After Nu's apparent death, Kokonoe has Tager salvage the 11th Murakumo Unit from Ikaruga, and then plucks Nu's soul from the Boundary, erases her memories, and implants her within her predecessor's body. She is now completely subservient to Kokonoe and is used as another tool in her plan to get revenge on Terumi. As she inhabits the body of her predecessor, she is not the juggernaut she was before. This is manifested gameplay-wise in the form of loads of balance changes.
In her story, it is shown that the original Lambda was tortured cruelly in order to mold her into the weapon that she was meant to be. She grew to resent the scientists working on her because they treated her as little more than a machine. She could only plead for them to stop in her mind, however, for her predecessors and herself had no ability to communicate until Nu -13- was created. In her canon path and the True Ending, Nu's soul surfaces from within her, and sacrifices herself to save Ragna from Terumi's assault. Her last words are that she will forever be by Ragna's side as she gives him the power of her Idea Engine.
In The Stinger of the True Ending, Hazama and Relius are seen at a cauldron, where it is said that Nu's body is "reforming", even though her soul is dead.
Her Drive has been renamed Sword Summoner II, and her Astral is the same as Nu-13's.
And I Must Scream: Poor, poor Lambda... The original one, that is. We see what her life was like before she died, and it makes her younger sisters look positively blessed by comparison.
It doesn't get much better after Kokonoe revives her. Lambda's worst fear- and primary source of trauma- was being treated like a doll instead of an actual being that could think and feel. This is exactly what Kokonoe does to her, effectively mercy-killing the last remnants of Lambda by erasing her memories, and Lambda aware but unable to say or do anything to prevent it.
Dark-Skinned Blonde: Not very dark but her chibi-fied self appearing in her "Help me, Professor Kokonoe"-segment has noticable darker skin than the other characters. Her portrait and game sprites have bright skin though.
Downer Ending: Her joke ending, which ends with the pet insect she adopted being thrown in the trash by an unknowing Kokonoe. Possibly the only depressing Gag Reel in the game.
Empty Shell: Kokonoe calls her as such in her story mode. But is she really...?
Flawed Prototype: Though her decrepit, cobbled-together state probably doesn't help, either.
Gratuitous German: When you're comboing with her swords, she counts the hits in German for no apparent reason.
"Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vier, Fünf, Sechs, Sieben,..."
Heroic Sacrifice: At the very end Nu's soul resurfaces, she regains her memories, and takes not one, but two killing blows from Terumi's Ouroboros to the back that were meant for Ragna. She then gives Ragna the power from her Idea Engine to unlock his Azure Grimoire allowing him to defeat Terumi and turn Mu back into Noel shortly after. Parts from Lambda's regeneration chamber are later used to make Ragna's new left arm.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Lambda's "bad" ending after losing a Battle in the Center of the Mind leaves her alone in a hallucinated space. Suddenly, an image of Ragna appears, tells her she did well and Kokonoe is proud of her, and they can both rest now. Lambda is overjoyed to see him, and happily lies down to take a nap with her beloved Ragna. When Kokonoe re-establishes contact with her body, Lambda is lying in a garden staring up at the sky, her mind shattered... but a smile on her face.
Her joke ending also has her clumsily become friends with Makoto and explore a few minute facets of individuality... it lasts up until Kokonoe drops Lambda's pet insect down the waste disposal by accident.
Younger Than They Look: As with the other Murakumos, she's much younger than she looks, with her current body being, at most, seven years old.
A fellow classmate of Jin, Noel, and Makoto from the Academy. Tsubaki comes from the noble Yayoi family. She's also Jin's childhood friend and has harboured a secret crush on him since they were young. After graduation, she served under the Zero Squadron/Wings of Justice, whose duty is to punish those who rebel against NOL. After the True Ending of the first game she was given orders by Hazama to execute Jin and Noel for knowing about his plans. And so she is sent out to Kagutsuchi to accomplish her mission, armed with an Armagus called Izayoi which steals light and uses it as a weapon.
Her canon path reveals much of her family's history. The Yayoi family is one of the oldest members of the Duodecim - the twelve noble families who helped form the original NOL. Her house and the Kisaragi house, which Jin belongs to, have very close relations with one another. Both families are quite famous, but also infamous within the NOL. Both families have very strange ethics, which causes them to be seen disdainfully in the eyes of the other families. In the Kisaragi's case, they take in children from all around the world due to their talents, and are seen as mercenaries. In the Yayoi's case, however, they are the opposite - family is the most important thing. So important, in fact, that when children began exhibiting weaker ars magus aptitude were born, members started resorting to incest and inbreeding in the mad delusion they would get stronger. Tsubaki is not the first-born child of her family - she is the first to survive. The day she met Jin, however, was like meeting a long-lost relative to her, and the two became close friends throughout their childhood.
All of the events within Tsubaki's story are actually alternate possibilities of the Continuum Shift. Her fate, however, is revealed through Noel, Jin, and Hazama's canon stories. After Noel defeats her, she agrees to hide the fact she failed to kill her, but Hazama anticipates this and instead manipulates her feelings for Jin. He tells Tsubaki that Noel is not supposed to exist in this world, and makes her believe that she is stealing Jin away from her. She is suddenly struck from behind by some unknown force, later revealed to be Phantom using the spell "Mind Eater", which allows the user to control one's actions while the victim is fully aware of it. Hazama uses this as an "insurance policy" in her encounter with Jin, where she confesses her real feelings for him. When Jin rejects her plea to go back, Tsubaki is controlled to utilize more of Izayoi's power, which transforms her attire from white to black, and turns her eyes red. She is defeated by Jin, but Phantom teleports her away and she ends up defending Hakumen and Jin's attack on the Imperator's group in the True Ending. Tsubaki is last seen spying on the private airship Noel, Makoto, and Tager are boarding.
Her Drive, Install, fills a meter that increases the power of her attacks. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Second Install, which causes her charge gauge to automatically regenerate.
Her Astral turns her into an angel as a statue of a goddess (the same one seen in the background of Jin's stage) stabs you with a spear. In Chronophantasma, the statue has been recolored black.
During Chronophantasma, she shows signs of resisting the effects of Mind Eater. This eventually comes to fruition when the Izayoi, which is actually sentient, unleashes its true form to protect the will of its current master. However, it is not known what effects this may have had on Tsubaki's mind.
Ascended Extra: She only appeared in flashbacks of Jin & Noel's stories in Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift makes her playable, and a part of central conflict, particularly as Hazama's Unwitting Pawn for Noel, and now arguably as prominent as the three main protagonists, being the point of motivation for two of them in Chronophantasma.
Looks to reach Tritagonist status in any potential sequel; she Took a Level in Badass and can fight with the strongest in the story on an equal footing. Furthermore, Jin gets serious hurt after Ragna's Power Incontinence episode, with Noel getting less severey injured. Tsubaki, by now herself again and having made up with the two of them and Makoto, has basically put Ragna, who she already hates, at the top of her shit-list, as well as being one of the few who can actually stop him now after unlocking Izayoi's full power. In addition, Rachel has asked her or Jin to kill her if things go south, her because Izayoi was specifically made to kill Observers like Rachel, him probably due to the Power of Order.
Badass Bookworm: That huge ax/hammer thing? It's actually a book. She's also into historical dramas.
Cultured Badass: Along with Jin. A requirement for every member of the 12 Families of the Duodecim.
Badass Creed: Her Astral quote, depicted above, as well as the same creed the rest of the NOL share. As of Chronophantasma, she, along with Hazama, are the only two who still recite the creed during battle intros with other NOL Personnel, after the others defected during the True Ending of Continuum Shift
"Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are Knights of the Blue Flame!"
Black and White Morality: In her eyes, anyone who opposes the NOL is evil and unforgivable; Despite the fact that most of the cast have very justifiable reasons for opposing them. and the fact that the NOL themselves aren't that pure. Notably, she hates Ragna for being indirectly responsible for causing Jin and Noel to defect, despite the fact that: A. She's never met the guy. B. She has no idea of the relationship between the three.
Black and White Insanity: Really kicks in after she's brainwashed where she's willing to kill the aforementioned Jin and Noel, as well as Makoto if they don't return to the NOL.
Blessed with Suck / Deadly Upgrade: In her story mode, using a Distortion or Astral Drive leads to her bad ending because her Armagus "Izayoi" draws energy from her life, and the Drives speed up the process.
Blind Mistake: Using the Izayoi takes away light...including the sense of light generated by her eyes.
Brainwashed and Crazy: Tsubaki hesitates to fight Jin and tries to spare her friends even after Terumi tells her about how Noel replaced her. Then Terumi's failsafe kicks in, and Tsubaki switches into a haughty, ultra-lawful persona.
Demonic Possession/That Man Is Dead: In Chronophantasma, during her final battle with Jin, Tsubaki is now fully under the control of Mind Eater and the Imperator uses her voice to speak her own words.
Break the Cutie: Arguably the biggest example in the entire franchise. Good lord, does this girl need a hug.
The Anime decided to take it Up to 11 and throw her completely over the Despair Event Horizon. After fighting both Noel and Jin and failing to defeat either of them, she finds out they don't care for her concept of justice or the NOL she was led to believe were so righteous, with the latter in particular completely breaking it down. She's so broken up by these turn of events, she nearly offs herself before the Imperator intervened.Goddamnit Tsubaki.
Clingy Jealous Girl: Beneath the dutiful heiress to House Yayoi lay feelings of jealousy in regards to Jin. In Continuum Shift proper, Hazama pulls her strings by convincing her Noel "stole" her place with Jin. In Wheel of Fortune, a flash memory of Jin playing with Saya leaves her screaming for the latter to get away from him.
Tsubaki: I'm the one who should be with Jin. Noel... Noel took that away from me!
Cry Cute: Upon her reunion with Noel and Makoto in Chronophantasma after her brainwashing has been undone.
Defector from Decadence: Leaves the NOL after Mind Eater is broken during her fight with Makoto; after Saya is ousted and Homura is given his rightful place as Imperator, she is reinstated as first leiutenant of Zero Squadron, her old unit and her old rank (she was only major because Terumi needed a figurehead).
Fangirl: CS reveals that she's a huge fangirl of the Six Heroes, owns all the books and movies about them and that Hakumen is her hero.
As shown in Remix Heart, she behaves this way towards Jin, as well (if not more) and is heavily implied to be the reason why she's so madly in-love with him.
Fiery Redhead: Tsubaki tends to act calm and controlled, but if Jin is involved (especially if you're between him and her), look out. During the Academy days, she ran the Brainy Brunette archetype instead and was likely holding the hellfire in (however well that worked out).
Fighter, Mage, Thief: Of her group of friends, she's The Mage, with her need to use her drive to charge her powers to really bring the pain. Subverted in that her Unlimited mode is the most resilient of the three.
Flawed Prototype: It's offhandedly mentioned during Tager's story mode in Continuum Shift that Izayoi is actually a prototype for the Murakumo units (i.e. Noel, Lambda, and Nu). It's not exactly clear how a weapon is a prototype to an android, but...
Green-Eyed Monster: A possibility; Hazama explains that Noel's existence in the canon timeline (she was apparently not born in any other timeline) has essentially replaced Tsubaki's "intended" position; Noel became Jin's "secretary" instead of her despite inferior qualifications in every respect, meaning Tsubaki fades into obscurity, is denied the man she loves, and cannot prevent his mad pursuit of Ragna.
Noel's short story from one of the materials collections reveals that she specifically sought to avoid military work, but the intelligence department posted her under Jin against her will, implicitly using the fate of the Vermillions to force her into it. Effectively, when Hazama asks whose fault the screwing over of Tsubaki is, he's refusing to give the answer himself because it's probably his own - and he may well have set it all up to have Tsubaki for use as a pawn against Hakumen. And it gets even worse. In said timeline, Jin casts off Tsubaki to continue his pursuit of Ragna the Bloodedge, leaving her to receive a "special visit" from Terumi. During the ensuing conflict between Jin and Ragna, Tsubaki shows up to try to help Jin only for Nu to pick that moment to arrive, assume Ragna is "cheating" on her with Tsubaki, and Legacy Edge her dead. So for all the crap that Tsubaki gives Noel for "stealing" Jin away from her, the ultimate irony is that Noel, by taking the job under Jin, actually saved her life.
Heroic Sacrifice: In Hakumen's backstory, as expanded in the drama CD "The Wheel of Fortune", she died taking Nu's stabs meant for Jin.
Horrible Judge of Character: Despite the fact that Hazama is a nasty piece of work, Tsubaki takes orders from him as she does anyone else, though she does try to investigate her orders at first. It's about the time she starts doubting the orders after facing off against Noel that Mind Eater comes into play.
Incest Is Relative: Members of the Yayoi family breed with strong users of Ars Magus to keep their family strong. When there became a shortage of such people, they resorted to inbreeding which, over time, served to weaken the family. Tsubaki, it turns out, is not the first daughter of her parents; she's the first one to survive.
Invocation: During her Astral Finish: "White feathers for innocence, black feathers for darkest sin. We are the messengers and hammers of God, come to deliver righteous justice! Let sinners be punished! Let justice be done!"
Jack of All Stats: Her evaluation in Remix Heart states that she's above average in all categories, but nothing in particular stands out.
Love Makes You Evil: Mostly, the reason she stayed with the NOL is because of her jealousy. This fits her current situation quite well.
Meaningful Name: Tsubaki means "Camellia" in Japanese. Hakumen named his special move "Camellia" after her. Moreover, Tsubaki's surname and weapon name refer to the moon, hinting at her ability to block out light.
Miss Imagination: One of the drama tracks is dedicated to her rather...warped daydreams, which misinterprets the other characters to a glorious extent.
Shipper on Deck: In Bang's gag ending, Tsubaki sees Bang peeking into Litchi's window in Orient Town, and assumes he is a peeping tom. As she's about to arrest him, Bang avoids being arrested by telling Tsubaki that Litchi is his girlfriend. Tsubaki believes him, and gets the idea that he's going to propose marriage. Upon coming to this conclusion, she gleefully insists that Bang propose to Litchi right that instant. Bang is less than pleased, given Tsubaki's... forcefulness.
Single-Target Sexuality: She knows full-well that Jin is not the "Jin-niisama" she once knew and adored long ago. But despite this, she still loves him deeply in her heart, and doesn't show particular interest in anyone except him.
SNK Boss: All unlimited characters have some level of this, but Tsubaki's appearance at the end of Jin's CS story deserves special mention for forcing the player to fight with only half a moveset.
Unwitting Pawn: She's used as a pawn by Hazama many, many times over. As of now, he's used her to obstruct Takagamagara's surveilance by using Izayoi, capture Noel OR die fighting, allowing Hazama to snatch her during the distraction, follow the NOL's orders blindly by feeding her half truths (and inferred Mind Control when that didn't look like it was going to work), all the while using her as a giant "screw you" to Hakumen, who was Jin Kisaragi in a previous timeline and still holds some feelings for her after witnessing his Tsubaki die.
Whip Sword: One of her normal attacks turns her dagger into one that looks extremely similar to Ivy's.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Played for Laughs, many a Gag Reel where she shows up has her giving into her fetish for romantic heroic stories. She starts calling out how a character normally would or should act in such a situation, completely unaware that they don't work that way in real life.
Yamato Nadeshiko: She's very beautiful, polite, mature and intelligent. She comes from an extremely traditionalist (literally) family, not to mention extremely loyal to them and the Librarium. She only has eyes for one man and is very submissive to the idea of assisting him in his duties as his secretary (Though she didn't in the current timeline), and very much determined to the point of even killing her best friend. She was also shown to have an intimidating temper when annoyed or angered as shown in Remix Heart. And she's a Lady of War. She bullseye's every category.
Also doubles as a deconstruction. Her origins and limited romantic interests instill rather malignant tendencies (as already mentioned), and her ivory-tower upbringing leave her woefully susceptible to manipulation, which Hazama exploits like it's going out of style.
Yandere: Just as much as Nu-13. Because, she is more than prepared to take down anyone (including her best friend) who tries to take her Jin-niisama away from her.
Hazama is a Captain within the NOL's Intelligence Department. He claims to dislike physical labor and appears to be quite personable at first, but his true motives are veiled behind his false, foxy smile. Throughout the story of Calamity Trigger he appears to assist Noel, and appears in a few other characters' stories as well, for seemingly no reason...until the True Ending where all is revealed.
In reality, he is actually Yuuki Terumi, one of the Six Heroes who defeated the Black Beast 90 years prior to the game's story, the Final Boss of Continuum Shift, and one of the masterminds behind every single event that happens in the story thus far. In Calamity Trigger's true ending he drops his amiable personality and reveals himself to be the exact opposite: delighting in the suffering and pain of others. Terumi's true form is actually that of a ghost, due to injuries sustained from fighting the Beast. While his body was being repaired by Relius, he inhabited the Susano'o unit briefly (before Hakumen), and later rejoined with his body (which gained a mind of its own and became known as Kazuma Kuvaru), in the process killing Jubei's brother. He was sealed by the great magister Nine, but due to the beast's reappearance was unsealed and Brainwashed by Nine to do her bidding. Unbeknownst to anyone, Terumi broke free of Nine's control and killed her once the war had ended. He then went after Hakumen and Jubei, but was tricked by Jubei and incarcerated as a prisoner of the omniscient supercomputer Takamagahara. That failed. After Terumi escaped, he cut off Ragna's arm and absconded with his sister Saya to use as the template for the Murakumo Units. He now seeks to revert Noel back into her original Murakumo unit form and use her to destroy the Amaterasu unit, stating that the world is nothing but lies and vowing to plunge it into eternal despair. He uses knives as his specialty weapons.
Terumi's history is extremely lengthy, revealed mainly through supplementary materials such as the Phase Shift novels. In the original time loop, he had been working with Relius Clover and Shuichiro Ayatsuki on studying the Boundary 100 years before the main game. When the Black Beast appeared out of the Cauldron, Terumi was the only survivor (Relius had been sent into the future, and Shuichiro was devoured by the Beast). He tried utilizing the Susano'o unit to combat the Beast, but drove himself out of it when it was revealed he would be bound to the Master Unit Amaterasu for eternity. Fortunately for him, Relius had planned ahead and made him a spare body known as Kazuma Kuvaru, who had a mind and personality of his own. After some coaxing, Terumi merges with Kazuma and kills Jubei's brother Tomonori, but is put under Nine's mind control spell as punishment. He is then forced to help the Six Heroes defeat the beast. After the war, he manipulates Trinity Glassfield by acting as though Kazuma is struggling to escape his control. Trinity is thus tricked into killing Nine, and ends up killed herself by Terumi, who imprisons her soul within the Arma Reboare: Muchourin. Terumi ends up imprisoned within Takamagahara when he attempts to kill Hakumen and Jubei, and Jubei tricks him using his Sekigan technique, which teleports him and Terumi in opposite positions.
His story in Continuum Shift reveals that he was the one responsible for the disappearances of the many NOL soldiers during Calamity Trigger - their souls were used to fuel the cauldron that would soon be used to temper Mu into Noel. In the True Ending, he kills Nu, who has resurfaced within Lambda, only to be beaten by Ragna after he gains the Idea Engine. Offscreen, he has Relius kill his body so that his ghost can enter Takamagahara and upload a special virus created by Phantom that destroys them.
His Nox Nyctores/Drive is Geminus Anguium: Ouroboros, which allows him to summon chains that hang in the air and can be used to swing him back and forth or attack his opponents. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Jormungand, which not only strengthens his Drive attacks, but also grants him his infamous life steal ring/aura from his Unlimited Mode.
His Astral summons a bunch of chains from the ground, which form into a really big and long snake that eats you.
It has been revealed that Terumi will become a separate character from Hazama for the console release of Chronophantasma, and will have a completely different moveset. For more information, see the Chronophantasma character page.
Animal Motifs: The snake. Case in point, all of his Drives have snake names, he enjoys boiled eggs, and he despises cats.
Arch-Enemy: To damn near the entire cast. There isn't anything he's done that hasn't pissed off someone in some way, the only exception being Relius and that's only because they're colleagues working for the same goal. Notable examples include: Ragna, Kokonoe, and Rachel.
Badass: He's a despicable Troll who wants to destroy the world simply because he can. And he gets the job done with style no man could ever hope to dream of.
Badass Creed: Shared with Jin, Tsubaki, Noel and Makoto in CS. Unlike his fellow NOL members, who recite it enthusiastically, Hazama says it with bored sarcasm. As of Chronophantasma, he, along with Tsubaki, are the only two who still recite the creed during battle intros with other NOL Personnel, after the others defected during the True Ending of Continuum Shift.
"Dispatched... in mankind's darkest hour, we... are Knights of the Blue Flame."
Bad Samaritan: He was actually refused by Litchi on the first attempt to had her join NOL... until he says "We can save Arakune!" Just the thing she wanted. However, we do not know yet to what extent Hazama plans to screw that deal off, though it's quite inevitable.
The Battle Didn't Count: After the boss fight with him, he writes it off as just a warm up, even if you Perfect'd it and sealed the deal with an Astral Finish... Somehow.
Beating a Dead Player: In Tsubaki's bad ending, after she's died from overuse of the Izayoi, Hazama kicks her corpse as he taunts her.
Berserk Button: Lies seem to annoy him greatly. To a far greater extent, someone implying that they're "playing" with him. Ragna learned this the hard way near the end of Continuum Shift.
Terumi: "OUROBOROS! Picked a great time to grow a pair, didn't you?! So YOU'RE gonna play with ME, huh? I don't think you understand how this shit works!" Ragna: "GAH!" Terumi: "DIE DIE DIE!"
He doesn't like people stealing his quarries, either.
(Rachel rescues Hakumen) "That shitty little vampire... she seriously pisses me off! Once I wrap this up, I'm gonna tear her into little bloody strips... nice and slow..." (Rachel rescues Makoto): "Damn vampire! You LIVE to cockblock me, don't you?! Well, UNlive... you know what I meant... Killjoys, the both of ya. Guess I'll go watch some humans get skewered... eh, Tsubaki?"
The deeper you dig into his Evil Plan, the more extreme the measures he will take to see you dead. He killed Nine over this (that she was controlling him via Mind Eater didn't help her case — Trinity was merely an accessory), and he has been trying to do the same to Makoto.
He thinks he's the most awesome and most interesting being in the world. If you claim/insinuate otherwise, or even worse, the reverse (ask Rachel), he'll flip out.
Big Bad Duumvirate: There were doubts at one point, but it's been confirmed; Terumi and Relius have been orchestrating everything since before the Dark War, though Terumi's more hands-on by comparison.
Bishie Sparkle: In his gag ending while he's having a bath. Of course, at the time, he didn't know about the catnip.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a harmless and polite NOL officer to save face in public, but by Continuum Shift you can tell he's letting some things slip on purpose.
Brainwashed: Due to his extensive knowledge of the Black Beast, he was enthralled by Nine into helping her and the others take it down. Suffice it to say he didn't take it well.
Break the Cutie: By far his greatest asset. No one is safe from his brand of Mind Rape. He'll troll anyone for his own pleasure and purposes. The only time someone survived this was Makoto, and even then, Relius broke her pretty easily.
"Now I've learned of another possibility! Great moves out there, bud! But really, I owe you thanks. All of the possibilities of this world... the continuum shift... I will make it MINE!"
Break Them by Talking: Not only is he an absolute master of it, but it's actually his hobby. He can, and will, do it to people for no other reason but for his own enjoyment at their mental suffering. Tsubaki being his favorite due to all her bottled-up emotions making her easy to break with the right string of words.
Bullying a Dragon: He really loves taunting Rachel, even though she's at least strong enough to keep up with him.
Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. In particular, while Jin, Noel, and Tsubaki resolutely state the NOL's Badass Creed, Hazama snarks his way through it.
Devil in Plain Sight: Subverted, as very few of the characters trust him, or think that he's up to any sort of good. Those who don't even know who he is get uneasy just being around him.
In The Wheel of Fortune, Makoto is able to tell from the first time she meets him that he's a bastard, that his polite attitude is his way of mocking people, and that "his smile is a lie." Too bad Tsubaki didn't catch this. It would have saved Jin and Noel a metric ton of trouble if she had seen Hazama beyond the lies and the occasional half-truth.
In Slight Hope, a flashback shows Makoto didn't need to wait that long to find him fishy.
"There's just one downer. My direct superior's gonna be this guy, Hazama. I got a hunch I'm not gonna be too crazy about him."
Louis Cypher: The pseudonym "Hazama" roughly translates to "otherworldly." Add in his snake motif and his shady but gentlemanly style and voila.
Managing his chains and short ranged knives can be difficult at first, but he becomes very powerful when one gets used to his unusual control scheme and playstyle. Not to mention several of his bread'n'butter combos are usually chock-full of Some Dexterity Required.
Continuum Shift II takes this to ridiculous levels. His old bread 'n' butter combos are gone, and the majority of his new ones require canceling his C moves from his odd, sliding dash.
It gets even better with Continuum Shift Extend. Even more of his combos no longer work, and the ones that still do deal much less damage in comparison. The CPU doesn't really abide by this, making him the ideal boss character.
Evil Laugh: Usually the signal that he's about to troll you into oblivion, or reveal himself (punctuated by his portrait changing to reveal his eyes and show Hazama grinning), or his Ouroboros snakes creating an aura around him, blowing away his hat and tie and spiking his hair up Super Saiyan-style in Story Mode).
Fantastic Racism: Really hates that "shitty vampire" Rachel, her pet "Old Yeller" note read: Valkenhayn, and those goddamncats Jubei, Kokonoe and Taokaka. While he hates Makoto for a more practical reason, some of his comments to or about her, especially her Arcade ending, seethe with this as well.
Makoto: Does screwing with peoples' lives get you off that- Hazama: "Lives?!" *laugh* What are you, a drooling idiot?! Dolls don't have lives - they got jack-shit! ... Soul or not, if it was made by human hands, then obviously it was meant to be used as a tool by humans. I mean, seriously! ... Wait a second... I guess that would make beastkin tools too, huh? Makoto: Shut the hell up! We were never tools, you stupid asshole!
Gambit Index: Practically all the major stuff on that list applies to Terumi in spades.
Gambit Roulette: It seems like he's playing this game, as his plans come together a little too perfectly and rely on the independant actions of over fifteen people. Massively subverted. Thanks to the magic of Phantom, he's been able to observe every single possibility of every single timeline of the continuum shift. The reason he always seems to know what will happen is because he does.
Thanatos Gambit: How he got inside Takamagahara to deliver Phantom's virus. He had Relius kill his weakened physical body, which had already been life-linked to Noel (as Mu), meaning his body would just repair itself while he was off killing Takamagahara.
Batman Gambit: His fight with Ragna. After Ragna powers up the Azure Grimoire. He's banking heavily on the fact that if he loses Ragna won't kill him because of his life link to Noel. And if that works he's still counting on the Observers to be distracted for a brief instant so he can kill them all.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Makoto's friendship with Noel and Tsubaki was a potential boobytrap that could have violently imploded his plans for the two of them. To make certain she's out of the way, he patches a request to her indirectly (she doesn't trust him — see Devil in Plain Sight above) to get her as far away from Kagutsuchi as possible, and when she does come back midway through his plot, the first thing he tries to do when he catches her chatting with Jin is attempt to kill her. Key word being "try" — the attack is parried.
Uriah Gambit: Said mission to get her away from Kagutsuchi involved a trip to the cauldron in Ibukido — while he wanted her job to dead-end, choking on seithr or a cauldron timescrew is welcome, too. Put short, it backfired.
Game Over Man: Carl is out of his league, Valkenhayn only gets off with his life—and barely at that—thanks to Phantom's intervention, and Platinum gets used as Human Resources. The three of them should give Hazama a wide berth.
Gameplay and Story Integration: Unless you're jerking around with his Unlimited Mode, winning with Hazama demands heavy use of baiting, fly-over cross-ups, space control, and even more mind games than most fighting game characters. Yes, even his play style is focused around trolling.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: He's heavily implied to be one of the most powerful characters by a ridiculous margin, even causing Rachel to lose her composure when he's around. You may have just killed him with an Astral during the match, but afterward your character is tired and trying to catch their breath while Hazama just got a nice warm-up exercise. The only exceptions are Jin, where in his story mode after fighting Jin (win or lose) he is impressed by the "power of order" and retreats, and the true ending, after Ragna receives Lambda's Idea Engine and proceeds to beat the crap out of Hazama.
Gods Need Prayer Badly: Interesting take on this. The main reason Terumi so thoroughly traumatised Ragna as a child is because he's essentially a ghost whose existence in the world isn't "fixed." Terumi needs people to acknowledge and recognise his existence in order to continue to exist. Ironically, the more that Ragna fixates on and hates Terumi, the stronger Terumi becomes. This problem is resolved at the end of Continuum Shift when Saya becomes the "Observer" of Terumi, essentially making her his anchor in the world.
He appears in Teach Me Ms. Litchi Reloaded Episode 3, alongside Jin and Noel, to teach Taokaka about their organization. And no, he doesn't try to kill everyone or anyone; he teaches and trolls.
He, like everyone else, appears in the Gag Reels of characters. This includes his own, Noel's (as one of three survivors of her cooking, even going as her as to enjoy it), Makoto's (as the MOM in a re-enactment of Makoto's family life), and Relius'.
And, while more on the side of "evil", he has a bad ending and thus has a meeting with Kokonoe.
Grand Theft Me: He has possessed other people to do his dastardly deeds through them.
Phase Shift 1 reveals that this is actually a very literal case. Every time loop he loses his body and must "repossess" it due to extensive damage against the Black Beast. His current body, "Hazama", was separated from him and ended up having a mind of its own. It was placed under Relius' care under the name of "Kazuma Kuvaru."
He told Tsubaki that Noel stole her rightful position of Jin's secretary and indirectly caused all of Tsubaki's troubles... omitting that (A) Jin would have found out about Ragna and run off regardless of Noel's role and (b) if Noel didn't steal it, Tsubaki would have died.
He told Litchi he knew Kokonoe... missing out that "knowing" here actually means Kokonoe utterly hates him and considers him her worst enemy. And he loves trolling her.
Hates Being Touched: His grapple cancel quotes when in his Unlimited form give off this impression, and also gives the impression on how much humans or other creatures disgust him so much, showing off his gigantic ego.
The Heavy: Him and Relius in Continuum Shift, going to as far back as the Dark War itself. Although Hazama has a far more active role before Relius shows up.
As much as he claims to hate lies and that the world is nothing but lies, if it keeps his plans from being compromised, he'll lie.
Also in CS, he calls Kokonoe out for having bad language.
Hazama is an artificial body of Relius' design that Terumi is using, and he ejected himself from Susano'o to get out of being a servant of the Master Unit. Knowing this, read the spoilered quote under Fantastic Racism again.
Combat: The only thing that has been able to beat him to date were Hakumen and a VERY pissed Ragna armed with both his Grimoire and the Idea Engine. Jin came close, but Hazama jumped into a cauldron to force a reset before it could stick. None of these damaged Terumi's plans, and Ragna's victory was in fact an integral part of it.
Tactical: Due to Terumi being able to witness events from other timelines, he knows exactly what everyone's going to be doing when they do it. A deadly crutch, that — without said knowledge, he has no way of planning around or thwarting Makoto shy of dumb luck. She unknowingly broke his plans in Slight Hope due to not knowing that Noel didn't exist, struck at the core of his plans willfully and almost succeeded in Friendship, and remains an active threat to this day if Bonds is any indication. Furthermore, Tao broke his plans for Noel in Growth by complete accident — then again, without said crutch, how can anyone predict what Taokaka is going to do?
Ultimately subverted in Chronophantasmawhen Hakumen kills him.
Irony: Oddly, Hazama is actually usually more polite than Ragna.
It's All About Me: It's all about his enjoyment and what he sees as truth in the world: Despair, and the rest are lies. If other people dares think otherwise (which is probably everyone), he'll damn make sure it's shoved into everyone else's asses until it's accepted.
Jerkass: Even worse than Jin and Luna combined, even when he's in his "mild mannered guise."
Kick the Dog: Constantly. He feeds on people's (mainly Ragna's) hatred towards him, so kicking dogs is pretty helpful to him.
"This world is nothing but LIES LIES LIES LIES!!!!!!"
Laughably Evil: Yes, he's a horrible, horrible human being (even though he's not actually human at this point), but his extremely crass personality, constant references and hobby of Mind Raping people for the fun of it makes him a constant source of hilarious lines that all but force you to like him.
Literal Split Personality: Phase Shift 1 reveals that after fighting the Black Beast, he loses his body and has Relius care for it. The body without Terumi inside it goes by the name Kazuma Kuvaru and studies under Relius, being everything Hazama isn't — namely shy and afraid of confrontation. He eventually merges back with Terumi and then becomes Hazama.
The Man Behind the Man: He and Relius are basically behind everything; it's not even worth putting a spoiler on. Even the Imperator, who was abducted as a child by Terumi, and used by him and Relius as a "vessel."
Manipulative Bastard: His method of coaxing Litchi to join NOL is to inform her that he knows a lot about Arakune, and the events surrounding him, then time it with the fact that Kokonoe is too busy hunting his ass to even help Litchi and her Boundary corruption is getting worse, prompting her to get desperate and join it. If that doesn't seem manipulative, remember that Litchi's corruption start acting up when she gets near the Azure Grimoire. Terumi wields the real one, thus it can be concluded that Terumi purposely gets near her to have her corruption act up, putting her into desperation, and eventually joined NOL for the cure.
Even more so, his half-truth he feeds to Tsubaki, which drives her into wanting to kill Noel, her best friend. What he says afterwards just tacks on more total bastard points.
Phase Shift 4 reveals the first major manipulation he ever did: he tricks Trinity into killing Nine due to her love for Kazuma, little more than a fake body created just so Terumi could inhabit it. Then after he deals the finishing blow, he kills Trinity while she is shocked and shoves both of them into a Cauldron.
One of his lines in CP trailer hammers it home, just in case you didn't get the memo.
Hazama: "*laugh* The party's started! Now... struggle... suffer... massacre!! Dance for me like the little worms you are! Your sad, wretched screams will open the Nemesis Horizon! *laugh*"
Mask of Sanity: He's quite capable of appearing to be calm and even polite.
Mind Rape: According to Word of God, this is the side effect of being hit with Ouroboros. It also happens to be a hobby of his, and he admits it. Hell, he'll do it to people for no reason other than he feels like it at the time. Just ask Tager.
Off Model: Became infamous for this thanks to the story mode cutscenes. You can thank GONZO for that.
Oh Crap: He gets at least one moment like this near the end of his gag ending when Taokaka, Jubei, Kokonoe, and every single other Kaka and cat in Kagutsuchi start chasing after him in something similar to, like, a game of tag.
He didn't even know that he put on too much catnip while taking his bath, hence why the mating/courtship behavior in the feline characters around him was uncontrollable.
While the above example is in a more humorous vein, before things began getting outright silly he had a more serious "Oh crap" earlier in the gag reel when he was unwittingly backed into Jubei in the first place. It was one of the few moments in the game he showed genuine surprise, and perhaps even fear.
At the end of his CP Arcade run (Hundred Years Visitor), Terumi is outright mortified when Kokonoe evokes a Chronophantasma of Celica right next to him. This is justified as [A] Terumi's Azure (and Ragna's) and Ouroboros shut down completely and [B] he was antagonizing Tager prior to the evocation. Further pissing that off would be... unwise.
Older Than They Look: According to Phase 0, it's been well over 100 years. Also Hakumen's victory quote against him in Arcade mode indicates he has existed for quite a while. The quote can even be interpreted as saying Terumi has existed since the dawn of time. Unlikely, yes, but he has been around. The fact that he's a ghost might have something to do with it.
Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Not only has he apparently retained his memories from each and every time loop, but it's heavily implied to be the cause of his insanity; he's been living through time loops longer than anyone (even Rachel), and after the millionth or so loop, he couldn't take it anymore and set out to end the loops and let the world die for good.
Sadist: One of his defining traits is that he loves seeing others suffer.
Sickly Green Glow: Ouroboros' and its energy projections have this going for them. Y'know, just in case you were uncertain if you could catch the incoming snake apparition with your face without having to suffer bodily harm.
SNK Boss: He makes v-13 look like a chump (no small feat). He's incredibly fast when fought as a boss, and his super meter and drive meter have auto-gain properties. Oh, and he can also drain your health if he gets close to you or attacks you. Not to mention a brutal sky-high kick Distortion Drive that knocks off a third of your life...which he uses with wild abandon. Not to mention this kick is so insanely fast the computer can and will counter anything and everything you throw at him with it.
Spoiler Opening: Even before the big reveal at the end of Calamity Trigger's true ending, that close up of him in that game's opening made it clear that he would end up being a major player in the game's plot.
Slasher Smile: Terumi's default expression when his true nature is revealed.
He flashes a huge one in the True Ending of CS while in his ghost form.
Straw Nihilist: Claims that the world is a lie and that he will show it the truth of "despair." He thinks that has a nice ring to it.
Synchronization: He has a "life-link" with Noel where, if he dies, Noel will to. Apparently broken when Noel lost the powers of the "Eye." He also has a life-link with Saya, the Imperator, in order to maintain his existence after Takamagahara, which brought him into the world from his prison in the Boundary, was put out of commission by a magical virus of his own doing.
Also is hitched to his past self, who is brought to the present time in Chronophantasma. When Hakumen slays Terumi with Time Killer, Hazama simultaneously bites it.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Despite the fact that he's technically a part of the NOL (as Hazama), he doesn't seem to like working with them. Likely due to the fact that Phantom and Relius often show up to remind him of the important work that needs to be done while he's in the middle of tormenting people. Coupled with that, when the Imperator gives him orders, he flat-out ignores them, and even will yell at her ("don't "cease" me!").
Phase 0 reveals that he used to work with Nine's father, Shuuichiro Ayatsuki, in their shared goal of destroying Amaterasu. Shuuichiro felt very much this way toward Terumi, being very worried by him.
It later becomes apparent, through both Phase 0 and The Wheel of Fortune, that the teeth clenching toward Relius is something of a put-on. The two work very well together behind the scenes, apparently being such evil bastards that it actually helps them get along.
Relius' Arcade ending confirms that they are both quite cooperative. Terumi had planned for his physical body to die at Relius' hand, at the exact moment Takamagahara was vulnerable. This also makes Relius' Arcade ending the only canon Arcade mode ending besides Noel and Ragna/Hazama's endings. In fact, much of the additional content in Extend reveals that the two of them are practically villainous best buddies. Even when fighting each other, their in-fight dialogue indicates that neither of them want to fight the other, and find the match pointless.
Hazama: This is dumb, can we stop?
Theme Naming: Most of the names of his special moves not counting his Astral Finish usually have something to do with snakes or venom. Some examples include: Venom Sword, Wind Serpent's Fang, Serpent's Benediction, and of course, Serpent's Infernal Rapture.
The Other Darrin: And boy is this confusing. When CS first came out, everyone wrote that it was Doug whodid Hazama's voice. When CSII was localized, they got Spike to do his voice because apparently Doug was out shopping. But when Extend came out, then we were told that now Erik would be doing all the lines in the new cutscenes. But now it's put that Erik started and Doug's doing Extend.
To the point that Alter Memory features an over one minute-long scene of Hazama eating five boiled eggs and nothing else while making phonecalls.
Troll: A prime example. Terumi's such a troll, having tons of traits that could be seen in internet trolls, that he has been officially christened the god of Trolling, though it's likely he'll be deposed in light of the events of Chronophantasma. Since he is sustained by people hating him, trolling people is actually a survival tactic for Terumi.
Unwitting Pawn: For Izanami. Turns out that he was the real puppet, not her.
Villains Never Lie: Most of the time.Despite ejecting from Susano'o to get out of being a servant of the Master Unit and inhabiting an artificial body designed by Relius Clover, he still has the gall to tell Makoto the spoilered quote under Fantastic Racism. Also doubles as hypocrisy for obvious reasons.
From a Certain Point of View: "Forgetting" to include parts of the truth that doesn't suit his purposes, however, is still technically not a lie. He basically told Tsubaki that she was better off dead because she's useless garbage in his eyes.
Villainous Breakdown: If his fun is interrupted or his plans go awry beyond recovery in an iteration, his temper disintegrates, but he can recompose himself after the incident is resolved. The infamous ending of Slight Hope has permanently diminished his tolerance of Makoto, however.
Villainous Valour: Technically many of the characters can actually defeat him. Hakumen (at full power) is far more powerful than he is, Ragna beats him at the end of CS, and Rachel was more powerful than him in CT, and can still hold her own when he gets his strength back in CS (thanks to a stronger link to the world, and his Azure Grimoire). Without all those gambits he probably wouldn't even be successful.
Weaksauce Weakness: His joke ending reduces him to a sneezing, suffering plaything for the Kaka cats, due to his allergies. They're not significant enough to paralyze him against Tao alone, but prolonged exposure to her, two Kaka kittens, Jubei, and Kokonoe all at once leave him a wreck. That's what he gets for bathing in catnip.
You're Insane!: Oddly enough, he asks Jubei if he's completely insane in his gag ending when Jubei says he just wants to smell him until he's completely satisfied. And what makes it played for even more laughs is when he asks why they can't just fight or something and can't even finish saying that he thought he hated him because Jubei's too busy smelling him. He's not too happy about that. "Can't you wait until I'm finished TALKING?!"
Introduced in Continuum Shift II (Console/PSP/3DS Version)
The Sword of the Godslayer. Still flat.
"I have arrived, reborn as Kusanagi. The destroyer of all living creatures. I AM DEATH!"
This is the form that Noel takes after being converted to her original Murakumo Unit form. She is being mind-controlled by Terumi and her hatred for the world has now been dialed Up to Eleven. Seeing as how she is the True Final Boss of Story Mode, she is a secret character who can be unlocked by beating the True Ending or by downloading her via the PlayStation Network Store or Xbox Live Marketplace.
Her Drive, Steins Gunner, allows her to create small orbs of energy that can be used to fire lasers everywhere.
Her CS Astral Finish traps the opponent in a crystal as she conjures up her sword, Kusanagi, which is engulfed in flames. She then slices the crystal prison in half, with the opponent still inside.
Confirmed as a returning character in Chronophantasma. It has been revealed that Noel has willingly allowed herself to be transformed back into her true self by Rachel in order to save Tsubaki. Her Overdrive is Steins Gazer, which increases the power of her lasers.
Her Astral, known for its laughably bad quality, has also been completely reanimated for CP. After trapping the opponent in the crystal, instead of lifting them and slashing them once she spreads her Murakumo petals and they transform into 8 Kusanagi swords that are supercharged with energy. The swords converge around the crystal and explode, reducing the surrounding area to a nuclear wasteland.
Bonus Boss: If you do not continue and get at least 3 Astral Finishes throughout Continuum Shift II, a special cutscene occurs where Terumi decides you're worth being a test subject for her battle capabilities. This starts out cool and all, but then you notice that her name is glowing pink.
SNK Boss: The glowing pink name means she's in her Unlimited mode, which is ten times more broken than Hazama's, and 20 times as frustrating as Calamity Trigger's Unlimited Ragna. And good luck beating her at Level 999 Abyss...
Glass Cannon: Her regular, non-Unlimited version has very little health in keeping with the other Murakumo Units.
Invocation: Her Astral Finish. "The seven celestial gods! The world created by the hands of the gods. Everything is false! Everything is a lie! The final days have come! Now, let everything be destroyed!"
Laser Blade: Her swords glow in most attacks, giving the impression of this.
"Why...? The world you have wished for... is filled with pain, agony and despair. It will continue to collapse upon itself. That kind of world is unnecessary!"
The Nicknamer: Never calls anyone by name, instead using titles that reflect their role. Thus, Ragna is "The Black Beast", Jin is "The Endbringer", Terumi is "The True Evil" and so on.
Namesto Run Away From Really Fast: Kusanagi the Godslaying Sword/Sword of the Godslayer. Additionally, "Mu" can mean the twelfth letter of the Greek alphabet or the original state of nothingness.
Occult Blue Eyes: Her blue eyes contrast with the green eyes Noel Vermillion had before she was "tempered".
Ominous Latin Chanting/Image Song: In addition to the former in her theme, there are also vocals sung by the opera vocalist from Awakening the Chaos, Nu's theme. In Chronophantasma, the vocalist is replaced with a new one.
Red Baron: Has a variety of nicknames depending on who is talking to/about her. Notably "Sword of the Godslayer" and "Girl of Distortions"
Robo Speak: Mu's post-battle quotes all sound like something out of a computer program.
Mu:Target's resistance to seithr exceeds established parameters... Executing research protocols...
Shoulders of Doom: Appropriately enough, and thankfully so, too, else even less of what she's wearing would count as "clothes".
Stripperiffic: Mocked in one podcast by composer Daisuke Ishiwatari:
"Armor is protective gear, right? What is this protecting?"
Straw Nihilist: She wants to destroy the world and everybody in it. During her Astral she even rants about how corrupt and evil the world is and asks why her opponent resists. This is due to Terumi's influence; in Chronophantasma she sheds this trope completely.
Super Prototype: One of the strongest Murakumo Units yet, despite not being the most complete unit.
Villainous Breakdown: The moment Ragna defeats her after she has already defeated Hakumen and Jin, repeatedly saying "Hate hate hate hate hate!" over and over, right before Ragna sacrifices his left arm to turn her back into Noel.
A fellow classmate of Noel, Jin and Tsubaki from the Academy. She entered the Academy for the financial benefit NOL provided to her family. She's a Squirrel Beastkin, giving her incredible physical strength and reflexes. Unfortunately, because of her squirrel-ness she was the victim of extreme Fantastic Racism from many others, including her classmates. Noel and Tsubaki protected her from them, and became fast friends. Responds with great Squee! to anything cute, including Taokaka and Noel in one of the "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!" skits, and Carl in a flashback in Noel's story mode. She ends up in the Intelligence Department of the NOL (the same division as Hazama). She wields a pair of tonfas and wears next-to-nothing.
Her Drive, Impact, charges a meter that when released performs an attack of damage equivalent to the meter (think playing those old-school golf games which require proper timing for maximum efficiency). In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Galaxia Impact, which automatically makes all of her Drive attacks Level G, augmenting their damage and granting additional properties.
Ambiguously Bi: Between Makoto's commentary with Platinum, her protective nature with Noel and Tsubaki, and a kiss with Mai in the Remix Heart manga, she's all but outright stated to be at least bisexual. She also shows some passing interest in Jin, though she seems to respect Tsubaki's known crush on him. If she does have a favoritism, it definitely swings female.
Not to mention kissing Tsubaki in a scene from Extend.
Ascended Extra: As with all of the Continuum Shift editions, but she's notable to be the only one to actually put a real schism in Hazama's plans, albeit unwittingly. She's one of the few who he actually worries about and tries to deal with, especially since she knows some info that's detrimental to his plans.
Ass Kicks You: Her reverse throw knocks her opponents flat on their backs, followed by her jumping on and landing butt-first on them. Also similar looking is one of her jumping 2C attacks (though her tail covers her butt when she does this).
Underestimating Badassery: Even if Hazama had no way of knowing how damaging Makoto was in Slight Hope, you'd think he'd have known something useful about his own lieutenant. That she still sullies his plans in Friendship and Decision shows that his alleged omniscience has a rather glaring blind spot.
Berserk Button: Makoto makes it clear that hurting her friends is a bad idea.
Tranquil Fury: When the button is pressed, she suddenly gets very serious and quiet in contrast to her regularly ditzy and loud self.
Beware the Nice Ones: Really fun to be around, but harm any of her friends and...BANG! ZOOM! Straight to the moon.
Good Is Not Soft: And if you happen to be Hazama (who she already distrusts), even that provocation isn't necessary, not that it stops him.
Big Eater / Hyperactive Metabolism: She did that prior to her appearance in the first "Teach Me Miss Litchi" episode (and climbed a tree just to burn it all out!). Also, one of her victory speeches hints at it:
Dual Tonfas: Her Weapon of Choice. Subverted in that she rarely uses them as such. Her actual fighting style is more along the lines of boxing and the tonfas seem to simply add a little extra punch to her attacks.
Fetish: Makoto has a lot of turn-ons, ranging from the mundane to the outright bizarre. After fighting Platinum in Continuum Shift II:
"Are you a boy? A girl? Oh man, I'm starting to get a little... NO! Bad Makoto! Now is not the time to embrace a new dirty little fetish... darn it..."
Fighter, Mage, Thief: Of her group of friends, she's The Fighter, being a noted bruiser and not having particularly high Ars Magus aptitude scores.
Squirrel Out of Continual Water: In Slight Hopenote Makoto's Extend Story mode she winds up falling into the Wheel of Fortune timeline (around the time Calamity Trigger occurs in the active timeline) due to a trip into the Cauldron, where she wasn't tangled up in the events of the story otherwise - Hazama refers to her as an "anomaly" as a result, whereas Tager rejects the password she gives him. Rachel finds her before long and returns her to the active timeline.
Flung Clothing: Like Noel, she throws off her jacket when entering a battle. She wears a NOL Intel coat and beret in CS and an independent (Sector Seven?) coat in CP.
Fun Personified: Who wouldn't want to hang out with Makoto? Well, besides Hazama...
Made of Iron: In gameplay, Makoto ties with other characters in terms of HP (11K) and Primer tally (5). In the former, she's surpassed only by Bang, Hakumen and Tager; in the latter, she's beaten by Tager alone. In story, she intentionally tanks abuse from several bullies and, later, a long fall from Noel and Tsubaki, both in Heart to Heart. In the present day, her "defeated" pose, like after locking horns with Hazama (who is her first opponent in Slight Hope) suggests she can still put up a fight, and this extends to her CS Arcade ending as well.
Muscles Are Meaningless: In story, she punches down a stubborn door, craters the ground at Carl's feet with one punch, and carries Tsubaki off in an Effortless Amazonian Lift at a dead sprint. In gameplay, her Impact drive can send opponents flying, and that's without factoring Planet Crusher into the equation.
Unskilled, but Strong: She was a goddess of war in CSII, but was subsequently nerfed in Extend. In gameplay, her primary means of defeating opponents is punching them, instead of utilizing weapons, magic, or other fancy powers, but she still puts up a solid fight. In story, Jin notes her ars magus aptitude is average, but her physical tests are off the charts. As for actual fights, she handily defeats a simulacrum of Noel or Tsubaki, and a match with Tager was interrupted by Kokonoe before a winner could be decided.
Hakumen's arcade commentary has him impressed by her "untainted power". Make of that what you will.
Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit and overall appearance has been well received by many fans. Shortly after her announcement as a DLC character, and a full image of her outfit, fan arts almost immediately sprouted. Said outfit possesses both hot and cool elements, both past and present.
Distracted by the Sexy: She gets some nice portrait cut-ins during her Distortion Drives, enough to distract you from remembering they have the same charging properties as her drives and therefore resulting in pitiful damage.
Norse Mythology: Her magical crest is a tree with an eagle at the top, and she's a squirrel-girl who worked for the Intelligence division under a guy with a serpent-theme, who turns out to be her enemy. In Norse Mythology, there was a squirrel who raced up and down the World Tree, listening to words of the eagle at the top and then using that knowledge to mock and taunt the serpent that chewed on one of the great tree's roots. Considering how Slight Hope turned out, she's pretty much Ratatosk.
Only Sane Squirrel: She's a Book DumbGenius Ditz who tends to think with her heart rather than her head, but she falls into this surprisingly often. This is particularly apparent for her joke ending, many parts of the main story, and the first episode of Teach Me, Miss Litchi: Reloaded!. Then again, there are a fewoccasions that show she's not so above it all.
During an Academy flashback, she had to remind Tsubaki that seeing a weapon destroying a city would be "a catastrophe of epic proportions". She did hype up the Nox Nyctores moments beforehand, which is a likely nod to how urban legends can become exaggerated over the years.
Deadpan Snarker: Far less frequent than Jin and Rachel, but she displays some when she's the sanest person on the block.
Pervert Revenge Mode: Matches with Kagura are invoked over this. Then again, when you introduce yourself with "Please, just one grope!", you're just asking for it.
The Power of Friendship: Her primary motivation in Continuum Shift seems to be the safety of Noel and Tsubaki. Especially after she discovers the hidden cache of rejected Saya clones in Ibukido.
This is actually half the reason she survived a round-trip through the Boundary.
Precision F-Strike: Compared to the triumvirate of Hazama, Ragna, and Kokonoe, Makoto's reasonably clean of tongue, but there are times she's not so clean. Take the time when Hazama decided to take the role of Makoto's mother, or whenever she's fighting him or Relius.
(on finding Tsubaki in Slight Hope): "Thank goodness I found you! Uh, I've got something for you!" (Orders for you to return to HQ - forged 'em myself! They can bust me for counterfeiting later, so long as it gets you out of harm's way right now...)
"[Makoto] could never keep her hands off young boys"
Shipper on Deck: A Jin X Tsubaki Fangirl, based on one of her lines in Continuum Shift:
"They would really make such a nice couple."
Taken up another notch in Slight Hope - Makoto doesn't try to hide that she ships them.
Makoto: "Tsubaki, this is ME you're talking to! Drop the good little cadet schtick and just say it! 'I'm gonna spend every day with Jin, and I couldn't be happier about it! Tra, la la, la la!'" Tsubaki: "I... what...? Why would I say that?" Makoto: "Somebody's blushing! *giggle* Geez, I can read you like a book when it comes to that boy."
Ship Tease: with Jin. He is rather caring towards her, almost to the point of his level of caring towards Tsubaki.
Jin: Lieutenant... Are you alright?
Makoto: Y-yes! Thank you so much for saving me...!
Jin: Your safety is all that... m-matters... ugh...
Despite shipping him with Tsubaki, she does reciprocate these feelings - her first thought upon meeting him is to help him to a medical ward, and she thinks nothing of parrying a hit from Hazama and fighting him in Jin's stead.
Spanner in the Works: Not only Hazama's initial plot to Mind Rape Tsubaki, but his backup plan of baiting Relius Clover with Jin to throw her off the scent have gone, according to him, "fair-to-middling FUBAR" just thanks to not predicting Makoto correctly.
Tomato in the Mirror: Hazama implies in Friendshipnote Makoto's Arcade mode that "you were created for the purpose of defeating the Black Beast" - "you" referring to beastkin in general in all likelihood.Rachel talked her through the whole "crafted by human hands" business at the end of Slight Hope, so this had less of a sting than what Hazama was expecting.
Undying Loyalty: Makoto would go to the ends of the earth for Noel and Tsubaki. She betrays the NOL, an organisation that basically rules most of the world and sends a thinly veiled threat to Sector Seven, the organisation that runs the rest of it. Her loyalty is so strong, that, in her Story Mode, it's implied that her loyalty to her friends actually stopped her from losing her sanity and semblance of self when she fell into the cauldron, through the Boundary, and into to a different timeline, and then let her go back to her original timeline. To help that sink in, Arakune turned into a... whatever he is now after being exposed to the Boundary for a few moments, and only Hakumen, who is technically DEAD has travelled timelines without any negative change to himself.
A former member of the Six Heroes, Valkenhayn has been a faithful ally of the Alucard family for hundreds of years, and serves Rachel's every whim as her Battle Butler. Behind his elderly, seemingly withered form lies a secret: he is actually a werewolf. Like Makoto, he is a beastkin, but of the lupine lineage, and in his youth he used to be a vigilante before becoming acquainted with Rachel's father Clavis. When Clavis died, Valkenhayn promised his friend that he would look after Rachel in his stead. Thus, when Rachel turns up missing in Kagutsuchi, he heads out to find her.
His Drive, Wehrwolf (that's pronounced "vair-volf", folks), allows him to transform into a wolf for a limited time, which is determined by a gauge. In Chrono Phantasma, his Overdrive is Endlos Wolf, which accelerates the recovery of his Wolf Gauge.
His Astral has him performing a Flash Kick that knocks the opponent high into the air. He then transforms into a full werewolf form while the opponent still floats in the air with the moon in the background and performs several cross-slashes, ending with one final blacked-out slash that tears open the camera and leaves a trail of white on the screen.
Apologetic Attacker: When fighting Rachel, he always compliments her when she kicks his ass, and apologizes profusely when he's the one doing the kicking.
Ascended Extra: In Calamity Trigger, he was nothing more than an NPC and Rachel's butler. In addition to making him a playable character, Continuum Shift revealed more about his past as one of the Six Heroes and he even got his own story path.
Dastardly Whiplash: In Taokaka's joke ending in CS, he makes a cameo appearance as this. The moment he is revealed, his theme (which is not supposed to be known about yet) starts playing.
Downloadable Content: He is the 2nd DLC character to be announced, and has been released for Japanese Playstation 3 owners as of September 21, 2010, and American Playstation 3 owners as of September 28. He costs the same price as Makoto on PSN. (560 Microsoft points / $7.00)
Real Life Writes the Plot: He was delayed on the 360 for some time due to server issues with the Dashboard update, but the roadblock has been lifted and he will be available on December 7 for 360 users. As an apology to the 360 users for the delays, he was discounted for a full month at 320 MSP, returning to his original pricing on January 10, 2011.
Harmful Healing: To Jin. More precisely, he doesn't heal Jin but merely removes the pain and joint stiffness temporarily. As a side effect, after a few days, the pain will come back much worse than before. Gii notes that the method is very sadistic.
Partial Transformation: Some of his moves have him partially transform his limbs into wolf form when he attacks.
Precision F-Strike: He speaks with class most of the time. But when the subject is about Terumi, he's not above using the term "Son of a bitch" for him.
Real Men Wear Pink: He wears a pink ribbon on his long hair. In his wolf form, the ribbon moves to the tail. Of course, it doesn't detracts from his badasstitude. Fandom believes it's courtesy of Rachel's whims.
Your Struggle Is Futile: What he says whenever he wins a round by a landslide (as in a near-perfect or at least above 50% life).
The Rival: Apparently had a rivalry with Relius in the past prior to the Dark War, but was suspended with Relius' disappearance at the start of the war. Now that Relius has resurfaced, their rivalry has been reawakened. This is allegedly terminated in Chronophantasma with Relius' defeat and loss of resources.
Satellite Character: Subverted. He seems this way to Rachel at first but has gradually been rising in prominence after the second game. In Extend he's given his own story path in which Rachel barely appears and reveals far more about him, particularly his apparent rivalry with Relius.
Short Run In Peru: See above. Contrary to popular belief, it was always Arc System Works' intention to release Valkenhayn a week late in North America on the PS3. The 360 version release was intended to be simultaneous, however, until the bug was found.
Not So Stoic: Against certain people who would slander Rachel if provoked enough.
Undying Loyalty: Despite being one of the six heroes (and thus a living legend in the world of BlazBlue), he is extremely loyal to Rachel and never sees himself as anything more than her butler. Case in point, the moment he really lost his patience and attacked Terumi (in his ghost form) in Calamity Trigger? When Terumi called Rachel a "damn vampire".
A young girl who wields the Nox Nyctores Arma Reboare: Muchourin, which allows her to manifest matter. She has inherited the Nox from Trinity, a member of the Six Heroes, and has 3 different personalities: Luna, a bratty girl, Sena, a kind boy, and Trinity Glassfield, that of the missing sixth hero.
Her Drive, Magical Symphony, allows her to equip a number of different magical items. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Magical Heart Catch, which allows her to use an unlimited supply of the weapons her Drive grants her.
Her Astral fires a small but fullscreen laser at her opponent. If it connects, she enters a charge-up sequence and FIREZ HER LAZOR at the opponent in a similar manner to Nanoha's Starlight Breaker.
Luna: "Master Jubei, Ragna the Bloodedge is being a d-!"
Jubei: "Ragna, stop actin' like a kid."
Luna almost drops an F-bomb in her Help Me!! segment.
Luna: "What the fuuuuu—"
Dangerously-Short Skirt: An old-school ruffled-up one, whereas Noel has a minidress and Makoto has a miniskirt. Why she even wants to fight in one is a mystery that can only be explained by Irony (as listed below) or Refuge in Audacity.
Downloadable Content: Arrived on Xbox 360 on May 10, 2011, and on PS3 on June 2, 2011, slightly delayed due to the PSN downtime.
Split Personality: She has three: Luna, a mean-spirited young girl; Sena, a kind boy; and Trinity, the sixth hero. However, they're not really split personalities, more like three souls sharing the same body. All three are fully aware of one anothers existence and are awake/active at all times, though Trinity is usually sleeping.
Dub Name Change: Her move names ended up changed to reflect Japanese culture rather than American culture. Dream Sally for example was changed to Lunar Lapidation in a nod to Sailor Moon, although this was reverted back in the English version of Continuum Shift II
Token Mini-Moe: Sena/Luna, at least. Trinity herself was quite a babe back in the day.
Wingding Eyes: Platinum has these under her hood, but her eyes are hidden when she has her cloak on. Funny, she seems to lose them when talking to Bang as Trinity.
Carl's father. A gifted alchemist known far and wide as "The Puppeteer." He is the one who turned Ada, Carl's older sister, into the Nox Nyctores Nirvana and also the mastermind behind the Murakumo units. After constructing Nirvana, Relius seemingly dropped off the face of the Earth... until the events of Continuum Shift, where it is revealed he's a Colonel in the NOL, and is actively working with Hazama to turn Noel into Mu. Relius has absolutely no regard for morality or life whatsoever, viewing people as nothing more than guinea pigs. So much so that he not only did he harvest his own daughter's body to make Nirvana, but he also turned his own wife, Ignis Clover, into a Nox Nyctores as well. Fluctus Redactum: Ignis, is a combat doll much like Nirvana, but with the ability to completely manipulate all forms of energy. Relius was released for free in arcades on December 17, 2011 in the Version 1.10 patch, and likewise is unlocked from the start in EXTEND.
His Drive, Detonator, allows him to summon Ignis similar to how Stands are summoned in the JoJo's Bizarre AdventureFighting Game from Capcom. Like Nirvana, Ignis is reliant on a gauge that, when depleted, renders her disabled for a period of time and severely weakening Relius' options. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Maxima Dance, which increases the recovery of the Ignis Gauge.
His Astral Finish involves Ignis grabbing the opponent and teleporting him and the opponent to an unknown room (implied to be one of his labs). The opponent is seen restrained (and each pose is personalised) with Relius sitting in a chair across from them. Then he gets up and walks over to begin "experimenting" on themin ways so grotesque that he snaps his fingers and the doors to the lab close so it can't be seen... and the opponent then SCREAMS.
Actor Allusion: As a nod to its parent series, Extend gave several Unlimited Characters Distortion Drives modeled after/copied from Overdrives belonging to the GG cast. Relius? He gets Nero Angelo, a Vol Tedo-based projectile that functions in the same manner as its English equivalent, Venom's Dark Angel. As of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (which predates BlazBlue by nearly two years), Venom is voiced by Suwabe, assuming the role from Mikio Yaeda.
Upping the ante, Unlimited Relius receives Ruber Grando (Red Hail in Latin) in CP, thus borrowing another one of Venom's Overdrives... Red Hail.
Further upping the ante is a Gag Reel featuring him in BlazBlue: Chronophantasmawhere Relius ends up in a world where he's a good family man. Now who else isa family man?? Notable that the game is just out in Japan, so they may have noticed the English casting.
Alchemy Is Magic: He's explicitly referred to as an Alchemist, but a lot of his abilities are clearly Magic, which he is one of the few people in the cast capable of using because he's from the time before the Black Beast came along.
Ambition Is Evil: Valkenhayn calls him out on it. Relius simply responds that his ambition will lead to the creation of the first perfect human being.
Ascended Extra: From a background character to a playable one, though looking at Carl's story in CT, it was going to happen.
Not only that, he's also part of the reason this series is as screwed up as it is(The other being Hazama).
Early-Bird Cameo: The intro of CSII had him battling against his son Carl. Note that said intro only included every other playable character of the game, including Makoto, Valkenhayn and Platinum. Kokonoe was also in the intro, but she's rather important to the story.
Chekhov M.I.A.: In CT, Carl's story mentions that he's also looking for his father. Relius shows up in CS as an NPC, and crawls his way up to playable status.
Badass: 95% of Relius' screen time is him going around and profusely creaming almost every member of the cast.
Batman Gambit: Relius pulls a rather beautiful one in the Sector Seven side-story: Sector Seven, usually incompetent at retrieval missions, was able to steal Nirvana from the NOL, who would then attack Sector Seven to get her back, only to be attacked by the Black Beast Relius had created in the lowest lab of Sector Seven, and the result of the Beast's attack would fuse the souls needed to complete his latest Nox Nyctores - Ignis. All according to Relius's plan.
He's apparently fond of these kinds of plans. He isn't called "The Puppeteer" for nothing.
Battle Couple: Technically speaking, he and his wife Ignis serve as this. That being said, all evidence points to Ignis not having much of a choice in the matter anyway.
Big Bad Duumvirate: He and Terumi have been behind everything major that's happened in the story thus far.
Black Comedy: As stated below, Relius is nice enough to let Tsubaki have a final prayer before experimenting. This is fine and actually nice, considering the Fridge Logic behind it... then you notice she's facingawayfrom Relius...
Break the Haughty: Took his defeat rather... badly, first his plan failed because of Bang's perserverence, and then Valkenhayn beat the crap out of him to near death, just about the time he realized that Izanami has emerged and he doesn't need to be told that he's been tossed aside like garbage, now lacking all that made him the Invincible Villain he was. Add the insult to injury, he's now under the mercy of Carl and Litchi, two 'puppets' he manipulated using their love towards their significant other to his advantage. At this point, Relius would've been glad that he's offed that second, but then Carl gives him a Cruel Mercy until he fulfills his deal about restoring Ada. Relius only looks forward about the part about "Once he's done, he'll pay for what he did."
Brilliant but Lazy: In The Wheel of Fortune, he holds off on saving Terumi from Hakumen while the former is losing their fight, stating he detests physical labor. He does eventually use Ignis to bail Terumi out, however. Coupled with this, Terumi/Hazama is almost always the one to do all the hands-on field work their plans involve, while Relius prefers to focus on his research, and will only intervene if he truly needs to (i.e. calling off Hazama when he gets sidetracked), or if it furthers his research (see Tager's bad ending).
Relius never joins Hazama in his fighting, and if his own fighting is to be viewed, he doesn't experiment on people unless they fight back. In fact, if you don't do your Astral Finish, a large percentage of the win poses will have Relius nonchalantly walking away.
Catch Phrase: Despite being such a genius, Relius is very fond of muttering "I have much to learn." Fitting, because he's always on a pursuit of perfection and always feels lacking in the knowledge he accumulated.
Char Clone: Further reinforced by his puppet; Ignis is bright red, and is stated to be far stronger than Carl's puppet Nirvana.
His Astral, as the description tells. Each of the poses is personalised, and several of them invoke quite the fetishes in the worst moment possible) His quote when doing this to Carl (via binding him and Ada/Nirvana like marionettes, control bars included) makes this even creepier. This man does not know the meaning of the word "subtle."
"You've been a very naughty boy."
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sort of, in conjunction of an in-universe example of Good Is Boring. He considers a soul full of hate and some evil much more interesting. When Carl accuses him of trying to turn Litchi into a doll out of his concern over her, Relius refers in disappointment that Carl's soul has gotten boring and encourages him to hate him more, so he can get more interesting.
Evil Genius: Along with Terumi, though he's definitely the traditional type.
For Science!: His motivation for pretty much everything he's done (contrasting Terumi's For the Evulz mindset). The entire reason he and Terumi partnered up in the first place was that Terumi piqued his scientific curiosity with his plan to destroy Amaterasu, meaning he is willing to kill God in the name of science.
Chronophantasma expands on this: He wanted to progress his research and create the "Perfect Doll", whatever that is. However, Master Unit Amaterasu always prevent progress in case of time loops, so he wants to kill it, and initiate a time loop where the Master Unit is no more so there can be progress in the world, not just for him. In a way, this can make him count as a very extreme version of Well-Intentioned Extremist, when compared to the goals of Terumi (grudge over the Master Unit) and Izanami (Just wants to bring World of Death).
The Heavy: Along with Hazama in Continuum Shift, although Relius didn't really take center stage untill later revisions.
Game Over Man: Unless you're playing Carl, Arakune, Valkenhayn or Platinum note in which cases, with the exception of Arakune, Hazama is your Game Over Man pray your character gets an immediate evac. If you don't, bad shit goes down, even if you fight (sorry, Makoto).
Gone to the Future: He was thrown into the Cauldron during the Dark War, which sent him decades into the future. He lost his memories as a result, but regained them over a year and quickly resumed his scientific ambitions.
Guinea Pig Family: He has used his daughter and later, his wife, for twisted experiments.
Heel Neutral Turn: In the end of Chronophantasma, he's completely stripped of his resources and allegiance by the Imperator and is now under the mercy of his son who wants him alive to cure Ada. Relius was devoid of energy that he decided to just tag along, and meanwhile, Izanami has taken over as the true Heel.
Herr Doctor: Played with. Like Carl, his profile lists his birthplace as Austria, and he is known by some as "Dr. Relius." However, he doesn't have a stereotypical accent of any kind, let alone if he even is a doctor.
Then again, BlazBlue's well known for not caring who anyone's from before; it's just an excuse for people to know where the hell everything is.
Hyperspace Arsenal: Like his son, he can pull off grey and green metallic arms, gears, a gigantic fist and a hook, from inside his cloak. With no visible sign of any of them being there in the first place.
As of Chronophantasma, a king-sized swiss army knife, a set of sharpened gears for ranged attacks and a large mass of mechanical parts used in his Crush Trigger are added to his arsenal.
Hot Dad: Being a Mad Scientist does not slow the fangirl wagon. He even stays hot after jumping ahead 80 years via a bad trip into the Cauldron.
Humiliation Conga: By the end of Chronophantasma, Relius has been completely beaten to near death by Valkenhayn. He was only saved when Carl, his son, after seemingly siding with him, pulled him out of the falling debris. Then he also realized that the Imperator abandoned him and took Phantom with him, and knew that the NOL has been given in rule to the good guys, and he's at the mercy of both Carl and Litchi, the two people he played like puppets before. Relius just tells Carl to finish him off, but Carl still had Litchi patch him up and says that he'll not let him die until Ada is cured, which requires Relius alive, is fulfilled... But yeah, Relius seriously took a steep dive in power level hard.
Implacable Man: In the portables' EX2 story, Relius was shoved off to the Cauldron by Ada/Nirvana. But then he's suddenly back and kicking later, meaning that Relius is probably unhindered by death.
Invincible Villain: He is just as strong, if not even stronger than Terumi and has access to the same resources (Consciousness that carries over time-loops, Phantom and the entirety of the NOL), and shares his genius. And like Terumi, he gets robbed of this status in Chronophantasma.
Expanded upon in his story mode, where it is revealed that while he was working on Nirvana and Ignis, he saw the "true form" of every person, their soul, which is simply a ball of bluish light. This is how he came to view people as mere "things" rather than living beings. He claims that the Amaterasu unit continues to stifle his progress as a scientist.
The Man Behind the Man: The creator of the Murakumo Units, and the one responsible for turning his daughter into Nirvana. He's even using the Imperator herself, and possibly the one personally responsible for turning her into what she is. Being Terumi's partner, he's also responsible for just about everything bad that's happened in the series' story.
Manipulative Bastard: He's also keen for this stuff. He managed to rope Litchi into his servitude by stating that in a new world he's trying to create, there'll be a chance to prevent Lotte's fate of turning into Arakune. He also manages to do the same to Carl, who hated him with all passion, just by saying "I'll restore Ada. Promise!". Karma can be a nasty bitch, though, as in the end of CP, these two are the ones that had him on the ropes.
Mind Rape: Unlike Hazama, Relius skips the trolling and goes straight to total decimation, using his research of the soul to filter through your memories, dredging out the worst of them to break you in record time. Just ask poor, poorMakoto...
Offing the Offspring: He tries this on Carl in CS's story mode, for no apparent reason. Thankfully, it doesn't work. Subverted in Darkness Visible, when he gives Carl a glimpse of his world view and the kid passes out.
Pragmatic Villainy: One of the main reasons that makes him far different than Terumi despite being the same level of evil. Everything Relius did was for a specific reason (could be science or anything else), and he wasn't one to dispense unnecessary chaos in his wake, unlike Terumi who's in For the Evulz and just loves spreading chaos for his own amusement.
Robot Girl: Not him but his wife, Ignis Clover, who he transformed into an extremely powerful automaton.
Room 101: His Astral is sending people to this trope.
Self-Made Man: This is the man who went from a mostly harmless researcher who worked with Terumi in the attempts of creating Kusanagi 100 years ago to a guy who can casually wreck Six Heroes-tier opponents.
The Sociopath: In what can only be considered the messed up logical conclusion of the inability to see a difference between "people" and "things", he unapologetically turned his daughter and wife into puppets.
Stalker with a Crush: While Relius could give a damn less about what a person looks like, his research on souls leads him to demonstrate this trope in regards to Makoto. Several cases of dialogue heavily indicate these tendencies - even Hazama thinks his interest in her is "random and untoward" until he fights her in Slight Hope.
Not So Stoic: He has hints of this in Carl's story mode when he goes on about Ignis.
Strapped to an Operating Table: His Astral intends to invoke him performing dastardly experiments on his defeated opponent, and the table, literal or figurative, vary from opponent to opponent, as seen here.
Stealth Insult: When it comes to Amane, whom he put in a brothel cage, it also insinuates that Relius considers Amane a male prostitute/slut.