Characters: Guilty Gear 2 Overture

Here we're going to list the characters introduced in Guilty Gear 2: Overture.

The Captain Ersatz, Expy, "No Celebrities Were Harmed", Mythology Gags, Continuity Nods and Shout-Out references go here.
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    Sin Kiske 

Voiced by: Issei Miyazaki / Yuri Lowenthal (Overture, EN), Lucien Dodge (Xrd, EN)

Sol's student and the illegitimate son of Ky Kiske and The Maiden of the Grove, a Gear woman who was recently confirmed to be Dizzy. He travels with Sol due to his Gear nature, which makes him an easy outcast. Sol is more of a father figure to him than anyone else, even his biological father, Ky. Sin deeply resents and hates his father for not being there for him after he was crowned King of Illyria. Ky gave him very little, if any, attention, making their relationship very distant. All of the attention was given to him by his mother. Because of his very fast growth rate, he was placed in Sol's care for the discovery of his existence will endanger his life.

Since he was raised under Sol (and no thanks to his surprisingly young age), Sin is very hotheaded and charges into things without a second thought. This trait ends up getting him kidnapped and brainwashed by Valentine to serve her. The brainwashing fuels his desire to surpass his master, and increases his rage towards Ky. He is eventually beaten out of his condition by Sol, and continues to fight Valentine's Justice form. When Valentine attempts to self-destruct the gate to the Backyard, Sin is forced outside the gate by Sol. After the End, it's shown that he's now trying to mend the broken relationship with his father while awaiting for the recovery of his mother, deciding to take it slowly and continue to train under Sol.

Sin will return in Xrd as a console-exclusive playable character, making his debut in the fighting games proper.

  • The Ageless: Given that he's part-Gear, which become immune to age and live for an indefinite period of time, this is a given.
  • All-Loving Hero: By his own admission.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: In Xrd. Most noticeable with his eyepatch, ala Sagat.
  • Animal Motifs: His moves in Xrd are named after birds.
  • Apologetic Attacker: In his Instant Kill in Xrd, he admits to his opponent that he has no idea what will happen as he goes all out, wishing them luck as they crash through several mountains.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Ky, opening mission 16.
  • Badass
    • Badass Army: Shares a human army with Ky.
    • Badass Family: Ky is his father and Dizzy is his mother (which makes Justice his Grandmother (and by extension Valentine, maybe). If Sol is really Dizzy's dad, then that makes him his grandfather. He's essentially all the main characters rolled into one.
    • Badass Longcoat
  • Big Eater: One of his likes is "his raging appetite", and even has that as a mechanic in Xrd, where he will have to eat in order to keep his power steady or else his ability to do special attacks will be halved if he goes on an empty stomach.
  • Bishōnen: He IS Ky's son, after all.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Brainwashed by Valentine, and all too happy to kill the heroes. Sol had other ideas...
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Quarter Gear.
  • The Heart: Despite being a tad naive, he acts as this role in Xrd. Compared to the more objective Sol and Ky, Sin serves as the emotional center of their group.
  • Heroic Bastard: He's illegitimate, yes, but he's not that much of a bastard. Also, nobody in the kingdom knows that he actually existed.
  • Human Dad Nonhuman Mom
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Sort of. In Xrd, Sin has a special meter called "Full Stomach" that goes down whenever he uses special moves. Once this meter depletes, he must eat food items to refill it and be able to use his special moves without a massive delay (though he can cheat a bit if he uses a Roman Cancel).
  • Idiot Hero: Possibly justified by his age.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Uses A FLAG. And as for why, the 10th Anniversary Memorial book says that some time before Overture a younger and then-weaponless Sin decided that he needed a weapon to help Sol with the bounty hunting. Sol asks what kind of weapon, and Sin gives a somewhat lengthy description that boils down to "it needs to be flashy and attention-gathering", to which an unamused Sol tells Sin to go wave a flag or something... advice that Sin took seriously.
    • Simple Staff: Oddly enough, Sin has the flag rolled up in Xrd, which effectively turns the flag pole into one of these. It's much more practical looking as a result.
  • In the Blood: He inherited his father's lightning element, though he denies it and claims that it's his mother's power.
  • I Have No Father: Subverted because he considers Sol to be his dad.
  • It Runs in the Family: Sol himself pointed out that he's as loud as Ky.
  • Mac Guffin Boy: For Valentine.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is probably reference to the fact that he is the offspring of a human and a Gear.
  • Momma's Boy
  • Oedipus Complex: "This is my real power! MY MOTHER'S POWER!" Which he "displays" to Sol by using Ride the Lightning.
    • However, he doesn't exactly hate everything Ky stands for and gives him some respect, despite dear old dad not being around to guide him. Xrd shows how Sin can be a bit more cordial when dealing with Ky as his way to fix their relationship. The icing on the cake comes with him calling Ky "Dad" during their reunion with Dizzy.
  • Rapid Hair Growth: He claims he has to cut his hair every three days to keep it from getting long. Probably a side-effect of being a Gear.
  • Rebel Prince
  • Sarashi: The leather midriff part is this, basically.
  • Secret Character: Per se. In Xrd, unlocking Sin requires that the player buy him in the gallery for 200000 World Dollars... or purchasing him with actual money.
  • Shock and Awe: Like father, like son. Just don't tell him that. However, Sin's lightning is red, possibly indicating his tutelage under Sol or that his lightning is not as refined as Ky's.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Subverted. Though he inherited Ky's power and some part of his personality, Sin is informal, occasionally foul-mouthed and carefree like Sol.
    • Double Subversion if Sol is proven to be his grandfather. Sol is an intelligent scientist, but Sin ended as a simple-minded individual and barely literate. And Word of God states that Sol's half-assed upbringing is to blame for that, since Sol half-asses pretty much everything.
    • In Xrd Sin displays some of cheerful innocence similar to his mother, Dizzy.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't have much actual skill, seeing as though he expends soo much energy using specials that he needs to eat mid-battle in Xrd. That said, he can break through several mountains, and cause an electrically-charged nuclear explosion.
  • Willfully Weak: Or so he claims, anyway.
  • Younger Than They Look: Like Dizzy before him, he's 2-5 years old but looks around 15.

    Izuna 

"A person who won’t fight when a friend is in need is not a coward. There's a different word for that...A Chicken Breast! And I am no chicken breast, sir!"

A jovial fox spirit created in the Backyard. He lives in (and was previously exiled to) a pocket dimension of the Backyard called the "Yomotsu Hirasaka" or Underworld Hill in English. He first appears to Sol and Sin when they are first attacked by Valentine's servants. Izuna doesn't usually fight, but then reveals that he can fight perfectly well and has much knowledge of magic, much to Sol's annoyance. Like Anji, he appears to be fond of getting information.

    Dr. Paradigm 

"I am a dragon, sir, not a bird. As this is a time of crisis I will let your insult pass, but I hope not to see you make the same mistake in the future!"

Voiced by: Yuji Mikimoto / Michael McConnohie

The leader of a group of animal-type Gears on a remote island called Ganymede. Paradigm is a bird dragon-like Gear who is a brilliant strategist and tactician who also has an immense knowledge of magic. He hates humans at first for their treatment of Gears, but then realizes that not all Humans Are Bastards when he allies with Ky, who makes him the ambassador for Gears in the end.

He's currently trying to figure out how to break the seal on Dizzy.

  • Badass Army: His Gears, who have a interesting "civilized nature with technology" aesthetic.
  • Badass Bookworm: He even has his own magic scrapbook.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He and Ky show up with an army in tow to bail out Sol's party.
  • Big "WHAT?!": His reaction when Ky Kiske declared his love for the frozen maiden, which is the Key Valentine is searching for, the backup of Justice and a powerful Gear who's supposed to be dead. His brain seemingly suffered stroke when the king also revealed he and his lover are Sin's parents.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Paradigm doesn't take kindly to being called a "bird". Sol doesn't care and calls him that anyway.
  • Humans Are Bastards: His thoughts at first.
    • Wrong Genre Savvy: Doesn't realize his teammates are the only people who are trying to CHANGE that situation.
  • Insistent Terminology: For the last time, it's dragon!
  • Innocently Insensitive: Accuses Ky of using the Maiden of the Grove as a weapon. Turns out... It's Dizzy, Ky's WIFE, and Sin's mother! Very much not a weapon.
  • Squishy Wizard: He's capable of high level magic that even Sol can't do but he has the smallest health in the roster of Overture.
  • Token Evil Teammate: More pragmatic then evil, but he's still the one who advocates the darkest solutions.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: His gameplay is strange in that he doesn't physically attack you, but he hurls boulders at you.
  • A Wizard Did It: Dr. Paradigm can only breathe underwater. In Overture, he always resides in a magic bubble of water. In Xrd he no longer needs it when Sin suggests he "just magically make himself breathe air."

    Valentine 

"Why is it? I don't get it. Can I not perform well unless I understand 'feelings'?"

Voiced by: Chie Sawaguchi / Wendee Lee

The Antagonist of Guilty Gear 2: Overture. She is obsessed with obtaining a certain "Key" that will allow her to enter the Backyard and cause the undoing of the universe. She is completely emotionless, and has eerily robotic mannerisms. She kidnaps and brainwashes Sin for a short period before extracting his DNA, and enters the Backyard. Sol stops the process of the Key turning by destroying it, which causes her to feel her first emotion: PISSED OFF. After her transformations Sol kills her, but not before realizing that she is a clone of Aria, Sol's previous lover.

2 years after the events of Overture, Sol senses that she may be alive again[1].

A new character bearing her namesake appears in Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, but it is unknown if they are related or the same person entirely.