Characters: Melty Blood

This page describes the characters from the multiple Melty Blood games. For characters originating in Tsukihime or Kagetsu Tohya please check Tsukihime.

Spoilers abound!! Read at your own risk.

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    Sion Eltnam Atlasia 

Sion Eltnam Atlasia

Voiced by: Rio Natsuki (JP - Melty Blood, Carnival Phantasm), Satomi Akesaka (JP - Under Night In-Birth, as "Eltnum")

Sion is an Alchemist of Atlas, a magic organization in Egypt independent of the Mage's Association. According to her calculations, Tatari is going to manifest in Misaki. Bearing a grudge against the mysterious vampire, she came in an attempt to kill him. She quickly meets up with Shiki and commences the first battle of the story. Following that, she and Shiki track down the mysterious Tatari, but she eventually lies and says they have defeated him before they really have managed to do so. Shiki catches on and they eventually face Tatari in battle where, with the assistance of Arcueid, they finally manage to destroy him for real.

The reason for her grudge against the Tatari is rooted in a failed attempt by the Church to kill him at an earlier time. However, the rest of the group was killed, including her friend Riesbyfe Stridberg. Sion was only spared because Tatari realized she was a descendant of his, so he merely drank her blood. Due to the nature of the Tatari, she has yet to fully vampirize and intends to kill him before this can happen.

Vampire Sion/Sion TATARI is story-wise an Alternate Continuity where Sion has succumbed to her vampiric impulses and is on the verge of succeeding Wallachia as the new TATARI. Despite this she can still fight her normal self.


  • Alchemy Is Magic: "Mental" Alchemy, where the lineage is constantly upgrading their bloodline to have higher cognitive abilities. Traditional alchemists also exist.
  • Alternate Continuity: Within Melty Blood itself, one can play as "V. Sion/Sion Tatari" and "Normal Sion." Unlike other Evil Counterparts who are just Tatari Nightmares, Vampire Sion is an Alternate Continuity where she succumbs to the bloodlust. Compare "Evil Ryu" from Street Fighter.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Alchemists of Atlas are even capable of predicting the future because of this. It's basically a form of Laplace's Demon.
  • Ax-Crazy: Kinda. Since Re-Act, Vampire Sion picks up her parent vampire's habit of shouting Katto during battle. It's not as extreme as his case, but hey, she still has to grow into the role...
  • Berserk Button: Implying that she has been careless annoys her.
  • The Chessmaster: Her forte.
  • Curtains Match the Window
  • Defeat Means Friendship: With Akiha.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Courtesy of Shiki. she goes from The Stoic to Shrinking Violet in his presence.
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: At one point in manga Shiki politely, with friendly smile asks her what he is thinking right now. After few seconds she blushes red as tomato, and angrily lashes out and hits him. Sadly, readers weren't told what was he thinking, or was Sion in it.
  • Guest Fighter: In Under Night In-Birth under the name Elthum. She appears as a hidden boss character.
  • Handguns: Sion is the only Melty Blood character to carry a ballistic gun. She will run out of bullets and need to reload if you use it too much.
  • Hidden Buxom: Shes actually an E cup, although its not very visible.
  • Hyper Awareness: Sion can "overclock her brain" through her techniques and predict probable future outcomes using math and magic.
  • Magi Babble
  • Magic A Is Magic A
  • Meaningful Name: In Japanese, her name is pronounced shion. That's the name of a flower associated with memories. Sion can read and manipulate memories using her Etherlite.
  • Odd Friendship: With Satsuki, Roa, White Len and Len — the "Back Alley Alliance!" Also with Akiha, once she reveals that she has a method to control Shiki.
    • Sion tends to have a lot of these. She was also good friends with Riesbyfe Stridberg. Ordinarily, mages and the Church aren't on good terms.
  • Only Sane Girl: At times. Just... watch Satsuki's ending in Actress Again!
  • The Other Darrin: Satomi Akesaka voices her in Under Night In-Birth.
  • People Puppets: A use of Etherlite.
  • Pinball Projectile: Half-Moon-Sion can do this. While it's acceptable that the bullets may ricochet when shooting at the ground if one stretches their suspension of disbelief for a bit, one can only wonder how the bullets ricochet on the top of the screen.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Psychic Link: Etherlite is also capable of doing this. Sion's family are literally nicknamed "spiritual hackers" because of this.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Although it's braided up most of the time, its quite obvious her hair is really, really long if her winpose is any indication.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In Vampire Mode.
  • Resist The Beast: Several of V. Sion's pre-fight quotes are pained pleas for the opponent to run away.
  • Significant Anagram: Her family name of 'Eltnam' can be rearranged to form the word 'Mental', which is the school of Alchemy she practices.
  • Split Personality: A really unique twist on this. She has multiple "rooms of thought" while most people have one, so she thinks of up to at least seven subjects at a time. It's the same personality, but it's thinking about seven different things at once with the same focus.
  • Spock Speak: Goes into this on occasion.
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: Shiki you womanizer...
      • She also very nearly breaks down when she realizes that her best friend has been brought Back from the Dead... And is stuck serving the villain.
  • Super OCD: The notion that something might be "random" irritates her incredibly.
  • Teen Genius
  • Transplant: Bordering on expy, "Eltnum" appears in Under Night In-Birth with the same background as Sion.
    • It's notable that all of 'Eltnum's' sprites were made for Melty Blood HD, but since French Bread isn't allowed to make that until the Tsukihime Remake comes out...
  • Tsundere: A more subdued example of a Type A, but she shows the associated traits, especially in her ending for Re-ACT.
  • Vampire Refugee
  • Whip It Good: Her Etherlite in Melty Blood's gameplay.
  • You Gotta Have Light Purple Hair
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Yes! Really! It rivals Rin's.

    Miyako Arima 

Miyako Arima

Voiced by: Miwa Kouzuki (JP)

"I don't care for whatever plans you have for humanity, just give Onii-chan back!"

Miyako is Shiki's much younger sister from the Arima family. She rarely talked with Shiki, so he assumed she didn't like him. In fact, the opposite was true: she loved him very much, but was shy so she couldn't approach him. Instead, she would get embarrassed, tackle him, and then run away. She views the Tohno family as having 'kidnapped' Shiki and goes to 'rescue' him. She has a fascination with Chinese martial arts, and Wallachia increased her fighting ability. She was mentioned briefly in the original Tsukihime and Len was mistaken for her in Kagetsu Tohya, but she did not receive a proper introduction until Melty Blood.

One of the two protagonists of the spinoff manga Hana No Miyako.

    Red Arcueid 

Red Arcueid (Warcueid)

Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP)

Red Arcueid is a hypothetical Arceuid that has given into her blood lust created by Wallachia. However, because Arcueid is such a powerful being, she is limited to one third of her normal power. Red Arcueid is completely bloodthirsty and insane with absolutely no value for life.


    Neko-Arc 

Cat-Arcueid (Neco-Arc, or just Neco)

Voiced by: Ryoka Yuzuki (JP)

Neko-Arc was originally nothing more than a chibified Arcueid that would appear to harass Ciel in the Tsukihime hint corner Teach Me Ciel-Sensei. This trend continued into Kagetsu Tohya, but in Melty Blood she became a fully fledged character. As you can probably guess from her appearance and origins, she is not the most serious character around. In Carnival Phantasm, she is the owner and main bartender of the Ahnenerbe Cafe.


    Neko-Arc Chaos 

Cat-Arcueid Chaos (Neco-Arc Chaos)

Voiced by: Joji Nakata

Similar to Neco-Arc, he is a parody of Nrvnqsr "Nero" Chaos, and possibly Joji Nakata for that matter. He wants to be an actor, but never seems to be able to make it.


    Mecha Hisui 

Mecha-Hisui

Voiced by: Miyu Matsuki (JP)

Mecha Hisui is a robotic version of Hisui created by Kohaku, most likely while under the influence of Wallachia. Her duty seems to be to guard the Tohno Mansion from intruders, of which there are a large amount. It's revealed that Kohaku had built an entire factory that mass produces these units.


  • BFS: Big Effing Chainsaw, therefore...
  • Chainsaw Good
  • Expy: A robotic version of one of the main characters of a fighting game originally released in 2002, that has since recieved a truckload of updates. Now who are we talking about, Mecha-Hisui or Robo-Ky?
  • Insistent Terminology: Kohaku is addressed by Mecha-Hisui as either 'Doctor' or 'Doctor Kohaku'. (And 'Nee-san'.)
  • Magic-Powered Pseudoscience: What exactly Mecha-Hisui is made of isn't quite known but she was created "under the Tatari's Influence." It is highly unlikely that Kohaku, no matter how twistedly smart she is, knows traditional electronics, programming, and robotics to the degree necessary.
    • In the pre-battle dialogue with Aoko, Aoko refers to Mecha-Hisui as a magic doll.
  • Mid Boss
  • Overly Long Name: Pleasant Type Latent City Subjugation Weapon Hisui.
  • Robo Speak: Used in general for Calling Your Attacks. Also, will call out: "Nee-san... Nee-san..." if beaten by Kohaku.
  • Shout-Out: Mecha Hisui's chainsaw is the Chainsawd weapon from Phantasy Star Online along with her aerial laser bazooka.
  • Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: Seriously, are missiles, lasers, and a chainsaw really necessary for a "Pleasant Type" robot? Of course, she was designed by Kohaku...
    • Don't forget the jetpack.
  • Take Over the World: She (and the other mass produced Mech-Hisuis) try to do this at the end of her arcade mode in Act Cadenza. Whether or not they succeed no one knows.

    Riesbyfe Stridberg 

Riesbyfe Stridberg

Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (JP)

Riesbyfe was a Church Knight and a close friend of Sion before dying at the hands of the Night of Wallachia in the incident that infected Sion with vampirism. However, her soul remained alive and intact within the TATARI as data, due to the True Apocrypha's protection. Sion was able to steal this data from Wallachia during their fight, prior to his death at Shiki's hands. Dust of Osiris used that same information, alongside the Aqua Vitae, to resurrect Riesbyfe. Despite having been recreated through the TATARI, Riesbyfe was completely alive and completely human. After Osiris' defeat, Sion stole Osris' program and maintained Ries' existence herself, at the expense of two Thought Partitions. Riesbyfe's playable story arc takes place in the Vampire Sion timeline; although she is present in the "main" Sion timeline as well.


  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Stridberg is an actual Swedish surname. Riesbyfe is not a name or even word in any language.
  • Back from the Dead: Utilizing the TATARI and the Aqua Vitae created from her Philosophers Stones, Dust of Osiris resurrected Riesbyfe as a living, breathing human being, although she still requires a mana flow like a familiar would.
  • Bifauxnen
  • Bodyguard Crush; Pretty heavily implied to have one on Sion.
  • Covert Pervert: Focuses quite a bit on Sion's figure during the gratuitous bath scene in Melty Blood X. There's even hearts at the end of each sentence.
  • Church Militant
  • Downer Ending: Her playable story ends in one. Having taken place during the Sion TATARI continuity, Riesbyfe is forced to take her down. In the end, Riesbyfe defeats Dust of Osiris, the person who resurrected her. Osiris tells her how she instigated the new TATARI in order to save her. After a heartfelt talk between the two of them, the two die together as TATARI collapses.
  • Expy: Her existence is very similar to the Servants of Fate/stay night. She's a living TATARI created from the previous Tatari's perfect information of her after Zepia ate her.
    • In the manga, she even boasts that she is Sion's Shield; a similar oath to the one that Saber made.
  • Fan Nickname: Roast Beef Stroganoff/Strudelburger/Stringburger.
  • Honor Before Reason: Her reason for serving the Dust of Osiris despite not being under her control.
  • Knight in Shining Armor
  • Mindlink Mates: Once Sion downloads her into two partitions of her mind to maintain her existence; they both can hear each other's thoughts and there's even some information bleed, like Riesbyfe using software terms.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Holds fast to this with regards to the Dust of Osiris, except in her own storyline.
    Riesbyfe: Slow down, Ultimate One. Although it is temporary, she is my master. As a knight, I cannot simply let this matter go.
    Archetype Earth: Hm? There was some worthless object over there, so I kicked it away. Would you happen to be that object's toy? But, a thing that cannot protect it's master dares to call itself a knight. An inferior master has an inferior knight. That is the way of things.
    Riesbyfe: Indeed, I am a phantom limited to one night. But she is different. Until the very end, she treated me as a friend. Take back your words, vampire princess. You can take away her wishes. However, I will not let you take away my honor!
  • No Sell: The True Apocrypha protects Riesbyfe on a mental level as well as physical, rendering her immune to anything that would affect her mind.
  • Posthumous Character: She was member of the Church and mentioned as a companion of Sion's in the group that was sent to try to stop Tatari, and died trying to buy her time to escape. Sion was extremely close to her, and kept a memento of her at all times. Then she appears in Actress Again, reanimated by the Dust of Osiris.
  • Pile Bunker: True Apocrypha, as befitting a planned rival of Ciel.
  • Shield Bash: A core part of her fighting style.
  • Shout-Out: In sixth chapter of Kara no Kyoukai, the headmaster of Reien Girl's Academy is stated to be "Mother Riesbyfe" and mentioned to have a large string instrument case in her office.
  • Staking the Loved One: Playing as her in Actress Again takes place in the Sion Tatari continuity, and she has to put down both V. Sion and The Dust Of Osiris; also Sion.
    • Together in Death: "I hope to be able to see you again, friend, after the darkness."
  • Super Strength: She claims to be able to put two-to-five tons of force into her punches, which would already make her strong enough to crush human skulls like particularly fragile eggshells, but Arcueid claims that Ries can hit at 100 tons. Which, for reference, would put her on the level of Berserker.
  • Undying Loyalty: Quite literally, toward Sion.
  • What Could Have Been: Up until TYPE-MOON created Sion, Riesbyfe was supposedly the main heroine of Melty Blood and would've appeared as Ciel's rival.

    Ryougi Shiki 

Shiki Ryougi

Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto (JP)

"I see... you're definitely some kind of imitation." [said to Shiki Tohno]

Shiki Ryougi from Kara no Kyoukai makes a special appearance in Melty Blood: Actress Again. For a proper writeup, please consult the Kara no Kyoukai characters page. Shiki is explicitly stated in Melty Blood to have come from another universe, most likely because she and Tohno Shiki do not exist in the same universes. She was apparently brought there by Archetype:Earth, and her story mode ends with the two of them starting to fight.


    Archetype Earth 

Archetype:Earth

Archetype Earth is the original form of Arcueid and the template for the vampires for planet Earth (thus an Archetype, rather than Type like Brunestud and ORT). However, in Current Code, she doesn't actually exist as a separate character despite being playable, merely as Arcueid's personality.


    Melty Blood Primary Antagonists 

The Night of Wallachia (Tatari/TATARI) / Zepia Eltnam Oberon

Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (JP)

"Spin the vermin, reverse the guilt.
Reverse the birth, reverse the world.
Spin spin spinspinspinSPIN~~~!"

The Tatari is one of the more bizarre Dead Apostles out there and the thirteenth Dead Apostle Ancestor. While not particularly powerful on his own, the nature of his existence makes him almost impossible to track down and completely impossible to destroy through normal means. The reason is that in one sense there is no Tatari at all, only a recurring phenomenon on par with a hurricane. It merely appears for a single night every few decades. The name Night of Wallachia comes from one of its earlier manifestations not long after the death of Vlad the Impaler, who was already falsely being thought of as a vampire. Due to the Tatari's nature of manifesting itself as the fears of the populace, it appeared as what Vlad would be if he really were Dracula and slaughtered the village.

Due to her grudge against him for both killing her friend Riesbyfe and partially vampirizing her, Sion has managed to track down where he is next to appear, thus setting in motion the events of Melty Blood. It is said that Tatari will not die until the crimson moon once again appears in the sky, which will not occur for another thousand years.

Although he has a number of fates in the original Melty Blood, canonically the Night of Wallachia ends abruptly when Arcueid channels Crimson Moon Brunestud, announces that even in a thousand years Zepia will not succeed in making his miracle, and pulls the crimson moon from the future to turn him back into his vulnerable vampire form. He is then killed by Sion and Shiki. Despite this, due to the meddling of Aoko and White Len he appears as an avatar of his former self in later Melty Blood games, though he is still dead.

  • Axe Crazy: "Katto! katto katto katto kattokattokattokattokattokatto KATTO~~~!!!"
  • Back from the Dead: Subverted, like the other Tsukihime villains in Melty Blood; it's not really them but an exact copy created by Tatari.
  • Big Bad: In Melty Blood.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: So what the heck is Program No. Six anyway?
  • Curse Escape Clause: Only when the Red Moon shines on him will he be mortal. The next Red Moon is in about... 1000 years.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: It still took Summon Bigger Fish.
  • Dracula: The game does in fact point out that Vlad Tepes was a mortal; but one of the first massacres that the Tatari did in the past was a town in the Romanian province of Wallachia that feared the legend of the Son of the Dragon.
    • Amusingly the real Vlad Tepes appears as a Servant in Fate EXTRA and another interpretation in Fate/Apocrypha; one wonders what would happen if the they encountered each other.
  • Enemy Without: He does not have a true form, he simply takes form according to the dominant fears and rumors in his "hunting grounds".
    • The fact that he does this is the reason for Red (Bousou/Berserk) Arcueid, stabby-mode Nanaya Shiki, Mecha Hisui, Magical Amber Kohaku, and possibly also Vermillion (Kurenai Seki Shuu) Akiha existing.
  • Evil Laugh: Both evil and maniacal.
    • Don't forget the demented giggling.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: AND HOW! "Mawase mawase mawase mawase mawasemawasemawasemawasemawasemawase MAWASE~~~!"
  • Eyes Always Shut: Because he drinks so much blood it leaks from his blood filled eyes when he opens them.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Played by Yasunori Masutani, who also plays Raphael in the Soul Series.
    • And hilariously Trevor Belmont in Castlevania: Curse of Darkness.
  • Jackass Genie: Hey, he just materializes as people's wishes. If people want a bumper crop, dead bodies for fertilizer. People want to be friends? Running in terror from him before they die is a great way to connect. People want the favor of their god? He'll become their god and favor them when they die for him. Really, he interprets every single wish as demand for a bloodthirsty rampage.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family
  • Not So Different: According to his warped logic, this is why he made Sion into a vampire.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: It takes something really special that Shiki can't just hit his Death Spot and kill him.
    • That may be a technical point. Shiki's power doesn't work on imaginary/weirdly-existing beings, hence Nasu's clarification that he wouldn't be able to kill a Servant (therefore proving that the famous crossover doujin is on crack and then some... sigh). He's literally described as a phenomenon, so killing him would be like killing a storm, or an earthquake... Maybe. ...Goddamn it Nasu!
    • To clarify, Shiki cannot kill beings outside of the Gaian cycle of life, as he himself is one of those beings. It's the reason why he can see death spots on living beings but lines on inorganic beings. It's easiest for him to comprehend death in beings most similar to himself, although he can still see death for anything under Gaian reality. TYPEs (the ultimate beings of each planet), beings like TATARI, and assumedly Servants, have a different concept of absolute death (Servants can die, but since they're stored in the Throne of Heroes, unless he can kill the record itself, Shiki can't "kill" them).
  • Passing the Torch: Villainous version. He wants Sion to be his successor.
  • Reality Warper: Through his Reality Marble, he can manifest people's fears in the physical world.
  • Start of Darkness: See Well-Intentioned Extremist below.
  • Tears of Blood: Mixed with Slasher Smile, both dripping blood.
    • You get a full screen of this when you pull off his super damn magnum epic attack in Melty Blood. You will fail to not scream. TRUST ME.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His final speech to Sion reveals that, after tracing out countless hopeless scenarios of humanity's self-destruction, he became the Tatari in hopes of eventually creating a variable that could alter the future.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Despite his best efforts, he never found a way to even stave off humanity's extinction let alone stop it.

White Len

Voiced by: Kaori Mizuhashi (JP)

"IDIOT! You super IDIOT! Incredible IDIOT! Unbelievable IDIOT! I won't forgive you IDIOT!"

White Len is a version of Len created by Aoko Aozaki from the remains of Wallachia after he was defeated. She is said to made up of unused parts of the original Len, including both actually speaking and many of her repressed unhealthy emotions.


The Dust of Osiris

The Dust of Osiris is the Big Bad and Final Boss of Actress Again. She is the TATARI of a possible future created from Sion's blood that was sucked by Wallachia. It is effectively Sion as she would have been had she returned to Atlas and never met Shiki and is a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Having decided that humanity could not be saved, she hoped to utilize the Unified Language, as well as a distorted space caused by the Crimson Moon's Time Travel to convert all life into data and store it in her supercomputer, Hermes, leaving behind a record of their existence, at least giving the lives of humanity significance. In all endings where she is fought she is defeated and vanishes, except V. Sion's where V. Sion absorbs her power.