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Debuting in Bloody Roar 1
Yugo Ogami (the Wolf)
The main protagonist of the game, Yugo was the son of a mercenary who was killed during a conspiracy revolving around Tylon. He is the leader of a resistance group of zoanthropes against Tylon called W.O.C. (World of Coexistence), a group dedicated to lessening the racial stirs between humans and zoanthropes and oppose Tylon, and was a former boxer. He adopts Kenji as his younger brother. He's upbeat, brave, and has heroic tendencies, but can be stubborn, hot-headed, and a bit naive.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: At first. He mellows down throughout the series.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Gado in the ending of Bloody Roar 1, whom both managed to take down Tylon Corporation with their own fists. Also with Fang in the Bloody Roar Extreme V-Jump Book.
- Badass: At the end of BR3, he fought and defeated Xion, who was possessed by the Tabula Soul and even destroyed it (but sadly retconed in 4, and instead had him seal it). Also during his ending in Primal Fury he literally beat Cronos out of his Phoenix form, and was still raring to go! In short: don't f*ck with Yugo.
- Badass Biker: As seen in the opening cinematic of Primal Fury.
- Boxing Battler: From Bloody Roar 2 onward, Yugo is a professional boxer, who also uses a combination of martial arts and street fighting. Making him more of an MMA style fighter, though he largely favors boxing as his primary means of attack.
- Guest Fighter: Yugo pops up in DreamMix TV World Fighters, a Mascot Fighter featuring characters from Konami, Hudson, and Takara.
- Hot-Blooded: And how! Best example is to hear his voice in the Japanese version of Bloody Roar 2 and 3.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Gado.
- Jiggle Physics: A rare male version, seen during a cutscene in BR4.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's fast, has stamina, and hits like a ton of bricks which allows for devastating combos. The guy's a professional boxer for a reason.
- Noble Wolf: Can transform into a wolf and is the hero of the series.
- Not Blood Siblings: To Kenji.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: A boxing werewolf.
- Playing with Fire: Invoked during his "King of Breakers" beast drive, which is a highspeed punching barrage while his fists are on fire. The final blow blasts his opponent up in flames.
- The Protagonist: Yugo also doubles as a Series Mascot.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Yugo's got a quick set of hands and can whittle down his opponent's health just as fast with nonstop barrages.
- Taken to literal extremes, during his "King of Breakers" beast drive!
- Will They or Won't They?: There's a lot of ship teasing between him and Alice.
- This gets dropped in Bloody Roar 4 in favor of shipping between Yugo and Nagi, and hastily so. Needless to say, people didn't take that too kindly.
- X Marks the Hero: Yugo's intersects across the bridge of his nose, though it's never explained how he got it.
Alice Tsukagami/Nonomura (the Rabbit)
Voiced by: Mika Kanai (1, 2, 3), Ruri Asano (EX)
Kidnapped as a small child by Tylon, she was converted into a zoanthrope and later rescued before she could be brainwashed. Months later, she enters the tournament to fight against Tylon and rescue the other hostages, during which, she rescued Uriko. As a show of gratitude, Mitsuko adopted Alice as part of the family. She thus works as a nurse and an advocate of W.O.C. who tries to keep Yugo in line and steps in when something dangerous happens. She is kindhearted and cares deeply for others, and works unconditionally in treating their wounds, although as gentle as she is, and as much as she dislikes violence, her patience can only go so far at times for Yugo's life-risking antics.
- Alice Allusion: Alice turns into a white rabbit.
- Ass Kicks You: It's one of her weaker attacks, but still nice to look at.
- Badass Adorable: In BR1, where she's 16. By the time of Primal Fury, She's All Grown Up.
- Bare Your Midriff - until Primal Fury/Extreme.
- But Not Too Foreign - Alice's father was Japanese, while her mother was an American of German descent.
- Cool Big Sis: To Uriko. When Tylon kidnapped her (BR1), Alice risked her life by entering the tournament to rescue Uriko... at 16!
- Girlish Pigtails - Until Primal Fury/Extreme. Complete with blue hair.
- Happily Adopted: By Mitsuko, as thanks for helping her save Uriko in the original game.
- Hello, Nurse!: A literal example of the trope.
- Kick Chick: Nearly half her moveset involves kicking.
- Killer Rabbit: A near literal example, given her beast form; though she isn't the Blood Knight kind.
- Meaningful Name: Alice, which refers to her kind and noble nature. Surely, she is very kind towards Yugo. It also has to do with its connection to Alice in Wonderland
- Not Blood Siblings: To Uriko.
- Theme Naming: Most of her attacks are rabbit themed. Such as her, "Rabbit Slide", "Rabbit Spiral", and "Rabbit Step Hammer".
- What the Hell, Hero?: She slaps Yugo and chews him out for getting her involved in the events of the Beasts' Tournament', during her ending for Primal Fury.
- Will They or Won't They?: She had moments of ship tease with Yugo, but it was ultimately left hanging in part 4.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Up until BR3.
Alan Gado (the Lion)
Voiced by: Chris Wells (3, EX), Akio Ohtsuka (4)
A legendary mercenary, his journey to seek out his former war buddy Yuji had led him to Tylon's morbid experiments and focused on taking them down. In doing so, he had encountered a young orphaned girl he named Shina, and adopted her as his daughter. Later on in the war against Tylon, he grows saddened on the ongoing racism between humans and zoanthropes and works toward becoming a leader in the movement towards uniting the two races. He appears intimidating and imposing, but is really understanding and kind-hearted, especially to his daughter, whom he worries for a lot — especially during those times she bites off more than she can chew (and prompts him to come rescue her).
- Animal Motifs: His hair resembles a lion's mane, which is fitting since he transforms into one when he unleashes his beast power.
- Badass: 48-50 years of age isn't enough to slow him down. While average in speed, his power and stamina are through the roof, and his G-Cannon Beast Drive is simply devastating.
- Retired Badass: A former mercenary, turned peacekeeping representative for the ULF.
- Badass Armfold: Is often seen with this pose.
- Badass Baritone: He has the deepest voice out of all the males.
- Badass Beard / Hot Blooded Sideburns: Subverted since they're muttonchops, but they still look badass.
- Badass Biker: His outfit in Bloody Roar 3.
- Cultured Badass: In addition to having experience as a mercenary, he is a man of diplomacy and intelligence, delivering speeches to crowds on unifying both the Zoanthropes and Humans. He also enjoys a nice cold glass of Brandy.
- Cool Shades
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Varies by game, ranging from barely noticeable to a suntanned complexion.
- Blood Knight: During Bloody Roar 1. In his mercenary days, he enjoys the thrill of war and combat, saying that it is the only thing that makes him feel alive.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: He doesn't grant Shina any special favors just because she's his adopted daughter. In BR2, when she suspects him of working with the ZLF, and implies she'll take him down, he challenges her to back it up.Shina: (to Gado) "If I find out you're one of them..."
Gado: (not impressed) "You'll what..? Take me on? Now I'll have to see if you're qualified to talk like that."
- Though in Bloody Roar 4, he does let on to Mana that he does care deeply for her, despite not being blood related, and smiles when Mana got him to admit it.
- Final Boss: He was just another character in BR1, but in BR2, he becomes the Final Boss for everyone (latter series demotes him back to normal). Despite so, he remains a noble figure; the bad guy is always Busuzima.
- Hired Guns: Gado was a mercenary in his younger days and uses his combat skills in the ring.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Yugo.
- King of Beasts: He can transform into a lion, and after retiring from his mercenary lifestyle became a high-ranking commissioner in the United Nations, leading the movement for Human and Zoanthrope coexistence.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone addresses him as "Gado", never by his first name, Alan.
- Living Legend: After years of outstanding service both on and off the field, he's built quite a reputation for himself. Which is why the ULF (United Liberation Front - an organization dedicated to establishing peaceful coexistence between zoantrhopes and humankind) recruited him as their spokesperson from BR3, onward.
- Older and Wiser: Starting from BR3, as seen in the preceding entry.
- Parental Substitute: For Shina.
- Panthera Awesome: His beast form is the lion.
- Rated M for Manly
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His comrade, Yuji was killed before the events of Bloody Roar 1 by Tylon Corporation, and worked together with his Yuji's offspring (Yugo) to take them down.
- Rugged Scar: On his left eye no less. Doesn't stop him from kicking ass.
- Taking the Bullet: Done in Jenny's ending from Primal Fury. She regains consciousness, sometime after Gado saves her from Stun and finds she's outside with Gado collapsed on top of her, in exhaustion. Several bullet holes can be seen in his back when she passes her hand over them.
- Will They or Won't They?: The series subtly implies that his partnership with Jenny may not be strictly professional.
Jin/Shin Long (the Tiger)
Torn by the death of his mother and sister and neglected entirely by his father, Long ran away from home and trained himself, leading to Tylon recognizing his incredible fighting skill and powerful beast form to enlist him as among their top assassins. At one point, however, Long had cut himself loose from Tylon suddenly and went on his own way, leading him to be branded as a traitor and hunted by his former employer. After successfully cutting all ties from Tylon, he hid himself in seclusion to meditate while living a hermit life. Uriko had eventually found him, and through his agreement to train her, he eventually also came around and returned to the public. He had thus began to focus on how to repent for all the murders and deeds he commited while he was an assassin, as well as make up for the guilt he has for killing his sister while in his beast form. While under Tylon's orders, he is considered cold and calculating, but after he dropped his ties to them, he has shown himself to be much calmer and more soft-spoken, displaying an intelligent but calculating nature. After murdering his sister Lanfa, he resents his beast side and considers his blood cursed. He was used by Tylon to bring forth his clone Shenlong.
- Badass Long Robe
- Cursed with Awesome: Long hates his zoanthrope genetics for the rifts it's torn in his family - between his father being consumed by researching it, and blames himself for once having lost control of his power, during which he killed his sister.
- Difficult but Awesome: Mastering Long takes time, patience, and lots of practice because of his "6-way combo ring" system (both "Hawk" and "Tiger", which are interchangeable). When you do, he lives up to his name and can execute some of the longest, most devastating, combos in the game.
- Heel Realization: For years, he was one of the Tylon Corporation's insiders and served as their top assassin. It eventually dawned on him that Tylon wasn't trying to help zoanthropes control their power, they were using them in cruel experiments to turn them into living weapons.... and he'd been helping them to do it. Once the realization sank it, Long couldn't do it anymore. He quit.
- My God, What Have I Done?: This effectively sums up Long's reaction upon realizing Tylon's true intentions and the fact he'd been helping them. Years prior, he another such moment when he regained his senses after losing control of his beast power and realizing he had just murdered his own sister.
- Kiai: Invoked during most of his attacks.
- Ki Attacks: Long's neutral throw blasts the opponent across the ring with Ki, and during his "Tiger Laceration", he projects a spirit form of his beast power.
- Last Name Basis: Everyone refers to him by his last name only.
- Martial Pacifist: He prefers to avoid senseless violence and conflict, when possible.
- Panthera Awesome: He can transform into a tiger.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Seen in his "continuous gem bombardment" finisher.
- Professional Killer: Prior to the start of the series, he was one of the Tylon Corporation's top assassins.
- The Atoner: To atone for the sins he committed, while working with Tylon, he sealed himself away deep in the mountains where the world would no longer have to live in fear of him. Until Uriko came to him in hopes that he'd train her so she could become strong enough to save her mother, Mitsuko.
- The Rival: In a subversion of the trope, while Long is cast as Yugo's rival, he doesn't go out of his way to compete with him. The two are said to be equals, which seems sufficient enough as far as Long's concerned.
- A more straight example belongs to Shenlong, who is his clone. Though like Yugo, they do part after Bloody Roar 2 on mutual terms.
- Split Personality / Superpowered Evil Side - Shows signs of this in the first game, but this is never brought up again afterwards.
- The Stoic: Combined with Stoic Spectacles, except in the second game.
Ryuzo Kato/Bakuryu I (the Mole)
Voiced by: Fumihiko TachikiOne of Tylon's top assassins, all he wanted was to become the most powerful zoanthrope in the whole world, and thus he allowed Tylon to perform countless experiments on him to increase his abilities. Although he proves to have incredible strength, this does not bode well for him, as the experiments have left his body unstable, making him die an incredibly painful and unnatural death when his body melts and liquifies into pus. The remains of his tissue were kept by remnants of Tylon and later used to create Kohryu. Kenji had also been brainwashed to become an incarnation of sorts to Bakuryu, even sharing his name.
- Back from the Dead: As Kohryu. See Bloody Roar 3
- Deader Than Dead: If being liquified doesn't count, nothing will.
- I'm Melting: His ending in Bloody Roar 1 had him decompose into goo due to his molecular structure being unable to sustain himself with the zoanthrope powers.
- Legacy Character: Though Bakuryu is gone, he lives on through his successor and his robo-clone.
Hans 'Fox' Taubermann (the Fox)
Voiced by: Samantha VegaA lost child found on the streets, he developed a disturbing love and lust for blood and gruesome killing methods, eventually leading Tylon to adopt him. As he grew up, he became one of Tylon's top assassins, and among the most ruthless and vicious. He is a very vain man whom holds high praise and interest in his own beauty and sexiness. However, he considers his beast form to be incredibly ugly. Due to censorship issues, Fox could also be female.
- Ambiguously Gay
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Between everything else, he also acts like a male Dark Chick.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady
- Evil Brit
- Put on a Bus: Despite the promising ending, he never appeared in any future installments in the series. Made erogenous considering one of the heavily requested zoanthropes to appear in Primal Fury/Extreme was a fox, but has not received as much as a glance.
- She's a Man in Japan - He's a really feminine man in Japan and a really masculine woman everywhere else.
- The Manual for the North American release listed him as a Male.
- Self-Made Orphan - In his ending, he encounters his mother, who is ashamed of herself for not taking the chance to give Fox a better life. He doesn't hesitate to gleefully rip her to bloody shreds.
- My God, What Have I Done?: ...only to regret it immediately afterward and go mad from it. Not helped by Tylon Corporations fall, leaving him unemployed.
- The Fighting Narcissist - He prides himself as the most beautiful fighter. This gets to the point that he hates morphing into his Beast Form, simply because he sees it as ugly (despite the fox being one of the more attractive beast forms in the first game).
- Villainous Crossdresser
Mitsuko Nonomura (the Boar)
Voiced by: Ako MayamaA zoanthrope who lived in secret among the humans with her daughter Uriko. When Uriko had been kidnapped, Mitsuko relentlessly pursued Tylon to rescue her. While doing so, Alice had assisted in rescuing Uriko as well, where out of gratitude Mitsuko had adopted Alice as her own daughter. Later on, she was jumped by a group of men from the Zoanthrope Liberation Front and kidnapped, eventually being rescued by both Uriko and Alice. She is a very hardy woman who is no-nonsense, serious, and strict, but is shown to have incredibly strong love and care for her daughters.
- Action Mom: When the Tylon Corporation kidnapped Uriko, Mitsuko took matters into her own hands to get her back.
- Brawn Hilda
- Doting Parent: She cares deeply for both of her daughters, though Alice is adopted.
- Mama Boar: Mitsuko didn't take Uriko's abduction lying down.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted. She's one of the strongest characters of the game, and can throw down just as much as the rest of the cast.
- Put on a Bus: Despite playing key role in Uriko's story mode of Bloody Roar 2, she has not been made playable since the first game.
- The Worf Effect: The same woman who took on some of the toughest competitors, in the previous game, gets soundly thrashed by some of Tylon's mooks in the beginning of BR2. Justified that those mooks got the assistance of Shenlong, and it is also to show how much danger Shenlong presents.
Greg Humain (the Gorilla)
Voiced by: Scott McCullochA huge, lively, artistic man who loves the performing arts and thus is motivated to start his own circus. His circus, however, eventually teeters over bankruptcy, which prompts Greg to frantically find something to bring his circus back up to its former glory. While searching, he witnesses Yugo's transformation into a wolf and relentlessly seeks him out in hopes he can convince Yugo to become an attraction for his zoanthrope powers, unaware he himself is also a zoanthrope. When he finally confronts Yugo, he finally realizes this fact, and, with Yugo's advice, uses himself as his own main attraction to bring back business to his circus.
- Badass Beard
- Dark-Skinned Blond: In the arcade version.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Non-Indicative Name: Despite his last name being French for "human", he's actually a zoanthrope as opposed to a full human.
- Shoo Out the Clowns: He is the least serious character, and also the most out of place in the first game, given that he isn't directly antagonistic towards anyone (not even Tylon), and only cares about saving his business from bankruptcy. His status as a joke character is then taken over by Uriko and Busuzima in later games.
- Put on a Bus: Thus he was never playable in the rest of the franchise.
- Tomato in the Mirror: It isn't until much later he finds out he's a zoanthrope, despite how many times he transformed.
Uriko Nonomura (the Half Beast)
Voiced by: Marina Ōno (3, EX), Yūki Hamano (4)
Uriko was one among numerous children who were kidnapped by Tylon for experimentation, particularly due to her zoanthrope genes inherited from her mother. She was brainwashed and transformed into the ultimate beast, known as Prototype Uranus, but she was later defeated and rescued. When her mother, Mitsuko, was kidnapped, she attempted to transform into the form she took in the past, but the experimentation had left her beast form in an unstable state, transforming her into a were-cat instead. In desperation, she sought out Long and became his pupil in learning how to become strong enough to save her mother, eventually gaining help to do so from Yugo and the others. She later joins up with Yugo and Alice's duties against Tylon out of boredom of the mundane life she has otherwise. She is childish and bubbly and prone to making a few random outbursts, and she is also very clumsy.
- Ass Kicks You: One of her Beast Drives ends with her landing on her opponent butt-first.
- Beast Girl: Notably averted in the first game. She can transform, but her beast form◊ looks like a cybernetic young woman instead of a beastly little girl. And her other◊ One-Winged Angel form doesn't even come close to looking human anymore, and instead looks more like a male demon.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the first game.
- Cat Girl: Obviously, though only from the second game onwards. In the first, her One-Winged Angel forms were a rather human-looking creature and a big honking monster.
- Creepy Child: In her debut◊.
- Cute Clumsy Girl: Seen in one of her win poses, where she trips and faceplants on the floor. Afterwhich, she sits up and rubs her nose in embarrassment.
- Cute Kitten: Her personality has shades with this, helped by the fact she can transform into a cat.
- Difficult but Awesome: Like her sifu, her effectiveness is heavily dependent on mastery of her "6-way combo ring" system (both "Phoenix" and "Cardinal Gods Five Layers"note ). Moreso, since entering her commands improperly, or simply mashing on the buttons, can cause her to lose balance - which the game treats as Uriko being staggered. But, if you have the patience to actually learn how to use her... see the Lethal Joke Character entry below.
- The Dreaded: According to Tylon's research, Uriko has the potential to become the most powerful zoanthrope of them all. And, if her ending in Primal Fury is any indication, her latent beast powers as a Prototype Uranus may be returning!
- Dummied Out / Game Shark: Interestingly, she is a fully functional, playable character as Prototype Uranus in the first game with the use of a gameshark.
- Emotionless Girl: in her debut, a cross between a Genki Girl and a Tykebomb in all her appearances afterwards.
- Final Boss: In the first game.
- Flanderization: While she isn't the smartest character, she makes up for it by being incredibly skilled in combat, and being tough enough to single handedly rescue her mother. Later games up'd the dumbness factor somewhat, with her in the events of Bloody Roar 3 and Primal Fury/Extreme out of boredom. Bloody Roar 4 takes this to a ridiculous extreme by making her incredibly stupid.
- Fragile Speedster: Her endurance is the worst in the franchise, but her movement and attack speed are among the best.
- Genki Girl: Shown in her pre-fight animation, several of her attacks (including one where she runs up her opponent's body and kicks the back of their head as she switches sides with them), and the aforementioned win pose.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As a half-beast, she's only partially a cat. Semi-subverted in 4, since while she remains the same otherwise, she is then referred to by game terminology as a full-fledged cat, supposedly to avert confusion with Nagi's beast form.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She wears oversized jackets that hide her hands. At least until she turns into a Cat Girl, which causes her arms to grow considerably. They're an example of "cute" sleeves, and considering how the sleeves hide her hands, which become claws, they're also "Loaded Sleeves".
- Lethal Joke Character: When Uriko's moves are done correctly, that bubbly cat girl that trips over her own feet will buzzsaw through your health in record time with elaborate combos and attack strings. The joke part gets extremely emphasized in Bloody Roar 4
- Little Miss Badass: When she wants to be.
- One-Winged Angel: In the first game, she transforms from a human into the Prototype Uranus to fight you, and turns into a big honking monster partway through the fight.
- Not Blood Siblings: To Alice.
- Power Floats: In her debut as Prototype Uranus.
- Redemption Demotion: In the first game, she was the Brainwashed and Crazy Final Boss, and the only character in the game to have two beast forms (justifiably so: a little girl usually doesn't make for a very strong opponent). In the second game onwards, she was saved and returned to normal, but at the cost of losing the ability to turn into the Prototype Uranus or the Chimera, instead only being able to turn into a Cat Girl.
- SNK Boss: In her debut, she had many of the same advantages as Uranus.
Debuting in Bloody Roar 2
Kenji Ogami/Bakuryu II (the Mole)
He was a child who grew up in an isolated village that worshipped an Earth God and remained almost entirely isolated from the urban cities. He had lost his parents at a young age and was adopted by Bakuryu to be trained with the intention of becoming his successor. As he grew up, he worked with Bakuryu and even earned his title while working as an assassin alongside his mentor for Tylon until its fall. When the original Bakuryu had died, the boy had been left in an amnesiac, near-vegetative state trapped in a ruined building, where Yugo found him, adopted him, and eventually named him "Kenji". While he grew up with Yugo, he was eventually kidnapped by Tylon and brainwashed to pick up his former life as Bakuryu once more until Yugo rescued him and the brotherly love they shared had made him revert to his more peaceful life as Kenji. Since then, he uses his skills to assist Yugo, while he also has occasional run-ins with Kohryu over mastery of Bakuryu's techniques. As an assassin, he is a cold, uncaring, vicious fighter who shared no emotions. While he still seems hesitant to express much emotions as Kenji, he is also more toned down as caring, wise, shy, and curious.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In his debut.
- Elemental Powers: Kenji's ninpo takes various forms, including:
- Fragile Speedster: He's extremely fast, but ties with Uriko for having the lowest stamina in the game. Which can potentially spell disaster against hard hitting opponents, like Yugo... who happens to be Kenji's end boss fight in Primal Fury.
- Lightning Bruiser: Of course, his Beast Mode is hard-hitting and fast. Unlike combo-based characters, Bakuryu's Beast Mode has plenty of high-damage one-off attacks, making him rather easy to use (though still fragile).
- Happily Adopted: with Yugo.
- Legacy Character: The mantle of Bakuryu. It first belonged to Badass Grandpa Old Master assassin Ryozo Kato, before being passed on to his apprentice, Kenji Ogami.
- Ninja: Kenji not only dresses the part, he's got the moves and the usual tropes associated with it.
- Ninja Log: Invoked when he teleports and during his second Victory Pose.
- Ninja Run: Kenji's run animation is a textbook example (see the page image of the related trope).
- Smoke Out: Via smokebombs.
- Teleport Spam: In addition to being able to teleport freely around the ring - he also teleports during his command throw (striking front and back), and it gets taken Up to Eleven, during his "Magic Spear" beast drive.
- Professional Killer: Kenji was another of Tylon's assassins, until Yugo found him among the ruins of the Tylon building and gave him a new life as his adopted brother.
- Scarf of Asskicking: It's over 3 ft. long!
- Schmuck Bait: Invoked by his Flying Line Drop, wherein he creates a body double, which disappears. If the victim falls for it, they're left temporarily immobilized as the real Kenji strikes from above.
- Ship Tease: With Uriko. Oddly enough, their relationship is slightly more stable than Yugo and Alice's Slap-Slap-Kiss dynamics.
- Spinning Piledriver: Both his Shadow Moon Drop, and the finisher of his "Magic Spear" beast drive, which begins with an explosion of leaves.
- Wall Run: Strangely enough, he doesn't need to be near a wall, he uses the edges of the screen.
- Weak, but Skilled: What he lacks in striking power is more than made up for with technique, cleverness, and misdirection. Kenji also has one of the most complex movesets in the game, requiring a fair amount of finesse to play properly.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: In his debut.
Steven 'Stun' Goldberg (the Insect)
Voiced by: Toru Okawa
Originally one of Tylon's top researchers, he was a friend and rival to Busuzima and believed that his research would be used to save lives. However, when he learned of the true intentions behind Tylon, he was captured and used as Busuzima's experiment to create a man-made zoanthrope. This experiment had made him a unique case of becoming an insect-based beast, but it was also due to this that his body became so unstable that he was mutated beyond recognition, and he was plagued with constant searing pain unless given a special stabilizer only Busuzima could supply. Since then, he has sought out a way to try to gain back his humanity. He also has a bitter hatred for both Busuzima and the whole of Tylon. In Primal Fury, Stun had died when his body had been almost entirely destroyed by the aftereffects of the experiments, but Tylon had used the remains of his undamaged cells to create a clone of him (which did not go well). In 4, however, Stun came back to life.
- Blessed with Suck - He may have an awesome tank of a beast form, but with constant never-ending pain, a horribly mutated body, and an inevitable fate of being slowly and surely destroyed from the inside out...
- Came Back Wrong - his clone in Primal Fury and Extreme.
- Thankfully, in Bloody Roar 4, the clone calmed down considerably.
- Eldritch Abomination - His human form constantly degrades itself to a point he must nearly use his entire body up, due to the instability of his insect form.
- It's Personal: Stun REALLY hates Buszima for what he's done to him and enters the tournament for the sole pupose of getting revenge.
- Moveset Clone - Of Mitsuko. In fact, both Stun and Jenny below recycles moves from BR 1 characters.
- One-Man Army - In his ending from Primal Fury, he tanks machine gun fire from King Orion's guards, then proceeds to mow down all of them. The expression on King Orion's face sums it up.
- Retcon: His ending in Bloody Roar 2 had him become a vigilante where he'd absorb the blood of criminals as a suitable substitute to sustain his living. Sadly, this is not mentioned in the third game...
- In the beginning of Primal Fury and Extreme, his body deteriorated beyond repair, to a point he had to be cloned from his remains instead of revived. Even then, the clone had 30% of Stun's body and brain cells, and thus can't remember a thing Stun could, can't function, and was only focused on destroying everything. By 4, the (very much alive and well) real Stun appeared, complete with a fairly normal and audible voice (previous games had his voice inhumanely distorted due to his vocal cords also being deteriorated). No effort would be made to explain why this is so or what happened to the clone from Primal Fury and Extreme.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: His clone.
- Wrestler in All of Us: For some reason, he knows many wrestling moves, and fills the role as the grappling character. Sharing the surname with a certain famous wrestler at the time probably had something to do with it.
Jane/Jannu/Jeanne 'Shina/Marvel' Gado (the Leopard)
Voiced by: Atsuko Tanaka (4)
She was orphaned during the war and found by Gado, where she was adopted as his own and named "Shina". Influenced by Gado's role as a powerful mercenary, she had demonstrated her incredible capabilities in battle by single-handedly taking out an entire platoon's worth when she was 13, earning her the nickname from fellow mercenaries as "Fighting Marvel". Gado had not wanted her to follow in his footsteps and tried to distance himself from her when called for duty to give her a chance at a normal life, but she grew up to become a mercenary instead to fight alongside him. She fights against the ZLF, a group who lives and breathes of vicious terroism, but when her own group had sent her out to find the Tabula with less than honorable intents on how to use the power it held, she disobeyed orders and went AWOL. She temporarily lived a quiet life in an isolated house lined with old land mines, but was reinstated in the military again by 4. She is a tomboy and can be very aggressive and stubborn in her actions, especially in regards to leaping into the front lines while ignoring warnings of its dangers, although deep down (as rarely as she shows it), she can go soft and be gentle.
- Amazonian Beauty: She has the second tallest, most athletic build of the female cast and she happens to be French.
- Badass: Like father, like daughter.
- Bare Your Midriff: Featured as part of her default costume in BR2, and her alternate costume in Primal Fury.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Since Primal Fury/Extreme onwards (her skin varied from tan to light beforehand).
- Distaff Counterpart: In terms of both personality and fighting style, she is this to her father Gado, sharing many of his most hard-hitting moves while adding a faster, more acrobatic twist. They also share many animations and both transform into large cats of the Panthera genus.
- Girliness Upgrade: In her debut, she was a shining example of a tomboy. By Primal Fury, she's become much more feminine overall, down to painting her nails (but still tomboyish).
- Hired Guns: She's a mercenary, like her adopted father. Likewise, she's made quite a reputation for herself.
- Jumped at the Call: She could have had a more quiet, ordinary life like Gado wanted her to, but she chose to become a mercenary instead.
- Seemingly averted in Bloody Roar 4, as she doesn't make an appearance and is implied to be hurt based on Gado's dialogue. However, she is unlockable in that game, though Gado's concerns are not unwarranted.
- The Lad-ette : Certainly, though she gains more feminine personality traits throughout the series while still being tomboyish.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Averted. Shina has the most athletic build of the female cast and is hardest hitting of the bunch.
- Not Quite Dead: Jane was said to have been killed along with Cronos's mother in his background. Not so.
- One-Woman Army: According to her bio, she took down an entire platoon when she was 13, just because she was looking for Gado. The soldiers in her fathers unit said she was a Fighting Marvel.
- Only Known by Their Nickname - Depending on the region, she is either known by the name Gado gave her, Shina. Or, the nickname which her fellow mercenaries gave her, (Marvel).
- Panthera Awesome: Her beast form is the leopard.
- Red Baron: As a child, Shina was known as "Fighting Marvel" due to single-handedly obliterating a platoon of soldiers. (In the Japanese releases, she's exclusively addressed as such.)
- Samus Is a Girl: Before Primal Fury, had it not been for her (uncommonly mentioned) name as Jane/Jannu and her obvious breasts, Shina could easily passed for a guy.
- Schmuck Bait: Attack her when she initiates her Mad Trap beast drive... I dare you.
- Shorttank: Seen in most of her outfits, which are various types of military wear, or jeans and matching jackets.
- The Squadette: Was the only female in her mercenary unit.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Though she lightens up as the series progresses.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Did you know she has a third beast drive? The game's manual and the Official Guide doesn't tell you about it, but you'll be aware of it after the AI's used it on you a half dozen times, or so.
- Tomboyish Name: Shina.
Jenny Burtory (the Bat)
A top model of Europe by day and an international spy with many ties by night, Jenny's life is a complete mystery. Be it because the rumors that she's a vampire from Hungary are true or that she was a test subject of an experiment, she has stopped aging and is capable of accelerated healing. She is an expert in her line of work and thus is sought out by many clients. She is close friends of both Gado and Stun, and so she helped Gado gather information on the ZLF while dropping hints for Stun toward how he could perhaps regain his humanity. She is very confident in herself and carries a great air of sophistication in her, but is hard to discuss with, as she'll make sure to see things her way and not through anyone else's. Although snobbish and strict in fulfilling her orders and contracts, deep down she has no hesitation to fabricate things here and there to do the right thing rather than the directed thing.
- Ass Kicks You: Jenny has a move that begins with her grinding her heel on a crouching foe, and ends with her knocking her foe away with her rear.
- Combat Sadomasochist: She displays shades of this."You're sexy when you're in pain..."
- Combat Stilettos: High heeled thigh highs, to compliment her look.
- Femme Fatale: Beautiful, alluring, operates behind-the-scenes, and has a shady background. Jenny ticks all the boxes.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's classified as a bat, but her appearance is only partially so.
- Kick Chick: Nearly her entire moveset.
- Lady in Red: Ok, so it's more like hot pink, but close enough. Although her alternative costume is red.
- Meaningful Name: At least, if the rumors of her being a vampire are to be believed: when read in Japanese, her surname, Burtory, reads the same as Báthory. Incidentally, there is a French singer named Jenifer Bartoli, though she is probably too young for the character to be based on her.
- Moveset Clone: Of Fox. Of course, her more bat-like moves (such as her diving swoop) are original, but her forward Beast Drive combos are exactly the same as Fox's.
- Ms. Fanservice: In addition to suggestive dialog and winquotes, her beast form is semi-nude, she gainaxes quite a bit. Plus, you guessed it...
- Panty Shot: Short dresses, long legs, she kicks pretty highnote , which guarantees you'll see plenty of her unmentionables during gameplay.
- She's Got Legs: Her legs are very long and almost completely uncovered. She puts them to good use.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's 5 feet 7 inches in height, which is tall for a female, and she has been the tallest female character in every game she's playable in. It also helps that she's a model in addition to being a spy and that her kicks have the most range out of anyone in the game.
- Stripperific: Her costumes and the thigh-highs she wears invoke the look a classic street walker. While in beast form borders on full frontal nudity, save for a few conveniently placed fur patches.
- Series Mascot: Although Yugo is actually the mascot series-wise, Jenny recently became a mascot as far as being featured in the front cover for Bloody Roar 3 & Primal Fury/Extreme until 4 (which focused on Nagi and had the other new characters). Averted in Japanese releases, where Yugo retains prominence on the front covers, until 4.
- Our Vampires Are Different: A British spy/model and the resident Femme Fatale whose beast form is a Fanservice humanoid bat.
- Will They or Won't They?: As noted in Gado's section, the series subtly implies she and Gado may have more than a working class relationship.
Hajime Busuzima (the Chameleon)
Busuzima was a curious boy who had a morbid fascination with dissecting insects he caught to see their inner workings, growing frustrated whenever they stopped moving. He was raised by his grandmother, who pointed out that the insects stopped moving because they were dead, then later "stopped moving" herself. Afterwards, he grew up lonely and obsessed with the thought of immortality, and so joined Tylon as among their top researchers where he met and befriended Goldberg. While employed by Tylon, he conducted unorthodox experiments on himself to transform into a zoanthope, and also gleefully performed inhumane experiments on other subjects when ordered to. This rubbed Goldberg the wrong way when he realized the true nature of these experiments; Busuzima, enraged by Goldberg's attempted interference, experimented on him as well, causing Goldberg's transformation into Stun. He was also the one responsible for the creation of Shenlong, as well as the one who brainwashed Kenji to make him resume his former life as Bakuryu. He is also the founder of the ZLF, with the intent of making Shenlong his front man, until the group was torn apart and Shenlong disobeyed him in favor of having his own life. He's ...eccentric... to say the least, and he's also incredibly self-obsessed and devious. Although a genius and a dangerous scientist in his own right, he's also crude and alienates everyone around him.
- The Bad Guys Win: Averted. In all the endings you can unlock with him, he always loses anyway.
- Butt Monkey: Seen in the opening cinematic of Primal Fury when Yugo zips past him on the highway, causing him to lose control of his motorscooter and crash. Then he gets dinged on the nose by his own license plate.
- Also seen in his ending, where after seemingly defeating Stun and gloating, the latter stands up and knocks the wind out of him, with a punch to the gut. Ouch.
- Chameleon Camouflage: Given his beast form is a chameleon... yeah.
- Fan Disservice: Some of his moves, both idle and attacking. Such as pelvic thrusting, or sitting on his opponent's face... and cutting a fart.
- In beast form, his Super Tongue Lash lets him lick his opponent... "down there". We're unfortunately not kidding.
- Humiliation Conga: His ending in Bloody Roar 2 had him reign supreme... only for most of the cast to return to beat him up, reducing him into a mess of bruises and bumps.
- Bloody Roar 3 had him receive a, errr, probed.
- Bloody Roar 4 had him depressed due to not having any zoanthropes to experiment on, until he comes across a nine tailed fox (Mana) and decides he wants to experiment on her, only to run into Ryoho and decided to experiment on him, only to defeat him and find out that his dragon form is gone, so he turns his attention back to Mana... who proceeds to bite him on the ass for his trouble.
- Last Namebasis
- Mad Scientist: ...and good Lord, is that an understatement.
- Everything he does is For Science!! That, and getting the rest of the cast to recognize his genius and take him seriously for once. Yeah... not gonna happen.
- Overly Long Tongue: Oddly enough, keeps it in human form.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Can transform into a chameleon, and has antagonized pretty much the entire cast of the series.
- Say My Own Name: Several of his specials are named after himself and he'll beat. Them. In. To. You!
- Teleport Spam: Done during his "Busuzima Manadala" beast drive, wherein he repeatedly teleports and staggers his opponent by attacking front and back in succession.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: He has a third beast drive, good luck pulling it off since neither the manual, or the official guide tells you how to do it. But the computer can, and WILL.
- Villain Decay: He was a major threat in Bloody Roar 2. By the third game onward, he becomes more of a Lethal Joke Character at best.
Shenlong (the Tiger)A clone of Long made by Busuzima, he was made to become the leader of the ZLF, striking fear into the hearts of anyone who opposed him. He ruled with an iron fist and was considered the most dangerous and deadliest of all zoanthropes. However, when he looked back at his non-existant past, he questioned his identity as his own self and eventually dropped out of the group and from Busuzima's control in favor of finding his own life. To make himself his own person, he changed his appearance drastically from Long's and lived a more darker, urban life as a bouncer and a familiar face around bars. Due to having no past, he cares little for it or his ultimate fate, living a life where he kills people he hates, drinks with people he likes, and believes others to be fools for believing that there's a tomorrow waiting for them in the morning. Although cold, merciless, and bitter, he eventually adopts a much milder side, particularly showing faint hints of care for others and passion with the ones he drinks with.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: His beast form is a purple tiger. A PURPLE tiger.
- Arrogant Kungfu Guy: A stark contrast to Long.
- Bonus Boss: For the second game only. From BR3 onward, he's a regular member of the cast.
- Cloning Blues: When he faces Long, during their duel at the end of BR2, he has something akin to an emotional breakdown; having been jarred by the realization that he was his clone. By the next game, he was over it.
- Evil Twin: To Long, though there isn't much of a resemblance after the second game.
- Driven to Suicide: In his story mode ending of Bloody Roar 2, it's implied that he killed himself after having an emotional breakdown, his shadows insinuating that he disemboweled himself. Obviously, this isn't canon.
- Glass Cannon: Shenlong's speed and attack power are impressive, but he has poor stamina; which spells disaster if he starts eating counter damage.
- Mr. Fanservice: In part 3, where his default look has him wear an open jacket.
- Ki Attacks: Same as Long's.
- Panthera Awesome: He can transform into a tiger, like Long, but purple.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Especially in his debut.
- Skill Gate Character: Of the three "combo ring" characters, Shenlong is the easiest to pick up and play as since he only has a single combo ring to learn ("Snake"), whereas Long and Uriko each have two. Plus, his play style isn't as dependent on it as theirs are. The downside is, his combos leave huge openings, making them fairly easy to interrupt/punish; so long as you've mastered the game's evade mechanic.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: As of Primal Fury, where he's sometimes mistaken for Robert Garcia, by his fans.
- Tomato in the Mirror: As mentioned in the Cloning Blues entry above. From the next game onward, though..? Not a problem.
- Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: It's hard to catch, due to his attack speed, but Shenlong repeatedly stuns his opponent by stomping their foot during his combo ring. One of his finishers even has him stomp their foot twice before headbutting them.
Debuting in Bloody Roar 3
Kohryu (Development No. β-0389) (the Iron Mole)
Voiced by: Takeshi AonoWhen the original Bakuryu died, the remains of his liquified tissue were preserved by Tylon, even long after the company disbanded. YUN CHI Manufacturing Inc., a former department of Tylon, still remained active, and used the sample toward Project Iron Mole to create Kohryu, one of their trial robots. The trial went terribly, as while they programmed it with Bakuryu's battle data and infused the tissue to match his strength, Kohryu simply went out of their control and lashed out at everything it saw. It has no personality other than a cold, relentless pursuit against any zoanthrope it detects.
- Bonus Boss: From his debut onwards.
- Evil Twin: To the original Bakuryu, rather than Kenji.
- Killer Robot: Kohryu's a robotic clone of the original Bakuryu, and is the rival/enemy of his successor. As such, he comes with some of the standard bells and whistles.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Reversal Flowing Arrow has him burrow underground, then resurface directly beneath his opponent and launch a rapid fire missile barrage. If done while the beast gauge is full, it's one of the strongest beast drives in the game.
- Rocket Punch: Kohryu can fire his gauntlet, making him the only other character besides Uranus to have projectile attacks.
- Ninja: Same as Kenji, though he lacks any Elemental Powers, or the ability to Wall Run.
- Flash Step: Invoked during his Black Magic beast drive, where he moves side to side so quickly it creates the illusion of attacking from both sides at once!
- Ninja Log: Done using a steel construction girder instead.
- Ninja Run: Exactly the same as Kenji's.
- Teleport Spam: Like Kenji, he's able to freely teleport around the ring.
- No Ending - Thus far, he's never had an ending in any of his appearances.
- Ryu and Ken: Of the non-Shotoclone variety. Kohryu shares nearly the exact same moveset as Kenji, though the latter has additional moves such as elemental powers, the ability to Wall Run, and create a body double. None of which Kohryu has. Plus, their beast drives are distinct from one another.
Xion (the Unborn)A mysterious man, he was granted the power to be the sole user of the Tabula of a Thousand Beasts, a powerful relic sealed to prevent calamity from breaking free and gathering into one sole person. To fully harness its power, he had to defeat all of the zoanthropes marked with the XGC sign until he was the last left standing, and attempted to use this power to free the unborns from a distant dimension to be released into the world. This plan failed, and when he recovered, he realised he had been consumed and controlled by a dark presence and sought out a way to redeem himself. However, when the unborn returned and he recalled a night he had attacked Nagi under the unborn's influence for getting in his way, he was possessed again by the unborn to seek out and kill Gaia's dragon, Ryoho. When under the unborn's influence, he is cold, vicious, and will kill with little to no provocation whatever gets in his way. Outside of this, however, he is a much more quiet, confused man who broods.
- A God I Will Become: In his introductory arc, he fused with the Tabula Soul in an attempt to harness its power in hopes of becoming the most powerful zoanthrope of all. In the end, he learned the Tabula was merely using him to get to Uriko. Xion was defeated by Yugo, but still hasn't given up and continues to research various texts (seen inPrimal Fury's opening cutscene) to find ways to elevate his beast power.
- Ambiguous Alignment: It's unknown whether he's an Anti-Hero, or an Anti-Villain, or even what his reasons are for wanting to heighten his beast power. Though, his ending in Primal Fury strongly implies that Long may be the only one who does.
- Badass Longcoat
- The Bad Guys Win - Bloody Roar 4 ends with a subversion. He murders Ryoho while under the Unborn's influence, before Nagi comes along, Mana removes the Unborn from their subconsciousness, allowing the two of them to kill it, before passing out.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: While possessed by the Tabula Soul, in BR3. Yugo beat it out of him.
- Expy: Of Maximillion Pegasus. Xion is near identical in appearance, right down to his attire.
- Inverted with Dante from Devil May Cry. Despite the heavy similarities, Xion came first.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY - The pronounciation of his name is varies. The announcer in Primal Fury would pronounce it as "SHEE-ON", while 4 pronounces it as "ZEE-ON".
- Killed Off for Real - In Nagi's playthrough, she murders Xion, whose Unborn possession passes onto her.
- Superpowered Evil Side: His unborn side is sometimes seen in this light, being homicidal and ruthless, whereas Xion himself is calm and neutral.
- Unwitting Pawn: Xion fused with the Tabula Soul, hoping its power would make him the strongest zoanthrope of all, but it was only using him to lure out its intended host: Uriko. See: The Dreaded entry in her section.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: From the dialog he has with Long, at the end of Primal Fury, Long seems to view Xion in this light. Xion's response implies Long may be right.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Regardless whether he's evil, or misguided, one thing is certain: Xion is not Mr. Nice Guy (as seen in the link of preceding entry).
Uranus (the Chimera)
Voiced by: Donna BurkeThe result of an experiment Tylon created called Project Chimera. Designed to be the most powerful Zoanthrope in the world, she was created during their experimentation with Uriko. While Uriko eventually lost her ability to shift to her prototype form at will, Uranus retained the form indefinitely, in addition to being able to transform into a true chimera or powering up her human form further. She is an agressive sadist who takes pleasure in fighting and overall destruction, although it may be her way of coping with all she's been through.
- Bonus Boss: From her debut onwards.
- Chained by Fashion: Uranus wears a pair of broken manacles around her wrists, and one on the back of her hair. Which fans have used to support the theory that she's an escaped clone of Uriko.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Her 141 has her straddle crouching opponents as she pins them on the ground, then she makes a pelvic thrust while "pumping" lightning into their bodies. Yeah.
- BR4 gave her an HDM version of it as her hidden beast drive, where it goes WAY past "suggestive". Just look at the comments in the link.
- Evil Twin: Believed to be this to Uriko.
- I Shall Taunt You: "You call that your best shot?"
- Lightning Bruiser: A literal example, given the speed and power of her chimera form; not to mention all the lightning spam.
- No Ending: Since her debut onwards, she has yet to have an ending of her own.
- One-Winged Angel: As if her human form weren't already enough, her Chimera form is an absolute beast. She gains huge increases in reach, attack power, and stamina, while retaining all of her speed. All of her lightning and TK abilities gain massive AoE and she borrows several moves from some of the other characters.
- Power Floats: Clearly, she's above gravity.
- Shock and Awe: Prepare to shit sparks, 'cuz the majority of her attacks use lightning in some form; some which have AoE. In addition, the range and intensity of these attacks increase dramatically while she's in Chimera form.
- SNK Boss: As the series bonus boss character, she outclasses the majority of the cast in her human form alone, due to blinding speed, near instantaneous attack speed/recovery time, unfair priority, and equal parts teleport/lightning spam. It's even worse in Chimera form, where she becomes overpowered, and can raise her abilities beyond even this by going hyper beast. Is it any wonder she gets banned?
- Telekinesis: Her TK allows her to levitate, and can do the same to her opponent by seizing them, or merely pointing at them ('092'). It also allows her to teleport freely around the ring, and 1A0 "Ascension" projects a wave of psychic energy that has AoE, covering her on all sides.
- Teleport Spam: Moreso than Kenji and Kohryu. Not only can she teleport to various parts of the ring, she can 'fake it', or attack while teleporting, and even do it in mid-combo.
- The ultimate display of her ability is her "1B5 Baptism" beast drive, wherein she levitates herself and her opponent high into the air, envelopes them in a sphere of psychic energy, then teleports so quickly she appears to be in two places at once! By the time the victim hits the ground, she's already there; making it seem as if she never moved!
- The Dreaded: Both an in-universe and meta-example. According to her character bio, she's the most powerful being on the face of the planet. While, in terms of gameplay, Uranus is so broken that she was one of the first characters to ever be officially banned from competitive and tournament level play.
- Theme Naming: All of her attacks are numeric, occasionally followed by names.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Though hers is closer to turquoise.
Debuting in Bloody Roar Extreme/Primal Fury
Golan "Ganesha" Draphan (the Elephant)A trusted bodyguard to the zoanthrope kingdom, he is tasked as Cronos's right-hand man and thus shows a great deal of care for the prince. However, his opinions of the prince are conflicted with his opinions of his phoenix form, as he bore witness to Cronos's attack against his home village while in phoenix form, setting up his decision to defeat Cronos in the tournament to find a way to destroy the phoenix. Due to his role as Cronos's personal bodyguard, and his own prejudice of lesser folk and humans, he can come off as snotty and pompous to everyone, and only seems friendly to Cronos.
- Badass Beard
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Same as Cronos.
- Fighting Your Friend: This is what his battle with Cronos amounts to, in order to free him from his Phoenix form. It doesn't work.
- Informed Bigotry: Supposedly, he couldn't care less about humans, but he doesn't come across that way in-game; likely since he's only shown interacting with other zoanthropes.
- Implacable Man: Ganesha's hyper beast form grants him 'Super Armor', a passive support skill which grants immunity to stuns, staggering, and knockdowns. Nor can he be thrown, except with command throws or attack throws. In short, it makes him virtually unstoppable, which is why the AI will spam it as often as the beast meter will allow for it.
- Kick the Dog: In the Bloody Roar Extreme V-Jump Book, he fights off Yugo, and then slams his trunk at Fang who wasn't even trying to provoke him. This is more like Trunk-slamming the Dog (or Wolf or Canine if you prefer). This turned out to be unwise.
- Mighty Glacier: He's the slowest character in the game, but once he's in close quarters and starts landing throws and chain grapples... YIKES.
- Spinning Piledriver: Ganesh has one of the most complex versions of these ("Pashu Si Maasu"), since it can only be done at the end of an equally complex chain grapple sequence. And with his Amitorachakura beast drive, he vaults high into the air and drives his opponent into the ground with so much force it actually craters the ring!
- Stout Strength: He may look fat, but it's all muscle.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Ganesha's style is heavily dependent on grappling and his chain throw combinations, which are fairly complex due to their command inputs and because each requires precise timing. When exceuted properly, they're extremely punishing. Moreso, than Stun's.
Cronos Orma (the Penguin/Phoenix)Prince of the kingdom of zoanthropes, Cronos dislikes the constant feuds that occur between the humans and zoanthropes and sought out a way to unite the two races. He grew suspicious toward his father Orion's experiments, and equally so to the fact that nobody would tell him the truth regarding the deaths of his mother and his best friend Jane. His phoenix form and his rare ability to have two beast forms were of particularly high interest in this research, and so he himself also became an experiment, including wearing clothes equipped with sensors. Although he is kind, polite, and dedicated to protecting his people, he is also naive and chokeheld to following Orion despite knowing full well that it is a bad idea.
- A God Am I - sort of.
- An Ice Person - His penguin form utilizes ice-type moves.
- Dance Battler: Not only can Cronos kick your ass with no effort, but he does it while doing the tango!
- Dark-Skinned Blond
- Driven to Suicide - In his ending, when he confronts his father on the truth of the experiments, he had no hesitation to kill himself to avoid continuing the projects, but Orion stopped him.
- Dummied Out - He would have been in Bloody Roar 4, but in addition to complications between his differing beast forms and the game's new interface, a brief interview gave a passing mention that he "wasn't dark enough" to fit into the game's theme.
- Enemy Within - Somewhat implied between him and his phoenix form.
- Everything's Better with Penguins - combined with Lethal Joke Character
- Playing with Fire - His phoenix form.
- Pretty Boy: His appearance in the Bloody Roar Extreme V-Jump book has him appear as such. Mashiro (the character from the manga) is instantly charmed by him, much to Fang's annoyance.
- Self-Made Orphan - It's implied that he wiped out his entire home village and killed his mother, among others, while in his phoenix form (as he was unable to control it). However, it's either played straight or subverted, depending on if Uranus and his mother are the same person.
- SNK Boss
- Superpowered Evil Side - Cronos and his penguin form are rather passive, calm, and not entirely threatening. His phoenix form, however, is a pyromanic monster hell-bent on killing everything in a glorious blaze.
- Warrior Prince
- White Hair, Black Heart
Debuting in Bloody Roar 4
Nagi Kirishima (the Spurious)During the time Xion had been possessed by the unborn and trying to kill off other zoanthropes possessing the XGC mark, Nagi had passed by him, only to be mortally wounded trying to stop him. At this time, Gaia had copied the unborn and sealed the duplicate inside Nagi, allowing her to survive the attack. This power had otherwise remained dormant afterwards during the time Yugo and the others had disarmed Xion and freed him from the unborn's grasp. A year later, when Xion was possessed again and sought out Gaia's dragon, Ryoho, the spurious inside Nagi awakened again in response, prompting her to seek out Xion to find out why she had this power. Eventually, she herself was also possessed by the unborn, and depending on the ending, she either succeeded in the task Gaia intended for her (killing the unborn) or was used by the unborn to kill Gaia's dragon. She is playful, friendly, and good-hearted, but her spurious form is more vicious and lusts over blood.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Brainwashed and Crazy - While under the unborn's control.
- Captain Ersatz - In human form, she looks a wee bit like Kasumi.
- Dark Chick - Especially when a spurious and/or posessed by the unborn.
- Half-Human Hybrid - She's an incomplete version of an unborn. Incidentally, it's because of this fact that Uriko was renamed as a full-fledged "cat" to avoid confusion, despite the fact that Nagi was explicitly called a Spurious and not a Half-Beast.
- Mary Sue: She has received a lot of prominence in her debut game, being the first you'd see on the game box and promotional material, the introduction video, the roll call, and even the character select screen. Doesn't help that she is Ms. Fanservice incarnate, is by far one of the easiest characters to use in the series, and received almost as much plot importance as Ryoho & Mana. Plus there's also the fact that she and Yugo were apparently involved at some point (the only game he bothers to mention her), and has a part of Gaia in her. There is a reason why some Bloody Roar fans do not take kindly to her.
- Meaningful Name - the term "Spurious" refers to something fake, or otherwise used to class something inherently different, but technically alike to something. Although referred to more as "incomplete" than outright "fake", the latter is poked at by Xion.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Panty Shot - Her skirts are so short, it's inevitable. At least one cutscene blatantly focuses on it.
- Power Dyes Your Hair - Her hair changes from brown to red in her spurious form.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - When controlled by the unborn.
- Red Headed Heroine - In her spurious form.
- Remember the New Guy - Yugo and Nagi knew each other quite well, despite their relationship never being foreshadowed or mentioned until now.
- Show Some Leg - Skirt? What skirt? You call that a skirt?
- Stripperific - If you think her wardrobe isn't skimpy enough, wait until she rips parts of it as a spurious...
- Split Personality / Superpowered Evil Side - Nagi has a part of Gaia in her blood and goes crazy when she's under control of the unborn.
- Her spurious form may also count, as while Nagi is mostly playful and similar to Uriko in personality, her spurious side is shown to laugh at dicing up her foes and is very sadistic.
Reiji (the Crow)A member of a flock of crows who was a part of the Yatagarasu, the clan had passed on the ability to transform, but also sealed this ability until a member is judged as an adult. Reiji, who was an heir to one of the four clan's leaders, had his seal broken prematurely during the XGC mark incident and with it, used his powers to tear up the clan out of his destructive nature and bitterness against them. He fled from the temple of his clans and sought out powerful zoanthropes to challenge and kill, all the while avoiding the remaining Yatagarasu members pursuing him. He's very cocky, cruel, brash, and dangerous, and looks down at everyone as being weaker than him.
- The Bad Guys Win - His ending has him murdering Ryoho and arrogantly taking on the Yatagarasu who are pursing him, ready to demonstrate his power.
- Expy - He looks remarkably similar to Brian Fury from Tekken
- Self-Made Orphan - He killed his own father once he gained his powers.
- White Hair, Black Heart
Mana (the Ninetails)A young girl who was raised in a temple that believed in a religion that combined Buddhism and Shinto religions together. She was part of a group of ninetails zoanthropes who, alongside the Yatagarasu, had served as guardians and seal masters for Gaia's dragon. Her older sister had performed the last sealing of the dragon when it awoke after the Unborn attacked the temple, leading to her death. Mana then took over her sister's duties and joined Ryoho when he recovered (without any memory of the incident), ensuring that the dragon remains asleep and the seal intact while Ryoho, in turn, protects her from those who try to catch her for her powers as a Ninetails. When she felt the seal start to come loose, she tried to seek out other, more powerful zoanthropes who can challenge the dragon when she breaks the seal, and then weaken it enough for her to apply a new seal. Due to being young, her Ninetails form is an adolescent who resembles a normal fox with only one tail. She remains mature and true to her duties, but she's still a little girl at heart; she is naive, enjoys playing, and likes to eat cake.
- Anti-Frustration Feature - Despite being able to act independently with Ryoho, she never sucker punches the opponent and stays in front with Ryoho. She even becomes vulnerable in her beast form, so the player can prevent her from doing a beast drive. Inversely, skilled players will recharge her beast form (since it doesn't drain Ryoho's health), just to spam her beast drives.
- The Heavy - In most character playthroughs, she leads one of those characters to the temple where Ryoho is at, thus starting the path to the final boss.
- Ms. Exposition - She exists to mainly explain Ryoho's place in the story, much to the confusion of Bloody Roar fans.
- Support Party Member - She isn't playable, but rather teams up with Ryoho. When in her human form, she simply stands back. In her beast form, she fights independently, supporting Ryoho in his battle, and even has a beast drive, but can be knocked out of it.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
Ryoho (the Dragon)He belonged to a clan that combined Buddhism and Shinto religion together. This clan had protected and guarded his dragon form, and were in charge of sealing the dragon whenever it comes first. Ryoho is the vessel of the dragon, and although he is aware of its presence, he rarely has memory of what happens whenever he takes on the dragon's form. During one incident that the dragon was released due to sensing the Unborn entering its temple, Ryoho had woken up to find a young girl named Mana from a clan of Ninetails. He grew close to the girl and protected her while she secretly did the same for him, and struggles whenever he senses the unborn or his seal coming loose. He's very serious and intimidating, but he is quite compassionate, gentle (particularly to Mana), and strong-willed in battle. He respects his opponents as well, challenging them as a human before unleashing the dragon on them.
- A God Am I - or at least The Dragon of one.
- Awesome, but Impractical: Dragon Ryoho, who has a beast drive that can drain (if not out right empty) his opponent's life guage very quickly. The flip side is that it costs him huge chunks of his beast guage, and it can be easy to dodge too once the opponent catches on. It is completely possible to die while doing this.
- Badass Normal - To a degree. He does have a beast form, but because it is sealed away, he can only fight other zoanthropes in his human form exclusively (Mana substitutes for his beast form, and even she is just a fox with magical properties).
- Badass Beard
- Bald of Awesome
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Blessed with Suck - He can transform into a dragon as a Final Boss, but said dragon happens to be powerful enough to decimate the world, hence Mana's need to keep it sealed until a capable warrior (or Ryoho himself, depending on who you play as) can stop it. In some playthroughs, Ryoho won't even know there is a dragon in him!
- Enemy Within - Himself versus the dragon.
- Fake Difficulty - His dragon form has a few beast drives that can instantly kill you if they hit, while everything else that doesn't can break through your guard like a knife through butter.
- Killed Off for Real - Both Reiji and Xion's endings had the respective characters murder him after defeating the dragon.
- Large Ham - Easily the hammiest of the bunch when the situation calls for it. Just listen to how he grunts!
- Parental Substitute - He is a father figure to Mana.
- Playing with Fire - His dragon form can breathe fire in a beast drive and shoot fire balls as a special attack or an alternative beast drive.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning - When he loses control of his dragon transformation.
- Sealed Badass in a Can - Ryoho's dragon form is so powerful, it has to be sealed away.
- SNK Boss
- The Dragon
Debuting in Bloody Roar: The Fang
Fang (the Wolf), aka Yugat SkiyaniThe main protagonist of the manga, Fang detects the presence of other zoanthropes as well as a dark being who would be resurrected when four talismans would come together. He seeks out to prevent this union and befriends a zoanthrope girl he met named Machiro. He has the ability to deliver punches capable of breaking a zoanthrope's transformation and reverting them to human form. He shows traits more common in traditional lycanthropy in that he can sometimes expose fangs and claws. He, like Yugo, is also brave and daring, but a bit slow at times while showing a great deal of care for Machiro.
- Bad Ass: We first see him getting his head split open. Then he just walks it off and enters into beast mode to get straight to the ass kicking. He is also able to beat up thugs with just one hand, while carrying groceries in another.
- Chick Magnet: Fang has caught the interest of no less than four female characters.
- Eleventh Hour Super Power: Fang later learns how to initiate a beast drive before fighting Oagito. He then utilizes it after realizing the trouble Oagito has put Mashiro and Akino in. Unfortunately, even that's not enough.
- Expy: Word of God confirmed this is an intended case between him and Yugo. Even his name sounds similar.
- Guest Fighter: He was originally from the Japan-only manga and in Bloody Roar Extreme, both the Japanese version on Gamecube, and the Western releases on X-Box.
- Noble Wolf: Not just noble but heroic!
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Fang rarely mentions his real name.
- Sword of Plot Advancement: Fang later obtains the Wolf Gang gloves that can take anyone out of their beast forms with a punch.
Mashiro the rabbitA young school girl who hides her abilities as a zoanthrope. When she meets Fang, she helps him in the fight against other vagrant zoanthropes who were causing trouble in the area. She has a gentle personality and worries a lot for Fang's sake.
- Action Girl: Played with at first. She's not a particularly effective fighter on her own, but she eventually shows that she is capable of throwing down with Fang.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She warms up to Fang in later chapters to the point of being protective and having feelings for him. It becomes much more obvious in the chapter: The Dragon Tears - Romance with Yato of Seiryu. This trope ended up unintentionally costing her friendship with Akino.
- Funny enough, she ends up falling for Cronos the moment she lays her eyes on him.
- Expy: Of Alice. They even gave her a nurse outfit in the bonus pages of chapter 2. She even shares a similar back story, in which she becomes an experiment right before a Tylon scientist even had the chance to brainwash her.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Beating up Fang just so he realizes that he shouldn't go into battle alone, and hugs him for the trouble.
Akino the FelineA friend of Mashiro's and a fellow classmate who became the subject of experimentation in the hands of Hashiba.
- Action Girl: Played with. While she is capable of fighting, she's no where on Fang's level, or even Mashiro's.
- Expy: Of Uriko. She does assume a half-beast form just like Uriko.
- Face–Heel Turn: She turns on Mashiro thinking she abandoned her for Fang.
- Fantastic Drug: Akino starts taking pills provided by Hashiba to transform into her beast form. Unfortunately, it only allows her to transform half-way.
- Jerk Ass: Instead of simply leaving Mashiro alone after their falling out, she joins Hashiba, apparently supporting the idea of raising the God of Destruction, and she goes out of her way to indirectly antagonize her and Fang by convincing Shirakumo to join Hashiba's side and having him steal the relics they collected.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After receiving The Reason You Suck speech from Lion-Head, and seeing Mashiro protecting her from Oagito's attack, she breaks into tears, realizing how much of a jerk she's been to her.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: Akino starts to express regret over her treatment on Mashiro and going through with the plan of resurrecting Oagito.
- Petting Zoo People: Having to rely on a drug to transform results in her only being a half-beast, similar to Uriko.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She runs after Shirakumo gets mauled by Oagito.
HashibaA professor who teaches Mashiro's class. At first, he appears as calm, kind, and collective towards Mashiro. However, he soon reveals his true intentions to her before injecting her with a chemical to make her into a full zoanthrope for his to control. Weren't it for Fang, he would have succeeded too.
- A God Am I: Pretty much becomes one. See Oagito No Magami below.
- Big Bad: The central villain of the manga.
- Disney Death: Played with. He gets decked in the face and falls out of the top floor of a school building. His body is clearly shown and being dead. However, his body disappeared sometime after. Unsurprisingly, he is revealed in chapter 5 to have survived.
- I Am a Monster: Hashiba later reveals that he has experimented on himself and became a fox Zoanthrope, happily embracing his power. He even used Oagito's DNA for good measure.
- Kick the Dog: With his minions incapitated, he shoots Akino and Mashiro. Thankfully, only Akino's leg is affected, and Fang stopped the bullet meant for Mashiro with his arm.
Lion-HeadThe Zoanthrope that is always in his beast form. He shows up to support Fang and Michiro every now and then to provide exposition or assist in combat.
- The Atoner: Lion-Head worked for Tylon previously. He helps out Fang and Mashiro on occasion to make up for it. Sometimes assisting in combat, and sometimes passing on information.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a suit at all times.
- Expy: Of Gado, and arguably, Stun.
- The Heavy: He helps drive the plot of the last six chapters by providing Fang and Mashiro the back story, charging them with the quest to obtain the pieces of the Oagito, and even gave them two of the pieces to start with. He even rescued Mananiki and Momo to provide the duo some allies.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: He delivers one to Akino, finding her reasons to betray Mashiro quite petty, and telling her to give up on the pills.
Aoi the MermaidA woman who was attacked by a pair of thugs in Chapter 4, who then got rescued by Fang and quickly became friends.
- Foreshadowing: She likes to look at fish in their fish tanks.
- Heroic Sacrifice: See Rescue Romance below.
- Human Sacrifice: She is to be sacrificed to the fish God at her village.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: A Zoanthrope Mermaid no less.
- Rescue Romance: Its implied that she's fallen for Fang after being rescued. Subverted, as she decides to sacrifice herself to the fish god after admiring how important Mashiro is to Fang, and even passes down her hair-pin to Mashiro.
- The Reveal: She reveals herself as a mermaid in the end of chapter 4.
Shuou of SuzakuAn old man who is the keeper of the claws of Oagito. Initially, he is suspicious of Fang and Mashiro upon meeting with them, but later decides to help them obtain the claws.
- Bad Ass Grandpa: He is always ready to draw his sword the moment he detects trouble.
- Cool Old Guy: Quick and skilled with the sword.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He dispatches Kou Kou, and then sends himself, along with him into the lava near by. As SCXCR argued, "it looked like he didn't have to do that..."
- Passing the Torch: Before sacrificing himself, he declares Fang the new protector of the claws.
- Spoiler Title: The title of his debut chapter is called The Last Flight. Three guesses as to how it ends.
Kou Kou the BirdA bird Zoanthrope who attempts to kill Fang and Mashiro for trying to claim the claws of Oagito.
- Blood Knight: He is all too willing to kill anyone who wants to claim the claws, even if they have good intentions.
Yato of SeiryuA young woman who is the keeper of the tail of the Oagito who was antagonistic at Fang at first, but quickly welcomes him in her company. She's also a DRAGON ZOANTHROPE
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yato is not very effective in combat. Unless she becomes a dragon that is.
- Faux Action Girl: She defends herself with a sword, but gets knocked out rather quickly by Fang. Then her Dragon form comes out...
- Fan Disservice: Depending on how you feel about it, her beast form has clearly visible (albeit censored) breasts. Did we mention she is a dragon with boobs?
- Love at First Punch: Played with: she gets defeated rather easily by Fang, and she ends up falling for him.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Instead of fire, she shoots lasers!
- Passing the Torch: She was made protector of the tail at a young age conveniently before she unwittingly killed her parents. She does pass on the tail to Fang in the end.
- Power Incontinence: She isn't able to keep her beast mode in control.
- Self-Made Orphan: Completely unintentional.
Shirakumo the TigerA kind martial artists who runs a nursery school, which he had built after his father passed away. He is the keeper of the fangs of Oagito.
- Affably Evil: He runs a nursery, is kind to all children, always has a calm and positive demeanor, and turns out to be working for Hashiba.
- Bad Ass: He knocks Fang flat on his butt with a single punch. Even when knocked out of his beast form, he simply walks it off and decides to leave the injured Fang, casting doubt on his abilities for good measure.
- He's so Badass, he wills himself to live inside Oagito, pierces through his body as much as he could, and even makes himself the Oagito's weak point. That's right, with Fang's help, he kills a God!.
- Expy: Of Long, mostly in appearance, though they do share a similar back story as well.
- Friend to All Children: Shirakumo opened a nursery school just because he enjoys having children around.
- Hazy Feel Turn: It's hard to tell if he truly is malevolent, or if he just thought serving Hashiba was a great idea at the time. He does find out of his malevolent intentions and stands up to him after he fused with Oagito, but ends up getting eaten for his trouble.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After being eaten by Oagito, he comes back to life to crawl through Oagito's chest, and offers himself as his weak point, offering Fang to kill it by punching him really hard.
- Meaningful Name: More like meaningful title of his debut chapter. It's not made clear if he truly is a villain or is simply doing what he thinks is right. Akino did not help matters either.
- Passing the Torch: Unlike previous examples, Shirakumo never got along with his father, but he does wear the claws as a necklace.
- Punch Clock Villain: He isn't exactly evil, but he was convinced by Akino to join Hashiba's side.
- Secret Test of Character: He puts Fang and Mashiro through one by having them help at the nursery to see if they do have the right intentions.
Namaniki and Momo the MonkeysTwins who were former test subjects of Tylon who were rescued by Lion-Head. They were tasked with finding the pieces of the Oagito.
- Armor-Piercing Question: Namaniki insults Fang by questioning his combat abilities after his failed fight against Shirakumo, causing him to leave the room.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Namaniki is not receptive towards needing help at first and even mocks Fang. Mashiro slaps him silly for the insult.
- Foreshadowing: Momo is wearing a t-shirt that reads "monkey magic." Guess what their beast forms are.
- Half-Identical Twins: Aside from their clothes and mannerisms, they look almost exactly the same.
- Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Namaniki can be cold to Fang, but he does leap to his aid the moment he runs into trouble.
Oagito No MagamiThe God of Destruction who used to be a man who was too proud of his beast form to keep himself concealed. He eventually grew too powerful and had to be sealed away, and then split into five parts of his body. Those parts, when put together, resurrects him.
- Attack Its Weak Point: He doesn't have one! But Shirakumo is happy to create one for him!
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: When awaken, he's revealed to be a giant!
- Bigger Bad: Hashiba used himself as a vessel to become Oagito.
- Hero Killer: The first thing he does upon resurrection? He eats Shirakumo.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Lion-Head has been working to prevent his resurrection.