Characters / Epic Battle Fantasy

Main Characters

Matt

A long-haired Cool Sword-wielding warrior, and the primary male protagonist of the series. Willing to eat just about anything, and is more than a bit of an Idiot Hero, though he improves on that last part some in 4.

Natalie

Matt's red-headed, spell-casting partner, and the primary female protagonist of the series, until she's usurped in this role by Anna in 4. Tries to be the party's voice of reason, but she's ignored more often than not.
  • Action Girl: Since the day the first game came out.
  • Ascended Extra: According to the art gallery in the first game, Natalie first appeared as the White Mage in Attack of the Black Mages 5 (Matt's first flash using his current art style) and stuck around because he didn't feel like drawing more characters.
  • Brains and Brawn: The sensible, intelligent (usually) Brains to Matt's silly, ditzy (usually) Brawn.
  • Breast Expansion: In the third game, Natz's breasts increase in size when wearing the cowgirl armor.
  • Combat Medic: As outlined in Red Mage below.
  • D-Cup Distress: She feels the "Gag" in "Gag Boobs" is wearing thin.
    "Can you not talk about my breasts? It makes the men more retarded than usual."
  • Distressed Damsel: In Adventure Story.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Possibly with Anna. See "Ambiguously Bi / Ambiguously Gay" in her entry below.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Hilariously subverted and inverted in the third game. She clearly likes and respects animals and nature, but she attacks them with her teammates nonetheless and quickly makes exceptions to those that happen to be in the way, especially if she considers them "gross", such as slimes and bees.
    "Screw the rainforest!"
  • Gamer Chick: Two of her Idle Animations have her playing a Game Boy and a pink DS.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: With Matt, especially in the first two games.
  • In-Series Nickname: Natz. Originally it was a Fan Nickname, but the creator just went ahead with it as of the second game.
  • Mega Twintails: Upon wearing the pope hat.
  • Moral Myopia: She tries to be a Lawful Good Character by enforcing moral standards, but she quickly makes exceptions for the group and herself.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Although by the fourth game, she's painfully aware and isn't exactly flattered anymore.
  • Only Sane Woman: Possesses slightly more common sense than the others. Slightly.
  • Peek-a-Bangs
  • Plucky Girl: She's the only one who doesn't try to run away from Akron when the party finally comes face to face with him, effectively shaming Matt and Lance into fighting in the process. A game later, she's the only one who never considers running away and hiding in a cave instead of confronting Godcat.
  • Red Mage: Casts both offensive magic and defensive magic. Since she's the principal caster of the series, she does not appear to sacrifice anything to master both.
    • Black Mage: In 4, courtesy of modifications to her skill chart, Natalie no longer naturally learns healing spells (She'll still have one upon recruitment, but it's considered a shared skill and can be removed from her and given to any of the other PC's), and has lost a lot of her buff spells, but her nuking potential remains intact.
  • Squishy Wizard: The most fragile member of the team and the crappiest at attacking, but undeniably the strongest at magic.
  • Summon Magic: She has this in the first two games. In the fourth game, all party members share the same summons and Summon Points meter, and the strength of the summons is determined by the summoner's level, not stats, so her magic is irrelevant.
  • Technical Pacifist: She seems to see herself as one.
  • Weapon of Choice: Staves.
  • White Mage: Is more of a Red Mage, but can be played this way, and her outfit in the first game definitely has her looking like one.
  • Why Did It Have To Be Wasps and Spiders?!: Natz is creeped out by both wasps and spiders, and naturally has to face them both in Bullet Heaven 2. Including a Bonus Boss that is essentially a combination of spider and wasp.

Lance

The Big Bad of the second game, a well-meaning Neo-Nazi-esque warlord with enough More Dakka to make the U.S. army blush. After being defeated in battle by Matt and Natz, he turns out to be not such a bad person after all, and is a playable character in 3, 4, and Bullet Heaven.
  • Big Bad: Of the second game.
  • BFG: The equippable part of his weapon.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's constantly this to Natalie.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or re-friendship.
  • Friendly Sniper: Has a useful Snipe ability to take out high-evasion enemies. Several of his equips also boost his accuracy even further.
  • Gun Nut: Like Matt and his swords, Lance likes his guns. A lot.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Lance is pretty much the team's "do anything" guy. He has respectable damage output on both the physical and magical fronts, an array of support abilities, and middle-of-the-road defenses on both sides.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Steals just as often as Matt does.
  • The Lancer: To Matt, sort of...
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Uses a revolver gunblade.
  • More Dakka: One of his abilities has his Valkyrie tank spray its machine guns.
  • No Swastikas: Played with. His iconic military outfit initially had a "swastika" on it to invoke Putting on the Reich, but it's a reversed one that's a peace symbol in Hindu. Later on when his outfit can be unlocked again, it's an Iron Cross instead.
  • Nuke 'em: One of the tank parts in 2 is a nuke. He then gets a nuke for a Limit Break in 3 and 4 (and it's expected to use this on low level enemies close to maximum level for one of the damage medals).
  • Putting on the Reich: His iconic outfit in the second game that can be reacquired late in the third game and is his starting outfit in 4.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Justifies his constant petty theft as necessary resource-acquisition. Matt just steals because he wants the shiny objects.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: His Weapon of Choice is a gunblade with a revolver built into the handle.
  • Support Party Member: He's capable of devastating damage himself, though several of his abilities are supportive (like Medipack). The official guide by the author recommends making Matt and Natalie the main damage-dealers.
  • Token (ex?)Evil Teammate.
  • Tank Goodness: His tank, Valkyrie. Comes with machine guns, a main cannon, spikes on the front, drills and other weapons including a nuke.
  • Wave Motion Gun: His Smart Bomb attack in Bullet Heaven.
  • Weapon of Choice: A kinda-sorta gun sword. With magical bullets.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He was supposedly this in the second game, claiming to want to save the world by destroying it, or something similar. The rest of the party accept this.
    • To clarify, the partial destruction of the world due to events in the first game left everyone in chaos. Lance wanted to bring peace and order by basically eliminating all traces of a previous world government, taking over, and getting rid of any possible competition or obstacles via force if necessary. He is extremely extremist, but ultimately well-intentioned. The fact that he was so Easily Forgiven may have been a bit of a parody of Defeat Means Friendship. It certainly seemed like one.
    • This is symbolized by the fact that the Swastika on his arm is actually inverted, turning it into an oriental good-luck symbol.

Anna

The Protagonist of the fourth game, a no-nonsense Forest Ranger of sorts who sets out to track down the other three protagonists after the Mineral Macguffin in her hometown is stolen.

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  • Breakout Character: He becomes more prominent with each passing game, going from one summon out of many to a full-fledged character in his own right.
  • Cute Kitten
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a cat with no visible limbs (which doesn't stop him from wielding a sword and shield).
  • Invisible Anatomy
  • Last of His Kind: According to one of the minigames, he's the last of his tribe (there's still an entire kingdom of cats left, but they want both him and the heroes dead). By the end of EBF 4, he becomes the last of his kind in the world, since the other cats leave with Godcat to find a new home of their own.
    • And then the first level of Bullet Heaven 2 brings back even more cats to shoot down.
  • Promoted to Playable: Will be a full-fledged party member in EBF 5, having been a mere summon in the previous games.
  • Team Pet
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's been doing so throughout the games.

Antagonists

Akron

The Antagonist of Epic Battle Fantasy 4, Godcat

  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: After you beat her, she travels into outer-space with her cat followers to create a perfect world for cats, free of her past mistakes.
  • Big Bad: Of 4, and arguably of Bullet Heaven, too. Quite possibly of the entire series as well, considering she created previous Big Bad Akron to be her Dragon.
  • Cats Are Mean
  • Clipped Wing Angel: The Creator and the Destroyer look intimidating, but they are absolutely nothing compared to the base forms of the Godcat. This seems to be a case where the boss is Willfully Weak.
  • Dark Is Evil AND Light Is Not Good
  • Dual Boss: You eventually fight both of her forms SIMULTANEOUSLY during the final battle.
  • Final Boss
  • Flunky Boss
  • Eldritch Abomination: Definitely toned down a few levels from Akron, but it's still very much there. Hell, that she MADE Akron is proof enough of this trope.
  • Final Boss Preview: Both the light and dark aspects of (the mindless and not-yet fully revived) Godcat will separately ambush you in 4. It's impossible to kill her during this encounter, as her stats are insanely high and she avoids all of your attacks. You can only stick it out for a little bit as she kills off your party members, and revive whoever drops, because if you survive long enough she'll depart and summon two ice crystal enemies which can be killed.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: If it wasn't made apparent that the party has no hope in hell of actually killing Godcat, let's look at a snippet of her scan values for Normal difficulty: both her Creator and Destructor forms have well over 570k HP when fought separately, and total a little over 760k HP total when fought together, meaning you have to do over 1.33 million HP worth of damage in all to beat her. An incredible feat in and of itself. But remember: this is for their alternate forms. The HP of a single Godcat aspect in its light form? 5.3 MILLION. Again, this is for one aspect of Godcat (they both have the same HP), and again, this is on Normal. Yeah, killing her off for good is not happening.
    • Trying to kill her is such a hopeless affair that she has no death animation and no contingency by the game in the event this were to happen. Therefore, if you do kill her (only possible with the aid of hacking), the game simply freezes. Makes sense, since you've just murdered The Maker.
  • God Is Evil/God and Satan Are Both Jerks: As if the name wasn't enough to tip the player off, she's the creator of the EBF world.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Humanity as a whole. They were made to be an opposing force for her cats to compete against and subsequently conquer, developing the necessary traits of strength, wisdom and courage to run their own world. Godcat was less than pleased when humanity rose to power instead.
  • Heel Realization: After the protagonists demonstrate humanity's determination in the face of impossible odds, she realizes that humans are worthy rulers of the planet she had intended for cats. She also resolves to be a better mother to her feline children, and flies off with the kittens who summoned her to start again on another world.
  • Jerkass Gods
  • Limit Break: On higher difficulties, the Creator and Destroyer forms can use the Absolute Zero and Supernova Limit Breaks respectively when low on health.
  • Literal Split Personality
  • Marathon Boss: Ohhhhhhhh yeah. The final battle with her consists of no less than four forms and SIX phases. During the sixth phase you even have to fight BOTH of their larger forms AT THE SAME TIME.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: After learning of the cats becoming allies of man, she decided to kill off all her cat creations...or at least try to. The ones that managed to survive had their arms and legs taken. (Or so the legend goes) Her main goal after being revived is to destroy humanity.
    • Her boss banter reveals that she created humanity as a slave race to serve her chosen creations, the cats. According to Godcat, cats eventually became dependent on their human slaves, and humanity grew stronger than catkind; she destroyed cat civilization and took their limbs because she was "disappointed" in her children. After being summoned at the end of the game she plans on destroying humanity, believing them to be a mistake.
  • Physical God: Yup.
  • Restored My Faith in Humanity: After the party's demonstration of their strength and will to live in the final battle, she reasons that humanity had earned its place in the world she made.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She spends most of 4 dead, waiting to be revived.
  • Sequential Boss: First the Creator, then the Destroyer, then both at once. Fortunately, you get breather waves between forms to prepare for the next.
  • Walking Spoiler: Look upon the spoiler tags and beware.
  • We Will Meet Again: Subverted since the heroes are far from being capable of killing her. She lets them go, being impressed by their tenacity and realizing that she has not been a good mother to her cats.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Has both a light and dark form, both capable of existing in the same place at the same time.

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