across food, as well as other things such as fishbones, baseballs, bombs, pillows, apple cores, bowling balls, and even kaka kittens, which she can throw at her opponents.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: As with the rest of the Kaka, she wears a hoodie with oversized sleeves that close at the end (with slots for her claws).
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: In Continuum Shift, whenever Tao fights Ragna, she proclaims that she's hungry and he says she eats way too much. Regardless of the outcome, Ragna has to pay.
    Taokaka (if she wins): "Lunch is on you, Good Guy!"
    Ragna (if Tao loses): "Alright, alright, I'll buy you some lunch."
  • Hey, You!: Normally doesn't call the characters by their real names. Instead she gives them names like White Guy Ragna, Good Guy Ragna after he feeds her (she calls him this at all times in the story mode of CS), Scruffy Man Bang, Shorty Carl, Super-not-soft person Ada/Nirvana, Hat Person Noel, Lacking Lady Noel (after she notices her chest), Black Squiggly Arakune, Boobie Lady Litchi, Flappy Nu-13 and Mu-12 (due to their pre-battle outfits), Red Lady/Eye Woman Tsubaki, Average Lady Tsubaki (after she notices her chest), Green Guy/Scary Guy Hazama/Terumi, Ice Man Jin, Bunny Person Rachel, Big Guy Tager, Tail Lady Kokonoe, Cat Person Jubei, Mask Man Hakumen, Fluffy Lady Makoto, Butter Person Valkenhayn, Butt Lady Bullet, Big Fat Fibber Guy Relius, Leader Person Amane, Dark Man Kagura and Antenna Lady Celica.
  • Hidden Buxom: She's actually quite stacked underneath that hoodie.
  • Idiot Hero: So, very, very, very much...
    • To the point that she doesn't realize the "good guy" she's hanging out with is the guy she's supposed to be hunting.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: There's only a slingshot bikini on beneath that coat, and a sizable chunk of Tao's screen time involves groping boobies without the target's permission. What keeps her from being the other trope is that she genuinely has no clue her conduct is inappropriate.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She never realizes that grabbing other females' "meat buns" is not a right thing to do.
  • In the Hood: She has her hood up at all times and her face is always obscured, although that effect is most likely a result of wearing a mask as opposed to this trope.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "In the name of... the big white thingy in the night sky! Tao shall punish you!"
  • Is It Something You Eat?: One of her first responses to any new concept.
  • Japanese Pronouns: Calls people with "omae".
  • Leitmotif: "Catus Carnival", which is pretty much her randomness in music form.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Word of God is that she's supposed be to the game's Dan, except she doesn't suck quite as badly; in fact, she's rather deadly.
    • Ironically, Bang is Calamity Trigger's Dan.
    • Tao's Unlimited form is one of the strongest out of everyone in CS. Even though it takes a second longer to charge up, 3 standard D attacks will finish off everyone except Tager (who requires 4).
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Tao will grope anyone with decent sized boobs, and give her (rather frank) opinion about her victim's chest. At one point, this resulted in her accidentally started feeling up the rock-hard chest of Bang Shishigami. She was, of course, looking for Litchi in her clinic, but Bang was the only one there.
    • Though, given her personality, it's probably not perverted or sexual in nature. She just finds them fun since they're bouncy and squishy.
  • Male Gaze: Her sprites in Continuum Shift have been modified with more well-developed boobs like Litchi, meaning she might be starting to grow up.
    • This official piece of art (one of the unlocked gallery pictures in CT) show that Tao has always had a bit of this going on even in the original. She just was wearing a pretty baggy coat this whole time.
  • Minion Master: As her Unlimited self she gains new Distortion Drives that make use of the Kaka kittens.
  • Mixed Metaphor: In Episode 1 of "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! <Reloaded>!":
    Tao (upon learning about the NOL Military Academy's entrance tests): "Tao's really good at beating up people meow! It's like the green grass that horses use to make silk purses on the other side of fence!"
    Litchi: "Huh? I think you're going for 'easy as pie.'"
  • Morality Pet: For an Anti-Hero rather than an outright villain, but in Continuum Shift she is the only person that Ragna seems to genuinely consider a friend; even promising to play with her some day and taking a nap with her. Everybody else falls between being tolerated and him just not caring about them.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: One of two discernible facial features of Taokaka is a mask with a mouth full of lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth. And like Kamineko, she is still hilariously adorable.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments in Continuum Shift, Tao explains that she remembers the general history of how Ars Magus came to be, but still doesn't know the real important stuff like Nox Nyctores. She says that she's close to finding the person who can properly teach her, because her spid... uhh Kaka senses are tingling.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Since she can't remember anything for long she has a habit of giving other people nicknames right after meeting them, such as "Scruffy Man" for Bang or "Bunny Person" for Rachel. Some of her nicknames for other characters were even adopted by the fandom, the most well-known of which is probably "Boobie Lady" for Litchi.
    • Continuum Shift suggests that she does know peoples' names but prefers to call them by nicknames. By this point she's aware that "good guy" is actually Ragna and actually refers to him as such when someone asks her what she means by "good guy." She learns Tsubaki's name, but still insists on calling her "red lady" because of her hair color.
    • It repeats itself in Continuum Shift II; in Platinum's Arcade Mode, Tao is asked if she knows a man named Bang Shishigami, Tao replies with "Hmm, Bang Shishigami? Oh, you mean the Scruffy Man!" So it's pretty clear that she can keep up with the names, but she just likes the nicknames that much.
      • Sadly, she doesn't spell Bang's name correctly in the English dub of this scene.
    • Further explained in Makoto's CP Arcade Mode, where Taokaka states that Noel's nickname is partly because she doesn't like her given name, which may be the case for the others. Notably, she never gives Torakaka a nickname beyond "Tora".
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "I'mma Beat The Crap Outta You!" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Odd Friendship: Ragna is a wanted man who wants nothing to do with anyone, Tao is a ditzy Catgirl who only thinks about food. And yet, she's one of the few people Ragna can call a friend.
  • Only Sane Man: She's this in CF. Like Ragna, she is one of the few in the cast who don't want the world change. Her desire is for the Kaka Clan to live in riches, but it won't be a village she'll be living in.
  • Panty Shot: Pretty much every move she makes causes her to expose her panties.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She's either the giving or the receiving of jokes whenever she's involved, and she's almost always happy throughout it all.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; she's innocent and playful. If you make her angry, however, then the red eyes should tell you that she means business.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In Continuum Shift, when planting her head on Litchi's boobies:
    "Boobies are fun! Boingboingboingboing!"
    • She also likes to say "Jump!" and "Leap" and the like whenever she's about to do so.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In her section of Help Me, Professor Kokonoe, Taokaka suddenly talks like this after eating Kokonoe's silvervine candy. It's only temporary, though.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Don't expect her to show up whenever the tone shifts to something more serious. Notably, she's absent in almost every True Ending of the series.
  • Shotoclone: her Drive moves have both "forward rush" and "anti-air" variants while her Kitty Litter Special acts as her variable projectile.
  • Snot Bubble: Can be seen during one of her intro poses, where she stars sleeping.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Tao's CP Arcade run, a brief "scuffle" with Lacking Lady sends the latter away from a Main Branch restraining squad sent to rein her in. Terumi is not a happy camper when he finds out.
  • Species Surname: A variation. Tao doesn’t have a last name, but the name of her species, Kaka, is a part of her full name, with Tao being a shortened version of it without the “kaka” part.
  • Split Second Blade Spam: She can do this with her claws.
  • Super Soldier: The original purpose of the Kaka Clan. It... didn't work out so well.
  • Theme Naming: Cats, for her special moves.
  • Third-Person Person: "Tao is Taokaka, meow!"
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Yep, you saw this coming. In her Calamity Trigger story mode, this is one the things you can choose to have her say to Rachel after the vampire steps on her tail.
    Taokaka: "I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!"
  • Too Dumb to Fool: She is the only character so far that Hazama has failed trolling.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her Continnum Shift Story Mode, she tried to fight Hazama only to fail spectaculary. Her CP Arcade Mode has her unknowingly break Hazama's plans by luring Noel away from a trap he had laid out for her, as well as seeing her hold her own against him until he's forced to leave with Phantom, a spectacular improvement. Her Arcade Run isn't called Growth for nothing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat buns.
  • Unblockable Attack: Unlimited Taokaka has one DD where she summons a Kaka Kitten to bring out a bomb. The bomb explodes in 10 seconds and its explosion is unblockable.
  • Use Your Head: Taokaka's front grab has her latch on to the opponent and reel them in for a headbutt.
  • Verbal Tic: Often edits words to sound like "meow" and tends to insert cat noises into her dialogue.
  • Wall Jump: Her Trick Edge special lets her do this. Meanwhile she can also do a Wall Cling with her Sticky Kitty special and then jump away from it.
  • Wolverine Claws: Her main weapon.
  • Wrap Around: If Tao throws a baseball that fails to connect with her opponent, it'll show up on the other side of the screen a few moments later and try again.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a bulldog.

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

"You're within my estimates."

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese) / Jamieson Price (English)

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

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

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

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel is Charge Lightning where he stuns the opponent with his fist, then grabs them and then emits electricity from his body that fries the opponent. His Astral Finish, King of Tager, makes him do a ridiculously exaggerated version of his Distortion Drive in which he lifts the opponent high into the sky and crashes them down into the Earth.


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

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

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

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese) / Lauren Landa (English)

A renowned doctor living in Kagutsuchi. She was Kokonoe's assistant and Tager's co-worker in Sector Seven until her close friend Roy's mutation into Arakune, which caused her to go AWOL. She defends the local townspeople from Arakune and is trying to restore him to his former self by any means necessary, even through death. She also seems to respect Bang and even goes off apologizing if she ever beats him in combat. She gained her combat abilities from the Boundary in the same way Arakune did, through her panda "hairclip", Lao Jiu. Later on, throughout the story, she realizes the burden of her quest, but she keeps pressing forward undeterred, to the point of making some... questionable choices down the road.

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

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

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

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


  • Absolute Cleavage/Cleavage Window: Hell yes. The latter also sticks even as she's turned younger by Amane.
  • Action Girl: This is BlazBlue after all, just because she's so nice doesn't mean she wouldn't smack your ass if necessary.
  • All-Loving Hero: She is by far the nicest character in the game. Especially when you take account that everyone has given up on Arakune, she hasn't. That's how much she treasures friendship and other people close to her.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Well, how else do you explain her fondness for making girls cosplay? Also, she apparently spent a good deal of time "examining" Noel's body prior to one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi! Reloaded segments.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Litchi's choices at the end of CS is either she joins The Dark Side for the cure, or she will rot and die by her own corruption. Leaving the corruption like Kokonoe suggested will not make the problem go away, and she's pretty much deprived of other options by that point.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Just like her predecessor Jam before her.
  • Anti-Villain: The Villain in Name Only variety. Her only 'villainous' quality is that she's with NOL. Her other traits are all screaming 'Good' and 'Sympathetic'.
  • Apologetic Attacker: She's prone to apologizing, usually after beating the crap out of her enemy. In Chronophantasma, she apologized if she ever dealt above 2000 damage, and she regretfully apologized that she had to beat up Bang while under Relius' clutches.
  • Big Bad: In Platinum's gag reel in Continuum Shift.
  • Betty and Veronica: Roy/Arakune and Bang, respectively, for her. Roy was her colleague at Sector Seven whom Litchi got verg close to, and nowadays she still strives to save him from his corruption. He's also more polite, softspoken and somewhat timid, but with a desire to prove himself. Meanwhile she just met Bang after she moves to Kagutsuchi, and he's a bombastic, spirited ninja who's very interested in her. She at least considers Bang a good friend.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She doesn't get particularly mean compared to most examples, but she's really determined to save Arakune from his fate and will do what she has to in order to accomplish that.
  • Boobs of Steel: She has the largest bust of the entire female cast and is pretty proficient with her staff too.
  • Broken Bird: Underneath the kind smile lies an extremely broken woman who sacrifices a piece of her humanity every day, all for the sake of someone she cares about.
  • Broken Messiah: She starts as an All-Loving Hero, but she came to a realization that her past action, corrupting herself with the same mutation in a small amount to try to Find the Cure for Arakune, is catching up to her and she has no time to be idle, her efforts so far didn't produce any results, her only source of help that she trusted (Kokonoe) flat out refused her... if left behind, the corruption will consume and kill her. This realization drove her to desperation and eventually joining NOL, an act she was full of remorse of, compounded with the fact that two of her main co-workers/superiors turn out to be the worst men to ever exist. Despite so, she tries to hide this fact and still acts as kind as before.
  • 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: She's a doctor who can also kick ass.
  • The Coats Are Off: In most of her Battle Intro she normally wears her doctor's clothing before flipping it up, revealing her battle clothes.
  • Cool Big Sis: 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.
  • Cuteness Proximity: If she gets drunk, she becomes really obsessed with pretty girls coming to her proximity and goes to put them in cosplay.
  • The Dark Chick: Her position as of the NOL's Five-Bad Band, along with their Sixth Ranger (with high chance to become a Sixth Ranger Traitor). Unlike how she is pegged as an Evil Genius due to her expertise, Litchi is first and foremost a very emotional woman, thus fitting the 'Chick' part better.
  • Darker and Edgier: Chronophantasma doesn't let Litchi show enough of her nice sides, especially in the Story Mode, where she's mostly sporting an annoyed or angry scowl, and her portrait is also no longer smiling. She becomes a bit more aggressive when assisting Relius, compared to the time she had in CS.
  • D-Cup Distress: Downplayed. The only problem Litchi has with her "meatbuns" is that it makes finding clothing that fits quite difficult. This interferes with her cosplay fetish, natch.
  • Difficult but Awesome: Litchi is always a 'high-execution' character with her staff on/off stance and how you do things with it; if you do not bother to learn her, she wouldn't look that strong. If you do, she becomes very deadly.
  • Dirty Business: She makes it clear throughout CS and CP that she doesn't like how it comes to her joining the NOL with its clearly unsavory top brass like Hazama and Relius, even if she has to to save herself and Arakune.
  • Diving Kick: Her Astral Heat starts with this.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang: She projects an image of a taijitu in many of her moves, and she creates an image of a dragon (through Lao Jiu) in one of her win poses.
  • Dramatic Irony: In both ways. The fact that Litchi is in NOL has the adverse effect of probably getting Carl back to path of psychosis if he learns about this particular fact of 'betrayal'. Likewise, while the audience knows, Litchi doesn't know that there is a certain Nox Nyctores that rends the Boundary, the Phoenix Rettenjou, and it's in Bang's possession, which if she knew, would've made her think twice of going over to NOL. Bang doesn't know much about his weapon either, however, which adds more into the irony.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: In one of CP's Teach Me More, Miss Litchi episodes, Bullet barged into Litchi's clinic to ask for directions to Ikaruga. But when Litchi tried to cover that in a lesson, thus delaying Bullet, she threatened to attack. Before she could do that, Litchi started yelling like a sergeant, completed with overuse of maggot. She actually managed to make Bullet cry by calling her a crybaby, by the way.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: She doesn't like Tao calling her "Boobie Lady."
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Expect to see her staff spin a lot. Especially during her DD/Overdrive, The Great Wheel.
  • Evil Laugh: Does this despite her kind hearted nature, and is really good at it. She does this in Azrael's section in Chrono Phantasma's Teach Me Miss Litchi, she does it in Tsubaki's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift & most notably does this numerous times in Platinum's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift Extend, whose final laugh in said gag reel is good enough for even Terumi to give a compliment.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her inability to finally accept that Arakune needs to be let go and her Guilt Complex leads to her making a very questionable decision in Continuum Shift.
    • She has another: Her complete refusal to share her burdens with her friends which could give her emotional support also led to no one noticing her actual problems, thereby, like Rachel, just chalks her down as 'Obsessed selfish woman'. It could be because she doesn't want her friends to suffer like her, though.
  • Flash Sideways: In CS she experiences visions of herself in other timelines due to her growing Boundary corruption.
  • Flying Weapon: She can control her staff to fly towards her opponent to smack them with it from afar. With Daisharin, she can control it more easily as she attacks.
  • Food as Bribe: In her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe short, when Kokonoe becomes a bit irritated, Litchi gives her a small cake. She also lampshades it.
  • Forced into Evil: Litchi is at first not interested in working with Hazama, as he's Obviously Evil, and even after when he reveals that he may know of a way to save Arakune, she still resisted, but it's only after Kokonoe flat out refuses to help her and after she realizes that her corruption is already at a high level and that it was only a matter of time until she completely succumbs, that she is forced to take up Hazama's offer unless she wants to rot away and turn into the next Arakune. She's really reluctant as she already knew Hazama was untrustworthy, multiplied by her feelings of disgust at Relius attempting to kill Carl, but is ultimately cornered in something where no one else could (or want to) help. This is what differs her from doing the good ol' Face–Heel Turn.
    • As of Chronophantasma, this really shows, she's very apologetic to her enemies, and she wouldn't even think twice to scold Relius in case he shows his Lack of Empathy, insisting that Arakune be called 'Roy' instead of 'that thing', or getting pissed that Relius sends Arakune into Ikaruga, causing her to drop her duties assisting Relius and go after Roy, also pointing out that part of the promise is that 'she can do whatever she wants when in NOL's service'. Likewise, she's constantly putting annoyed or angry face on Team Douchebag. However, she ends up taking Relius' offer again after being talked down that what she looked for can't be found in this current world, but she still shows that she's forced by telling Carl to back off from the life of villainy. However, once the fortunes are reversed and Relius broke down, Litchi shows that she's just forced on him, by willingly siding with Carl for his plans.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: "Teach me, Dr. Litchi!"
  • Friend to All Children: She shows a lot of love and concern for the Kaka kittens, the Ronin Gai children and, of course, Carl. She's also fond of Platinum, even if Luna still hates her for being 'Boobzilla'.
    • Shotacon: Some her words and actions hint towards her being very interested in Carl, such as her Cooldown Hug, where she places Carl's head in her cleavage and this little gem:
    Bang: What, is my word not good enough for you?! Why are you asking Carl?!
    Litchi: Oh? No real reason. Ohohoho.
  • Gag Boobs: Her breasts are rather a large source of humor in the series, mostly as envy from the less endowed characters. And Tao's affectionate nickname of "Boobie lady" of course.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Litchi crossed this in two phases on a personal case. The first phase, on realizing that Lotte Carmine was inflicted with an extreme corruption of the Boundary which practically has no normal permanent cure and begging for Kokonoe to help does no use, she sees it fit to corrupt herself with the Boundary to find symptoms and develop the cure from experience. The second phase is when she found no cure overall and her own corruption was getting to her, she sees it fit to join the NOL for the small hope of cure, despite the organization storing someone who's pegged as extremely shady and suspicious (Hazama), or blatant monster of a father (Relius).
  • Good Samaritan: The majority of her personality. If a person is in need of help, especially when they're abandoned by everyone else, Litchi will come in and try to give help. Ask Linhua, Kaka clan, or even Arakune (despite how much he doesn't want any). Also even if she's in NOL, she still willingly hugged a distraught Carl, who should be none of her concern, to calm him down, like the Trope Maker himself.
  • Guilt Complex: She's very easy to blame herself over something that wasn't majorly her fault. Not just Arakune, she also berates herself for her inability to correct the Kaka clan's reproductive issues.
  • Hair Decorations: Aside from Lao Jiu, she also has a hair tube that ties the lower part of her hair in the shape of a Taijitu.
  • Happy Fun Ball: That cute little panda hairclip Litchi wears? It's an actual living creature, Lao Jiu allows her to animate her polearm and use Ars Magus. It does this by siphoning power from the Boundary- the land of the dead- and continued use will result in Litchi becoming as tainted as Arakune. Also subverted as it seems that it also works as a limiter to her corruption since she should've become like Arakune already.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the end of Chronophantasma, Izanami took over from both Hazama and Relius as the de facto Big Bad, and Litchi is now going under Carl, who has Relius on his ropes, and she's more comfortable with him. However, while still not on the good graces of Izanami, she didn't join the main heroes.
  • Hello, Nurse!: She's beloved by pretty much everyone in Orient Town, as well as the Kaka Clan.
  • Hero Antagonist: By the end of CS. She still has the best intention and sanity to act like a decent human being. Her allegiance, on the other hand, made her antagonistic.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: 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.
    • Happens again in Act 2 of Central Fiction when she learns that Arakune is just a part of the whole man who was Lotte "Roy" Carmine. A fraction of his soul resides within Lao Jiu, and it's the only thing keeping her from turning into seithr like everyone else. Izanami tells her that she is not an Entitled, so her wish for Roy to return cannot be granted, and is only alive because Roy is protecting her.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Carl's true ending in Calamity Trigger. The ensuing temporal reset keeps it from sticking, as evidenced by CS.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. Litchi knows that the NOL means bad news, that Hazama is REALLY suspicious and she clearly disapproves of Relius' attempt in Offing the Offspring. Still, since they're the only option to save Arakune and she's getting desperate, she pretty much ignored everything else and joined them, still believing that they might keep their promise, but also knowing that there's only a slim chance of that happening, but it's the only lead she has right now. Same goes with siding with Relius in Chronophantasma, she really has no other choice when the prospect of cures are debunked and the only way is to recreate the world.
  • Hospital Hottie: She's the goddess of this trope.
  • Hospital Paradiso: She has explicitly said that once Arakune's saved, she will settle down in Orient Town and help people there instead of resuming her scientist career in Sector Seven.
  • Hot Scientist: She used to work for Sector 7 under Kokonoe until the Arakune incident, and she's seen in a lab coat in Tager's Arcade Ending. It's hinted in Tager's Story Mode that Kokonoe wants Litchi back, and Tager resorts to beating her up when she refuses (fortunately for her Jubei intervenes). Of course chances are this is where she got her doctor skills.
  • Hurting Hero: Doing the good thing like saving a friend requires her to get corrupted like said friend, hide the condition to the other people that could've given her support, and eventually join an organization she disliked. But no matter how much it hurts her, Litchi would continue to do what she thought was right.
  • I Have the High Ground: Played down on coolness; more for function - after planting her staff on the ground she can hop on to it (standing on one leg to boot!) and hit opponents from there. Some players have made impressive combos with it. Required for her Astral Finish. Because the Great Wheel has Matenbou at her side at all times, she cannot perform her Astral during Overdrive in CP.
  • Ignorance Is Bliss: Defied. Everyone else has been telling her to stop worrying about Arakune (even Arakune himself), but Litchi knew that problems, especially hers like her own corruption, don't go away if ignored.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Oriental Flower" called "Oriental Flower ~Flower Blossoms~".
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Her name is supposed to be pronounced "Lie-chi". Or "Lychee".
  • Japanese Pronouns: She uses "watashi" to call herself and "anata" to call people.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Her Unlimited self gains one as a Distortion Drive.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Of course. Why else did she bother to teach up the cats?
  • Lady Drunk: Her bio said her personality depends on whatever sake she's drunk.
  • Lady of War: She's still a very classy fighter with lots of reserves and grace in her fighting style, and very feminine.
  • Leitmotif: Oriental Flower, which takes a lot of samples from Jam's own theme. Oriental Flower II has a bit of a darker tone to it, but still ultimately contains the same tempo from the first.
  • Love at First Sight: In the short story Borderline, she quickly blushed the first time she and Roy met each other.
  • Love Interest: of Bang. She also has one in form of Roy Carmine/Arakune.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Crazy enough to... corrupt herself with the Boundary just to understand the corruption and Find the Cure (and this is from backstory!).
  • Love Martyr: for Arakune.
  • Megaton Punch: She does this to Bang Shishigami in her story mode, and that's after she loses to a fight she challenged him to.
  • Meganekko: Only in one instance is she seen without her glasses - after getting beaten by Tager in his Story Mode. Too bad her eyes are closed.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: The only thing you could call her of being 'evil' would be by being under the same banner as Terumi and Relius, and even then, Litchi spends her time apologizing for what she does while staying on that banner, and even politely asks Bang to let her 'borrow' his nail instead of seizing it by force. Her win quotes also reflect regrets against some characters, she envied Noel for being able to get out of NOL while she couldn't, and remarks that she now has the same eyes of Jin in the past when he's still your cold NOL asshole.
  • Mirror Match: She's the only one who lampshades this whenever 2 Litchis go face-to-face.
  • Moment of Weakness: In CS she grows very desperate on saving Arakune and herself since Kokonoe refuses to help her that she'll accept any help, even when it comes from a shady guy like Hazama (and Litchi is very aware that he can't be trusted, but she didn't have any other choice).
  • Ms. Fanservice: BlazBlue's first; still going strong in spite of competitions like Makoto and Bullet.
  • Must Make Amends: She feels responsible for creating Arakune, and seems dead set on restoring him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After being told about how her insistence on saving Arakune cost not just Bang's safety, but also how it furthers Relius' plan to initiate 'Doomsday'. She's down on all fours, crying.
  • My Greatest Failure: Judging from her CP ending, her efforts ending up handing Relius the Rettenjou could be the next big one.
  • Named Weapons: Her staff, Mantenbou (10000 Heavens Staff).
  • Nice Girl: If she wasn't a Chinese Yamato Nadeshiko already, she'd be this. Especially when everyone else was still treating Bang like a joke, as of CS, Litchi has always been genuinely nice to him and always refer him as a good person. Which makes it more heartbreaking even for her when she had to beat him up under Relius' order.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Might be more so than Kokonoe considering she was her assistant for her Ars Magus projects, but now works in the medical profession.
  • Only Sane Woman: Litchi is pretty much the sole character with no direct interest in Ragna, and compared to the rest to the cast, she seems to possess the straightest, noblest goal: protect the people and find a cure for her friend. Unfortunately, this gets played with in Continuum Shift when Arakune, in a brief moment of sanity, warns her that she might end up corrupted/crazy like him due to tapping power to the Boundary.
    • Also became one for the antagonist team. Really, compare her with: Terumi, Relius, Saya, Tsubaki and Nu...
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Her little Panda Lao Jiu, which Litchi raises on her hair, making it look like a hairpin.
  • Playing with Fire: A few of her moves are covered in flames.
  • Plucky Girl: She still retains her normal 'kind' self, even if she's obviously unwilling and unhappy to be in NOL, as shown in her mannerisms and quotes throughout Chronophantasma trailers. That didn't last long, the Chronophantasma arcades show that she's becoming a Broken Bird slowly.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Litchi's Fatal Flaw means that expressing her worries and concerns are the furthest thing from her mind, meaning nobody has an idea what she's going through, let alone figure out how to fix it. On top of that, the possibility that Roy has lost too much of himself to the Boundary to be saved slips further away as her corruption continues taking root; being forced to face this truth is one of her Berserk Buttons, and Kokonoe and Rachel get their patience tested trying to hammer this home. In the Sector Seven story of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, she even avoids telling Makoto, who made an effort to ask what's wrong in the first place. Pitiable though she be, in this aspect she truly is Kokonoe's 'dumbest student'.
  • Prim and Proper Bun: When she's not fighting (such as in Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!), she tied up her hair in a bun. And she becomes much proper indeed, with her also sporting a more "covered" dress.
  • Punny Name: Her name sounds similar to "Lychee" and she's primarily dressed in red, i.e the color of the lychee.
  • Puppet Fighter: her staff is the puppet in this case, as it can be controlled in different ways to assist her attacks. Especially while in Daisharin.
  • Purple Eyes: Although they don’t seem to have any significant meaning like this trope entails.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Usually kept on a ponytail that is already LONG, it gets let loose during her winpose, when losing after a timeup, or after she gets beaten in Tager's Story mode and when on the receiving end of Relius' Astral Heat. (see Slipknot Ponytail below).
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Averted at first. Lady in red with black accents, but still the nicest character in the cast. Subverted later, she becomes a member of NOL which makes her look like a bad guy... but she still retains her goodness and morality, and was in fact Forced into Evil as a Villain in Name Only type Anti-Villain.
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: inverted - she may turn to the bad guys' side but she still retains her helpful and kind disposition.
  • Say My Name: Twice, first during Bang's story if he loses against Hakumen... "Bang? Bang! BAAAAANNNNGGG!!!" And then, during the 7th episode of 'Teach me, Ms. Litchi!' "Baaaaang.... Baaaanggg..."
  • Sexy Spectacles: Befitting of her Ms. Fanservice status, she wears a pair of square-rimmed glasses at all times.
  • Sexy Walk: Here it is.
  • Shoryuken: Her Tsubame Gaeshi special is her doing an uppercut followed by throwing her staff to the air. Also her Three Dragons: Green, a jumping upward kick.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Her devotion to finding and helping Arakune return to human form implies this. This pretty is much what Hazama uses to convince her to Face–Heel Turn, telling her he knows how to fix Arakune.
    • Samaritan Syndrome: An alternate way to describe her devotion. Litchi can't stand to see people suffering, and to her, Arakune is the one person who needs her help the most.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Lose due to time up, and her hairpin gets off, revealing her Rapunzel Hair. Also happens when she wins a match, or after losing to Tager in his CT Story Mode.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: She is a doctor and was a scientist, and her glasses show it.
  • Soul Jar: It turns out Lao Jiu houses a bit of Roy's soul.
  • Spam Attack: Her DD All Terminals is one of those "ranbu"-stylednote  super moves.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears: This also comes up in her time-up losing pose. A more tragic version at the end of her CP Arcade mode, when Rachel tells her that her efforts to save Arakune through observation were a complete waste of time for everyone involved.
  • Spin Attack: Her Thirteen Orphans DD has her staff do this. She can also launch her staff away while it spins to her opponent with The Four Winds special.
  • Stance System: She would do different moves depending on whether she's with her staff, without it, or when she's standing on it. Her Daisharin is also another stance altogether as she can't use the staff the same way in that state.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She just barely makes at 5'7", but that is still tall for a female, and she happens to be one of the tallest females in the series, along with Nine and Bullet.
  • Stripperiffic: In a subversion, she's not proud of it and prefers more decent clothing. However, due to her breast size, she had trouble of getting decent clothes of the right size.
  • Tears of Remorse: If this is the very proof that she really is Forced into Evil, as seen at the climax of Chronophantasma.
  • Technical Pacifist: She wouldn't think of violence as the first answer to everything, usually as a last resort.
  • Telescoping Staff: It can either stretch, become shorter and thicker, or even bend in sharp angles.
  • Theme Naming: Her specials are named after Mahjong hands.
  • Three Strike Combo: She can chain her Three Dragons specials, in order: White -> Green -> Red.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: She was saved by Carl in the end of Chronophantasma and Relius' crushing defeat means that Carl is now in charge of the group and she can be more at ease in following things.
  • Token Good Teammate: She retains her morality despite being in Team Evil, and is uninterested in their Evil Plan, only caring about being able to help more people. And unlike Tsubaki, she didn't even get an Evil Costume Switch.
  • To Know Him, I Must Become Him: She corrupts herself with powers of the Boundary (through Lao Jiu) so she can hopefully figure something out to cure Arakune's condition. There hasn't been much progress so far, however... and she's in constant danger because of it, too.
  • Tragic Heroine: Had the best interest of the people, a very noble goal... said same goal is alienating her from her friends, eating her body and health from the inside, made her join a faction she didn't like, especially under a man she's highly suspicious at, and in insistence of pursuing it, she accidentally set the world to be doomed without realizing it. When she did, she broke down in tears. In Story Mode, this continues that once again the hope to save Roy is just in Relius' hands so she joins him and had her beat up Bang. She had no idea just what her promise to save Arakune was going to cost her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Hazama use Arakune to get her to join the NOL.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: At the beginning of CT, when she first started looking for Ragna and his Azure Grimore, she took a poster of Ragna and tucked it between her chest. The player finds out she did this trope when Taokaka, after attacking her, points out the poster and the narration reveals where she tucked it.
  • Villainous Breakdown: She broke when she encountered Rachel, citing that the only person that could help her refused her, making her go down her path. Unfortunately, Rachel doesn't even care, thinking that she's just obsessed. And again in the third game where Rachel revealed to her that Kokonoe is trying her darnedest to observe Arakune so as to hold him onto the living word for the time being, but doing so causes Kokonoe great strain; she also remembered Arakune's own warning to her.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: She has an invisible clock on her head ticking to signify when she becomes the next Arakune because she tampers with the Boundary while trying to understand Arakune's corruption. She, understandably, is horrified with this and want to prevent this.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Chinese, but she fits in quite well once you look into her personality: kind, sensible, soft-spoken, nurturing and Friend to All Children, protective to those she considers friends and family (and will go through the extreme to save them), mostly tried to be modest, and even sports a Hime Cut. She's also graceful in combat and isn't a doormat that prefers staying in the kitchen. Hazama is still capable of playing with her protectiveness and forcing her into villainy.

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

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

Voiced by: Takashi Hikida (Japanese) / Spike Spencer (English)

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

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

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

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


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


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