Characters / Iji

The characters from Daniel Remar's indie game Iji.
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Iji Kataiser

  • Action Girl: She's a chick, and can easily rack up a body count in the triple digits.
  • Action Survivor: She straddles the line on this trope. She's very much a reluctant everyman in unusual circumstances, but the Nanofield she's granted means she fails on the "Normal" part of "Badass Normal".
  • Anti-Hero: Starts out as a Classical Anti Hero, but may become a Vicious Anti-Hero on a killer run.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Until she kills enough enemies, she apologizes after each kill.
  • Artistic Age: She's supposed to be 20, but looks more like a teenager in the cutscenes.
  • Badass Pacifist: Even when on a pacifist run, her enemies notice how she's running through hostile battlefield like there's nothing in the way.
  • The Berserker: Iji can easily become this if she kills enough enemies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite starting out reluctant to kill clearly hostile aliens, she can end up with a body count in the hundreds.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She ends up protective of Dan. Due to endangering Dan, Asha is the only person Iji never shows even a shred of regret for killing, and this reaction is completely unchanged by her kill count.
  • Break the Cutie: So much. The constant threats of death wear on her spirit, and Dan dying causes her to snap.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: After getting a few kills too many, she becomes increasingly violent and unhinged.
  • Determinator: And how. It doesn't matter how many aliens get in her way, she just keeps going.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": All of the NPCs save Dan and Ansaksie on a pacifist run refer to her as the Human Anomaly. She never actually told them her name, though.
  • The Hero: She is the last line of defense between humanity and total extinction.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: She goes through a complete mental breakdown if Dan dies, including talking to him as if he's still there.
  • Hollywood Cyborg
  • Hypocrite: On a killer path. She argues the alien leaders are immoral for killing everyone, while she's been doing just that. She even admits it during the pre-battle fight with Iosa, who mocks her for being a hypocrite.
  • Implacable Man: If you max out her health stat.
  • It Gets Easier: Kill a couple of aliens at the start of the game. Listen to Iji's reactions. Kill a hundred more aliens. Compare and contrast.
  • Kick Chick: Because she can't really punch while holding her gun, kicking is Iji's main close-combat method.
  • Last of His Kind: While the number isn't easily discernible, there aren't that many humans left alive after the Alpha Strike.
  • Missing Mom: Word of God says that Ron had two wives, both of which left him. Neither get mentioned in the game.
  • Morph Weapon: The Nanogun.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • She attempts to call in the Komato, hoping to Summon Bigger Fish and get them to save humanity. It quickly turns out that they don't care about the humans' fate either. It's then subverted in later versions, where Iji can form a truce with the Tasen forces and decide against calling the Komato... in which case they reveal they already knew the Tasen were on Earth and attack anyway.
    • If she kills Tor, this convinces his comrades that humanity is not worth saving and causes them to Alpha Strike the planet and annihilate humanity. Whoops.
  • One-Man Army: Actually an in-game rank for getting 300 kills.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red. Played pacifistic, Iji's quite the McCoy; as a killer, she's not as nice, but still quite emotional in her actions.
  • Reluctant Warrior: At first.
  • Road Runner PC: Though there are still some enemies faster than her, she can outrun most of them.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: If Dan dies, she vows to kill every last Komato between her and General Tor.
  • Sanity Slippage: She begins to suffer from hallucinations as the game progresses, and if Dan dies, she goes completely over the edge.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: For humans, Iji's quite tall at 6'3" (190 cm — she's taller than most men!). However, since her gun was designed for Tasen, who are 7 feet tall at the shortest (and the Elites who would get to use her gun are closer to 9'), the gun is ridiculously oversized for her.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Nanogun, again.
  • Technical Pacifist: There are plenty of ways to kill enemies without getting them on your counter, including arranging friendly fire accidents (e.g. blocking missiles with your face while standing next to an enemy, so that you'll survive the explosion but he won't), letting another enemy do the dirty work, setting a mine, and (in 1.6) reflecting their shots back at them. Also, machine enemies don't count, nor do Assassins (who aren't killed, but driven away).
  • Theme Naming: All the Kataisers have three-letter first names.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: On a killer run, she intends to drive the invading aliens back off the Earth before they can destroy what little is left... by blowing everyone in her way straight to hell.
  • Wild Hair: She spent six months in a coma, so it's no wonder her hair looks a little messy.
  • Worthy Opponent: If she defeats Asha, a logbook he leaves for her indicates that he considers her this, in a twisted way; he compares her to Hel Sarie, both in her strength and conviction, and in the fate he expects her to suffer.

Dan Kataiser

Mia Kataiser

Ron Kataiser

  • All There in the Script: His name is only mentioned once off-hand in an out-of-the-way logbook. His backstory isn't even in the game at all.
  • Disappeared Dad: He doesn't have one, but he serves this role to his children after he dies.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Only his coworkers mention him, his children barely mention him.
  • Posthumous Character: He's already dead by the time Iji wakes up from her coma.
  • The Professor: He was a scientist working in a military research facility.
  • Theme Naming: All the Kataisers have three-letter first names.

    The Tasen 


  • General Ripper
  • King Mook: Though he has some unique attacks, the Elites found in other sectors fight in mostly the same way.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: While ordinary Tasen Elites wear grey armour with yellow trim, Krotera's is yellow on red.
  • The Neidermeyer
  • Skippable Boss: As long as you stay Innocent (No kills) or Pacifist (Very few kills) in the first three sectors, you can bypass the battle with him through a truce made with his men. If you don't skip him, even if you don't technically kill him (by clever use of the turrets or taking an explosive to the face while near him), Iji's guilt will count Krotera as one of her kills.
  • Unexplained Accent: Krotera seems to speak in a slight German accent, despite being, well, an alien. Of course, this suits him quite well.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss


  • Action Girl
  • Almighty Janitor: To an extent. She's no stronger than usual if you fight her, but if you keep the truce, she kills Krotera with an MPFB Devastator, which is not a Soldier-level weapon. Also, she seems to be able to remain standing while shooting it, meaning that she's almost certainly stronger than Iji.
  • Big Damn Heroes
  • Heel–Face Turn: As long as you follow the truce, she becomes an ally to Iji.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Later in the game, she can sell you armor repairs. At this point, she doesn't care if you've killed any Tasen after the truce was over - she knows she can do business with you.
  • Last of His Kind: She can potentially be one of the very few survivors of the Tasen.
  • Punch-Clock Villain
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!
  • Stop Poking Me!: If she's on your side by Sector 7, she'll make some comments on her backstory if you attempt to crack her.
  • The Dog Bites Back: If you get her on your side, she'll come in and kill Krotera right when he's trash-talking her.


  • Almighty Janitor: He uses the same sprite and rank as a regular Tasen mook, but he's equipped with a suite of personalized and cracked gear that make him the strongest Tasen in the game, and stronger than the vast majority of Komato to boot.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Bonus Boss: He can be fought if you apply some careful tactics in Sector 6 to get up to his bunker.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing
  • Evil Counterpart: He's the Tasen counterpart to Iji; a living example of what a Tasen could achieve through the use of Nano and proper cracking skills. While he's not evil in the strictest sense, he is one of the Tasen invaders.
  • Fun Personified
  • Honest John's Dealership: Is involved in illicit trade with some of the Komato. However, the translators he sells are defective.
  • Mr. Exposition: Not in the game, but there's some secret pages on Remar's website allegedly written by him explaining much of the backstory.
  • Playful Hacker: Hacks logbooks largely for entertainment value. Also hacks weapons for the same reason.

Wak Torma

Hel Sarie

    The Komato 


  • Arch-Enemy
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He doesn't quite fit the Kung Fu part, though like all Assassins he carries a sword, but certainly the "arrogant" part. It's deconstructed as well: he's good, and he knows it, and because he's so skilled, he doesn't fight intelligently or play to his strengths.
  • Beam Spam: During the second battle, he has two special moves where he can increase his Plasma Cannon's rate of fire to about 1000 rounds per minute.
  • Break the Haughty: He breaks down and kills himself out of shame if Iji manages to get around his second fight.
  • Beyond the Impossible: In the second fight, he can dodge anything, even a nuke, in an enclosed room. He just chooses not to.
  • Degraded Boss: In the first fight with him, he fights in the same way other assassins do later on. He has a unique style for the rematch.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: Afterimages of him start to accumulate after a while during the second fight.
  • Dual Wield: The only Assassin who doesn't do this, due to having only one arm.
    • To his credit, Asha comes as close to dual wielding as any one-armed man can possible get; he teleports his guns into and out of his hand, firing two guns at their maximum fire rate with one finger!
  • Evil Laugh: "A-HA-ha-ha-HA!"
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Fake Ultimate Villain, actually.
  • Fragile Speedster: He is the quickest teleporter among the assassins, capable of dodging any attack, but he's not that much more durable.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Asha" is a girl's name in most parts of the world, and he's one of the most manly characters in the game. The creator didn't know that it was a real name when he came up with it.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite telefragging his own arm off, he's still as competent in battle as other assassins.
  • Honor Before Reason: He won't dodge any small guns like a shotgun or a Buster Gun because he considers them too petty to dodge. Even if he's on his last bit of health and about to die.
  • Laser Blade
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Like Krotera, he's based on an ordinary enemy found later in the game, but differs slightly. In this case, he wears purple instead of black, and apparently isn't wearing a shirt.
  • Narcissist
  • Pride: Asha puts the "ass" in assassin. TWICE!
  • Skippable Boss: Through some Dungeon Bypass.
  • Smug Snake
  • Story-Breaker Power: Asha's dodging ability would make him literally invincible in an area he'd mapped out if he weren't a pathological idiot.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Tele-Frag: He lost his arm when he accidentally teleported partway into a wall.
  • Teleport Spam: His preferred method of locomotion.
  • Too Clever by Half
  • Too Dumb to Live: Refuses to dodge Shotgun or Buster Gun projectiles, even when taking one more pellet would reduce him to a fine teal mist.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The second fight with him, and he was already pretty badass to begin with.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Activate a single checkpoint before going into the second fight with Asha. Die to him. Activate a second checkpoint. Die to him again. Then challenge him one last time. His reaction is PRICELESS.
    • For those of you who don't want to go through sector X in a very specific and difficult way just to get this reaction, Asha threatens to tear Iji to pieces and throw those pieces into a black hole ten times.
    • He also suffers a breakdown and kills himself if you refuse to fight him the second time.
  • Villains Never Lie: Averted, Dan's not a traitor. It's just a trap. Iji sees through this anyway.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In the second fight, he can only be damaged by your weakest guns, because he thinks they're not worth his time dodging.
  • Your Head Asplode: Inverted; his head is the only part of him that doesn't explode messily when he dies.
  • Zero-Effort Boss: His first encounter is...underwhelming if you have a Nuke.

Iosa Sakera

  • Boom, Headshot: How she dies, assuming Ansaksie isn't with you.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: After her exoskeleton is destroyed, she fights entirely using her claws.
  • The Berserker
  • Cool Mask: Every alien in the game wears some sort of mask, but Iosa gets bonus points for wearing what looks like a sock over her face. She also keeps it when she's demoted to Trooper.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: Seems second in the hierarchy of the Komato fleet, is first seen at General Tor's side, and is far more willing to fight than Tor.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Iji. Like Iji, Iosa is a super-Komato augmented with an advanced Nanofield and personal, unique technology available to no one else. Unlike Iji, she's fighting for a genocidal, conquering army, and is completely immune to reason. Also see Shadow Archetype below.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her world got whacked with an Alpha Strike, with her on it. She survived, and now she won't rest until every last trace of the Tasen are wiped from existence.
  • Hero Killer: Completely pulps Iji if she decides to spare Iosa.
  • Humongous Mecha: She fights in her Annihilator exoskeleton for the first part of the battle.
  • Immortality Seeker: Implied by some optional dialogue.
  • Implacable Man
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Iosa is often called "the Invincible", and for good reason...
  • Nigh Invulnerable: To be more specific, it's a combination of a powerful Nanofield normally used on doors and a natural resistance to energy beams, which is the reason she can have a door-grade Nanofield without having her neurons fried.
  • Not So Different: Both Iji and Iosa lost their homeworlds to Tasen Alpha Strikes. Iji attempts to call her out on it at the beginning of their fight. Depending on how the player has been playing Iji, Iosa can throw that right back in her face.
  • Odd Name Out: She's the only alien in the game with a last name, at least one ever mentioned.
  • One-Man Army: Her kill count is over one thousand; so high, the number wrapped back to zero.
  • Power Armor: She turns out to be a lot smaller when her exoskeleton is destroyed.
  • Puzzle Boss: Her exoskeleton can be defeated through superior firepower, but it's easier just to use the laser traps in the room. Fighting Iosa out of her exoskeleton plays the trope straight, though.
  • Shadow Archetype: Iosa is what Iji becomes on a max-kill route: a psychopathic berserker driven only by the destruction of her enemies.
  • Unholy Matrimony: In one of the logbooks, Asha states that she and Tor are lovers.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Since she's immune to projectiles, the only way to keep her under control is to kick her several times.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: A maniacal Blood Knight even by her species' high standards, her lust for carnage began when the Tasen Alpha Struck her home planet, killing every living thing on it except for her. Afterwards, she desired nothing more than the extermination of every last Tasen in existence.
  • Younger Than They Look: Iosa is only 38 in a cast of enemies whose listed ages go up to over 200.



  • Anti-Villain: Of the tragic villain sort. If he doesn't try to destroy Earth and wipe out the Tasen, the High Council will be forced to execute him and destroy Earth anyway.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: It's the same guy, but when you first run into him, he's just a regular Komato, so the player might expect a simple shootout. Then he summons his mech. This is foreshadowed by a logbook, though.
  • Beam Spam: Know as "Death Hail" in the official guide.
  • BFG: Tor's own gun isn't that big. His exoskeleton's, on the other hand...
  • Big Bad
  • Combat Pragmatist: He sort of invokes this during the Final Boss fight if he powers up the Phantom Hammer enough to fire it. Seeing him charge up his ultimate weapon will probably prompt the player to try to dodge it by ducking. Tor sees this coming and stomps the ground to knock the player into the air and then fire it.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the standard endings, Tor self-terminates.
  • Disintegrator Ray: His Phantom Hammer.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: To the point of incomprehensibility.
  • Final Boss: He's the last opponent Iji faces.
  • Four-Star Badass: Being ranked General and being the opponent for the climactic battle of the game is a sure-fire qualification for the title.
  • General Ripper: Subverted. It's just an act he puts on.
  • Hero Killer: Before the events of the game, Tor made a name for himself killing the Tasen hero Hel Sarie, who Iji is compared to by some. Asha threatens Iji with the same fate, should she attempt to negotiate.
    Asha: "Tor will blow you into Phantom Hammer mist and spread your ashes to the winds... like he did with Hel Sarie."
  • Humongous Mecha: He towers over the already tall Iji on foot. His exoskeleton is bigger than a house.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's really a good guy inside.
  • Macross Missile Massacre
  • Marathon Boss: On the lowest difficulty, he has 900 health in a game where most enemies don't break 15. For comparison, Iosa's exoskeleton had 400 health.
  • One-Hit Kill: The Phantom Hammer doesn't just kill you, it wipes out all your stats.
  • Power Armor: Like Iosa, he wears an exoskeleton for his boss battle.
  • Punch-Clock Villain
  • Secret Test of Character: The reason why Tor sticks around to fight Iji despite being able to just up and leave and let the Alpha Strike do its work is to see if there was hope for humanity. You only get to find this out from Kiron after executing Tor, but at that point, you have failed the test, and Kiron proceeds to Alpha Strike the planet.
  • Slave to PR: The only reason he's stuck doing things he really doesn't want to do.
  • Tennis Boss: His Phantom Hammer ball-shot can be reflected into him, which also prevents him from charging up a full-power Phantom Hammer blast which has changed in 1.7 to something more manageable but still difficult to evade.
  • This Cannot Be!: Defeat him on maximum charge on Ultimortal, and you'll get this gem:
    Tor: Grraagh! Impossible... it, it's impossible!!! How could a mere human... so weak and insignificant... against a fully powered General? So much fighting skill and combat spirit... in such a frail body... Have mercy... please, I beg of you to have mercy on me!
  • Top-Heavy Guy: Has a rather impressive upper body, though it doesn't really get displayed much when he's in a mech for the majority of his screen time.
  • True Final Boss: On a New Game+, you can "maximum charge" his exoskeleton, making him even tougher.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With Iosa.
  • Wave Motion Gun: He can use the Phantom Hammer as a handheld ray. Okay, with his mech, but still.