Characters: Guilty Gear
The various characters of Guilty Gear will be listed here.Other characters can be found in these sheets:Captain Ersatz, Expy, "No Celebrities Were Harmed," Mythology Gags, Continuity Nods and Shout-Out references go here.
Before starting, these are the tropes which apply to almost everyone:
- Author Appeal: Daisuke Ishiwatari loves belts, although not to the ridiculous extremes like Nomura. The only ones to not have them in some way are Anji, Baiken, and Justice.
- Bounty Hunter: Everyone except Dizzy and Testament in GGX.
- Calling Your Attacks: Everybody except Dizzy calls their attacks.
- Catch Phrase: Lots of 'em.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes
- Improbable Weapon User
- Musical Theme Naming: With the exception of Baiken and Zato-1, all the characters and some of their attacks are named after rock artists and their music. Read them here.
- Random Power Ranking: The PWAB's risk ratings. These rankings are more of assessment of possible threat to PWAB than the character's actual fighting power, though said fighting ability is factored into their assessments.
- Rummage Sale Reject
- Too Many Belts: The number of belts in Sol's outfit alone can outnumber the belts in the whole cast of BlazBlue.
- Vague Age: Except for Dizzynote , Kliffnote , Solnote , Ericanote , and Maynote , we're left to guess the ages of the cast.
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Introduced in Guilty Gear: The Missing Link
Sol Badguy / Order-Sol
- "Don't cry; that makes me feel guilty. Leave... before I change my mind..."
Voiced by: Daisuke Ishiwatari (Battle Voice, GG-AC+), Hikaru Hanada (Drama CD & XX Story Voice), Joji Nakata (Overture, AC+ Story Voice, & Xrd, JP) / Troy Baker (Overture, EN)
The main character of the series. A lone bounty hunter who hunts down the Gears. He was formerly a member of the Sacred Knights of the Holy Order, of which his rival Ky Kiske was a part of note , but he grew dissatisfied and left the organization, taking the Fireseal sword with him.
He enters the first Sacred Knights tournament held by Testament, who was attempting to revive the Commander Gear Justice to destroy the world. Testament succeeds by taking his own life, but in the end Sol kills Justice and swears revenge against a person known only as "That Man," the creator of the Gears, and in the process reveals that he is, in fact, the prototype Gear, as well as one of the three original creators of the Gears in the first place. After that, he gets a lead on a new bounty for a recently discovered Commander Gear, Dizzy. He fights her and defeats her, but spares her life.
Later, he notices that I-No is causing some trouble amongst the other characters and searches for her, hoping she will lead him to That Man. After a brief fight, That Man appears and punishes I-No for disobeying him. Sol, in a rage, attacks That Man, but he easily counters Sol and escapes. And then, he continues chasing down I-No, only to end up caught in a trap set by her which whisks them both back to the year 2172 wherein Sol is forced to fight his past self due to I-no's meddling.
Depending on the ending and choices made, his past self will either die at the hands of I-no or survive to continue the timeline, which will cause both Sol and I-no to be transported back to the present. If Order-Sol dies, I-no escapes and leaves Sol writhing in agony as he begins to fade away, when That Man suddenly appears and tells him in cryptic terms that the whole "past self dies, present self ceases to exist" concept doesn't actually work that way. If Sol and I-no are returned to the present, then Sol will be transported back to the Holy Knight's Fortress where he will fight Ky in a climactic battle that, in the end, allows both of them to come to terms with one another as they part ways. Given their status in Overture, this is likely the more canon ending of the two.
Five years later, he's still a wanderer, but is now traveling with a young man named Sin, who is actually Ky's son born from a woman known only as The Maiden of the Grove, who has been confirmed to be Dizzy.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd, using a brand-new sword known as "Junkyard Dog Mk.III: Bullet Heaven", which might or might not be just a casing for the Fireseal. Hearing Ramlethal Valentine's declaration of war, he travels to Japan with Ky and Sin to confront her, making damn sure Ky's gonna pay him for the trouble. Knowing "That Man" will no doubt have some involvement in this situation, Sol also continues searching for him.
Tropes related with Sol Badguy
- The Aloner: Since Aria's already dead twice over (as a human and as Justice.) This lasts up until he meets Elphelt, who he doesn't trust at all, at first, with her "rescue" of him from a reborn Justice not making things better. He eventually manages to snap her back to herself and knock her out of her transformation, all because she reminded him of Aria. Though worried about losing someone as close to Aria as he'd ever get again, Sol vows to make sure that never happens again.
- Aloof Dad: If he's really Dizzy's father.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Sol uses his limiter to look human, but his real form is that of a monstrous-looking humanoid dragon.
- Art Evolution: Sol originally had reddish-brown eyes. Beginning from Accent Core his eyes became gold and were slitted to better distinguish his true nature as a Gear. He also had spikier hair as the series progressed.
- The Atoner: For creating the Gears in the first place. Also, the God of this trope.
- Author Avatar: Daisuke Ishiwatari voices him in-game, and he created the game in the first place (he has even referred to Sol as being his "alter ego")! Even the BlazBlue voice actors have taken to jokingly using Sol's name as an honorific ("Ishiwatari-badguy") for their music director and Ishiwatari cameos on BluRaji (BlazBlue's web radio show on Nico Nico Douga) as Sol.
- Awesome McCoolname: You'd need to be pretty Badass to go around calling yourself "Sol Badguy."
- Babysitter from Hell: The reason for Sin's low intellect is Sol's halfassed upbringing. Sin likes Sol better than his real father, though.
- Note that Sin has a chain around his neck and Sol drags him along in his bounty hunter trips with lots of dangers. Sin likes it, though.
- Badass: Arguably the game's biggest example, and that's saying something.
- Badass Armfold: His pose before fighting certain opponents like Dizzy, I-No, Justice and Slayer.
- Badass Army: Has a robotic one.
- Badass Back
- Badass Baritone: Especially his English voice in 'Xrd.
- Badass Bookworm: Possibly the Coolest Rated M for Manly Nerd in a fighting video game.
- Badass Grandpa: If the speculation regarding Dizzy's parentage is true, then he has a grandson in Sin, making him technically this trope.
- Battle Couple: With Justice, who was formerly Aria. Though it's quite obvious that they had already severed ties as Sol attempted to kill her more than once, before finally killing her in the first game...not that he enjoyed it, of course.
- One-Man Army: In the drama CDs he charges alone into a horde of Gears to rescue Ky. He was too late... but nevertheless he arrived there in one piece.
- Pop-Cultured Badass: His favourite band is Queen - his favourite album is "Sheer Heart Attack". It's implied he's a fan of rock music in general, as it is shown that he can play the guitar.
- Because Destiny Says So: Subverted because it's determined by That Man.
- Berserk Button: That Man.
- Bounty Hunter
- Brilliant but Lazy: Nearly every bio says he hates hard work. Plus, his fighting style is rough, wild and unpolished, and even then, Sol can barely be arsed to at least add precision to it. Hell he can't even be bothered to go very far beyond 50% of his full strength, even when fighting That Man.
- Byronic Hero: Fits the archetype like a glove.
- Calling Your Attacks: Everybody does this, but Sol is special in this respect because he can fake his Gun Flame, shouting "GUN-" before stopping. He even goes as far as to shout "Tricked you!" afterwards.
- Character Development: In Xrd, Sol [[spoiler: no longer wants to blindly kill That Man, but rather force answers out of him about their past together. He goes so far as to cooperate with him in order to save the world.[/spoiler]
- Close Range Combatant: Sol doesn't have a reliable projectile attack, so he has to get up close to deal sufficient damage against his opponents.
- Cursed with Awesome: He blames himself for the Gear-related calamities, even though he's the first and most powerful of all of them.
- Cynical Mentor: Becomes an exceptionally grumpy one for Sin.
- Dark Is Not Evil: In contrast to Ky's Light Is Good. He's wearing black and red and uses fire, and his personality is probably exactly what you expect.
- Hellfire: Most notable when he enters Dragon Install mode.
- Light Is Good/Light 'em Up: Surprisingly, in spite of his Dark Is Not Evil nature, he currently possesses the Outrage Senga (which makes up part of his Junkyard Dog MK III sword in Xrd), which is capable of channeling and amplifying light-based magic.
- Difficult but Awesome: While he isn't mechanically difficult in terms of most special mechanic-type characters, he's often lacking in more basic mixup tools (he does has his very rewarding command throw) so opening defenses with Sol isn't too easy. On the upside, he's very strong in terms of being able to get into your face, space you out with his normals, and/or land tons of damage conversions off of any hit for a good number of extended combos in many ways possible, depending on the installment (either from Dustloops or Clean Hit combos).
- Draconic Humanoid: His true form is that of a bipedal humanoid dragon with a crustacean-like exoskeleton, but having once been human, he wears a Power Limiter to retain his original human appearance. As of Overture and Xrd, his powers have grown to such an extent that the limiter no longer really works effectively, and his monstrous true form is revealed whenever he activates the Dragon Install.
- Eagleland: Sol remains as a rare case that in spite of being designed in a way that appealed American audience, and being American as well, he remains well liked even in the Japanese audience. He's a mixture between Type I and Type II, he's callous rough and rowdy, doesn't exemplify the friendliness of Americans, but he's also a bonafide Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Enemy Mine: Pulls this with That Man, of all people, to destroy The Cradle's impenetrable shield in Xrd.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flipping the Bird: Sol's taunt. His Respect is a thumbs-up.
- Gender-Blender Name: Sol is a girl's name in most parts of the world. This doesn't take anything away from him.
- Genius Bruiser: He's built like a football player and a peerless swordsman, but he also possesses a deep knowledge of both conventional technology and magic. He spends a good deal of Overture prattling off Magi Babble.
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: He does this to Sin by literally kicking him in the face.
- Good Is Not Nice: Big time. Getting a compliment from this guy is like pulling a dragon's teeth (pun intended).
- Guest Fighter: In the Korean MMO Lost Saga as a Premium class.
- Guttural Growler: In the dub of Xrd, he sounds almost like Steven Blum.
- Hair Color Dissonance: It's confusing, however, we can all agree that Sol is dak haired. To explain, easily, in some illustrations and his original sprite, he was depicted with black hair, XX era Sprites he has brown hair, in the illustrations too! Buuut, not quite, sometimes he has black hair, and sometimes not, and only that, his spiky hair is of variable length, at least his ponytail is intact and constant. Xrd has him having dark brown hair, so.... something in between.
- Healing Factor: In a trailer for Xrd, in a fight with Ky, a cut on his face heals immediately.
- Heroes Want Redheads: He and Aria, a.k.a. Justice.
- Hellish Pupils: Meant to distinguish his true nature as a Gear.
- Hidden Eyes: His sprite, due to his headband.
- Honorary Uncle: In Overture, Sin calls him "Oyaji", which translates to "old man" or "pops". This carries over into the English version too, where he's Sin's "old man".
- Hot Blade: His Fireseal; its heat makes up for its visible lack of sharpness.
- Bullet Heaven, his new weapon in Xrd, ventures a little more toward the absurd side of things, as it appears to be a massive flint wheel lighter.
- Humanoid Abomination: His true form is that of a humanoid dragon, and he Was Once a Man.
- Hunk: In contrast to Ky's Bishōnen.
- Hunter of His Own Kind
- I Am a Monster: Over the years, he's come to believe this. A big part of his Character Development in Xrd is getting over it.
- I Let You Win: Win quotes from other characters acknowledge that Sol is holding back tremendously.
- Improbable Weapon User: His weapon in Xrd is a sheath\sword\mace thingy that uses bullets, and has a motor.
- Irony: Sol stole the Fireseal upon resigning from the Holy Knights. Not only is he the creator of it and the other Jinki/Outrage weapons, but AC+ reveals that Kliff had planned on giving the sword to Sol as present anyway. As such, he didn't mind that Sol made off with it, although Kliff points out that the other Holy Knights would, especially Ky.
- Jack of All Stats: His gameplay, with Ky being his "Ryu" to Sol's "Ken". Sol is a very basic yet rewarding character that actually requires a lot more skill to put into effectively, all while being very well rounded. He's had tools added and lost here and there, but he's mainly someone who's meant to have match control in your face with his excellent normals and solid combo potential, either from his Dustloop (XX and Xrd) or his Clean Hit combos (Slash-to-AC+R).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He might be a dick, but he means well. Really.
- Lightning Bruiser: Sol is this compared to most other characters in the series. Despite Ky's well-roundedness, Chipp's, Millia's and Bridget's speed, Zato-1's massive damage, and Justice's and Potemkin's larger builds, Sol is the strongest, fastest and toughest person of the cast. Not to mention despite his basic and well-rounded scheme, he's one of the most damaging characters of the cast with his combos.
- In Xrd, Sol is shown to be fast enough to be able to outrun an ICBM, and strong enough to cling onto it with one arm.
- Luke, You Are My Father: It's heavily speculated that Sol might be Dizzy's father, who previously had sex with Aria before her transformation into Justice. Still a wild mass guess to this day.
- Meaningful Name: Sol is Latin for Sun. A nickname given to him by the historian Emparys D. Muraiv."His passion shone like the sun to illuminate my path, and so I wanted to bestow upon him a name that reflected that bright light. I hope he approves of it..."
- Messianic Archetype: Alluded to by That Man.
- Anti Anti Christ: What he actually is, being that he is a Gear, which are feared and hated by humanity as nothing more than living WMDs.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: His sword in Xrd, Junkyard Dog Mk III, actually encases his original sword, the Fireseal, consuming singular shells of ammo for an unknown purpose and revealing the Fireseal only for his Instant Kill, which causes the earth to erupt in flame. It's also worth noting that Sol created it by combining Fireseal with Senga, another one of the Outrage.
- The Mourning After: He remains deeply hurt over Aria after centuries.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: His moniker, Badguy, comes from authorities being unable to identify him. It's also yet another Shout-Out to a certain real life "Mr. Bad Guy".
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He was shot a couple of times in the drama CDs but stood up again after some time as if it was nothing. This becomes a plot point in Xrd, in which he is the only character capable of channeling enough raw power from The Backyard to destroy The Cradle's shield, as well as withstanding St Elmo's Fire and taking down the revived Justice.
- The Obi-Wan: To Sin.
- Official Couple: With Aria, a.k.a. Justice. They are listed specifically as "lovers." And then with Elphelt, who reminded him of Aria.
- Older Is Better
- One-Winged Angel: He transforms into his full Gear form in a boss fight against That Man in Overture.
- He also does so when using Dragon Install in Xrd.
- Our Dragons Are Different: It's his full Gear form.
- Parental Substitute: To Ky's son, Sin.
- Person of Mass Destruction: As a Gear, and further implied by That Man.
- The bright sparks over at Death Battle were able to calculate that Sol Badguy can unleash a destructive blast equivalent to roughly 85 gigatons of TNT, which, for the record, he used to utterly obliterate a Gear the size of Mount Everest. This means Sol is 200 times more powerful than the 9.0 earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, or alteratively, 1500 times more powerful than the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.
- Playing with Fire: His element.
- Power Limiter: His headband, which suppresses his Gear nature (and the mark on his head that would brand him as such) at the cost of much of his power. In Overture, it starts malfunctioning and has a few cracks in it, as That Man notes that Sol's powers are growing. By Xrd Sol has repaired it, but it can't suppress his power like it used to. Whenever Sol uses Dragon Install he's now forced to partially enter his gear form, whereas before he could use it and stay human.
- Properly Paranoid: For most of Xrd's story, his anger and contempt toward Elphelt are considered harsh and unreasonable by the other characters. At the very endgame, the revelation that she was an unwitting mole the entire time shows he wasn't entirely wrong. The fact that she looks a lot like Aria probably doesn't help things either.
- Rated M for Manly
- Really 100-Something Years Old: He was born in the 1980s, hence the whole Author Avatar thing, as Daisuke Ishiwatari is a confessed Queen fan.
- Red Baron: "The Guilty Gear" and "The Flame of Corruption."
- The latter was originally "Immoral Flame" according to the Majesco translation, before Aksys used it themselves.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Pre-Art Evolution.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Ky's Blue.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Dished out to a Brainwashed and Crazy Sin during Overture, although it's less a speech and more picking apart Sin's attempted Badass Boast piece by piece while totally whaling on him. Surprisingly, much of it is spent tossing respect in Ky's direction (for once), which only serves to piss Sin off even more.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Against That Man.
- Reverse Grip: Based on Freddie Mercury's way with a mic stand.
- The Rival: Ky Kiske.
- Screw Destiny:"Shut the hell up... I don't give two shits about your stupid theories. Doesn't matter if it's the present or the past... I'm me."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The manly man to Ky's sensitive guy.
- Ship Tease: The official artwork showed him with Ky in... interesting positions, pretty much escalating the whole Sol/Ky pairing.
- There's also all the official arts showing Sol with a half-naked Dizzy. It's rather gross if we go along with the theory that they're father and daughter.
- Shoryuken: His Volcanic Viper, and its prototype, Strom Viper (which is more of a twisting kick). His Volcanic Viper's well known for being one of the best types of anti-air specials in fighting game history due to its solid invincibility frames and great hitbox.
- Shotoclone: He's as basic as you can get, with a projectile (even though Gun Flame as of X doesn't go full screen barring his future EX versions), anti-air (Volcanic Viper) and a few expansion coverage moves. But unlike most Shotos, his damage potential is arguably very good if he's used right. This also becomes more interesting once you realize his moveset is actually a redux of Terry Bogard's.
- Short Hair with Tail
- Single-Stroke Battle: His old "All Guns Blazing" instant kill in Guilty Gear 1 is an odd version of this where, after kneeing the victim in the gut, he runs past them. After Sol bids the opponent a snide farewell, they are destroyed in a fiery wave that ends in a huge fiery explosion. Sol's GG form in Guilty Gear Petit 2 retained this IK and Order-Sol later inherited this IK in his EX form from Slash onward (As well as it being normal Order-Sol's IK if his GG Generations mode is set to GG.)
- Super Prototype Gear
- Super Mode: Sol's Dragon Install ability works like this. It's powerful even by Gear standards.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes
- Sword Drag: During Sol's Instant Kill in Xrd, he drags the sword and charges into his opponent, erupting the earth around him.
- Sword Plant: His trademark victory pose (where he just tosses it down onto the ground), as well as how he starts up his Instant Kill in Xrd.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: In contrast to Ky's blonde Bishōnen appearance.
- That Man Is Dead: He despises his past identity, which is why being called by his actual name, Frederick, is a real sore point for him.
- Theme Music Power-Up: In Xrd, when Sol activates Dragon Install, the background music changes to an extremely heavy metal theme, hence its new Fan Nickname "Metal Install".
- This Is a Drill: One of his servants in Overture. It helps that it's called The Drill.
- Title Drop: His ending in the first Guilty Gear game reveals that he is the eponymous "Guilty Gear", who turned against his kind for them being a bunch of jerkasses. (Though the backstory gets more complicated from there.)
- Tsundere: Cruel and grouchy as he is, he cares about his friends as much as any other protagonist. He just won't admit it. This is most prominent in Xrd.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Though not as bad as Order-Sol since his swordsmanship skills and use in Gear powers have improved, his fighting style is rather rough and unpolished compared to other characters, largely due to his Brilliant but Lazy attitude. He even lampshades in one of his winquotes in Xrd.Sol:Strategy? Spacing? I just keep punching until I hit something.
- Unwitting Pawn: To That Man. He's not aware that That Man is just as guilt-ridden as he is.
- Use Your Head: His throw. He grabs his opponent by the throat, taunts them, then headbutts them, sending them flying.
- Was Once a Man: He was once a Magitek scientist helping to invent the Gears, until he became one.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Not only does Sol suffer from this, it's a song from his favorite band.
- Wreathed in Flames: Sol doesn't need a sword to produce fire attacks. Several of his specials envelop him in flames, especially his Dragon Install in Xrd.
- You Remind Me of X: To Elphelt in regards to Aria near the end of Story Mode in Xrd.
Tropes related with Order-Sol
- BFS: His weapon. And it's made of a concrete slab.
- Call Back: EX Order-Sol in Slash up to AC Plus R is a call back to the first Guilty Gear's version of Sol. He has a full screen Gun Flame that can be performed with either S or HS, he has a running barge move he can do by hitting P while running (Much like how you could perform an automatic charge attack that launches the opponent just by running at them for a prolonged time,) his Tyrant Rave overdrive resembles GG 1 Sol's Overdrive (although EX OS's is simply the third part of Tyrant Rave Omega as opposed to GG 1 Sol's flame spiral Tyrant Rave) and he even gets a traditional functioning Instant Kill in the form of Sol's old GG 1 IK, All Guns Blazing. About the only thing he lacks is the original Dragon Install powerup. You can even complete the look by changing EX OS' Generations mode to "GG" for power charging and QTE Instant Kills.
- Charge Attack: The crux of his gameplay (aside of pure rushdown). Charging up improves the power and traits of his specials and overdrives. Although it leaves him vulnerable, Order-Sol can mitigate this with his ability to "Action Charge."
- Custom Uniform: Order-Sol seems to have replaced the standard white Holy Knight undershirt with tight, black sleeves, but other than that, it's standard issue, just with red trim.
- Jerkass: Whereas Sol, even in the first installment, generally tries to shrug off the various weirdos he meets and even with Ky only seems to screw with him a bit, Order Sol reacts to his opponents with barely checked hostility and contempt.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: His very Deadly Rave-esque Dragon Install Sakkai. Pulling it off in its entirety has the same effect as an Instant Kill.
- SNK Boss and Bonus Boss
- Unskilled, but Strong: Relative to his older self, at least. Order-Sol uses the same basic style of swordplay as Sol, only rougher and wilder, and, being younger and more inexperienced with his Gear abilities, his pyrokinesis has less finesse, being utilized in explosive bursts as opposed to Sol's more controlled streams. As such, he lacks a true projectile and many of his moves shared with regular Sol seem "incomplete" in comparison. Also, Order-Sol's Bandit Revolver Prototype looks much like Sol's Jumping Slash, and at level 3 it's followed up by Sol's "Jumping Dust" move. Note that those become Sol's normal moves.
- "Why must I make friends with the hated and make enemies of the respected?... It's times like these when I miss the days of the war. The days before I discovered the little space between good and evil..."
Sol's rival. A goody-two-shoes former Holy Knight who is now a high ranking officer of the International Police Force. Ky is a firm believer in God and justice at all times. This was bad early in the story since his scale of morality consisted exclusively of black and white without shades of grey. Fortunately, by the end of XX he dropped this naive view. His weapon is the Thunderseal, which allows him to manipulate electricity. Throughout the series he is on orders from the IPF to investigate the Gear phenomena that are occurring around the world. In XX he finds out about the Post-War Administration Bureau and decides to investigate into their agenda. He discovers that they are creating robot impersonators of himself and have a dastardly agenda regarding the Gears, especially Dizzy.
In his Accent Core + story, Ky continues to investigate the PWAB, noticing that others have started to take an interest in their agenda as well. Eventually, he reunites with Dizzy and stops her when she loses control of her power due to stress. Johnny thanks him and both of them team up, with Dizzy in tow, to fight Crow and his Justice clone.
This is the fork in the road for the two ending paths. If Ky decides to handle things alone, then he, Johnny, and Dizzy will come to an agreement that allows Dizzy to be placed in Ky's protective custody, allowing her to fulfill her dreams of learning about the world. This is likely the canon path with the story of Overture taken into consideration. However, if Ky lets Johnny settle his grudge with Crow, he will stray from the path and accidentally encounter A.B.A, defeating her before the base explodes. One month later, he continues his work, with even more burdens on his mind due to the connections between the Bureau and the IPF.
In Overture he is unwillingly "promoted" to the king of a country called Illyria by the United Nations, using his secret wife's wellbeing as an incentive to accept the position. He is unofficially married to a woman known only as "The Maiden of the Grove," who was confirmed to be Dizzy in the 10th Memorial Book, and is the father of Sin, with whom he has a shaky relationship. If all that wasn't stressful enough for him, when Dizzy had begun to fade from existence, Ky was forced to sacrifice his Thunderseal sword in order to save her. He wielded a different sword called "Aquila", which, while originally just for decoration, was modified by Ky to be usable in battle.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. Ky now sports a ponytail◊, which can be destroyed during battle, and no longer wears his King costume from Overture. In addition, he has an updated version of his sword, now called "Magnolia Eclair II", that better resembles his original Thunderseal, only this time it comes with a scabbard. Making good on the promise he made at the end of Overture, his declaration for peaceful co-existence between humans and Gears has made waves throughout the world, but the Senate is in heavy opposition, even going so far as to alter media details in order to smear his image and keep humanity's hatred of the Gears as it is. Hearing Ramlethal Valentine's announcement, he travels with Sol and Sin to Japan to confront her.
- Agent Peacock
- Always Save the Girl: In Overture, he won't let his love the Maiden of the Grove, a.k.a Dizzy die even if the universe is at stake.
- Ambiguously Human: Ky is fatally shot several times by Axus during the climax of Xrd and seemingly dies. Thinking it over Axus gives Ky credit for getting his kingdom to fall for his whole truth and justice. And just as he turns to leave Ky suddenly gets up. Heroic music begins as he makes a short speech of why his people truly believe in him and when he finally raises his head the music suddenly darkens considerably and it is revealed Ky's left eye is glowing crimson...a trait unique to gears.
- Art Evolution: In the first three games, Ky was more on the handsome side (but was still a Bishōnen). He also had shorter hair. His Overture design gives him longer hair though still retaining his handsome looks from the previous games, whilst his Xrd design sends him into Dude Looks Like a Lady territory.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Sin, after they talk out their issues a bit, in Mission #16.
- Badass Army: He commands a human Magitek knight army along with Sin.
- Badass Cape: In Overture and Xrd
- Badass In Charge: He's ALWAYS in charge and his Authority Equals Asskicking. He commanded the world's army and was a high ranking officer in the international police force. Later, he becomes a king of Illyria.
- Badass in Distress: In Overture, he's trapped in Raven's seal in a Badass pose.
- Badass Normal: In comparison with Sol and the rest. Ky is the most normal, archetypal and realistic among the characters. Cranked up a notch in Overture, where he's still kicking ass without Thunderseal.
- Empowered Badass Normal As of Xrd, since it was revealed that he became at least part-Gear after Sin was born.
- Badass Preacher
- Cultured Badass
- Berserk Button: To a certain extent he pulls off the Reasonable Authority Figure thing in the later parts of the series... just don't EVER bring up Fireseal.
- Big Damn Heroes: Between Missions 15 and 16 of Overture, Ky shows up with the army he almost singlehandedly beat down (see the page) to bail out Sol's party. The latter is openly thankful, albeit in his own special way.
- Bishōnen: Even more so in Xrd.
- The Cape
- Character Development: From an arrogant, if extremely well-meaning, Knight Templar to a deconstructed Lawful Good character, and his rivalry with Sol gets better at each installment until they are virtually friends in Overture, though Sol did beat him to a pulp for bringing Sin into the world and making both their lives harder.
- Chaste Hero: Played straight in the earlier games and subverted in Overture.
- Child Soldier: His backstory.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: It's much worse in the drama CDs and produced a tragic result, (his death) when mixed with too much chivalry.
- Church Militant: A definite good-guy example. You might even say he kicks ass for the Lord.
- Concepts Are Cheap: Subverted trope. Ky actually took the original Big Bad's words to heart and much of his character arc surrounds his attempts to find some form of "true" justice, rather than the self-serving concept he originally espoused, and he attempts to acknowledge gray areas.
- Costume Porn: King Ky Kiske: the nightmare of fan-artists and cosplayers.
- Creepy Cool Crosses: Seems kinda strange that holy boy would instant-kill people with a freaking electric cross in the first game (his old GG1 Instant Kill, Zwei Voltage). To be sure, it looked WAY cooler than Rising Force (until Xrd), but still...
- Dead Hand Shot: After being shot in Xrd's Story Mode. He got better.
- Determinator: Almost to the point of madness — Ky repeatedly challenges Sol despite never winning in canon (and given how powerful Sol is, he most likely never will).
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Ky's Xrd design, coupled with his even prettier looks and ponytail, would make him look not too dissimilar to BlazBlue's Izayoi◊. This is even acknowledged In-Universe by Millia in her Xrd win quote against him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite Ky's status as the commander of the Holy Knights and his great contribution in ending a hundred-year war that ravaged humanity, the characters don't seem to know about it and give him the respect he deserves. Instead, he either gets treated like he's a corrupt cop or a Lawful Stupid. Many characters hate him, royal title or not.
- Tier-Induced Scrappy: Many players hate him as well, due to his perceived scrubbiness.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: His hair has gotten longer over the course of the series. In Xrd, he claims his hair continues to grow rapidly even when he cuts it, foreshadowing his reveal as a half-Gear hybrid.
- Eyepatch of Power: Had one apparently for no reason in the Overture prequel short story in the 10th Memorial Book. Then in Xrd Ky gets shot behind his back by Axus, but then gets up, with a left eye glowing red, a mark of a Gear.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Sol. Just listen to them quarrel in the drama CDs and the games then see them trusting each other afterwards.
- Flung Clothing: Ky's intro in Xrd has him throwing off his Badass Cape before fighting.
- For Want of a Nail: His death or survival at the Battle of Rome decides the future according to the drama CDs.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a circlet in Overture and a...weird sort of hair tie that looks a bit like a tiny veil in Xrd
- Half-Human Hybrid: At the end of Xrd's story mode, Ky gets up after having been supposedly fatally shot by Axus to reveal a red left eye; the mark of a Gear.
- Hero Antagonist: To Sol. Also, to the other characters as well, being a police officer. Eventually, it was changed in Overture.
- The High King: According to Leo, he is the first among equals in the Illyria triumvirate of kings.
- Improbable Age: He led the Holy Knights when he was just 16 years old, though we still don't know how much power he actually held. Pretty much in the series it's implied that politicians use his charisma to gain support from the public.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Played straight in a good sense if you exclude his love affair. In the series, Ky is the only character who never or will probably never intentionally commit something evil or abandon his ideals.
- Including the affair, however, deconstructs this quite brutally, to a point.
- In the Name of the Moon:"I am Illyria's king, Ky Kiske! Get ready!"
- Interspecies Romance: Ky and his wife, the Maiden of the Grove, otherwise known as Dizzy.
- Invocation: In his Instant Kill in Xrd. As it turns out, what he says in gameplay is only the last part of a much longer poem, the full version of which can be unlocked and listened to in the Gallery."They are modest to greed. Generous to the truths of this world. When the heart is peaceful the seven seas cry! Rising Force! "
- Ky lost his family and his supposedly worry-free teenage years because of the brutal war with the Gears. He ends up becoming best friends with one, and another, he marries and has a child with her. Xrd reveals that he himself has become some sort of Gear-human hybrid.
- He was the leader of the Holy Knights, yet his son is named Sin. Really, Ky?
- Jack of All Stats: Ky is arguably the most balanced character, the reason why he's recommended to beginners and why many players find him boring to use.
- Justice Will Prevail: Ironically subverted by his ending in the first Guilty Gear. After defeating her, Ky almost literally says the trope to Commander Gear Justice (it's really her name), but is silenced afterwards when she justifies her actions that the knight claims to be evil.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Deconstructed. It may be true that Ky is saving a lot of lives and protecting the innocent but his devotion to the public also makes him vulnerable to manipulation. The corrupt government is using his charisma to hide the fact that they're doing dirty work in secret. Ky never hesitates to investigate his superiors, but when he did, he's been forcefully made into a Puppet King. What's worse is that only very few of the characters acknowledge his efforts and Ky is more of a nuisance to them, than an actual helping hand. His chivalrous and authoritative qualities are mocked by the cast. In the end, he has resolved to bring justice to the innocent but as he experiences different things he begins to question the idea of "justice" he believed all his life, thus prompting him to find his own definition.
- Knight Templar: Borderline example early on.
- Knight Templar Parent: With Sin.
- Law of Conservation of Detail: Ky seems to be the entire international police force, doesn't he?
- Light Is Good: In contrast to Sol's Dark Is Not Evil. He's wearing white and blue and uses lightning, and his personality is probably exactly what you expect.
- Limited Wardrobe: He always wear his Holy Knight uniform... despite the war ending 5 years ago. He changes into something befitting a royalty in Overture, and changes into what is basically a slightly regal version of the Holy Knight uniform in Xrd.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: From Overture and onwards. It's revealed he grew his hair long for Dizzy. It appears to have gotten even longer than originally expected. When Dizzy is freed from stasis and reunited with Ky near the end of Xrd, she remarks at how long it's actually gotten.Dizzy: Your hair's gotten so long...Ky: Yes, well... Lately it just keeps growing, no matter how much I cut it.
- Love Is a Weakness: Ky's involvement with the Maiden of the Grove aka Dizzy, who was Valentine's main target in her Gear sublimation. His kingdom suffered a lot of casualties because of this.
- Magic Knight: He is both proficient in sword fighting and lightning magic in a genius level.
- Martial Pacifist: Unless his hand is forced, Ky prefers to have things settled peacefully.
- Odd Friendship: Despite being your textbook Lawful Good type Knight in Shining Armor, he has plenty of wanted fugitives on speed dial; one would expect Johnny (wanted pirate), Sol (deserter and bounty hunter), Dizzy (wanted person), Potemkin (agent of opposing nation), and Dr. Paradigm (Gear leader) to be his targets rather than his strongest allies.
- Official Couple: He ends up hooking up with Dizzy.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Ky is very courteous to his opponents, especially if they're women.(to Jam) "Please don't kick so high... I can see- Ouch!"
- Open Secret: Dizzy is his wife. The age, origin, appearance, personality and ability uniquely match.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents are assumed to have died when he was very young, which led to him enlisting in the Sacred Order of Holy Knights not long after.
- Parental Neglect: Is guilty of this towards his son, Sin. As a result, come Overture, Sin considers Sol his only father, and Ky is already aware that he won't be able to fix the gap between them at this point. However, their relationship does get better over time, and Xrd marks the first time Sin considers Ky to be his father.
- Puppet King: Unwillingly made King of Illyria. The "puppeteers" didn't even bother to hide this fact from Ky.
- Real Men Love Jesus: While it's never said anything explicit about his faith. He's shown doing the sign of the cross, And apparently, the Orthodox way.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Ky's hobby is collecting teacups. He's still a Badass despite this.
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Sol's red.
- Ride The Lightning: Probably the most famous example, if only for bearing the trope name.
- The Rival: Sol Badguy.
- Royally Screwed Up: The Gears are a kind of living WMD which are widely despised by most of humanity for almost driving them to extinction. Naturally, Ky marries one and has a child with her, which makes things... occasionally challenging.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right:
- He helped fake Dizzy's death to protect her from bounty hunters, and formed an alliance with Dr. Paradigm at the end of Overture despite the obvious hostility of the populace with Gears.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Possibly in Overture, considering that Ky may have some noble, yet radical, agendas in hand (i.e. friendship with Gears).
- Secret Relationship: Ky and his wife, Dizzy, because it would be very scandalous to the public.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Sol's manly man.
- Ship Tease: Let's see. One of the XX endings shows him having a picnic with Jam, who was pretty much all over him. Another one of his story endings has him rather tenderly watching over a sleeping Dizzy. And let's not get started on all the artwork which has him and Sol in... interesting positions.
- Ship Sinking: Every ship that isn't Ky/Dizzy, with the implication that he married her and had a kid with her in AC+, and subsequent confirmation in Xrd.
- Shock and Awe: His element, which Sin inherits.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Xrd upgraded his Instant Kill, Rising Force, to this.
- Skilled, but Naïve: Played straight in the first game (his conviction on what's good and evil), but not so much in the second (his pursuit of true justice), and definitely not in Overture and Xrd.
- Slipknot Ponytail: In Xrd, if certain conditions are met (unknown as of this edit), his ponytail becomes undone and stays that way for the rest of the fight, even in the victory screen.
- Background Music Override: When it happens, Holy Orders III from Overture starts playing.
- The Strategist: It's his Informed Ability in the early games, but we finally see him in action in Overture.
- Supporting Leader
- Warrior Monk: Western type.
- The Wise Prince
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Played with. He doesn't hold back against female opponents who are more than capable of kicking his ass, but he's extremely noble and courteous to the majority of them. I-no is fair game, which you really can't blame him for, really.
- "You messed with the wrong pirate!"
The Token Mini-Moe of the series. May is a member of the Jellyfish Pirates, a band of modern-day Robin Hood-types who use the sky as their domain. She enters the first tournament to get funds to bail Johnny out of prison. She loses, but manages to bail him out anyway. Afterward, she and the rest of the crew are introduced to Dizzy by Johnny, and the two become fast friends. When I-no appears, however, and tosses Dizzy off the ship, she goes out to search for her, and through a chance encounter with Anji, discovers that she's Japanese. Now, in Guilty Gear, the majority of the Japanese people were wiped out by Justice, so the remaining population are held in safety camps which they are not allowed to leave under penalty of arrest or even death. Being an orphan, May was somehow smuggled out of one of the camps and ended up in Johnny's care.
In Accent Core+, May and the rest of the crew decide to do something special for Dizzy: reuniting her with Testament. Something goes wrong, however, and Dizzy loses control of her power, prompting Ky to jump in and assist. Afterwards she finds Johnny having a conversation with Baiken about the Japanese. Unfortunately, May mistakes this as Johnny flirting with Baiken, which upsets her enough to call him an idiot before running away crying. She ends up running into I-no, who once again mentions that she's Japanese, leading up to another encounter with Anji.
In her first ending, May wonders if she's putting her friends in danger because of her heritage. Johnny decides to put her fears to rest and cheer her up by sparring with her, stating that any problem can be overcome with family bonds. After one last surprise attack by Robo-Ky, May returns with the rest of the Jellyfish Pirates, their lives continuing as normal. However, if May ends up losing a match and continues are used, she will doubt her strength and, believing that it's for the sake of her friends, decides to leave with Anji to discover what it truly means to be Japanese.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. May's design remains mostly unchanged, despite the 6-year gap, though it may be just the Artstyle making her look younger than she is. She gets word of Ramlethal Valentine's announcement and heads out to stop this threat to the world.
- Anchors Away
- Bare Your Midriff: Her new look in Xrd.
- Berserk Button:
- Implied to be anyone who tries to claim Johnny.
- Bald people. Just being around Faust in GGXX gives her the creeps and eventually she incites a fight with him.
- Cute Bruiser: Her shoes even make cute squeaky sounds wherever she walks.
- Cutting the Knot: Her philosophy, as shown by the GGXX drama CD.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Friendship Moment: May always denies that Johnny is her Parental Substitute and insists that he's her Love Interest. But it's sure that both of them can settle with being pals, especially that May will eventually grow up.
- Genki Girl
- Human Cannonball: Her new Instant Kill in Guilty Gear Xrd has her place the opponent inside the Mayship's cannon which she and April proceed to fire.
- Improbable Weapon User: An Anchor bigger than her.
- Kawaiiko: Her squeaky shoes and her use of dolphins and other cute critters to attack her opponents. She even gets a unique "DESTROYED" message if you execute an Instant Kill that matches her sunny personality.
- Lolicon: Inverted. May prefers to crush on older men. She tells Ky Kiske, who's at least 21 years old, that he's too young and needs to age 5-10 years more.
- Megaton Punch: Her Forward + Punch move. It sends the opponent to the other side of the screen and if done round about 2 or 3 times it dizzies them. It also looks really cute.
- Older Than They Look: She's supposed to be 22 by Xrd. Good luck figuring that out from first glance.
- Open Secret: She's one of the last-surviving Japanese.
- Parental Abandonment
- Pintsized Powerhouse: She's got a very small frame and no muscles to speak of, and yet she's able to swing an anchor around as a weapon.
- Pirate Girl
- Ship Tease: Most notably she's after Johnny, and is shown hugging him in her Path 3 Story Mode ending for XX, but her Path 2 Story Mode ending from the same game shows her holding hands with Bridget and looking embarrassed. If Faust performs his Kancho move on her in Xrd, she awkwardly and loudly cries out "I'M SORRY, JOHNNY!"
- Spice Up the Subtitles: Accent Core Plus translates "Johnny, you idiot!" as "Johnny, you asshole!" Now, she is a pirate, but...
- Super Strength
- Wrestler in All of Us: Has a command grab with an impressive animation. She can lift an anchor after all, so this is no surprise.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Her inexplicable fear of bald men. This fear/hate is so powerful that she doesn't even need to actually SEE the baldness. Her meeting Faust a.ka. "Dr. Baldhead" results in an instant fight because of this.
Voiced by: Yuko Sumitomo (JP) / Tara Platt (EN)
Millia is a former member of the Assassins' Guild. She has a special forbidden beast that exists within her hair, allowing her to control it at will, much like Zato who gained the ability to control darkness. She left the Guild after, in her desire to break with the group, she betrayed Zato to the authorities. Naturally, she is marked for death by the Guild for high treason. Venom especially hates her because of this, and the fact that Millia had feelings for Zato. She finally ends Zato's suffering in X by killing him, but in XX she finds out that his parasite, Eddie has taken over his dead body. Wanting to put an end to the creature defiling Zato's corpse, she once again sets out to kill Eddie, and encounters Slayer, who sympathizes with her situation. By Accent Core + , she's finally started to mellow out and become less vindictive, simply wanting to go on living for as long as possible for the sakes of those she's killed. This means ending the guild and Eddie just so they'll stop hunting her and be out of her hair at last. Unfortunately, it is also revealed that her parasite is starting to become active and sentient, having been fed by all her fighting and bloodshed, and she starts to Freak Out, thinking that she will end up just like Zato if she doesn't kill Eddie soon. note
The Drama CD "Night of Knives" sheds light on Millia's past, as well as the reason she betrayed Zato. Millia, Zato, and Venom were on a mission to assassinate the ruler-to-be of a certain nation. When it is revealed that the ruler is actually an infant, Millia becomes conflicted with herself as well as with her relationship with Zato. She ultimately decides that if being an Assassin means killing even children, then it is not the life for her. And so, Millia rats out Zato to the authorities while Venom escapes, sparking his hatred of Millia and sending Zato on his path to insanity.
In Accent Core+, Millia's story branches off at her fight with Venom. If she defeats Venom normally, she will encounter Eddie, who is despondent over his ever-nearing death and feels that the key to prolonging his existence lies with taking Millia's body. Millia finally defeats Eddie for good, but as he slowly begins to die he comes to the realization that life is not about flesh and blood, but how that life is lived. With his last breath, Eddie implores Millia to always remember both his and Zato's existences before fading away into nothingness. However, if she defeats Venom by Time Over, the beast within her hair begins to take over her mind, prompting her to attack Baiken and Bridget without warning, killing them both. Just when Millia starts succumbing to the parasite, she is stabbed from behind...by her fan from the endings of the previous games. This fan had been brainwashed by Venom in order to kill Millia, but had saved her, in a way, by allowing her to die as herself and not the parasite. With his mission accomplished, the fan's mind control is broken right as Millia dies, leaving him a traumatized, sobbing wreck.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. Millia has a brand now look, discarding her white and blue ensemble for an orange and black one plus a stylized ushanka◊, probably as a Shout-Out to Maetel of Galaxy Express 999. Now seemingly on better terms with Venom and the Assassin's Guild she abandoned, she is summoned by him in regards to an offer the Senate made him: the revival of Zato-1. Suspicious, Venom assigns Millia the task of investigating the Senate, which she accepts.
- Action Girl
- Broken Bird: Millia is an orphan and was coerced by her asshole ex-boyfriend to assassinate people. After leaving the organization, she finds it hard to form any relationships.
- Celibate Hero: Because...
- Does Not Like Men: Not because she hates them per se, though. Her past has made her quite cynical of the opposite sex and their quirks.
- Expressive Hair: Millia's hair takes this to an extreme, as it's a living bioweapon.
- Fragile Speedster
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flower Motifs: Easter Lilies. She is also called The Lily of Steel in Xrd.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's blonde, but trained as an assassin and likely performed more than a few kills. She was kinda coerced into it rather than becoming a professional killer by choice, though, and now she's rather sorry about it.
- Hair Wings
- Hartman Hips: Oh boy she has them.
- Heroic Neutral
- Humans Are Flawed: Was an assassin.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: What she fears of herself if she doesn't kill Eddie soon.
- Improbable Weapon User: Her hair, powered by the forbidden beast.
- I Lost Some Hair: What she hates.
- Kick Them While They Are Down: Her moveset is designed around maximizing the benefits from Okizeme/Taking advantage of a downed opponent.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover
- Lady of War: Her hair weapons takes this kind of fighting style.
- Leotard of Power: As shown in the artbooks, she wears a leotard under her blouse. By Xrd, she wears it alongside with tights.
- Magic Hair: And it's alive.
- Ms. Fanservice: For the newcomers, see the hot blonde which usually appears in the covers of the OST's? That's Millia.
- Nice Hat: Gains one with her new look in Xrd.
- Panty Shot: She wears an awfully short skirt for someone who cares about her chastity. You'll enjoy making her jump.
- Prehensile Hair
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: On some of her alternate palettes in the XX games, and has them in her Xrd getup.
- Rapunzel Hair: When her hair is let down or when she launches an attack.
- The Rival: Zato-ONE, and later Eddie. Subverted with Venom, who she sees as more of a jealous little boy than an actual threat.
- Ship Tease: All the subtext about her and Zato is quite rife within their stories. It's rumored that she may have lost her virginity to him.
- Spam Attack: Lust Shaker.
- Stockholm Syndrome: She and Venom both developed strong feelings towards Zato, despite the fact he was an evil bastard who raised them into assassins.
- Straw Feminist: Subverted. Millia does not intentionally insult people, it's just that she has a lot of issues regarding men overall due to her past. She warms up to her Fanboy in one ending.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Type 1. Despite being cold and distant, she does occasionally show there's a nice person underneath it all.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She's one of the few people who doesn't respond to Faust's Ass Shove attack with pain or awkwardness. She lets out a moan instead.
- Tykebomb: Reconstructed. Since childhood she was trained as an assassin but her love for children and her determination to find a new life drove her to go against the organization. The information she gave to the police force against the Assassins' Guild proves to be useful.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: According to Slayer and Zato-1
Zato- 1 and Eddie
- "You have awakened the anger of a dead man, child. I will not hesitate to erase you from this world.""THERE'S NO DECENT COMPETITION FOR ME LATELY. IT WAS A WASTE OF TIME FIGHTING YOU."
Zato-1 was a bottom-feeder in the Assassins' Guild. To fulfill his ambitions, he made a contract with a forbidden beast at the cost of his eyesight. With his new powers of shadow manipulation, he quickly rose in the ranks and became the Guild's leader, taking Millia and Venom under his wing. When Millia left him, he sent out assassins to bring her back, but she betrayed him further by turning him in to the authorities.
Unfortunately for him, the forbidden beasts were called forbidden for a good reason. The beast that Zato had, now calling itself Eddie, slowly began to consume his mind, body, and soul. The beasts are actually parasites that require a body to live. Zato was eventually driven mad by Eddie, and in X, attacks Millia one final time, but is killed by her.
With Zato now dead, Eddie is now able to fully control his new body, but because Zato is dead it means that the body will soon rot and decay. Eddie spends XX and Accent Core desperately trying to find a new host body, all the while pondering the meaning of his existence.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd... as Zato-1 instead of Eddie, to the surprise of many. Zato's soul is pulled back from limbo by the Senate, but when he is resurrected he is completely apathetic and unresponsive, which leads the Senate to lock him in a dimensional prison until he is ready to cooperate. The only thoughts that make him feel anything are those of Millia, but he doesn't know why, so he escapes in order to find her.
Tropes Associated with Zato-1:
- Amnesiac Lover - Averted, one of the few things he remembers when he comes back in Xrd are his feelings for Millia.
- Back from the Dead: Was resurrected by the Conclave in Xrd. Turns out he was merely a test subject for the art of resurrection, in preparation for reviving Justice. Despite the fact that he's behaving a bit strangely post-resurrection, it almost seems come and go of its own volition. When he's not acting odd he shows awareness that he was dead before.
- Bastard Boyfriend —> Psycho Ex Boyfriend
- Berserk Button: Xrd makes it clear that hurting Millia will set him off.Zato: *To Bedman* To be frank, your mission does not concern me. But you have hurt the one thing that matters to me...Millia. You've awoken the anger of a dead man, child, and I will not hesitate to erase you from this world.
- Blessed with Suck: He manipulates darkness while being overtaken by darkness.
- Bishōnen: Before his sight loss. And after. He is so attractive that during a party in "Night of Knives", an aristocrat lady insists that he dance with her, remaining completely undeterred when he mentions his blindness.
- Came Back Wrong: While his fighting abilities are stronger than ever, his mental state has left him emotionally hollow and speaking mostly in nonsensical fragments. The other assassins and even Eddie admit there is something terribly wrong with him after returning from the dead. Despite this, he does have lucid moments.
- The Charmer: Back when he was the leader of the assassins.
- Dashing Hispanic: He hails from Spain.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In Xrd, being resurrected and spending a lengthy amount of time in the dimensional prison has left him empty on the inside, and only does anything because of lingering feelings for Millia.
- Declaration of Protection: apparently, he wants to protect her. Only Time will tell if his feelings are in a good light or not.
- Eyepatch of Power: His blindfold could count.
- Glass Cannon: Has among the best offense in the series, but has poor defense and has the same amount of health as Bridget, the series's resident Joke Character.
- Handsome Devil: Not even Millia can decide whether she loved him, hated him, or just loved to hate him.
- He Knows Too Much: Bedman believes this and thinks his elimination is a top priority.
- Heel-Face Turn: In Xrd, after coming back to life, he works to thwart Ramlethal since if she wipes out humanity, Millia would be killed, and his feelings for her are what is keeping him going. It even gets him to the point that he willingly cooperates with Zepp and revealing Sol and Ky more details about the return of Justice.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Parts ways with Millia at the end of the Night of Knives drama CD due to this. Because of the Guild's rules about traitors and the first game, this does not last.
- Irony: He's extremely obsessed with Millia though he's the one who can't see how beautiful she is.
- Killed Off for Real
- Laughing Mad: Slips into this on occasion. And it is scary.
- Love Triangle: Alternates between Type 4 and 5. Venom pined for Zato, Zato and Millia had a mutual liking-each-other thing going on, but Zato was a Jerkass, so Millia left, or maybe she still has a soft-spot for him and then there's also Millia's stalker and...
- Manipulative Bastard: Charmed Millia and Venom into being loyal to him and transformed the Guild from an organization that desires justice into mercenary-like group that accepts any dirty job.
- Not Himself: From X onwards.
- No Sell: He is the only character in Xrd who immediately understands Bedman's abilities and how to counter them. It's one of the few moments in the story in which Bedman looks scared.
- Puppet Fighter: Pressing the buttons lets the main body attack, while the shadow, when active, can attack when you release the buttons, leading to some really weird inputs to use him effectively. He was one of the first examples of this archetype, and he's generally considered to be the Trope Codifier.
- Sensual Spandex: A Rare Male Example.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Zato-1 or Zato-ONE?
- To make matters even more complicated, the Guilty Gear Xrd website lists him as "Zato-ONE", while the game lists him as "Zato-1".
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Look at his outfit and ask yourself if it feels like he's wearing nothin' at all, nothin' at all, nothin' at all! Venom even thinks this in canon.
- The Rival: Millia Rage.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After being resurrected, he became more less bloodthirsty and more of a good guy: his victory pose shows him offering a hand to help his defeated opponent up, and his victory quotes against some opponents are rather polite.
Tropes Associated with Eddie:
- Dead Person Impersonation: He uses Zato-1's corpse as a host body. As Zato's corpse is starting to decay and become unsuitable for Eddie, the Shadow Beast starts searching for a new host in fear of dying himself.
- Demoted to Extra: In Xrd. He's still present but with Zato revived he has barely any lines in the story mode and the few he has are mostly comic relief.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life
- Living Shadow
- That Man Is Dead: Justified—that man really was dead.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Venom in his 2nd ending in XX's Story Mode, mocking him for being such a loyal "dog" for Zato.
- "Understood, Mr. President."
Potemkin was once a slave of Zepp, a floating totalitarian country. He enters the first Sacred Knight Tournament by the orders of his superior, Gabriel. When he returned from the tournament, he joined Gabriel and La Résistance in overthrowing the corrupt political regime and ended the slavery of their fellow countrymen. He is now working as a special agent for Gabriel, who became President.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd, Potemkin's design has been completely changed. He no longer wears his slave collar, and is clad in full soldier armor from head to toe. Over the years, Potemkin was promoted to a Secret Military Diplomat for Zepp, and has been sent to investigate Ramlethal Valentine's appearance.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: On the subject of his fighting style. He doesn't need weapons as pressing a weapon attack button triggers a strong punch or kick.
- Blank White Eyes
- Demoted to Extra: In Xrd, Potemkin is reduced to just having one scene and two lines, interrogating Bedman after President Gabriel subdued him.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Genius Bruiser: He is a member of Gabriel's elite presidential guard for a reason; Potemkin is basically a combination of a one-man Spec-Ops team, diplomat, and private investigator.
- Gentle Giant
- Hidden Depths: He likes to paint, but he needs the extra-durable painting tools so that he can paint without crushing them.
- Husky Russkie: Zepp has many parallels with Ruritania.
- Martial Pacifist: The man will not fight if he can help it, preferring to talk things out whenever possible.
- Mighty Glacier: He cannot dash, even in the air. However, he doesn't need to. The man can punch you from across the screen!
- Nerves of Steel: Tries to stay calm in Vemon's Xrd IK
- One-Man Army: With the collar on, the big guy can take on battalions of enemy soldiers alone. In the one instance he removes the collar in the original Guilty Gear, he can kill battalions of Large-class Gears just by shockwaves he makes by punching the ground.
- Patriotic Fervor: As of Xrd, Potemkin has fully embraced his role as one of Zepp's defenders. Along with willingly obeying his President's orders without complaint, he is repeatedly noted by other characters to have an indomitable will in the defense of his homeland.
- Power Limiter: The slave collar around his neck. It had a bomb inside of it which was later taken out after his freedom, but he still chooses to wear it as both a keepsake and the trope. Potemkin then has a much more thorough system installed into his body in Xrd.
- There's also the weights on his hands. His Instant Kill involves him removing them and delivering a single punch.
- Scary Black Man: Looks the part — in fact, his appearance is practically the Platonic Ideal of the Scary Black Man. His personality, on the other hand, is mentioned above.
- Stout Strength
- Taking the Bullet: Took the Robo-Ky's Missile intended for Gabriel in one of Accent Core's endings, and it was implied then that he did not survive, or at least received serious wounds.
- You Don't Look Like You: His Xrd design is probably the most radically altered of any returning character, completely changing his color scheme (has more of an olive drab motif) and obscuring his face. Truthfully he looks like he'd be at home as an enemy in Kingdom Hearts.
- "A vote for me, is a vote for love!"
Voiced by: Takuya Morito (GG), Takeshi Miura (X-Accent Core, credited in the latter as Gaku Miura), Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese, Xrd), Edward Bosco (English , Xrd)
A former Mafia drug-dealer turned Japanese-Wannabe ninja. He was taken in and then trained under a man named Tsuyoshi, who was killed by a member of the Assassins' Guild named Volf. Chipp eventually found this out, and began tracking the Assassins. In X he meets Venom, and accosts him for the murdering of his master, but fails to defeat him. In XX he is brainwashed by Robo-Ky and eventually freed. Afterwards, he meets Slayer, who reveals that he was the original founder of the Guild. Chipp demands to know why he would allow the existence of a group of murderers. Slayer knows the answer, but fights Chipp instead and loses on purpose, telling him that vengeance begets nothing but more vengeance. Slayer then vanishes, telling Chipp that if he's still feeling bitter about it, to come back and try to fight him in another 100 years.
In Accent Core + he decides to run for President to atone for his past sins, apparently taking what Slayer had previously said to heart. He spends the storyline telling people to vote for him, which leads to one of two endings.
In one of the supplemental materials (novel "The Butterfly and her Gale"), he is enlisted as a bodyguard for Erica Bartholomew, the teenage president of "A Country" (formerly the United States of America), and foils the assassination attempt on her by none other than Volf, indirectly avenging his master, since Volf is killed by Venom for failing.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. Chipp's design remains the same, except for the altered pants. Inspired by the growth of Illyria, he works even harder to become President. As a start, he forms the "Eastern Chipp Kingdom", which starts out as a small village but eventually grows to a population of over 20,000. While he's still working on his political skills, he has earned the admiration of the people, and they even refer to him as "boss".
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Of the curved, Reverse Grip variety.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In XX, he is usually this in other characters' storylines.
- Catch Phrase: "HOLY ZEN!"
- Celibate Hero: Implied.(after fighting Jam) "You thought temptation would work on a ninja? You're an eyesore, go away!"
- Diplomatic Impunity: Attempts to invoke this just before he gets shot out of a cannon by May. Keyword: "Attempts".
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Refuses to work together with Ky in Xrd for fear of falling victim to this trope.
- Fragile Speedster: One of the weakest characters in the game. So weak in fact that he's usually always been low-tier in tournament rankings. BlazBlue makes an oblique reference to Chipp's low defense (comparing it to Ragna's) in it's "Teach Me Ms Litchi!" segments. Furthermore, he is this trope so much he also governs this trope as its God.
- Xrd on the other hand, gives him some boost in tournament competence and ranking while still keeping to this trope.
- Gratuitous English: "JESUS!" "WHAT ZA HELL?" "KISS MY ASS!"
- Gratuitous Japanese: "SUSHI!" "SUKIYAKI!" "BANZAI!"
- Guy Liner: This is most noticeable in his Zansei Rouga animation in Xrd, where it shows an up close up shot of him and shows that he's wearing eyeliner. Also doubles as a rare heroic example of a character wearing eyeliner.
- Heroic Albino: Though he started out as a drug addict and common criminal, he learned the ways of justice from his ninja master and by the time of the latest game is a certified good guy. As a bonus, he is the second non-Asian character in the series to be able to use ki magic.
- Humans Are Flawed: Was a drug addict.
- Jump Physics: He can triple jump.
- Idiot Hero: Is a good guy and at least tries to be political savvy, but can come off as really naive and idiotic.
- Ki Attacks: Only the second non-Asian capable, behind Kliff. And the only living non-Asian capable, at that.
- McNinja: American ninja. (Lacks a wolf companion, though.)
- Otaku: A hardcore Japanese fanboy, goes even as far as disclaiming his real nationality. Has something to do with his Japanese master saving him from the life of drug addiction.
- President Action: As of Xrd.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Reverse Grip: Not exactly, but it fits.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Has always worn one, but it wasn't until Xrd that he keeps it on during fights.
Faust / Dr. Baldhead
Voiced by: Kaneto Shiozawa (Dr. Baldhead, GG), Takashi Kondo (Faust, X-current, JP) / Kaiji Tang (EN)
Dr. Baldhead was a very famous life-saver, until one day, he failed an operation that cost a young girl her life. He went insane and began murdering people using the very techniques he had once used to save them. After the first game, he sees a vision of the girl who he failed to cure. She reveals that Baldhead did not kill her, but someone else targeted her for an assassination. Baldhead has a Freak Out, and disappears from existence.
Some time afterward, a strange man with a bag over his head makes his claim to fame as a healer. This strange doctor, known as Faust, is said to have powerful occult magic. In reality, he is a reformed Dr. Baldhead, hiding his identity because of his already 0% Approval Rating. He atones for the murders he committed by returning to his occupation as a healer.
In XX, he encounters a man named Zappa who claims that he has strange blackouts that leave him with various injuries, believing that Faust may know the cause of his ailment. In truth, Zappa is possessed by various spirits, but Faust does not come to this conclusion until Accent Core + . He also encounters Venom in XX, who knows much about
Dr. Baldhead Faust. Faust has resented his previous identity and wishes to uphold his credibility. Faust defeats Venom, who reveals that the Assassins' Guild was indeed behind the girl's death, but before he can answer who did it, both are surrounded by Robo-Ky units. Venom agrees to tell Faust more about that fateful day if they escape their pursuers.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd, nearly unchanged except for new medical cross-like accessories on his arm belts. One day, Faust was approached by Slayer in regards to the circumstances behind the fateful incident that turned Dr. Baldhead into a serial killer. Slayer had learned from an informant, who died bringing him the info, that the Senate was involved with the botched surgery. Faust once again heads off in search of the truth. Turns out that the reason why the Senate ordered the girl's assassination was that the method Baldhead chose to save her was too similar to the "Rebirth technique" for the former's liking, and they wished that the technique was exclusive to them.
Tropes Associated with Dr.Baldhead:
- Ax-Crazy: Embodied, to the point that the trope could almost be renamed "Scalpel Crazy."
- Bald of Evil
- Confusion Fu: While nowhere near the level of his Faust persona, Baldhead can still use his scalpel as a stilt, impale opponents from near full-screen distance and spin around like a top.
- Deadly Doctor: With shades of Mad Doctor. For instance, his Awakening is called "Mad Operation" and is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - Baldhead places the opponent on an operating table, performs some high-speed surgery and tosses him/her into the air, all while cackling with glee.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: "Going My Way?" puts his entire body into a spin.
- Improbable Weapon User: Carries an oversized scalpel and knows how to use it.
- Laughing Mad
- Lean and Mean: Baldhead is 282 cm, or 9'3", but fights in an awkward crouching position which actually makes him more difficult to hit than the average character.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast
- Stereotypes of Chinese People: He is from China, though any kind of characterization of him being Chinese, if any, is completely overshadowed by him being a psychopathic Serial Killer Doctor and later a Wacky Atoner Doctor. It is only in Xrd this is referenced a bit in his new theme which has some stereotypical Chinese melodic elements.
- Unwitting Pawn: Of the Conclave. Zato-1 informs him of such in Xrd, revealing that they had him kill Baldhead's patient and make it look like a tragic accident.
Tropes Associated with Faust:Many of the tropes applied to Baldhead apply here as well.
- And the Adventure Continues: Played straight after being averted in a sense with Slayer, who at the end of Faust's route in Accent Core + offered Faust to follow him back to his world, which he was sure Faust would survive in. Faust tells him while he's honored by the offer, he can't go until he can heal all the people who need help.
- Apologises a Lot
- Attack Backfire: With his Ass Shove overdrive attack and Instant Kill in Xrd. While they'll still do the same amount of damage to the opponents, some will react positively to these attacks sometimes.
I-No: Fortisimo!Millia: No, not there!
- The Overdrive attack can also be turned around on Faust. The opponent is given a choice between four cups, one of which contains an angel, and the rest are reapers. They need to pick the angel if they don't want to get hit by it. If they do, the attack has a chance of just blowing up in Faust's face. On the other hand, getting the angel while Faust is on low health can just lead to him ignoring it and attacking anyway.
- I-No loves getting hit with this overdrive, and Millia's face and voice look and sound less pained and more pleasured. One of Elphelt's responses is annoyance that Faust didn't at least take her out to dinner first. And another is surprise, followed by a moan and a giggle.
- His opponents can end up liking their facial surgery in his instant kill, depending on what type of face they get. Anybody wanting to look more manly will like the Big Ol' Eyebrows, people who want to be beautiful will like the Bishoujo eyes, and they'll like the Black Bead Eyes look if they want to be cute.
- The Atoner: For his past as Dr. Baldhead.
- Ax-Crazy: Carried over and Played for Laughs. Interestingly enough, Faust proves to be quite insightful and eloquent in his lucid moments.
- Ass Kicks You: His throw involves latching onto the opponent, licking their face, then turning around and knocking them over with his butt. It is as disturbing as it sounds.
- Ass Shove: One of his Overdrives, called the Stimulating Death Fist, involves Faust impaling the opponent's rear end with his scalpel, complete with distorted colours and various reactions on part of the recipient.
- In Xrd, he uses his fingers instead, in a manner similar to the Japanese prank called a kanchou.
- Bald of Awesome
- Batter Up: His Dust Attack has him transforming into a baseball player and batting his opponent into the air.
- Berserk Button: As of Xrd, encountering Zato-1 shifts Faust's attitude from zany madman to chilling rage. He basically loses control on the old urges while he's seeing him. For his role in the little girl's death in the operation, Zato-1 can't really expect any mercy.
- Bilingual Bonus: In a unusual use of the trope, Faust is using the American Sign Language gesture for "love" in a great deal of his attacks. One can see it when he is folding his middle and ring fingers along with extending the remaining digits.
- Brown Bag Mask
- Cartoon Bomb: Faust can turn his head into a bag-shaped bomb and throw it at you. While howling "Accept my love!"
- Confusion Fu: Probably deserves Trope Codifier status. He swims through the air and the ground, randomly tosses objects that range from coins and trays to chocolate bars and meteors, grows flowers from his head and blows up opponents on operating tables, giving them afro hairdos in the process. There is a reason his fighting style is known as the "Faust Dance."
- The Faceless: His face is always obscured with his bag or framed in shadow.
- Helium Speech: In Xrd one of the items he can toss is a pink balloon that can causes anyone who makes contact with it to speak like this.
- Humans Are Flawed: Once a serial murderer, he admits that he still takes pleasure in bloodshed, though he is able to keep it under control.
- Mad Doctor: With shades of Deadly Doctor.
- Magic Plastic Surgery: His new Instant Kill in Xrd: The victims get a new random set of eyes, few of which are the '80 Shoujo eyes, Skintone Sclerae, and the Duke Togo face.
- My Greatest Failure: The death of his patient (at first).
- Never Bareheaded: With the exception of his taunt in Xrd, he never takes off the bag after becoming Faust.
- Nuke 'em: His Instant Kill, which involves detonating a nuclear bomb under the opponent while they are strapped to a surgical table in a prop setting of a doctor's office.
- Open Secret: Faust's past as Dr. Baldhead - they share the same build and much of their fighting style.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Literally!
- Parasol Parachute: His umbrella also allows him to fly, much like Mary Poppins.
- Reality Warper: The PWAB is interested in him because he has localized abilities along these lines; they allow him to open and enter extradimensional doors and swim through concrete.
- Revenge Before Reason: Against the Conclave, for ruining his life. Subverted, just as he's planning to kill a Conclave member hiding in the Illyria, events lead to him learning about someone pulling the strings, and even the Conclave were merely their puppets. That and there's been many others who's suffered as Faust has.
- Secret Identity: He hides his true identity out of shame for all the crimes he committed during his "stint" as Baldhead.
- Teleport Spam: One of very few characters to open a door and hit the opponent with it while emerging.
- That Man Is Dead: He does not answer to the name "Dr. Baldhead". When Venom called him that, he smacked him and declared that wasn't him anymore.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Have another Faust use the Ass Shove attack on him, and he'll loudly and happily exclaim "My G-Spot!"
- "I'll make it back to Megumi, no matter what! That's the promise I made. To myself!
An involuntary British time-traveler from the 20th century. Has a connection with Sol from his time-slips (subverted in his intro with Order-Sol in Accent Core). He searches for some way to get himself back home, where his girlfriend Megumi is waiting. In XX it is revealed that he is a parallel existence of Raven, one of That Man's servants. Because each one cancels the other out, there needs to be a balance to the equation, so Axl slips through time, while Raven slips through dimensions (of his own accord, not random). In Accent Core + his time slips start getting continuously worse and so he seeks out That Man once again.
Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. His new design is that of XX physique wearing original GG clothes with a long-sleeved jacket. While slipping through time uncontrollably, he came across a time he'd never been to before and encountered someone who asked him to deliver a message to the Gearmaker. After returning to the present day, he begins searching for "That Man".
- Art Evolution: Axl was a rather muscular guy back in the first GG. Come GGX, he has a slimmer build.
- Badass Normal: No superpowers aside from his vaguely described time travel abilities (which he can't control) and his use of fire magic, but still manages to keep up with the rest of the cast, even those with far more fighting experience.
- Badass Unintentional: Keeps getting forced into combat against his will due to his unpredictable time traveling, but almost always manages to come out relatively unscathed. Sometimes veers into Action Survivor levels should he be dropped right into the middle of a crisis situation—including facing off against dinosaurs◊.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Is described as having the ability to logically analyze any situation carefully, but would much rather prefer to simply wing it instead of giving something too much thought.
- Chain Pain: His weapon of choice. Factors greatly into his keepaway and zoning-heavy fighting style.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Despite his unabashed love for his girlfriend Megumi, he likes flirting with the ladies a lot, particularly Millia and I-No.
- Clothing Combat: Has a move where he throws his bandanna over the opponent's head before slashing him.
- Cool Train: With the exception of Isuka (where he shared a stage with Bridget) and Accent Core (And even then you can make a case of the far background bridge being a railroad), all of his stages feature trains.
- Cosmic Plaything: See Time Travel. He never intended to be part of the plot in any way; however, the machinations of beings who aren't even from his own time period have dragged him away from his friends and family, straight into a mess of apocalyptic proportions. Add to that the implication that he has an unknown Evil Counterpart causing his troubles, and he's got quite a doozy on his hands to deal with.
- Impeded Messenger: Narrowly avoids this fate in Xrd, where he is tasked by the Original Man, i.e. the person who discovered Magic in the Guilty Gear universe, to deliver an encrypted message to That Man. He almost gets killed when Bedman corners him at the last moment, had it not been for I-No's timely intervention.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: In GGX and GGXX, using either his Benten Gari special or his Byakuerenshou super will briefly flash an image◊ of the Japanese Buddhist goddess Benten a few frames after the start of the attack.
- Heroes Love Dogs: In GGX and GGXX, his stage prominently features a golden retriever in the background. Supplemental artwork◊ seems to imply that the dog is his pet, and she's even shown in the ''GGX'' anime trailer. That's right, Axl happens to be the owner of the original Hype Dog.
- In a Single Bound: In GG, GGX and GGXX, his HS Raiei Sageki attack caused him to jump offscreen. Holding Left or Right will cause him to gradually move in the respective direction for a few seconds until he falls back down, chains spinning, hopefully on top of the opponent. He'll still fall flat on his face whether or not he hits somebody, unless you blow a Roman Cancel or False Roman Cancel.
- Nice Guy: Maintains a friendly and optimistic attitude despite his... circumstances. He holds no real grudges against the various weirdos he fights, chalking it up to "bad luck".
- Playing with Fire: He can use Fire magic.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Barring his Byakuerenshou Overdrive, most of his applications of Fire magic appear to be this.
- Sinister Scythe: Chained kamas/kusarigama.
- Surprisingly Good English: In GG, one of his voice set had him say a perfectly good "Have a nice day..." on successfully executing an Instant Kill. Do note that it's just Japanese voice available back then.
- The Heart: A painfully nice guy despite his chivalrous pervert tendencies. He even once offered to let Sol Badguy of all people borrow his Queen CD, and finds a good conversation partner in Slayer.
- Time Travel: Mostly against his will. GGAC's Story Modes for I-No and Axl imply that one of the catalysts is a clashing of two powerful energy sources, though. Meaning that every time Axl fights a particularly strong opponent, he will most likely end up time slipping sooner or later following the confrontation.
- During his Story Mode dialogue with Slayer, the latter also deduces that Axl's time slipping ability, while largely uncontrollable, could also be tied to his subconscious desires and memories somehow.
- Wearing An Union Jack On Your Shirt: Several variants.
- His costume in the first Guilty Gear had boots with a Union Jack pattern on the toecap◊. Given how small it is, it's not immediately obvious.
- His more widely-known design from Guilty Gear X and XX included a long sleeved shirt with a large Union Jack pattern.
- His latest costume from Guilty Gear Xrd has two dangling coattails emblazoned with the Union Jack.
Voiced by: Satomi Koorogi (GG), Sudo Miho (X-XX), Chizu Yonemoto (AC)
A young Japanese woman with a traumatic past who wants revenge against That Man. During the Crusades her entire village was razed to the ground by Gears, and she lost one of her arms and eyes. She did witness the presence of That Man, though, and swore to kill him one day. She is a childhood friend of Anji Mito, who she views as getting in the way of her revenge since he also wants to meet That Man out of curiosity. She is one of the relentless pursuers of I-No in XX, who would lead her to That Man. In Accent Core + she starts getting an addiction to killing things, and Anji becomes worried that her newfound passion will consume her.
- Action Girl —> Dark Action Girl: In Accent Core +
- Anti-Hero: Her fight-happy nature makes her one of the more morally questionable characters in the Guilty Gear series. However, she's out for That Man, so she's technically on the same side as the good guys.
- Ax-Crazy and Blood Knight: Possibly in Accent Core +.
- Handicapped Badass: Missing an arm and an eye, also is the epitome of it.
- Berserk Button: Anything to do with Gears or That Man.
- Bonus Boss: Back in the first game. Good luck getting to her, though — you'll need it!
- Break the Cutie: She has a VERY traumatic backstory.
- Cherry Blossoms: Where do they keep coming from?
- Contralto of Danger: Compared to the other female characters, her voice is noticeably deeper.
- Disabled Hottie: Lost an eye and arm, but still is quite attractive. Just ask Anji.
- Evil Redhead
- Fiery Redhead
- Gory Discretion Shot: During her Instant Kill move. Also when she kills I-no in a story scene in one path of each of them in Accent Core +.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner
- Kimono Fanservice
- The Lad-ette
- Magic Skirt: ... but her opponents probably get to see everything.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Anji's Feminine Boy.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: Just how many weapons does she have in there?
- Older Than They Look: It's implied that she may be almost a century old.
- Parental Abandonment
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Revenge Before Reason: Against Gears in general and That Man in particular.
- Reverse Grip: Most of the time, given that she only has one arm.
- Samurai Ponytail
- Sociopathic Hero: Crosses into this in Accent Core +, possibly permanently depending on ending.
- Suddenly Blonde: A really odd example, to say the least. To start off, little who knows that the pink-haired Baiken we all know and remember was used to be an alternate palette in The Missing Link, while her actual dye job was pretty close to Kenshin Himura. Brown hair (as well as her mild voice a-la Kenshin) is eliminated from Baiken's canon design since Guilty Gear X, but still appears in one of the alternate color schemes anyway.
- There Are No Therapists: Even with the loss of science during the war, nobody tried to do anything for her, who lost an eye and an arm and witnessed her parents' deaths during battle when she was just a little girl. Which is even more jarring considering she's Japanese, who are treated as international treasures.
- The Unfettered: Anything is permissible so long as she has the opportunity to kill That Man.
- Weak, but Skilled: Has no powers at all, but is very skilled in the use of the katana alongside with other weapons she stored in the sleeve of her severed arm to the point that she can easily kill Gears.
- You Monster!: She calls Order-Sol this in her win quote against him and tells him not to pretend to be human (he is a Gear, after all).
- You Talk Too Much: She says this to Ky in her win quote against him, stating that she doesn't care about his sense of justice, nor should anyone else.
- "...Will the world ever forgive me?"
Voiced by: Takami Akkun (GG), Akira Kobayashi (X-current, credited as Katsuaki Kobayashi in Accent Core)
The series' traditional mid-boss. Once a normal human (Kliff's adopted son), he was turned into a Gear by the PWAB. In the first game he organizes the first Sacred Knights tournament to lure worthy sacrifices for Justice's revival, but ended up becoming one himself. In X, he is revived due to Dizzy's influence as a commander Gear, and becomes her guardian until Johnny takes her in. After that he's pretty much Walking the Earth pondering if Humans Are the Real Monsters or not, a part of himself that didn't fade after Justice's death.
- The Atoner: He does this by protecting Dizzy and the forest they lived in, calling it a "sanctuary" in the ''GGX' anime trailer.
- Bare Your Midriff: A rare male example.
- Bloody Murder: He took a blood pact, possibly through a bloody ritual, his scythe's blade is made of blood, he turns into blood, his overdrive is a giant blood skull, sucks the opponent's blood during his grab move, and he traps you in a sticky blood web.
- Character Development: Turned from psycho goth into atoner after meeting Dizzy.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Post Missing Link, he attacks with a scythe made of blood, has a Succubus that helps him, uses demonic seals... to protect Dizzy from hunters.
- Death Seeker: Averted. Despite the guilt of killing a lot of people during the Crusades because of Justice's control and he being the indirect cause of his own father's death, Testament does not wish to die but to find atonement and redemption for what he had done by living.
- Declaration of Protection: His oath to Dizzy, has gone to extreme lengths.
- The Dragon: To Justice. Later, a nicer one to Dizzy.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: It didn't help that in the first game, he had a female voice actor. Afterwards, he is voiced by a man.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In the first game, but he's now considered as a rare male Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.
- Extreme Doormat: The way he fights is awesome, but canonically, after X he does very little but sit in the Devil's Grove thinking about Dizzy and whether Humans Are the Real Monsters or not.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Friendship Moment: With Dizzy counts as well if we discount their physical age. Testament, during the war, wandered as a Gear for at least 40 years and learned to hate humanity. Dizzy has a three year existence and was born after the war and has lived most of her life secluded in a forest.
- Lonely Together: In GGX.
- Friend to All Children: Though he hates the human race, human children seem to be exempt from this view, as evidenced by his dialogues with Josephine in the drama CDs.
- Friend to All Living Things: Subverted: it's his similarity to Dizzy; however, unlike her, he has some violent measures to protect his forest.
- Goth: The Lone Psycho Type in The Missing Link, Gloomy Type afterwards.
- The Grim Reaper: Not exactly, but he looks like one.
- Horny Devils: The Succubus familiar, according to the Guilty Gear Xrd's Database Library her name is EXE Beast, her name's been since the beginning and we didn't realize.
- Intimate Marks: According to the developers his Gear Mark is near his buttocks.
- Kill All Humans: In different degrees throughout the story. Played straight when he was being bent to Justice's will, averted post Missing Link after meeting Dizzy, but became his mantra when she got killed in one ending of GGXX.
- Knight in Sour Armor: It was stated that Testament was once a kind, young knight. But after being converted into a Gear against his will he begin to see the flaws of humans and hated them.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Morality Pet/Morality Chain: Dizzy. In one ending of GGXX, Dizzy is slain, so he gives up on the human race and begins a genocidal rampage against them.
- Power Echoes: of the Evil Sounds Deep
- The Red Baron: He's called The Gear of Distortion because he's able of travel dimensions and not being manipulated by Justice, The Black Knight
- Sinister Scythe: His weapon of choice.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Trap Master
- The Trickster: Prevalent in several of his special moves, such as conjuring bloody spider webs and summoning trees from the ground should the opponent step where he set the trap.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Towards his adoptive father, Kliff.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He doesn't exactly think that Gears are gods per se, he just thinks that humanity is the root of all evil.
- Xanatos Gambit: His plan to free Justice using the first tournament, which included a contingency plan for his own defeat.
- "Looks like pretty soon I'll just be a part of history."
Voiced by: Hatsuaki Takami (GG), Shigeru Sakano (XX-current)
The former leader of the Sacred Order of Holy Knights. When he was 7 years old, the Crusades were already in full swing and he would've been just another unfortunate victim of the Gear attacks... if he wasn't saved by a mysterious man named Frederick. Some time later he joined the Sacred Order, eventually becoming its leader. More than half a century later he invites Sol Badguy to join the Order, and encounters Ky Kiske who wanted to join the Order. Kliff refuses him, telling him to train and meet him in five years. Five years later, he met Ky again, now a powerful warrior and genius tactician, and recruits him without regrets.
During the First Holy War, he encounters Justice, who defeats him in their 17th duel. Ky attempts to attack Justice upon seeing his master injured, but fails. Kliff bore witness to Sol's failure to fully defeat Justice, which fueled his dissension from the Order. Knowing that Sol is destined for something greater than where he is now, he passively assists Sol in taking the Fuuenken with him, which Ky finds out about, elevating his already mounting dislike for Sol into all-out hatred.
Eventually he retires and passes the leadership of the Order to Ky. He entered the First Sacred Knights Tournament in order to stop the revival of Justice, but is shocked that his adopted son Testament, now a Gear, is behind the curtains. He is killed by a resurrected Justice in their final, 18th duel. After his death, the Sacred Knights of the Holy Order are disbanded. He was notable for ability to use Ki, something that was considered exclusive to Asians.
- A Father to His Men
- BFS: The Dragon Slayer is huge, even when he is young.
- Blank White Eyes: During battle, but his story mode portrait shows him with normal eyes.
- Cool Old Guy
- Custom Uniform: His younger self wore shorts instead of pants in some of the official art.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Flipping the Table: One of his intros.
- Fountain of Youth: During his specials, he turns back to what he looked like as a young man.
- Ki Attacks: The first non-Asian to use them.
- Killed Off for Real: In the first game.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: He shrunk for about a foot when he aged.
- Older Is Better
- Old Master: To the Holy Knights, especially to Ky.
- The Rival and Worthy Opponent: Justice. She kills him in the end.
- "If only we could have talked one last time... Just the three of us...""But remember well, young knight. Even if I die, the Gears will not. As long...as long as That Man...still...lives..."
Voiced by: Takuya Morito (GG), Yumiko Ogawa (XX, AC+ Battle Voice), Wakana Sakuraba (AC+ Story Voice), Kazue Fujita (Xrd)
The first fully complete Gear ever created. Justice was a Commander Gear, able to bend the will of all other Gears created after herself to her own will. Justice realized that she was created as a mere tool for the world to use and later dispose of. Needless to say, she was PISSED. She decided to revolt against humanity and instigated the first Holy War. She then fought Sol Badguy, and discovered that he bore the mark of a Gear, but when she tried to control him, it failed. Shocked by this, she was stunned long enough to be sealed away into a dimensional prison by Ky and the other Holy Knights. It seemed as though the war was over.
... But it wasn't.
Five years later, her faithful servant Testament held a fake tournament to lure sacrifices to revive Justice. Sol entered and defeated Testament, who then sacrificed himself to release Justice from her prison. She resumed the battle she started with the world, and instigated the Second Holy War. She finally killed the former head of the Holy Knights, Kliff Undersn, and defeated Ky Kiske in battle, revealing her (somewhat justified) motives to him afterwards. After giving the young knight something to think about, Sol appeared before her once again, and she flew into a complete rage. It seemed as though victory was certain for her, but in the end, Sol dealt her one final blow, and she fell. Justice, realizing that death was certain for her, asked why Sol didn't obey her mind control. Sol reveals that he was the prototype Gear, meaning Justice was actually the 2nd Gear ever made. She wishes that "the three of them could have chatted one last time," and dies from her wounds.
- The Antichrist: She chose to be this to mankind and the Messianic Archetype to the Gears.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader of the Gears is without doubt one of the strongest fighters in the series.
- Back from the Dead: The Conclave's plan in Xrd involves resurrecting her.
- Berserk Button: Surviving Japanese people.
- Cloning Blues: Possibly Valentine. In AC+, Crow created Clones of her.
- Combat Stilettos: No, seriously. She has them.
- Contralto of Danger: Much like Baiken, she has a deeper voice compared to the other characters.
- Empty Shell:
- It's not made clear if she was sucessfully resurrected in Xrd or not, but if it was she is only a mindless machine of destruction now.
- Her clones created by Crow are this, for obvious reasons.
- Evil Redhead: And a Rapunzel Hair at that.
- Fantastic Racism: She hates Japan and what it stands for and commanded her Gears to wage genocide on it.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Her special moves.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: She was only a normal, Ill Girl scientist. She turned in enemy No. 1 of mankind decades later.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Her Start of Darkness. She realized that Gears were created to be weapons of war, and she tried to Screw Destiny by inflicting mass genocide on the humans who used her and her kind.
- Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Justice's Story Mode in AC+ ends with her final fight against Sol. Even if you win, Sol still gets his Heroic Second Wind and finishes her off in a cutscene.
- Hive Queen
- Humanoid Abomination: She was originally a human
- Humans Are Bastards: She justifies her actions to Ky by telling how humans treated her as nothing more than a weapon, not caring about her mind or soul.
- Kamehame Hadoken: The Gamma Ray attack.
- Killed Off for Real: You should know this already.
- Kiai: "SHAAAAAAAAAA!!!"
- Light Is Not Good: Although a Gear, which normally would make her Dark Is Evil due to their motifs and appearances, she is light-colored, has Laser Blades and tons of Frickin' Laser Beams for her moves.
- Lightning Bruiser: Her pre-Accent Core +R incarnation was originally this, but her balancing in Accent Core +R in order to make her tournament-viable player ultimately turned her into a Mighty Glacier/Long-Range Fighter.
- The Lost Lenore: To Sol.
- Mighty Glacier: In order for Justice to be tournament-viable, Accent Core +R had to nerf her from Lightning Bruiser verging onto SNK Boss levels to this. Despite gaining multiple variations to her bomb special, she lost her ability to dash, and is comparable in speed to Potemkin. All of this whereas she lost almost none of her damage-dealing capabilities or defense.
- Mind Rape: It's implied that one of the reasons for her genocidal tendencies was coming in contact with the Universal Will while exploring the Backyard, leading to a massive influx of information contaminating and possibly painfully reacting with her Gear cells while she stands there, helpless.
- More Than Mind Control: All Gears made after her have a genetic link to her, allowing her to control them to do whatever she wants. Sol, being the one gear made before her, is immune to this.
- Open Secret: Her real identity: Aria. Her last line directly refers to the three scientists who are responsible for the Gear project.
- Powered Armor: Xrd's Story Mode reveals that "Justice" may in fact have been simply an advanced protective suit worn by Aria to keep her safe as she attempted to investigate the Backyard. Didn't do much to protect her from the Universal Will, though.
- Promoted to Playable: As of Guilty Gear X2, in which she is an unlockable character. From a competitive standpoint, however, it wasn't until Accent Core + R that she became allowed in tournaments, due to her rebalancing.
- The Rival and Worthy Opponent: Kliff Undersn. Cut short when she kills him in GG, as revealed in her Accent Core Plus storyline.
- Samus is a Girl: Yep, Justice is female, and Dizzy's mom and Sin's grandmother.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: She has a large, blue... penis-looking thing where her vagina is supposed to be. Also her Dust attack looks like she has an erection and she launches it underground into the opponent's... Don't be disturbed by this "crotch-spike."
- It should be noted that, as Justice is essentially the queen ant/queen bee of the Gears, the infamous crotch-spike could simply be her equivalent of an ovipositor.
- Shoulders of Doom: The doom of humanity is supported by these shoulders.
- SNK Boss: Incredibly so. See the article for the full story on Justice's power.
- Statuesque Stunner: A bit hazy, though. Justice towers over everyone not named Faust or Potemkin at a staggering 7'8", but, like Samus, it's unknown if she really is that tall since we don't know whether or not Justice's true appearance is what you see above or a woman inside of the armor (in the same vein, it's unknown how much of an effect the Gear conversion process had on the rather lovely Aria's physical beauty, seeing as Dizzy assumes a more demonic form for her Instant Kill and Sol's full Gear form is a dragon-like humanoid). Plus, many players for a time didn't even realize that Justice was a she, thanks in part to the aforementioned crotch-spike and the fact that in the first Guilty Gear she had a very male voice actor.
- Stay with Me Until I Die: When she was still human, Aria got infected with an incurable disease, and hid it from Sol to prevent him from going on the fool's errand to find a cure that doesn't exist, so that they would stay together for what little time she had.
- Transhuman Treachery: She was an human scientist called Aria.
- The Unfettered: She will do anything to wipe out all Japanese people from the face of the Earth, even after Japan itself had been obliterated.
- Was Once a Man: She originally lived as a human named Aria, who was Frederick's (now Sol Badguy) lover.
- Wave Motion Gun: Her Gamma Ray, a powerful ray of concentrated radiation, decimated Japan.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Same deal as with Testament.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Waged the hundred year war against humans and Gears that came to be known as the crusades after discovering that she was nothing more than a disposable weapon for the humans.
- You Don't Look Like You:She seems to have taken on an entirely different appearance in Xrd. Then again, in-universe, President Vernon says that she looks exactly as she did during the Crusades. Whether this is a Retcon of her old appearance or not remains to be seen.
- Especially noteworthy is the fact that she's depicted in Xrd as being Evangelion-sized. Considering that wouldn't have even fit on the screen in prior games...