Amane is a member of a traveling acting troupe seeking new members. Hearing about a young vigilante, he (yes, HE) sets out in search of Carl to try and recruit him. He is noted to be incredibly vain and obsessed with youth, and fights with a strange plumage than can metamorphose into weapons.
His Drive, Spiral, involves morphing his shawl into a drill shape to attack the enemy, utilizing a leveling system to power up his attacks. His Overdrive is Cyclone, which increases the level of his attacks to their maximum amount.
His Astral traps the opponent inside of a giant flower, which transforms them into their younger selves, which is then revealed momentarily as the flower bursts open. A green, orange and black curtain then slides out, obscuring the view completely.
Camp Gay: If his design doesn't already scream this, his profile is outright confirmation, listing his "Likes" section as "beautiful things (mainly handsome men)." You all have Sugita to thank for his existence, by the way.
Foreshadowing: In Story Mode Rachel calls him Uzumenote The Shinto goddess of dawn who danced naked to lure out Amaterasu from her hiding place and is hinted to be an immortal meaning that Amane will become important in the next game.
Fountain of Youth/Baleful Polymorph: His Astral seems to work this way. note Ragna turns into his younger self from Story Mode, Jin and Tsubaki turn into their childhood selves from the latter's flashback in her CS Story Mode, Noel turns into her childhood self from her flashback in CS Story Mode, Rachel becomes her younger self from Phase Shift 1, Taokaka regresses to a Kaka kitten, Bang becomes a younger version of himself, Carl becomes his younger self from Story Mode but wearing a different outfit seen in a piece of CG artwork and tossing a Nirvana doll, Hakumen becomes "Pakumen", Hazama turns into Kazuma from Phase Shift 1, Makoto turns into her presumed childhood self with a (much) looser top and bike shorts, Valkenhayn becomes his younger self from Phase Shift 1, Platinum is a strange inversion — she returns to being Trinity, Relius becomes his younger self wearing a classy gentleman's outfit and covering his face, Bullet turns into her childhood self wearing boys' clothing and completely flat, Azrael also reverts to his childhood self who crosses his arm and pretty much not giving a damn, Litchi reverts to a child version with more assertive clothing and still with a boob window showing a big rack for her age, carrying a basket of meat buns, Tager becomes a... wind-up doll of himself, Arakune becomes... the wounded tartar befriended by Lambda-11 in her Gag Reel, Nu-13 becomes a hyperactive little girl passionately hugging a big, two-dimensional Ragna paper doll, Mu-12 becomes similar to Noel, but with the rags she was found in during the Calamity Trigger story mode opening, Izayoi's transformation is the same as Tsubaki's but with a different colored yukata, Kagura turns into a younger version of himself wearing an NOL Academy uniform and carrying a shinai, Terumi turns into a babified version of his ghost form carrying a stick with a snake on its tip, and Kokonoe becomes her younger self as seen in an ending illustration from Phase Shift 4, wearing the robes of the Kaka clan. When used on Amane himself, the victim!Amane becomes a younger, teenager Amane, posing and sparkling.
Scratch Damage: The purpose of his Drive is to inflict damage on block. With his Drive on Level 1 the attacks are only slightly more damaging than any other attack. On Level 2 you're definitely going to feel the sting of the drills, but there's no need for panic just yet... Well, unless you consider the fact that from Level 2 it's just a matter of time before Amane reaches Level 3 which drills straight through your defenses into your HP pool For Massive Damage. Seriously, you're better off getting hit by a Level 3 Spiral than actually blocking it.
Shotacon: Has an interest in the "pretty, young vigilante" Carl.
Bullet is a member of a mercenary group that ended up massacred in a certain incident involving Sector Seven. Seeking answers, Bullet now has a bone to pick with Kokonoe.
Her Drive, Lockon, shows a target reticule on the opponent and allows her to enter a state called "Heat-Up Mode." Her Overdrive is Heat the Beat, which places her in a constant state of Heat-Up.
Her Astral involves her launching the opponent into the air by firing flames from her gauntlets. She then mounts the opponent and delivers a swift hook that knocks them so hard into the ground it creates a huge crater, similar to Tager's Astral.
A feared member of Sector Seven nicknamed The Mad Dog who was locked away because of his violent personality, the cause of incidents where he attacked everything in sight - friend and foe alike. Azrael lives for fighting, and has an insatiable lust for power. Because his abilities are superhuman, he limits himself to make battles more entertaining. He has recently been released by his superiors and has a new, unknown objective. Of course, he doesn't care about his superiors' wishes, and only agreed just so he could fight strong opponents, like Ragna or the Six Heroes. It is revealed in his ending that the limiters he imposes on himself are the various tattoos across his body. They are actually a seal known as "Enchant Dragunov" that suppresses his great strength and allows him to control it better so as to not instantly kill his opponents.
His Drive is The Terror, which lets him reveal weak points on the opponent. There are two different types of weak points - yellow and red, and depending on the color there will be different effects for the next Drive attack that hits the weak point. His Overdrive is Mind Colosseo, which makes all of his Drives inflict weak points even when blocked.
His Astral involves punching the opponent into a slab of ground, which he promptly tosses high into the sky. He then releases his limiters and as the opponent falls to the ground, he raises his fist to the sky, the resulting collision causing a massive volcanic eruption which completely disintegrates the slab of ground with the opponent on it. Azrael then exposes his bare back to the screen and laughs maniacally as the dust settles.
The Alcoholic: Can be seen chugging a bottle of beer in seconds in one of his match intros.
Ax-CrazyBlood Knight: Views the battlefield as a feeding ground and enjoys the act of fighting people to the death.
Badass: Nearly rivals Hakumen in sheer badassery. In his debut, almost everyone who encounters him doesn't want to fight him, and the ones that do find out exactly why he was sealed away in the first place. Notably, he has not had a clean loss period and had to be sealed away again to be dealt with.
Battle Aura: Appears quite a lot, as seen on his Distortion Drives and one of his victory poses. He even weaponizes it in one of his attacks, where it acts as a minor Barrier Burst with damage attached, complete with Super Armor.
Blown Across the Room: A staple of his game mechanics. A good chunk of his movelist wall-splats the opponent, with one move in particular being capable of carrying the opponent from Azrael in the corner to the opponent in the other corner.
Boisterous Bruiser: He's practically an evil version of this. When his opponent is particularly strong, he gets REALLY excited, with loud hammylaughs aplenty... and the sign that you really should run away.
Not only that, his Drive is also called The Terror.
Other names he goes by are Genocider, The Mad Dog, and King of Atrocity, in case you didn't get the hint that you do NOT mess with this guy.
Thirdly, the name of his Astral Heat? Patriot Apocalypse, yeah all pretty strong indicators to really run away from this guy.
Fourth, his theme song is called "The Tyrant," and is another moniker of his. They really want you to know that you should never encounter or even look at this man in your lifetime.
No Sell: Growler Field does this to projectiles, with each hit absorbed giving him a Phalanx Cannon charge(caps at three but it can absorb projectiles as long as it is held). this actually makes him incredibly viable against Take-Makizuchi and Izanami as it will negate pretty much three-quarters of its moveset including Take-Mikazuchi's laser beam Distortion Drive.
Power Limiter: "Enchant Dragunov" serves this purpose, and Azrael only uses the Level 1 setting to keep from killing his opponents too quickly - mostly to draw out his thirst for battle, per his Blood Knight nature. He unleashes Level 2 after facing off against Ragna in Arcade Mode, daring him to follow suit with his Azure Grimoire. Ragna obliges.
Power Tattoo: The tattoos all over his body are revealed to be said limiters, and he removes them during his Astral as well as his ending, where he fights Ragna after he unleashes his Azure Grimoire.
Sheathe Your Sword: It is suspected that Enchant Dragunov's power is relative to the opponent's bloodlust as much as Azrael's — the more vicious and powerful an opponent Azrael faces, the longer he can sustain the higher levels. After a heated fight, Kagura defeats Azrael by ceasing his own offense, tiring the Mad Dog out enough for Kokonoe to imprison him again.
Rated M for Manly: Compared with the other newcomers, at least to Western players. In Japan, on the other hand...
Manly Gay: He gives off this vibe, or so Yuuichi Nakamura says. Furthermore, a good portion of BlazBlue Radio Wide's "Riot" special for Chronophantasma consisted of most of the other seiyuu assembled (mainly the aforementioned Nakamura, as well as Aoi Yuuki) teasing Yasumoto about this, much to his dismay and disapproval. (Although Yasumoto himself did indulge in some jokes with Nakamura from time to time...)
Worthy Opponent: Considers Ragna and Kagura this. Most of his motivation comes from wanting to fight and beat powerful enemies which is why he gets so pissed off when neither one of them put up the fight that he craved. If he's selected as a voice announcer option, whenever Ragna or Kagura are selected, he calls out their names in an excited tone.
This is the true form of Tsubaki Yayoi's Armagus, the Sealed Weapon: Izayoi.
Through the Imperator's mind control spell, Tsubaki is forced into unleashing the full powers of Izayoi in order to accomplish her idol's goal of upholding the law of the NOL. Her profile, however, indicates that she will be freed from the effects of Mind Eater, and will seek the meaning of "true justice."
Her Drive, Scarlet Justice, lets her switch between her normal mode and Gain Art Mode, used for offensive attacks, much like Aigis in Persona 4 Arena. Her Overdrive is Freedom Justice, which continually builds up the Zero Weave gauge.
Her Astral is very similar to her old one, but with a new animation: she transforms into a valkyrie with a shield and lance, as well as a different outfit than her original Astral. She then combines the shield and lance into a giant energy sword with angelic wings and feathers, before sending it rocketing towards her foe, impaling and disintegrating them.
Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Izayoi's primary function is to kill Observers. It's the only weapon explicitly stated to be capable of doing so (Hakumen's Okami is only implied). Doesn't work so well on those, like Jin and Hakumen, who possess the Power of Order; she attempted to use Immortal Breaker on Jin, and he willingly tanked it. Rachel has asked, if things go From Bad to Worse, that Tsubaki be the one to put her out of her misery.
Final Boss: In Arcade Mode for certain characters. Characters known to fight Izayoi include Jin, Rachel, and Makoto.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Once freed from the Imperator's control, Tsubaki heads off to find the true meaning of her ideals. While doing so, she discards all personal biases regarding her judgments for those she deems wicked. While remaining impartial, this translates to her means for achieving true justice being rather... harsh, to say the least. It takes a battle with the man she worships and bases her ideals on (Hakumen) for her to realize that she wants to fight for her True Companions (Noel and Makoto).
Large Ham: Two times better than when she was still Tsubaki.
Izayoi: "My right hand is for the blade of judgment... My left hand is for the celestial being of beginning! Sacrifice is justice... I am the jury! Zero-Weave... execute!"
Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer for Nu and Mu shows off a scene of Izayoi fighting Noel, and they chat casually as though they are still best friends. * They both say to each other "Honki desu yo!", meaning that they're reaffirming that this next fight is serious. That, and her profile gives away the fact that she will eventually be freed from the Imperator's control and her Arcade story is apparently her asking people like Hakumen what she should do and eventually vowing to protect the ones she loves.
The current head of the Mutsuki family, the highest-ranked of the Duodecim, but also being more empathic towards the people rather than the government. Despite the feminine name, Kagura is a man. He is currently planning a coup of the NOL after his family had a falling-out with them.
He is a disciple of Lord Tenjou Amanohokosaka (Bang's master), and entrusted to care for his young son Homura. Kagura plans that once his coup succeeds, he'll be able install Homura as the new Imperator of NOL.
He is a combination between a charge character and a stance character who can switch styles using his Drive, called Black Gale. His Overdrive, Vehemence Edge, allows him to switch between stances quicker. So quick, in fact, that it becomes possible to chain together several attacks from each stance, similar to Noel's Drive.
His Astral involves swinging his Zweihander in an upwards motion. If it connects, the opponent is engulfed by dark energy as Kagura lifts his sword up and slams it into them while imbued in the same dark energy, obliterating the opponent completely in the same manner as Ragna's Astral.
Ascended Extra: The Mutsuki house was first mentioned in an episode of Teach Me, Miss Litchi Reloaded, and expanded upon in Makoto's CS Story, Slight Hope where Makoto mentioned their planned coup (although their name was misspelled as "Mutsugi"). Later in various Arcade runs in CP, Kagura's name is mentioned a few times. Then he becomes a console exclusive character.
Badass: The Duodecim is a family filled with badasses to protect and serve the Imperator. Kagura is the head of the highest of them. Do the math.
Big Brother Mentor: Remix Heart shows Kagura to be this to his relative Taro Zazagae, even going as far as to tease Taro over an Accidental Kiss with Mai and entrust Jin's safety and well-being to him. In turn, Taro refers to Kagura as "Big Bro", but is also quick to imply him as a Casanova-type, snidely insinuating that Kagura dial back in his interest in the ladies a notch or two.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Despite his perverted tendencies, he's every bit as competent as you'd expect the head of the top family in the Duodecim to be. He successfully comes up with a plan to lure out both Azrael and Tsubaki, and is able to hold his own in a fight with the former before Kokonoe intervened.
Chivalrous Pervert/Handsome Lech: His brief interaction with Taro in Remix Heart promptly establishes Kagura as a ladies' man; with no more than four pages of screentime in Chapter 12, he calls Mai cute and points outher bustline before stating he should ask her out for some tea, is told by Taro that he can't resist girls (to which Kagura groans at Taro's good memory and attempts to curb his habits), then is all but outright described as a potential sex offender if left unchecked, and finally, upon declaring that he's going to take a good look around Torifune, shows his admiration of the female form by appreciating the beauty and ample curves of one Estella "Emma" McKenzie. An alarmed Taro immediately voices his disapproval of that last point, deeming it a suicide mission in the making.
During most match intros, Kagura may toss a woman into the air like Makoto tosses her coat. After such a match, the girl drops down into his arms and hugs him. If he loses, said woman will fall top of him angry and fuming. He even has multiple girls he may toss from two different types of Chinese girls to a fox beastkin.
Speaking of Makoto, his match intro with her has him parried for trying to cop a feel. Winning such a match has him moving in for the "kill."
Kagura's bio lists his two likes as alcohol and women.
Dark Is Not Evil: Let's see, dark features, a flowing black cloak and large black & red zweihander, and dark-based attacks mixed with either fire or lightning, and being the so-called "Black Knight", he's the current head of the Mutsuki family, the highest ranked of the Duodecim families, and also the only member of the N.O.L who isn't a rigid templar for the Imperator's words or a JerkassUpper-Class Twit. He's actually a cool, affable guy who actually cares about the people, and to this end is plotting a coup to remove the current Imperator and install Lord Tenjo's young son Homura into power. The only problem is he's a bit of a skirt-chaser.
Difficult but Awesome: Despite his playstyle being a combination between two of the hardest types of characters in fighting games, Mori expects that he will be an easy character to be pick up.
In the vein of Guile, he only possesses two specials in his default stance, a projectile and an anti-air. The rest are various modified normal attacks that change depending on the stance he's in.
Early-Bird Cameo: His first real appearance was in a chapter of Remix Heart, months before his official debut in the console version of Chronophantasma.
Stance System: Integral to his playstyle, Kagura has lots of them.
The Starscream: Ever since CS, Kagura's been voicing opposition to NOL and is planning a coup. Unknown whether it's for good or for bad. Considering recent events it is starting to be completely benevolent, as he's trying to install the heir of the previous NOL Imperator to his rightful place.
Theme Naming: His moveset has techniques predominantly named after dragons.
Token Good Teammate: Probably the only Duodecim member that's not a rigid templar for the Imperator's words or a jackass. He's shown conversing casually with Noel and Makoto after the two betrayed NOL and gave tips to Bullet about entering Ikaruga and is described to be "more empathic to the people than the government." This is coming from the biggest badass of Duodecim families.
X Meets Y: His playstyle, with a forward projectile and a rising strike on quick charges, the ability to eliminate charges with his Overdrive, and his constant stance switching, makes Kagura a combination of Ash Crimson from The King of Fighters and Siegfried from Soulcalibur.
Hazama's true identity, now made into a separate character. He is a DLC character who will be available at a later date after the game launches. Those who pre-order the game, however, will receive a code to unlock him as a bonus.
Terumi no longer has Ouroboros as his Drive, even though he still uses the twin knives as his weapons. His new Drive is called Force Eater, and all of his Drive attacks have heavy meter gain, while the opponent gains none from being hit by them. His Overdrive is Nightmare Reaper, which strengthens his Distortion Drives while allowing his Drive to actively steal meter from his opponent. He is described as "a character with more Distortion Drives than specials", which was later proven true upon the reveal that he has no less than SIX supers at his disposal.
His Astral has him throw two Ouroboros hooks into the ground, targeting the opponent's current location. If they connects, the opponent is ensnared by chains as Terumi opens a portal, laughing maniacally as a stream of snake-shaped green and black energy orbs bombard the opponent. He then transforms into "Dark Susano'o", a shadow version of Hakumen with Tron Lines on certain areas of his armor, and slashes the opponent.
Alternate Self: Terumi is actually separate from "Hazama." This Terumi actually came from the Dark War, having been brought to the present due to the Chronophantasma (similar to Celica). They even have a special intro against each other.
Synchronization: Despite being separate beings, when Hakumen uses the Time Eater on Terumi, Hazama is simultaneously killed.
Animal Motifs: Much like his "normal" self, the snake. Even without a great reliance on Ouroboros, Terumi gets around this by using various moves that create snakes out of his signature green-and-black ghostly energy.
Awesome yet Practical: As shown here, his Astral Finish has a bread-and-butter setup that guarantees that it will hit, and because of his insane Meter Gain, he can easily gather the 100% Heat needed for an Astral.
Badass: To the extreme, as he's implied to be even stronger than his future self, which is made evident by him fighting Hakumen to a complete standstill.
Badass Back: If you're lucky enough to not be on the receiving end of a stomping upon losing to him, he'll just juggle his knife a bit and swing his arm around to show off the incredibly stylish designs on his incredibly cool longcoat.
Beating A Dead Player: One of his victory animations has him curbstomping the defeated opponent once in the head. Sometimes he stomps the opponent's head twice and kicks them off-screen. Ragna gets ten extra stomps which ends with Terumi grinding his foot on Ragna's head.
Blatant Lies: Even if one takes into account the fact that he might be going full-throttle at Sarcasm Mode, his taunt, "I really hate bullying", really cannot be considered anything but the statement furthest from the truth he has ever made.
Blood Knight: He makes no attempt at hiding how much he loves beating the shit out of his opponents.
Card-Carrying Villain: While Hazama may have had a perpetual sense of condescending faux-innocence and two-timing, Terumi makes no bones about what an awful, sickening piece of work he is. In fact, he'll tell you himself. He LOVES making people miserable.
The Chessmaster: Founded the Librarium and Sector Seven, and has been playing the two against each other all along.
Combat Pragmatist: While Hazama's style was graceful and somewhat martial arts inspired, Terumi's is far more barbaric and cruel, forgoing the flashy dance moves for roughneck brawling and savage knife techniques.
Counter Attack: His Ooja Zanrouga is this. It's also very hard to see coming because the "counter pose" looks startlingly much like his regular walking animation note You can tell if it's the counter animation if he's spinning Ouroboros in one hand and doesn't have the super flash before opponent hits Terumi.
As already alluded to by his backstory and Mu-12's title for him in CS (the Black Susano'o), his Astral makes him one, if only in aesthetics, to Hakumen, the White Susano'o and current user of the Susano'o Unit.
Can also be seen as one to Ragna. They are both extremely efficient rushdown characters who can refill their own gauges from hitting the opponent with their drives.
Evil Laugh: Bar none the most glorious example in the game.
The Fighting Narcissist: Though he doesn't seem to particularly care about his own looks, one still cannot ignore the fact that about half of his battles quotes revolve around beating into his opponent's head his own self-aggrandized opinion of how absolutely awesome he is.
Glass Cannon: There is plenty of offensive potential for his attacks and Force Eater, but at 10500 HP he can't take much punishment. He actually has more health as Hazama. Justified in that if he had normal defenses with his Drive mechanics and huge amounts of offensive potential, he would be very, very broken.
Insane Equals Violent: As mentioned above; though the restrained Hazama's fighting style has a certain dance-like grace about it befitting his faux-gentlemanly behavior, the unrestrained Terumi simply thrashes his opponents and doesn't let such minor things as their untimely deaths stop him from continuing his fun.
Jerkass: Imagine the most horrible person in human history, whoever you may think that is. Now multiply that by eleven and you have an inkling of how horrible Terumi is. He will admit, nay, blatantly flaunt the fact that he does not have a single redeemable trait. And he loves it.
Kick the Dog: It's just what he does. Played with mockingly whenever he wins against Ragna, who he has referred to before as "Puppy", where he proceeds to kick his corpse ten times before tell him how he sucks.
Kick Them While They Are Down: He both has one special attack with which he violently stomps on a downed opponent as well as his own version of Hazama's Orochi Burensou. For added bonus points, Terumi's is actually meant to be used on downed opponents.
Ironic Death/Karmic Death: Pseudo-meta example; Terumi always saw himself as the most interesting and awesome person in the world. His death at the hands of Hakumen was seen by many of his fans as an extreme anticlimax, something that Terumi himself would have hated.
Knife Drag: Drags his knife across the ground while running.
Knife Nut: Alongside his butterfly knives, Terumi can construct a short blade out of dark energy during Jabaku Fuuenjin, wherein he carves up his opponents a couple times, ensnares them with snake arms, and then seals the deal with a final attack (dependent upon how long Terumi traps his foe, which in turn drains the remainder of his Heat Gauge).
Let's Get Dangerous: What happens when Hazama's done trolling around and ready to kick some SERIOUS ass. Or rather, Hazama before he decided to play the role of "mild-mannered" intelligence officer.
Mana Drain: This is his Drive ability in a nutshell. It doesn't actually drain the opponent's Heat, though (but the opponent doesn't gain any Heat from blocking or getting hit by it, either), and good thing that is, considering the rate at which Terumi can gain Heat with Force Eater.
As noted above, in Overdrive mode it actually DOES drain Heat, though... Be afraid, be very afraid.
The Nicknamer: Rachel is "Shitty Vampire", Valkenhayn is "Old Fart", Trinity Glassfield is "Four-Eyes", Ragna is "Little Puppy", Noel is "Little Doll", and so forth.
One-Hit Kill: Possible with Overdrive and 100% Meter. A 22C->Overdrive->22C->6232146D combo can do up towards of 10800 damage, effectively insta-gibbing a majority of the cast. Of course having 100% Meter while your opponent is at full health is completely implausible, but he deserves mention for being possibly the only non-Unlimited character capable of this in a game almost completely devoid of touch of death combos.
One-Winged Angel: While not a transformation in the vein of Mu-12 and Izayoi, Terumi ditching his Hazama identity shows that he's done playing games. Subverted when it's revealed that it's actually Dark War-era Terumi, i.e. before he took the Hazama persona, brought forward in time.
Gets a more literal one with has Astral, which has him take the form of an evil, shadow version of Hakumen, referencing the period of time he wore the Susano'o Unit.
Sadist: Being a completely unrestrained Hazama, most of Terumi's attacks revolve around treating his opponents like trash by stepping on them, pushing them away from his radiant self and relentlessly taunting them. Heck, it could be argued that the reason his moveset primarily consists of low damage multi-hit attacks is simply because he wants to see his enemy suffer as much as possible before he kills them..
Villainous Breakdown: After hearing Trinity's confessional in his own Arcade epilogue, "Hazama" pipes in and tells them that they have switched places. Realizing that Jubei can kill him after these arrangements, he curses out Trinity and Rachel over what transpired. Likewise, in Kokonoe's Arcade epilogue, he swears at her to finish him off, but she won't hear any of it until she knows for a fact that she can destroy him completely.
Tager's and formerly Litchi's superior. She's one of the top scientists at Sector Seven who sends Tager to retrieve Hakumen.
She's Jubei and Nine's daughter, but for some reason she doesn't get along very well with Jubei. Despite her seemingly constant bitchy nature, she tends to act very motherly towards her creations, and she sometimes goes a little... over-the-top with the upgrades she does to them if she's in a good mood, which is somewhat rare. She wants revenge on Terumi for what he did to her family.
On September 11, 2013, Famitsu confirmed that Kokonoe, at long last, will finally become playable in the series proper as a DLC character. She fights using a wrench and hammer as her main weapons, but also uses an assortment of scientific tools such as freeze guns as well as her latent magic abilities. She is the first character in the game to have not one, but two Drives, activated in sequence. The first, Graviton, places a graviton field generator on the battlefield. The second, Activate, as its name implies, activates the generator. Her Overdrive is Graviton Rage, which reduces the amount of Graviton gauge consumed from her drive attacks. Like several other characters, her Drive uses up energy from a special gauge above her super meter.
Acting for Two: Julie Ann Taylor voices Kokonoe and Tsubaki (and, as of Chronophantasma, Izayoi) in the English dub.
A-Cup Angst: As revealed in Noel's Help Me! Prof. Kokonoe! short, Kokonoe doesn't exactly react well to being pointed out as flat-chested.
Noel: Whenever I'm around Tsubaki or Makoto, or especially Miss Litchi, I always feel like I'm... the odd one out... Kokonoe: ... What? (an arrow pops up, pointing at Kokonoe's chest) Noel: But when I'm with you, I feel like I belong!... It's like we're comrades-in-arms or something... It's... um... I feel like we share a special bond... (beat) Kokonoe: GET OUT OF HERE! (headbutts Noel off-stage)
Makoto's Help Me! session trips this again. You don't need to understand Japanese to figure that Kokonoe's throwing a tantrum over her breast size.
Or maybe so. Relius hints that she may even be just as powerful as Nine in terms of combat prowess, but she simply prefers to sit back and let Tager do all the fighting. Extend's EX2 story mode reveals she did in fact inherit her mother's powers, and was forced to use them to seal away a monster similar to the Black Beast when Relius forced her hand.
Completely averted as of Chronophantasma, since she will become a playable character. Naturally, Ragna and Rachel find the need to lampshade how long Kokonoe's been sitting on the sidelines, Ragna asking if she can even fight and Rachel snarking about how Kokonoe finally came outside to play. Ouch, guys.
Rachel: "Oh! The little shut-in girl comes to play outside? Should I expect a meteor to fall?"
Ascended Extra: And about frickin' time too! In a subversion, however, Kokonoe has been very integral to the story despite her "unplayable" status. It's just that it took about two sequels and many "iterations" for her to become playable on top of being integral to the story.
The Atoner: She's made a lot of mistakes, and if nothing else, she intends to do right by their many victims.
Berserk Button: She's got several, but a particularly big one seems to be Jubei. Tager notes that he mentioned him once, and Kokonoe was in a bad mood for a week.
Likewise, she was irate when she found that Relius had her evoke a larval Black Beast and sacrifice several of her own colleagues just so he could make a soul for Ignis, and took matters into her own hands despite extreme fatigue.
"Don't... underestimate me... human."
BFG: Pulls out a cannon for one of her air normals.
Big Eater: Another common trait she shares with Tao...
One of her win poses sees Kokonoe pulling out a bag of chips, like in her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe! segments, and munching away.
Cats Are Mean: She acts this way towards Hazama in his gag ending, especially when he starts sneezing due to his allergies to cats.
Kokonoe: Hmmm. I have to say, I kind of like the way your voice sounds right now... Are you crying? Is this the result of a suppressed fight-or-flight response constricting your airway? Hazama: No, this is *sneeze* *sneeze* I'm just allergic to—*sneeze* Kokonoe: Allergic to cats? Oh, an antigen-antibody reaction. You're experiencing anaphylactic shock, huh? Hazama: Just stay right where you are, all right?! You're freaking me out! Kokonoe: Oh, you look so damn scared... Your face looks like a balloon, and you've got some sort of liquid oozing out of just about every hole in it... Ahaha! This is wonderful! Suffer some more! He he he...
Evil Laugh: Played for laughs in Tager's joke ending. She also has a variety of them in-game, especially during her Astral. Sometimes overlaps with Noblewoman's Laugh in the Japanese dub.
Fiery Pinkhead: Inherited her mother's volatile temper. Like Nine, she does have a softer side, but good luck getting Kokonoe to show it.
Fighting Clown: In an interesting twist, she's a fairly important character plot-wise who you'd expect to be a hardcore badass in combat, but she turns out to be plenty cartoony as a fighter: her dash has Kokonoe riding on a motorized scooter, she makes use of ACME rockets and a giant Golden Tager X, and her giant wrench has a Cat Smile scribbled on each head. That said, given her preference for More Dakka, she's not quite on par with Tao.
That same remote also teleports Azrael away if she defeats him, too.
"Time to put you back into your cage. Aaaand click."
Mad Scientist: She did build Tager as he is, plus any "enhancements" she puts on him are simply outrageous (and if she did put them on him, he never knew, which scares or embarrasses him when he finds out). She even has "designs" in mind for Hakumen, which seem to terrify him (and then there's her personality when she thinks loudly about it).
Kokonoe (in Teach Me, Miss Litchi!): C'mon, Tager. We have shit to do... Kokonoe: Lambda, retreat now.
Motherly Scientist: She fusses over Lambda quite a bit, and tries to take the best care of her that she can. It's mostly the result of guilt about bringing her back as a weapon and helping create the Murakumo Units in the first place. However, sometimes, it comes off making her look even worse.
Nominal Hero: She's highly unethical, extremely questionable in morality (especially the nukes she had, not to mention her disregards for the welfare of many others, ask Bullet), and pretty insufferable. The only thing that makes her qualify as a "hero" is because the opposition is someone as evil as Terumi. Even then, at best she'd be the Token Evil Teammate.
Not so Above It All: In Tager's joke ending, she manages to match up with Bang in terms of hamminess.
Not So Different: In Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!, Litchi notes that "[Kokonoe and Taokaka] are more alike than they seem. There's only a thin line between genius and... Tao."
In CS, Kokonoe herself wonders if she's that different from Arakune.
Pet the Dog: In Litchi's bad ending, she runs her old colleague's clinic when Litchi's afflicted with a terminal disease, and aids in attempting to find a cure for her affliction. It's ambiguous just how much time has passed, so looked at in the right way, it may also mean that she put her own desires for vengeance away to help one of the few friends she has in the world. Although, it's probably too late to make any difference...
Also has a few of these in her treatment of Lambda, perhaps the only character in the game who she never rants at and belittles. This seems to be a recurrent theme whenever someone gets hurt because her actions genuinely cross the line.
Power Fist: Shows off some boxing chops with her mechanical gauntlets, even being able to perform her own version of the BusterWolf.
Her match intro against Tager has her working on one before he arrives.
Retired Monster: Kokonoe has a very shady past. This lady was partially responsible for the creation of Arakune (through neglect) and even had a part in building up Relius' Ignis (that's his WIFE). But as of today, she's against Relius and Terumi, although she makes it clear that she's cranky and not very nice, nor having regrets of what she's done in the past. Tager eventually knew this, but placed his faith in her nonetheless.
Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: If her defeated opponent is one she has to haul back to Sector Seven (Tager for more upgrades, Azrael to place him back in jail), Kokonoe pulls out a remote teleporter and sends them back while letting out a somewhat bored-sounding "Aaand click."
Sexy Walk: For some reason, despite looking incredibly bored by the entire prospect of actually fighting (see also: K'), Kokonoe's walking animation is this, complete with hair flipping.
Sir Swears-a-Lot: She is surprisingly foul-mouthed, to the point of being the only character who gets bleeped. Even Ragna and Terumi, who between them have said just about every swear word in the book, have yet to manage that.
The most notable time she gets bleeped is in Rachel's Gag Reel, when she talks about what she intended to do to Ragna after putting him to sleep with the sleeping pill in the candy she offered him. Interestingly, the bleeps that are put in are the names of Ragna's techniques.
Kokonoe: Well, no reason not to tell you. First I intended to take his XXX ("Inferno Divider!") and put it in a XXX ("Carnage Scissors!"). Maybe a little XXX ("Gauntlet Hades!") too? My goodness, I can only imagine what his XXX ("Hell's Fang!") will XXX ("Dead Spike!")! Noel: Wh-wh-WHAT?! How could you stoop so low? That's totally unfair!
Interestingly averted with her dialogue as a playable character, she's relatively clean mouthed.
Squishy Scientist: Teleportation, elemental attacks, and powerful weapons at her disposal, but all that time in the lab hasn't done her endurance any wonders. Like Terumi, ironically enough, she only has 10500 HP.
This Cannot Be!: Her shocked reaction when she sees Relius again in his Gag Reel:
Relius: Kokonoe, my dear, how long has it been? Kokonoe: ...?! Relius Clover?! Impossible! You're... you're supposed to be dead...!
This Is Unforgivable: She says this to Hazama in his Continuum Shift arcade run before he fights Lambda-11.
Kokonoe: I've just got one question to ask you. Why did you betray my mother? Hazama: "Betray?" C'mon, don't give me that. It's not like the Six Heroes were buddies... then the other day, I told the old man, "We're buddies, right?!" Hahahahaha! Kokonoe: You... you bastard! I'll never forgive you! Lambda! Kick the shit out of him!
Token Evil Teammate: A Foil for Litchi in the NOL, Kokonoe is mostly self-serving and highly destructive, but on the good guy team, while Litchi, trying to help others and pacifistic unless necessary, is on the bad guy team. Unfortunately, Kokonoe's in a worse scale than Jin in this trope; at least Jin is making efforts to get rid of the "Token Evil" part, Kokonoe doesn't even bother to clean her questionable past and keeps adding more and more dirty laundries.As of the ending of Chronophantasma she finally learns that Phantom is in fact her mother Nine. Whether this may cause her to change her ways is something only time will tell of.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: From but one picture of a young Kokonoe and her father◊ from Phase Shift 4 (and an offhand comment from Jubei about how great marriage and parenthood was before Kokonoe hit puberty) does one get the feeling that, while naturally sour, Kokonoe would've been far less rough around the edges if not for Terumi murdering her mother.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played straight and subverted. While she is extreme in her methods (nukes, anyone?), her end goal is Terumi's destruction... and yet the lion's share of her motivation is revenge for her mother's death, and she doesn't take well to the possibility of kill theft. On the other hand, if Sector Seven at large thinks releasing Azrael is a good idea...