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Voiced by: Beng Spies
"Newsflash, big guy: you can wax on, wax off all you like. I'm still kicking your ass."The player character of God Hand, Gene is a 23-year-old smart-ass drifter who really likes beating people up, and firmly believes that he has a "macho" exterior. However, he earnestly has a strong sense of justice and upon witnessing a young woman being attacked by a gang of demons, immediately runs in to save her. Things don't go quite as planned, and Gene ends up getting his own right arm hacked off. The woman, named Olivia, shows her gratitude by replacing it with one of the legendary God Hands. With this new power, Gene is now fully capable of going toe-to-toe with even the most powerful of demons... but he is also obligated to rescue those under the yoke of Demonkind. And if he doesn't, Olivia will take the God Hand back with her Hatchet!Associated tropes:
- Adaptation Dye-Job/Depending on the Artist: The concept artwork has Gene's hair as white, but in the actual game itself, his hair is more of a dirty brown-brunette.
- Bruce Lee Clone: Several of his mannerisms, particularly his pose after Dragon Kick, are reminiscent of the Dragon himself. He also has a flying kick in his repertoire.
- Combat Pragmatist: He's one, and you better become one while controlling him. He can throw stuff, use wooden beams and clubs, and a number of his moves involve nutshots.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: For the climactic battle with the Demon King Angra, Gene bears both God Hands. Angra has a habit of summoning the game's Demonic Spiders into his arena, which now are lucky to survive two hits.
- Expy: Of Kenshiro and Dante. He would eventually get an expy in the form of Nero from DMC4.
- Good Is Not Nice: There's no denying that Gene's got a good heart, but the guy really goes along with Olivia's orders so he can brawl with as many demons as he can.
- Holding Back the Phlebotinum/Willfully Weak: Keeps the full power of his God Hand under wraps with his Deistic Brace for the most part. By doing so, the effect is that much stronger when he actually does summon up the power of the God Hand.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As much as he denies it, he is undoubtedly concerned about Olivia's safety, and even comforts her after she relates her Dark and Troubled Past.
- Just as well, he bemoans Olivia when she informs him of citizens that need saving, but doesn't give a second thought to stopping demons he encounters harassing people.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Gene was just some penniless schmuck who happened to find Olivia being accosted by demons, and decided to play the hero so he could have an excuse to fight someone. One emergency transplant later, and he finds himself with the God Hand and things just roll on from there.
- Levitating Lotus Position: Two of his God Roulette moves have him regain health in a floating Lotus Position — Zen Revival and Enlightenment, which heal 30% and 100%, respectively.
- Limit Break: Gene's new appendage allows him to perform both of the most common varieties.
- Pointless Band-Aid: For some reason Gene has a band aid on his left cheek.
- Power of the God Hand: And indeed, god power keeps his pimp hand strong.
- Punched Across the Room/Home Run Hitter: A great deal of his techniques will send enemies flying, lesser Mooks especially. Dragon Kick is one of the more notable cases: not only does Gene actually Dragon Kick their ass into the Milky Way, but he sends them on a round trip to boot.
- Shoryuken: His Laughing Dragon Punch, usable once an enemy has been juggled high enough into the air.
- SNK Boss: Double God Hand Gene in the 51st arena match.
- Spontaneous Weapon Creation: Several of his God Roulette moves see Gene using phantasmic constructs, such as baseballs (Wild Pitch), bats (Home Run God), and even gigantic exploding hands (Shaolin Blast/Double Shaolin).
- Super Mode: Unleashing his God Hand by releasing his Deistic Brace, naturally.
- What Could Have Been: Was on the list for the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster, but didn't quite make the cut. Fellow Clover alum Amaterasu showed up in his stead. Was then considered for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, but didn't make it in again.
- He's in one of the cards in the Heroes and Heralds mode for the latter, at least. His card causes the opponent to "Level Down" and you to "Level Up" when you land a Snapback.
- Would Hit a Girl: Not to mention stomp and spank them.
Voiced by: Bettina BushThis young lady is actually one of the last surviving members of the clan that has guarded the Godhands for centuries. She barely escaped the massacre of said clan, entrusted with one of the God Hands by her father. She is saved by Gene when she's attacked by Bruce and Felix, and gives Gene the God Hand as a gift of "thanks" — because she now has someone to order around and stop the demons from overthrowing humanity. But if Gene has the right God Hand, where is the left one?Associated tropes:
- An Axe to Grind: Olivia carries around a hatchet.
- Ancient Order of Protectors: As mentioned above, she was a member of the local one. She managed to get the God Hand out of the ambush, but the other one was lost in the confusion.
- Ax-Crazy: To keep Gene in line.
- Bathing Beauty: At the beginning of Stage 6. When Gene walks in on her in such a state, Olivia merely presents him with a Roulette scroll she found (La Bomba 2), but the catch is that he has to rescue civilians enslaved by demons in the mountains as a favor, and if Gene doesn't comply, Olivia's more than happy to acquaint him with her good friend Mr. Hatchet. That she had in the tub.
- Good Is Not Nice: Olivia shares this with Gene. She is very willing to use the stick instead of the carrot, and threatens to take the God Hand back if Gene doesn't listen.
- Hammer Space: Her axe has an apartment there.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Just Spank Her: You'll probably be thinking "C'mon, Gene. You've got the God Hand now, are you gonna let some hatchet-wielding beach bunny boss you around?"
- "Kick Me" Prank: You can say it's thanks to her that the bad guys are throwing down on Gene. If she didn't slap that sign on his back, he could probably walk around unnoticed by most people. But then, we'd have no game, so...
- Manipulative Bitch: Sure, her motives are (mostly) altruistic, but it's hard to consider Olivia a Guile Heroine when she's clearly stringing along Gene with such rampant glee.
- Ms. Fanservice: To the extent of having lots of pics of her viewable in the pause screen for no apparent reason.
- Playboy Bunny: One of her outfits.
- Pretty in Mink: Her outfit is trimmed with white fur at the shoulders.
- Zettai Ryouiki: The boots version, Grade B.
The Four Devas
Voiced by: Daran Norris
"I don't trust dirty humans."He is the leader of the Four Devas. The oldest, most loyal servant of Angra, Belze is fond of holding meetings and wearing cheap suits. He wants nothing more than to resurrect his master and thinks of humans as mere filth. He doesn't like it when Shannon puts her feet on his precious table. He tends to sit on the sidelines while his underlings do all the dirty work for him, but what will he do when he himself is forced to battle Gene?Associated tropes:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Averted and defied. Gene never fights Belze's human form and it is pointed out that he has horrible taste in suits.
- Bad Boss: More like "no-nonsense boss", as he chews out Azel for badmouthing Elvis after he dies.
- Big Creepy Crawly: His demon form is basically a giant fly and shares many similarities with Beelzebub, the demonic "Lord of the Flies" in Judeo-Christian Lore. Even his name is remarkably similar. His comments about insects might have given this impression before, though.
- Bug Buzz: Naturally.
- Clipped Wing Angel: He transforms into a second form partway through his boss battle which has more attacks, but they're all easier to dodge than his old attacks, and it's prone to simply sitting still at random points during the fight.
- He's never fought in 'human' form, but his full-demon form may be this anyway; it's definitely the easiest fight with any of the Four Devas, despite being their leader and being fought near the end of the game.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Takes badly to Shannon and especially Azel mocking the death of Elvis, since he was a member of their group. Shannon can just about get away with it since she's also a demon, but the human Azel cracking wise about it is enough to make Belze blow his top.
- Evil Albino
- Fantastic Racism: Thinks all humans are inferior to demons.
- Hellish Pupils
- I Gave My Word: When Gene defeats him in his demon form, he follows through on his deal to say where Olivia was taken, though not without saying that Angra would be released to the world.
- Looks Like Orlok
- One-Winged Angel
- Purple Is the New Black
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
Azel, the Devil Hand
Voiced by: Sam Riegel
"In a world where only the strong survive, only the strongest of the strong rule."The newest member Belze's Four Devas and the possessor of the left God Hand, Azel chose to side with the demons to further his own goals. Azel is also human, which means he clashes with Belze often.Associated tropes:
- Bad Boss
- Cool Shades
- Evil Counterpart: Eeeeyup. Azel went for the demonic side, and is fighting for his own interests.
- Expy: He is a combination of Wesker and Leon (in terms of looks) and Vergil (in terms of ulterior motives).
- Face–Heel Turn: Azel was engaged to Olivia before slaughtering (almost) the entire God Hand Clan and making off with the left godhand. Whether or not he actually betrayed them or was planning an insurrection from the beginning is up to interpretation.
- Left-Handed Mirror: Ok, it's really his entire arm if you want to be technical.
- Les Collaborateurs: He is a human who works with the demons who are out to conquer the world and enslave humanity.
- Mirror Boss: The entire issue with fighting this guy is that he has the equivalent of Gene's powers and techniques. He can dodge like Gene, fight like Gene, and go super like him too.
- Power of the God Hand: To be expected of the main character's rival and Evil Counterpart.
- Power Limiter: Defied as another contrast to Gene. Perhaps his time spent with Olivia's clan and tenure with the Godhand itself gave Azel enough experience not to need one.
- The Social Darwinist: "In a world where only the strong survive, only the strongest of the strong rule."
- The Stoic/Not So Stoic
- Super Mode: Has this in the second fight; it's nearly identical to Gene's.
- Token Human: To the Four Devas.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In his second fight, he can activate his Super Mode, rendering him (among other things) Nigh Invulnerable, mostly due to suddenly having a perfect ability to dodge attacks... unless you throw the urns scattered around the arena at him, which he'll take on the face every time.
- There are also a couple of moves in Gene's repertoire that Azel is incapable of dodging or blocking, no matter what.
- You Have Failed Me: He kills Bruce, Felix, and Conchita after they fail to kill Gene a second time. Though they don't seem to know who he is, and mouth off to him, so he might have just killed them out of annoyance.
- Villainous Breakdown: After losing to Gene and getting possessed by Angra, he starts freaking out.
Voiced by: Susan Chesler
"Mortal men... so many uses. They can make such wonderful toys!"Shannon is the only female member of the Four Devas, who knows exactly what she wants. She doesn't care about the revival of Angra — only seeking pleasures, partying, and her own fancies at any cost. She owns several poison chihuahuas and very much would like to make Gene into her "pet." Elvis has a big crush on her. Gene just thinks she's an insane nympho.Associated tropes:
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Hard to say. On one hand, the look on her face and Shannon's tone of voice are genuine signs that she's shook up by the news of Elvis' death, but then she goes right ahead and mocks him for being weak enough to die in the first place. Was the saddened reaction a momentary Out-of-Character Moment or was she masking her true feelings on the matter?
- Bad Boss
- Baleful Polymorph: Capable of turning people into dogs.
- Dark Action Girl
- Dark Magical Girl: Has a staff that shoots hearts, uses magic to do interesting things to people, and is a demon.
- Dark Chick: The hedonistic, dominatrix variety, who doesn't care too much for the team's goals as long as she has her own fun.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Gene and Shannon's dialogue sounds like they just finished having sex after he defeats her the first time.Gene: "I always seem to exceed women's expectations."Shannon: "You certainly exceeded mine!"Gene: "Ah yes, another satisfied customer."
Shannon: *pant* *pant* "You are so amazing! Hrnnn... OH!"
- Also this, which happens before their second fight:
- Due to the Dead: Despite her attitude over his death, it's rather telling that she has a giant statue of Elvis being built in her territory.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. She is not a genius, but she isn't dumb either.
- Expy: Her demeanor strays pretty close to two other Capcom demonesses: Morrigan and Nevan.
- The Hedonist
- High Collar of Doom: Her outfit has a pretty big one.
- Horny Devils: Literally.
- Kick the Dog: She can do this to Gene if she turns him into a dog.
- Looks Like She Is Enjoying It/Combat Sadomasochist: Sometimes when hitting her, she shouts "HARDER!"
- Magic Staff: One that forms a heart at the tip, complete with an eye in the center.
- One-Winged Angel
- Purple Is the New Black
- Too Kinky to Torture: Oh yeah.
- Valley Girl
- The Vamp
- Villainous Harlequin
Voiced by: Jamieson Price
"This little huevón is the God Hand? Oh, that's rich!"This fat, heavy cigar-smoking, potty-mouthed member of the Four Devas has a huge crush on Shannon and likes to eat humans. Seeing as how he really likes Shannon, he tries to prove his worth to her by fighting Gene.Associated tropes:
- Acrofatic: He can dodge just as well as Gene can.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Mustache
- Bald of Evil
- Beard of Evil
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- The Big Guy: Easily the largest Deva in either form.
- Cigar Chomper: Never seen without his huge cigar. It's the same one, since he's on a budget.
- Cluster F-Bomb: By way of the Foreign Cuss Words.
- Fat Bastard
- Foreign Cuss Word: Often says things like "pendejo" (motherfucker), "a la mierda" (hell with it), and "cabrón" (bastard) around pretty much everyone.
- Friendly Enemy: With Gene.Gene: "You know, if you weren't a demon, we could have been friends."
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking
- Jerkass: Though he is the least jerkish out of all the Four Devas.
- Laughably Evil: Jesus, is he ever.
- Lightning Bruiser: In both human and demon forms, he hits like the tank he weighs as much as. This does not stop him from being faster than Gene.
- Magnificent Moustaches of Mexico
- Mad Love: To Shannon, as she always rejects Elvis's affections.
- Noble Demon: Does not seem to be all that evil for a lord amongst demons. He makes a point of punching two demons who were disrespecting a human body while throwing it in a grave.
Shannon: "Unbelievable. The first demon with a conscience."
- He is late to a meeting because he was helping an old man out with his arthritis, saying that the man wasn't worth eating because he had no meat on his bones, and "meat" that old is too tough anyway.
- As Shannon puts it:
- One-Winged Angel
- Second Face Smoke: One of his attacks, which obscures Gene's vision. He later upgrades it to cause a firestorm around him.
- Shout-Out: Often accompanied by an Elvis Presley reference.Belze: "Elvis has left the building."
- Smoking Is Cool: Cool and weaponized.
- To Serve Man: Constantly talks about how hungry he gets, and what humans he ate on the way to a meeting.
Angra / SATAN
Voiced by: Jamieson PriceA Fallen Angel, cast down into hell for his pride. The lord of all demons, Angra, filled with anger and hatred, raised an army of spirits and demons in a bid to take over the world of humans. Angra would have succeeded; however, a mysterious man with no name appeared and his arms were blessed with the holy power of God. He fought and defeated the demon army, before finally beating the crap out of and sealing Angra away, sending him back down to whence he came. The people he had saved, grateful for this brave savior, gave him the name of "God Hand." The man's arms, the God Hands, were then given to a clan that would protect them from evil, should they be needed again. In the present day, the Four Devas are working to revive Angra, and possibly capture the God Hands to ensure that nothing interferes.Associated tropes:
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
- Background Boss: A rare 3D variant. He's too huge to fit on the platform you fight on, instead hovering around the edge, so you can only attack his face, or his hands if he misses punching you. It's almost like fighting Giant Baby Bowser from Yoshi's Island.
- Big Bad
- Breath Weapon
- Clean Dub Name: He went from a well-known figure to a more obscure but no less worse one, but why else would he be SATAN in Japan and Demon King Angra everywhere else?
- Dark Is Evil
- Elemental Powers: Playing with Fire.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Eye Beams
- Flunky Boss: Summons those pesky demons periodically during your fight with him. And just to show how powerful Gene has gotten and how much more powerful Angra is, they have signifcantly less health and weaker attacks.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- Greater Scope Villain: For most of the game, it looks like Belze is pulling all the strings.
- Hand Blast
- Hellish Pupils
- Hijacked by Ganon: Hid in Azel's left arm, which acts as a catalyst to invade the human realm.
- Large and in Charge
- Mook Maker: He can summon demons from his mouth, but don't worry, by this point you're super powerful and they only take a few hits.
- Obviously Evil
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Throat Light
- SATAN/Satanic Archetype: Depending on the region.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In Japan, he is "SATAN," not "Satan."
The Three Evil Stooges
- Battle Boomerang: Bruce carries a giant boomerang.
- Bald of Evil: Bruce.
- Beard of Evil: Felix.
- Boomerang Comeback: If you attack Bruce after he throws his boomerang, this will happen to you at least once. And for extra added fun, it will manuever behind Gene if you try to side-dodge it.
- The Brute: Look at their photo and take a guess.
- Bullfight Boss: Felix. He even has bull horns and howls like one.
- Carry a Big Stick: Felix wear spiked maces over his hands.
- Dominatrix: Conchita. She may or may not have trained her partners, as Felix calls her "Madame Conchita".
- Dumb Muscle: Played completely straight with Felix. He struggles to form sentences more than three words long.
- Expy: Of the Dorombo Gang from Time Bokan.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: While a reoccurring threat that can kick Gene's teeth in if the player is careless, they do not actually get any stronger.
- It's Personal: Some time in the past, Bruce and Felix were harassing Olivia. Gene, pre-God Hand, tried to step in, only to get his arm cut off.
- Lame Comeback: Kind of a running gag, courtesy of Felix.
- Lean and Mean: Bruce.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: As above, Felix and Bruce are responsible for making Gene the God Hand.
- Power Fist: Felix has spiked steel balls for his hands.
- Shockwave Stomp: Felix.
- Terrible Trio
- Trio Boss: The first time they take on Gene, they have one member fight him at a time. The second time, two to three of them fight you at once.
- Whip It Good: Conchita.
- You Have Failed Me: Azel kills Bruce, Felix, and Conchita after they fail to kill Gene a second time.
- Although it's unclear if it's this trope, or if Azel just killed them because they were in his way, as they don't seem to know who he is.
Mr. Gold & Mr. Silver
Voiced by: Wally WingertGene runs into these... flamboyant twins early in Stage One. They apparently work for Elvis and will make passes at Gene during their battle.Associated tropes:
- Ass Kicks You: One of their attacks is to scoot towards you, ass-first.
- Battle Couple: It's unclear if they're actually a couple, but a few of their attacks are preceded by thrusting their pelvises in each others' direction, which strongly suggests they are at least lovers.
- Camp Gay: They speak in very feminine voices, they are prone to yelling "Here I come~!" before attacking, and their outfits include feathers. Not so much Camp Gay as Entire National Wildlife Preserve Gay.
- Combination Attack: They have two. For the first, one will hang from the other's shoulders and they spin uncontrollably around the arena. The other is an unblockable grab where one of them will throw Gene back and the other will spike him into onto the floor. That last one is also That One Attack, so don't get hit with it or else kiss your spine goodbye.
- Dual Boss: Further reinforcing their educational role in the game, they will show how fighting more than one man at a time is exponentially harder than a one-on-one.
- Hard Gay: Their outfits also include biker-esque attire.
- Manly Gay: They are also extremely talented fighters, and are seriously buff.
- Theme Naming: Not too hard to figure out.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: If you haven't realized that the game is Nintendo Hard yet, these guys will have no problem demonstrating it to you.
The Mad Midget Five
Voiced by: S. Scott BullockA group of sentai-themed little people all named after card suits (Joker/Diamond/Club/Spade/Hearts).Associated tropes:
- Affectionate Parody: Of Super Sentai.
- Asskicking Pose: They are prone to doing this.
- Ass Shove: Don't let them stay behind you for too long, they'll give you a big kancho For Massive Damage.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: They can fire them from the crests on their helmets.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: How they introduce themselves.
- "A hard gangsta, Diamond!"
- "You can find me at the Club!"
- "Have your pet neutered, or Spade!"
- Leitmotif: "Sunset Heroes".
- Recurring Boss: They show up twice. The second time, they have a few upgrades... which barely helps them at all, considering that Gene has also been getting stronger.
- Theme Naming: They are named after card suits, except their leader, who is named "Joker" (which still fits with the overall card theme, as Joker is the wild card).
- Wolf Pack Boss: There's five of them, and they are far more dangerous with at least four fighters than they are with three or less.
Gorilla MaskA gorilla in a luchador suit. The gorilla bit is also a costume.Associated tropes:
- Killer Gorilla
- Malevolent Masked Ape
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a Luchador Gorilla. Examining him after the fight reveals a zipper on the back, indicating there is at least one more layer; and then consider that demons in this game typically disguise themselves as humans...
- Power-Up Food: He sometimes does a dance to summon a weak enemy, who in turn, gives him a banana and runs off. You can take the banana before he eats it for health. Naturally, this will annoy him.
- Took a Level in Badass: Challenges Gene again as one of the four trials before he can reach Angra's altar. He now has some new moves, which are more dangerous since you're now facing him in a smaller room, and a groovy new costume.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Invoked. He's actually a luchador.
Voiced by: S. Scott BullockA highly paranoid telekinetic midget who picked the wrong game to appear in.Associated tropes:
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: An Invoked Trope. The guy himself has no idea what he's doing here, and Gene lampshades how much he doesn't fit in.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His primary attack is telekinetically throwing boulders around the room.
- Flunky Boss: Whistles to summon more mooks to aid him.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: In-Universe.
- Mind over Matter
- No Indoor Voice
- Psychic Powers
- Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Upon seeing you, he accuses you of coming to kill him, and attacks you. To progress the game, you have to kill him. What makes it this and not Properly Paranoid is that you only fight him in self-defense.
Voiced by: Daran NorrisMaster swordsman fond of sending his student after Gene and appearing through teleporting doors. Can clone himself.Associated tropes:
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Me's a Crowd: One of his most common tricks is separating into several clones of himself, with more clones appearing as his health gets lower. Fortunately, the clones only take a couple of hits to dispatch; unfortunately, their attacks are quite real and with the long reach and high damage Sensei is capable of putting out, an incautious player will get carved into dog food.
- Revenge: For Gene killing his student (several times).
- Samurai: Heavily implied.
Dr. IonA clunky old robot with a pet bird that is considered a prospective member of the Devas.Associated tropes:
- Achilles' Heel: His need to keep himself powered up.
- Gameplay-wise, Dr. Ion is incapable of blocking, so keeping pressure on makes his fight trivial.
- Ass Shove: When he's defeated for the first time, Dr. Ion attempts to crawl towards his charging seat. Gene takes a cut power cord, and promptly inserts it in the wrong port.
- Fifth Deva: If he defeats Gene, he gets a spot among the Devas. The other members consider him too weak to achieve either.
- Killer Robot: Blends with his (possibly) demonic nature.
- Nice Hat: The second time he shows up, he's wearing a new helmet made from his robot bird. Very snazzy.
- Shock and Awe: Most of his moves deal with him attempting to electrocute Gene.
- This Is a Drill: One of his attacks.
- The Voiceless: The robot crow that accompanies him for the first fight talks. All it says is some variation on "Die!".
Ravel & Debussy
Voiced by: Sam Riegel (Ravel), Fred Tatasciore (Debussy)"The rock duo from hell". Supposedly they sold their souls to the demons in order to gain great musical talent. Seems to not have worked so well in that sense, as they still suck as musicians. What these two got from the deal is being able to unleash powerful energy blasts from their instruments as they play. Ravel is the skinny guy who wields an electricity-shooting guitar. Debussy is the big guy who carries a drum set attached to his body, beatboxes, and sends shockwaves at Gene. They have another guitarist, but he's really just a skin swap of Ravel.Associated tropes:
- Bonus Boss: The second guitarist will only fight Gene if the player checks the bodies of Ravel and Debussy after defeating them.
- Dual Boss
- Face–Heel Turn: Like Azel, they are humans who sided with the demons for power.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Debussy. Variation in that the soundwaves come from his drum, not his voice.
- Metal Scream: Ravel's normal voice is perma-locked as this.
- Musical Assassins
- No Name Given: The second guitarist.
- The Power of Rock
- Shock and Awe: Ravel.
- Theme Naming: Named after a pair of classical composers.