Characters: Rival Schools
A list of characters from the Rival Schools series. School affiliation is a big part of the characters' identities, so they're grouped by the school they go to (or work for) as of the latest game, Project Justice.It should be noted that the Brainwashed and Crazy trope features very heavily in the series as it is the focus of much of the plot (particularly the first game). Consequently virtually every character in the first game can fall victim to it as well as the Mind-Control Eyes and Red Eyes, Take Warning tropes that accompany it with the exceptions of Sakura and Hayato. If this trope is mentioned in a character's profile then it consequently does happen to the character in the story regardless of choice.
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Taiyo High SchoolThe "main" school of the series, where (you guessed it) most of the characters central to the series go to school. It's a "jack of all trades" typical Japanese high school.
Voiced by: Nobuyuki HiyamaThe main character of the series. A hot blooded high school student, he starts off the series with his mother Shizuku as his only family. Her disappearance is the reason he transfers to Taiyo High (where she works) at the start of United By Fate, where he sets out to find who kidnapped her. With the help of Hinata and Kyosuke, he not only succeeds in finding his mother, but also learns the principal of Justice High, Raizo, is his father as well as learning Kyosuke and Raizo's ward Hyo are his cousins; Shizuku was the only person who knew it, which was the reason for her kidnapping.In Project Justice, Batsu is plagued by a look-alike who is randomly attacking students from other schools, sullying his reputation. Depending on how he deals with the situation, he can end up training so that his ki has properties of fire. At the end of Project Justice, he is left with the other Taiyo High students wondering when Kyosuke will return from his disappearance.
- Even Hot-Blooded High School Students Love Their Mamas: Pretty much his motivation for transferring to Taiyo and getting involved in the events of the first game.
- Everyone Is Related: His classmate and the main antagonist (at first) are his cousins and the Fake Final Boss is his dad.
- Fan Boy: Batsu really loves ninjas, and is also a big fan of Strider Hiryu.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Subverted. Batsu's profile lists dogs as one of his dislikes, and the datesim modes reveal it's because a dog bit him when he was a child. This is referenced in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, where he's not comfortable around Casshern because of the latter's robot dog companion, Friender.Batsu: I... I can't take it anymore! I absolutely hate dogs! Sorry, but I've got to get out of here!
- He's Back: A certain story path on Project Justice has Batsu leave the team for a while. He comes back as Burning Batsu and pulls this alongside a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Hot-Blooded: His main identifying trait. His description in his bio even calls him "The Hot-Blooded Transfer Student!"
- Jack of All Stats: Befitting his role as the main character of a fighting game.
- Kamehame Hadouken: His team-up as Burning Batsu.
- Look What I Can Do Now: When he comes back as Burning Batsu in Project Justice, his first act is to save Hinata from Vatsu with a new, upgraded Kiaidan.
- Manly Tears: In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, if he does his Level 3 super when his teammate is knocked out.
- Playing with Fire: As Burning Batsu.
- Shonen Hair: Look at all those spikes in his hair!
- Shotoclone: A lesser example - he's got fireballs, but his uppercut doesn't take him off the ground like other adherents to the trope.
- Super Mode: Burning Batsu in Project Justice.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: As Burning Batsu. Technically he's not completely shirtless, but the ninja gear he wears doesn't leave much to the imagination.
- X Marks the Hero: Has an X-shaped scar on his forehead.
Voiced by: Tomoe HanbaThe main female of the series, and the obligatory stock seifuku-wearing Japanese schoolgirl. In United By Fate, she is the first to join Batsu in the search for his missing mother, but she also feels obligated to help defend her school from the attacks and kidnapping that have plagued it. She plays a similar role in Project Justice, but she also ends up whacked with the Distress Ball a couple times throughout. It's also hinted that she has some feelings for Batsu.
- Armed Legs: Has a special move where she kicks off her shoes (all three of them), wherein they become projectiles aimed at the opponent.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Her skill in martial arts is mostly self-taught.
- Genki Girl: Energetic and chipper compared to her brooding (Batsu) and stoic (Kyosuke) friends.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a headband around her hair.
- Hurricane Kick: The Enbukyaku, her variation on this, can set opponents on fire with the hard kick version.
- Joshikousei: Being the main female from the main school, it's not surprising she's a rather straightforward example of this trope
- Meaningful Name: "Hinata" means "Girl in the sunshine", which suits her sunny disposition.
- Older Than They Look: Hinata's height and appearance give off the impression that she's younger than most of the cast, which occasionally disturbs her.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: The hard punch version of her Kikou-Shoutei special has her do this after the initial projectile.
- Sweet Tooth: According to the character creation games, she really loves her cake.
Voiced by: Isshin ChibaThe last of Taiyo High's Power Trio in the original game. At Taiyo, he is the head of the Morals committee (a student group to create and enforce the school rules, basically a prefect) and joins Batsu and Hinata in investigating the student and teacher disappearances. However, he is actually in cahoots with the main culprit, Hyo (his twin brother) and even was the one who kidnapped Shizuku (Batsu's mom), but working with Batsu and Hinata convinced him that there was a better way to change the world. In Project Justice, he becomes concerned by Hyo's disappearance around the same time new violence around the schools start, and later disappears after Hyo apparently dies. His friends patiently wait for his return.
- Adjusting Your Glasses: Type III, by the bridge of the glasses.
- Alliterative Name: Kyosuke Kagami.
- Assist Character: Hinata delivers a spinning kick and Batsu uppercuts his opponent during one of Kyosuke's moves in Capcom VS SNK 2, before all three of them give their opponent one final blow.
- Becoming the Mask: Comes to really care for the students he pretended to befriend, hence his Heel-Face Turn.
- Bishōnen: So much so that Vega throws a rose at him in their intro (he only does the same to females, and very few others)
- Journey to Find Oneself: Embarks on one at the end of Project Justice, after his brother dies.
- Man in White: Mostly - his all-white outfit is complemented with a black shirt worn under the white jacket (which itself has a red inner lining).
- Ninja: Believe it or not, along with Batsu, he is descended from a ninja clan. His special moves are derived from the Iwamano Clan's ninjutsu - check his movelist.
- Not So Stoic: When Hyo dies in Project Justice, he screams in horror and sadness.
- Shock and Awe: His special attacks have an electrical component to them.
- Stoic Spectacles: For the most part, he's pretty calm and collected - as noted above, it doesn't always hold.
Voiced by: Takumi YamazakiA character created for the PlayStation port of United By Fate, Hayato is a physical education teacher at Taiyo High. When the school is the target of kidnappings and attacks, he sets out on his own to find out who is responsible. He doesn't assist his students, believing that they need to find out the problem and solve it on their own. In Project Justice, he teams up with fellow teachers Hideo and Kyoko to investigate the new wave of attacks on the schools.
- Badass Teacher: PE teacher who kick ass and hold his own in a fight.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: To go with the Shonen Hair and Hotblooded Sideburns.
- Cool Old Guy: Well, relative to the youth of the average Rival Schools character.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: This is most reflected in his Nekketsu Udetatefuse super — he forces the opponent to do push-ups, then hits them with his shinai after a few reps.
- Expy: Of Haohmaru.
- And of Ryoma Nagare. If you saw him in a temple robe instead of a track suit, they'd be indistinguishable.
- Fan Boy: Really looks up to Akuma as the penultimate term of being a MAN.
- Hopeless Suitor: To Kyoko. He does not resent Hideo, however, and even appears to be a Shipper on Deck for the two in the Justice High ending in Project Justice
- Hot-Blooded: He's pretty much Batsu's mentor. As noted below, his last name is the Japanese word for "hot blooded".
- Hotblooded Sideburns: And how!
- Meaningful Name: His last name is the Japanese word for "hot blooded".
- Nerf Arm: His bamboo staff.
- Oral Fixation: Most, if not all of the time, he's chewing on some thistle.
- Shonen Hair: See picture.
- The Stoic: One of his burning vigor attacks is named "Burning Stoic" because it fits this.
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: His main weapon is his shinai (kendo stick).
Street Fighter joke character Dan Hibiki. She makes her first playable appearance in Project Justice, working with Ran and the students from Pacific High to investigate the new wave of school violence.
- Captain Ersatz: It's a very aloof version of Athena.
- Class Representative: It's literally her name in-game, since her real name isn't given.
- Correspondence Course: The mean by which she learned Saikyo.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a hairband.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Her real name is never given; she always insists on being referred to by her position.
- Joke Character: Except for her assist, which then makes her a...
- Lethal Joke Character: Seriously. She's the ONLY one able to fill up both gauges when assisting
- Made of Plasticine: One of her victory poses has her injure herself while celebrating her win.
- Promoted to Playable: Goes from ending extra in United by Fate to playable character in Project Justice
Voiced by: Akiko HiramatsuDebuts in the Updated Re-release of the first game. Ran is a reporter for Taiyo High's schoolnewspaper, who's determined to get the scoop on the kidnappings and attacks going on, so she can win an award for best school paper story, and apparently succeeds. In Project Justice, she and Chairperson tag along with the Pacific High students in investigating the new disturbance.
- Camera Fiend: Lampshaded in one ending. Hyo dies and Kyosuke holds Hyo's body in a Pietà Plagiarism pose. The picture is put in the school newspaper and it's mentioned: "Later, Ran felt guilty for taking this photo."
- Genki Girl
- Going for the Big Scoop: Her motivation in both games - she desperately wants to get the big scoop for Taiyo's student newspaper, even if it brings danger on her and her friends.
- Hot Scoop: In a Girl Next Door kind of way.
- Improbable Weapon User: Her camera is her weapon.
- School Newspaper News Hound: As stated above, her goal is to get a front-page story on the Taiyo school newspaper - even if she has to get tangled up in a crazy school-conquering villain's plans to do so.
- Skirt over Slacks
- Weaponized Camera: She uses her camera this way. No bottomless film rolls for her, though - she has to load new film (either automatically after a set number of shots or manually through a special) and players have to plan their Ran strategies around this limitation.
- Youthful Freckles: Probably her most identifying feature.
Gorin High SchoolThe athletic school, where just about everybody in the school is on a sports team or is studying a field related to sports. Every character from here knows Madden Kombat and will not refrain from using it. Has a university branch in Gorin University.
Voiced by: Yuji UedaBaseball player at Gorin High. In United By Fate, he sets out to get vengeance on the people responsible for injuring his older brother and fellow baseball player Shuichi. He ends up being captured and brainwashed to work for Justice High, before Nagare snaps him out of it. In Project Justice, he is again a direct target of the villain, as Momo (as The Mole) becomes a Clingy Jealous Girl to him in order to divide him from his friends. He eventually returns to them after Momo betrays him. Momo's interference also caught him in a vicious Love Triangle involving himself, Momo and Natsu (who Shoma has a long-standing Masochism Tango relationship since the first game).
- Alliterative Name: Shoma Sawamura.
- Anime Hair: Has spikes sticking out of his baseball cap.
- Batter Up: His bat's bigger than he is, to boot.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Optional in the Gorin storyline but not so in other school's storylines. He is also the only member of Gorin to suffer this since the other two theoretically cannot fall victim to it. However it does use part of Gorin's storyline. Should the player choose Natsu and Roberto as the two main characters there will come a point in the story when Natsu and Shoma get into a rivalry battle. After said battle they apologize to each other but Natsu has injured Shoma quite a bit who stays behind to recuperate. It is most likely at this point that he is kidnapped by Raizo and consequently brainwashed as the two appear in other school's storylines together.
- Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them: Aptly sums up his relationship with Natsu. As much as they bicker (sometimes leading to physical altercations), you'd think he'd call it off with her and find someone else. Nope.
- Compensating for Something: Shoma's giant baseball bat, which is to compensate for... his height. No, really - he admits in the character creation games that he hopes carrying around and using a bat of that size will force his body to compensate for it's size by making him stronger and taller.
- Dual Boss: For their team's second story mode battle, he and Roberto double-team Natsu after she and Shoma have an argument. Shoma and Roberto start the match with 3 full stocks of super meternote , while hers is empty. Meaning, they get to use their Burning Vigors and their team up attack right from the start. So if you're using Shoma as your primary character, it's basically a Curbstomp Battle. But if you're using Natsu, it's one of the most lopsided matches in the game.
- Home Run Hitter: His Team Up and one of his super moves has him do this to the hapless opponent.
- Hot-Blooded: Not as played up as Batsu or Hayato, but he still shows elements of a hot-blooded personality.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Fights with baseball equipment — one of his moves is a base slide.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His hot-blooded-ness causes him to make rash or rude decisions, but ultimately Shoma has the concerns of his family and friends at heart.
- Masochism Tango: See the Can't Stand Them, Can't Live Without Them and the Would Hit a Girl entries.
- The Napoleon: Never, ever bug him about his height.
- Pointless Band-Aid: On the bridge of his nose. It could actually be a BreatheRight, but doesn't look like it.
- Recursive Ammo: One of his super moves has him throwing one baseball which multiplies into five as it hurtles toward his opponent.
- Shonen Hair: Three large spikes of hair sticking out of his baseball cap.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name was spelled "Syoma" in the arcade version of United By Fate.
- Would Hit a Girl: If the girl is Natsu? Oh hell yeah... with a friggin' baseball bat! And will even go so far as to double-team her, if that's what it takes. It's part of the reason their friends and the fans wonder why they're even together.
Voiced by: Narumi TsunodaThe captain of Gorin High's all-girl volleyball team. When her club members become the victims in the attacks, Natsu joins Shoma and Roberto in trying to find the culprits. It's her rather abrasive interactions with Shoma that nearly divides the group, though she also shows some feelings for him. In Project Justice, when Momo shows up, Natsu has serious reservations about her hanging around Shoma all the time, which end up dividing the group of friends. Natsu is joined by Roberto and Nagare to find out the source of the new distrubances. She's one of the first to welcome back Shoma after he's betrayed by Momo and starts to more overtly show feelings for him.
- Amazonian Beauty: She's the tallest female character, also has the most athletic physique of the female cast, and participates in sports. While all of that makes her intimidating, there's no denying that she's a looker, as some of her teammates have crushes on her, as does her sometime boyfriend, Shoma.
- Badass: Enough to take on her boyfriend and their best friend at the same time, when they double-team her during their second story mode battle.
- Boyish Short Hair: She's a tomboy and the captain of the school's volleyball team, and so good at it that she's based her fighting style around it. The members of her team all look up to her (literally!) like a Cool Big Sis and a role model. Most of all, they know she'll protect them.
- Captain Ersatz: Leona as a volleyball player.
- Cool Big Sis: To her sports club members, as noted in the preceding entry.
- Even the Girls Want Her: She's highly idolized by the junior high volleyball players she tutors, and in the character creation modes, gets love letters from some female admirers. Shoma even teases her about it in her Japanese United By Fate ending:Shoma: (while Natsu's speaking with her junior high students) Well, if it isn't Natsu! Stop flirting in front of the school!
Shoma: Hey Natsu! What are you doing here? Beating up your club members?
- Sadly Bowdlerised in the English translations where Shoma's sentence is changed to to:
- Huge Schoolgirl: And very awkward about it - at 182cm (a shade under 6 feet), this measurement is a huge deal in Japan, where the average female height is 158 cm, or 5'2".
- I Know Madden Kombat: She makes use of her volleyball skills in fight - her main moves includes servers and spikes, among other volleyball-themed moves.
- Improbable Weapon User: She fights by using her volleyball. She can spike it hard enough to KO her opponents, and can even make it burst into flames!
- Law of Chromatic Superiority
- Masochism Tango: With Shoma (see the What Does She See in Him? entry).
- Meaningful Name: Her last name, Ayuhara, is a Shout-Out to Kozue Ayuhara, star of the venerable 1960's volleyball manga serial Attack No. 1.
- Onee-sama: Serves as one to the junior high students she teachers.
- One of the Boys/Tomboy: Very much so, which is the reason Shoma joked about her getting love letters from her team members. Naturally, she didn't take that one lying down.
- Passionate Sports Girl: In addition to her interest in volleyball, she's also a strong swimmer and even does a bit of spearfishing; as seen in the ending of the Playstation version of the game (seen at 0:22).
- School Sport Uniform: As captain of Gorin High's volleyball team, she fights in her team uniform, which consists of a jersey, knee pads, and bloomers◊. So you get to see plenty of leg and a bit of her behind during her fights. In the sequel ("Project Justice"), she switches to a regular pair of gym shorts.
- She's Got Legs: You can't help seeing 'em, since she's one of the tallest characters in the game and wears bloomers. In Project Justice, she wears high-cut gym shorts instead, but you still get to see plenty of leg - and what a pair!
- Statuesque Stunner: Mentioned above in the Huge Schoolgirl section - she's the tallest female character in the series and is still quite a looker.
- Tomboyish Sidetails
- What Does She See in Him?: It's a wonder why she puts up with Shoma; let alone, dates him. Their friend, Roberto, usually gets stuck playing mediator whenever she and Shoma are at each other's throats, but Roberto ends up exasperated just as often.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Well, dark blue hair.
Voiced by: Toshiyuki MorikawaSoccer/(association) football player at Gorin. He joins Shoma and Natsu in their investigation of the attacks not for any personal reason, but because he's the only one who can mediate their constant arguing. His ending has him breaking his arm and nearly ruining his career at goalie, but he gets better (and transitions to a forward position). In Project Justice, he is unable to stop the group splintering and has to hang out with Natsu and Nagare for most of the story. The Gorin High ending has him humorously observe the Shoma-Natsu-Momo love triangle along with Nagare.
- But Not Too Foreign: His profile lists him as a quarter Brazilian.
- Dual Boss: Along with Shoma (see the related entry in his section).
- Eye-Obscuring Hat: His eyes are always hidden behind his visor or some other headgear.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Roberto has nothing against Natsu, and only teams up with Shoma against her, in order to make her settle down. Regardless whether he and Shoma win, or not, he apologizes to her in the following cutscene and asks if she feels better now that she's blown off some steam.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Makes use of his soccer skills in fights.
- Improbable Weapon User: His soccer ball/football.
- Only Sane Man: He usually has to be the voice of reason during Natsu and Shoma's arguments. If only so they'll agree not to kill each other.
- Shout-Out: Two of his outfits are clearly inspired by real soccer teams (the Brazilian national team and Barcelona FC).
- Also, he is most likely named after soccer players Roberto Baggio (an Italian player very popular in Japan) and Kazuyoshi Miura (first Japanese player ever to play in an European league).
- Shrug Take: His usual reaction to Shoma and Natsu's arguments◊.
- Visible Sigh: Seen during his shrug takes (link in the preceding entry), whenever Natsu and Shoma are fighting.
Voiced by: Shinichiro MikiSwimmer at Gorin, debuting in the Updated Re-release Nekketsu Nikki 2. In that game, he is a childhood friend of both Shoma and Shuichi Sawamura, and when Shoma disappears while investigating the kidnappings, Nagare sets out on his own to find him. He succeeds in finding Shoma and snapping him out of his Justice High-induced brainwashing. In Project Justice, he joins Natsu and Roberto after Shoma slips from the group to help Momo. In the Gorin High ending, he join Roberto in commenting on the the romantic mess Shoma gets himself into.
- Bald of Awesome: If the tight fit of his swimming cap is any indication.
- Captain Ersatz: Basically an unarmed Billy Kane on a Heel-Face Turn.
- Gay Moment: His hilarious, incredibly camp synchronised swimming attack.
- Goggles Do Nothing: While it would makes sense that he would have goggles (it is standard equipment for competitive swimmers), Nagare really doesn't use them in fights (nor would he even need to, given he's fighting on land and not underwater).
- I Know Madden Kombat: With swimming. Seriously - includes dives, back-stroke, splashing etc, all accompanied with water effects... on land.
- Martial Arts Do Not Work That Way: He could be this trope's poster-boy...
- Meaningful Name: "Nagare" means "flow" — as in the flow of a river; another very apt name in this series, given his design.
- The Quiet One/The Stoic: It's pretty rare for him to even speak, to the point that the voice over in his introduction pose is not him, but rather a female announcer introducing him as if he were competing in a swim meet.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In all fights, Nagare is always clad in a speedo, flippers, swim cap and a jacket with no shirt.
Voiced by: Rei SakumaTennis player at Gorin, who debuts in Project Justice. She is introduced in the Gorin High story as the supposed victims of bullying of Batsu, and latches on to Shoma when he saves her from it. In actuality, she is a a minion of the Big Bad, Kurow, who uses her stature and cuteness to play out an extended Wounded Gazelle Gambit to drive Shoma away from his friends and use him to spread chaos among the other schools. She eventually betrays Shoma after she feels he is no longer of use, but Kurow then pulls the same on her and surprisingly, the Gorin students she messed with earlier come to her defense, and she finally joins them in gratitude. She continues to go to Gorin, but her previously fake affection for Shoma has developed into actual feelings for him, much to the chagrin of Natsu.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's a conniving, scheming little brat who uses her appearance and an apparent attack by Kurow disguised as Batsu to win over friends.
- Blush Sticker: Stangely, Momo has these all the time, even when she's crying◊. Even stranger, she's the only character in the series that has a detail like this.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: To Shoma.
- Cute Bruiser: She's said to be very strong for her size that her tennis racket was reinforced with large bolts to compensate for her strength when she hits tennis balls with it.
- Deliberately Cute Child: Pretty much how she wins over Shoma as a supporter.
- Hair Decorations: Wears pink ribbons to hold up her pigtails.
- The Fake Cutie: A prime example of this, no less.
- Genki Girl: Gives Hinata a run for her money in how energetic she is.
- Girlish Pigtails: Which emphasize her Older Than They Look appearance.
- I Know Madden Kombat: Uses her tennis skills in fights.
- Improbable Weapon User: Her racket.
- Kawaiiko: To a rather ridiculous extreme.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Her devotion and possible love for Kurow are quite genuine. It doesn't work so well for her in the long run.
- Meaningful Name: Karuizawa is a famous Japanese holiday/activity spot, and it was here that Emperor Akihito famously met the Empress Michiko... on a tennis court.
- "Momo" means "peach", and is a typically cutesy, girly name, which suits her look and forced personality.
- Older Than She Looks: Is 15, looks about 12. According to her bio she's so Genre Savvy about it that not only she uses it in her cover, but also to become a popular model of children's clothes.
- Perky Female Minion: To Kurow until her Heel-Face Turn.
- Pink Means Feminine: Especially in contrast to the more tomboy-ish Natsu.
- Tareme Eyes: Another feature that adds to her fake cutsey-little-girl image.
- Third-Person Person: Has a winquote where she refers to herself in the third person. This is more apparent in Project Justice's character creation game, though.
- Token Mini-Moe: Cetainly not at loli age, but everything else about her fits the trope.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Pretends to be hurt by Vatsu to endear herself to Shoma and try get him away from Natsu and Roberto.
- Wingding Eyes: Unlike the other characters, her eyes become X's when she's KO'd.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Manages be an S- with the Girlish Pigtails.
Gedo High SchoolThe all-male school of Japanese Delinquents, where troubled students are sent when they are failing at other schools. Luckily, one student, Daigo Kazama leads a gang made up by most of the student body, where he teaches them the lessons of being a "real man" (or in other words, good upstanding citizens).
Edge (Eiji Yamada)
Voiced by: Yoshiharu YamadaStudent at Gedo, dressed in all-purple and styling his (presumably dyed) blonde hair in tall spikes. When Akira appears at Gedo to search for Daigo, Edge is one of the ones to help out. He is initially skeptical of Akira but after a fight, comes to trust her and is not bothered by the revelation of her true gender. In Project Justice, he initially followers a returned Daigo but when he notices Daigo orders are getting more violent and asks Akira for help in snapping Daigo out of it. When Daigo leaves again to train, Edge is named as one of the co-leaders of the Gedo gang along with Gan.
- Anime Hair: Tall spikes, which he even uses in a few attacks.
- Captain Ersatz: Looks like Benimaru.
- Combat Pragmatist: Wields knives, kicks sand at opponents, even uses his hair!
- Embarrassing First Name: Prefers to go by "Edge", and one of his dislikes is his first name.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Though he's acts like a hooligan in public, there's a side to Edge where he will do what's right, even if he has to break rules to do it.
- Knife Nut: His weapon of choice. He has a special where he'll throw out a knife at an opponent, and a super where he throws out many knives at an opponent.
- Those Two Guys: With Gan.
- Things That Go Bump in the Night: Edge is actually afraid of ghosts, and like most people who are afraid of ghosts, he's also a little wary of the dark as well.
Voiced by: Takashi NagasakoGan is a sizable student at Gedo who is a member of Daigo's gang. When Daigo disappears, Gan is quick to join Akira in helping find the lost leader. Like Edge, he has initial reservations about Akira but becomes accepting to her, even after learning her true gender. In Project Justice, he follows Edge in asking Akira for help dealing with an erratic Daigo and is named co-leader of the Gedo gang along with Edge at the end of it all.
- Artistic Bruiser: Not in terms of intelligence, but according to Chairperson, she discovered that Gan is actually very talented in Art. The reason he doesn't develop this talent is because he has his own duty to help support his family.
- Big Eater: Quite literally, too.
- Big Guy: Seems to come with the territory of his girth.
- Country Mouse: Is from the country side and has a very large (no pun intended) family there.
- Dumb Muscle: Evidenced in his United By Fate ending, where he tries in vain to understand a textbook.
- Expy: Of Goro Daimon.
- Fat Idiot: Emphasized in his United by Fate ending, where he struggles in vain to understand a history book and destroys it when he reaches a breaking point, earning him a scolding from Akira.
- Gentle Giant: Unlike Edge, Gan naturally means well and wants to do right by his humble, country origins but this is impeded by his dimwittedness and easily riled-up temper.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: According to his profile, Gan's the oldest of six kids, which is not that uncommon around the world, but highly unusual in Japan nowadays.
- Meaningful Name: "Gan" means "rock" — which perfectly suits his huge build.
- Mighty Glacier: He's the in-game equivalent to Zangief and T. Hawk. He's slow but his sumo-inspired strikes cause lots of damage.
- Stout Strength: Many of his moves are even rooted in sumo wrestling.
- Those Two Guys: With Edge.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Onigiri (rice balls). Eats them in his taunt and in one of his winning poses. He's apparently been given the title of "Dr. Onigiri" because of his knowledge on rice balls. He also supposedly carries chocolate on his person so he share with people.
The Man Behind the Man and challenges him to fight, but is defeated and becomes a brainwashed servant of Hyo. It takes the intervention of his sister Akira and two of his gang's most loyal members, Edge and Gan, to break him out of it. Disappointed by the loss, Daigo set out to train himself to avoid such a loss. During that time, he is somehow turned into a brainwashed sleeper agent of Kurow Kirishima, which segues into Project Justice. Under Kurow's influence, Daigo orders Edge, Gan and the rest of Gedo's gang to attack the other schools, which concern Edge and Gan to the point where they team with Akira again to knock some sense into Daigo. Depending on the ending, either they succeed in breaking Daigo out of his brainwashing and Daigo sets off to train himself again, or he dies from fighting them too many times.
- Badass Longcoat: Befitting his role as a heroic delinquent leader.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Happens to him twice, one for each game no less.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar running straight down his right eye. Daigo himself is on the side of good, but the scar is manipulated by the clearly evil Kurow to brainwash Daigo into one of Kurow's servants.
- James Bondage: During the first game.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Best summarizes his assist move.
- Sarashi: His Wild Daigo form reveals that he wears this.
- Shonen Hair: Well, technically, he's a seinen.
- The Stoic
- Trademark Favorite Food: Anything Akira cooks, especially when it's anything sweet.
Seijyun Girls High SchoolThe all-female Distaff Counterpart to Gedo, introduced in Project Justice. As opposed to Gedo reforming delinquent males, Seijyun instead teaches its mostly well-off female student body the traditional values and virtues a Japanese woman is supposed to have. The school is also the base for the Ladies Team, an all-female gang that is occasional rivals with the Gedo High gang, led by Aoi "Zaki" Himezaki.
Voiced by: Chiharu TezukaMotorcycle-loving younger sister of Daigo. In United By Fate, she enrolls in Gedo High to search about the whereabouts of her brother but since Gedo is an all-boys school, Akira dresses in a thick motorcycle suit and her brother's motorcycle helmet to pass herself off as a boy. She convinces Edge and Gan help her out and manages to become good friend with them to the point that when her gender was revealed, they didn't care. She finishes her first year at Gedo but has to transfer to Seijyun High prior to the events of Project Justice, where she befriends Yurika. When Akira receives news of Daigo's erratic behavior, the two girls ask Zaki for help. The three girls become fast friends, and even after Yurika is revealed as The Mole, Akira is more than willing to welcome her back to school.
- Biker Babe: Motorcycles are listed as among her interests, and her disguise in United by Fate is essentially a bike helmet and suit.
- Brunette: To Zaki's redhead and Yurika's blonde.
- Fangirl: She LOVES Mega Man.
- Idiot Hair: Has a noticable cowlick, but doesn't display the typical character traits associated with it.
- Mask of Power: Becomes a much stronger and confident character when wearing her brother's motorcycle helmet. In Project Justice, her masked biker-chick form from the first game is available as a secret character called "Powered Akira".
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Yurika in the Seijyun High ending. And how.
- Samus is a Girl: The big reveal in her ending in United By Fate.
- Shout-Out: Her assist for her non-helmeted form in United By Fate looks very similar to the "Synchronized Attack" done by Eva Units 1 and 2 in Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: Has to disguise herself as a boy in the original Rival Schools because her brother's school is all-male. Good thing "Akira" is both a boys and a girls name in Japanese...
- Tomboy: To Yurika's girly girl.
Zaki (Aoi Himezaki)
Voiced by: Ai OrikasaDebuting in Project Justice, Zaki is the delinquent leaderess of the Ladies Team gang. Because of this, Akira approaches her to help find out what's with the behavior being displayed by Daigo. Zaki reveal herself to be a very "chain-whip first, ask questions later" sort of person, hating teachers and very irritable. The Ladies Team is fiercely loyal to her, as she's quick to mobilize and organize them when the Gedo High gang leads an attack on Seijyun High. In the Seijyun ending, she helps cheer up Akira in Yurika's absence and comments on the Romantic Two-Girl Friendship between the two.
- Chained by Fashion
- Cool Mask: You never, ever see her without her mask.
- Delinquents: She's the leader of the Ladies Team
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Zaki's assist ends with her grabbing her partner and using them as a club to beat the opponent with.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: She hates having "hime" (Japanese for "princess") in her name, hence why she prefers the other half of her surname.
- Hair Decorations: Has a chain in her hair that creates her spiky ponytail.
- Fiery Redhead: As noted above, Zaki is an action-first girl.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: If she comes to care for you, she'll be your (very stoic and bad-tempered) friend for life.
- Real Women Never Wear Dresses: Her personal outlook on life, given the Embarrassing Middle Name example above. Ironically, she defies the trope on a literal level, wearing a rather long skirt as part of her uniform.
- On the other hand, she doesn't specifically hate Yurika for her femininity and doesn't make bad comments to Akira when she wears the very girly Seijyun HS uniform either... Besides, IIRC highschool female Delinquents often use long skirts in purpose to make themselves look different from the other girls (specially ko-gals, who use very short miniskirts).
- Redhead: To Akira's brunette and Yurika's blonde.
- Sensual Spandex: A part of her outfit, which is something of a Shout-Out to the Visual Kei artistic movement.
- Shipper on Deck: Might be one, if her comments on Akira and Yurika say something.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: The least feminine of the three Seijyun gals, with the aformentioned chain-styled hairdo to go with it.
- Whip It Good: It's a chain, but the way she uses it is the same.
Voiced by: Keiko HanDemure violin-playing girl, debuting in Project Justice. She is one of of the first friends Akira makes when she transfers to Seijyun High between the events of the two games, and helps her in asking for Zaki's help. In actuality, Yurika is working as an agent of her younger brother Kurow to further his plans. However, Yurika's time with Akira convinces her that her brother's plans are wrong, and she eventually switches sides in order to stop him. In the Seijyun ending, she disappears from school for a period of time out of guilt for what she did, before returning, much to the relief of Akira.
- Anime Hair: With the ridiculously large Ojou Ringlets and cinnamon bun-esque ringlets on top of her head, she's the queen of this in the series, if not in Capcom games as a whole.
- Awesome Anachronistic Apparel: In a series set in modern day Japan, she seems to have stepped right out of 19th century Europe.
- However the interest in period-style European clothing is actually a fairly modern fashion trend in Japan, so her look is not completely incongruous.
- Becoming the Mask: Like Kyosuke, she was supposed to be The Mole for her brother, but comes to truly care for her teammates.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Some in-game artwork of her carrying out her brother's evil plans is downright creepy. (especially the image of her in silhouette playing the flute....with glowing eyes)
- Blonde: To Akira's brunette and Zaki's redhead — if you squint just right.
- Combat Stilettos: Not exactly obvious at first glance◊, but her in-game self clearly shows those clogs of hers has a heel on them◊.
- Dance Battler: Her fighting style integrates quite a few ballerina-esque movements. Not surprising that one of her specialized talents listed in her profile include ballet.
- Defector from Decadence: Ends up betraying the Darkside Congress in the interest of her own conscience.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Not surprising, considering the way her brother treats her.
- Both Kirishima siblings have the same curious eyes, with the iris color bleeding into the whiteness of the sclera, lending them a sullen, dead look.
- Elegant Classical Musician: A violinist, to be specific.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her outfit echoes the look, but her colors (sky blue, white, and bright red ribbon and shoes) contrast to the dark colors normally associated with EGL outfits.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves: On her school uniform◊.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Wears a bright-red one to contrast with her blue dress.
- Girly Girl: To Akira's tomboy.
- Gratuitous French: During her Minuet of the Abyss special.Un, deux, trois!
- Improbable Weapon User: Her violin.
- Instrument of Murder: Thought she mainly uses music when fighting, Yurika also has several moves where she uses her violin like a fencing foil.
- Keigo/Japanese Politeness: One of the conversations in Project Justice's board game implies that Yurika is a very polite speaker, to the point that even Gedo High's numerous delinquents start speaking more politely around her.
- Kuudere: Isn't she adorable When She Smiles? And when she blushes? Squee!
- Lady of War: Uses feminine, graceful movements inspired by ballet and fencing in her fighting style and her attitude in fights gives off the air of being above fighting.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: The most feminine (ridiculously so) of the Seijyun gals, and her Ojou Ringlets are already pretty big◊ as it is.
- Mad Assassin's Beautiful Older Sister
- Magical Flutist: It's apparent that her musical talents also extend to the flute, which she uses (rather creepily) to hypnotise the other students, whilst acting as her brother's mole in the main storyline.
- Meaningful Name: "Yurika" means "Lily bloom/flower". As well as being an incredibly feminine name (which suits her personality), it is also one the so-called "Geisha names" — that is, names (often florally inspired) that follow conventions and forms typical to the Geisha community. This lends Yurika a further degree of old-fashioned prestige.
- Mukokuseki: What Japanese girl has ash-blonde hair and gray eyes?
- Musical Assassin: Fights with her violin, both with its music and as a weapon itself.
- Ojou: A mix of both major types of the character
- Ojou Ringlets/Mega Twintails: The poster girl for this style - to the point of exaggeration.
- Opera Gloves: White ones, to be specific.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Wears white tights to go with her ensemble.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Where Yurika is timid, gentle and polite (if occasionally disquieting), her brother Kurow is violent, ruthless and power-mad.
- Spoiled Sweet: She's a very nice person at heart, but at her brother's orders used it to distract Akira from the school takeover that Kurow was plotting.
- Super Senses: In Project Justice's character creation board game, Yurika reveals to the player character that she can identify people by the sound of their footsteps.
- Token Wholesome: In a series where the female characters are attired in either miniskirts or tight clothing, Yurika is the most conservatively-dressed.
- True Blue Femininity: Wears a sky-blue dress.
- Tsurime Eyes: Adds to her dour, quiet demeanor.
Pacific High SchoolThe school of foreign exchange students. Typically a haven for rich Western families to send their kids to see the world, although it has opportunities for the less-advantageous such as Boman. As you might guess, the characters here are not Japanese, but rather hail from Eagleland.
Voiced by: Ryōtarō OkiayuAmerican foreign transfer student, and The Rival of Batsu. The son of a high-ranking police detective, Roy is ordered by his father to investigate the kidnappings and violence in United By Fate. Roy reluctantly accepts, as he distrusts Japanese people and hates the country after hearing his grandfather's bitter stories about Imperial Japan and World War II - this causes him to clash with much of the mostly-Japanese cast, most notably Batsu. With the help of Tiffany and Boman, Roy traces the attacks to Justice High, but is defeated and becomes a brainwashed servant of the school. It takes the intervention of the Taiyo High students to break them out of it, which convinces Roy that Japanese aren't as bad as it seems, and his burgeoning rivalry with Batsu becomes more of a friendly one. He returns with the United States to Tiffany, determined to change the world. Both he and Tiffany return to Japan during the events of Project Justice, bailing out the Taiyo students and Boman from Kurow's plans. Following Kurow's defeat, Roy returns to the USA, more determined than ever to help change the world.His United By Fate ending hints at how he does so — by becoming President of the United States 20 years down the line. Yes, seriously.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of Terry Bogard. Roy borrows several of his attacks, complete with liberal use of Gratuitous English:
- Ground Punch: "Touchdown Wave" is a short-ranged version of Terry's "Power Wave". While his "Touchdown Spike" BV is essentially the same as Terry's 'Triple Geyser'/"Overshoot Geyser".
- Power Fist: "Dynamite Straight" is a stationary version of the "Burn Knuckle" and, in "Project Justice", he gains own version of the 'Power Dunk'.
- Americans Are Cowboys: In at least one supplemental art featuring him. He's normally wearing his preppy Pacific High uniform, though.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Along with his classmates in United by Fate.
- Foreign Exchange Student: He and his team are exchange students from America, who've come to Japan under orders from his father to investigate the rash of kidnappings at the other schools.
- Gratuitous English: When he yells out his attack names: "TOUCHDOWN!", (during Dynamite Straight) "Go, FURY!", (team up attack) "DOUBLE MIGHTY!"
- I Know Madden Kombat: As the star quarterback of Pacific High's football team, some of his moves are derived from the sport.
- Jerkass: Roy is very condescending of the Japanese and has a huge superiority complex when it comes to the respective countries. This was toned down a LOT in the western translation which makes it rather odd for gamers who can understand Japanese since only the translation is different. The dialogue is still the same as the original making it somewhat strange to read one thing and listen to something completely different. It should be noted that towards the end of the game Roy has changed his outlook on Japan considerably and seems to view the country with a lot more respect.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: From the sequel onwards.
- Lovable Jock: To his friends, at least. Though he becomes a legitimate example by the first game's conclusion, after losing most of his jerkass tendencies.
- Meaningful Name: The name "Roy" comes from the French word "roi", meaning "King", which suits his status as a big man on campus.
- Patriotic Fervor: Loves his country, and admire his WWII-veteran grandfather.
- The Rival: To Batsu, but it is more friendly post-United By Fate
- Translation Convention: Despite being an American, he speaks mostly Japanese in his in-game appearances, save for bits of Gratuitous English as noted above.
Voiced by: Miki NarahashiAmerican transfer student, the daughter of a wealthy businessman and the series' Ms. Fanservice. A member of Pacfic High's cheerleading team, Tiffany joins Roy's investigations of the school violence not out of concern but rather to impress Roy, who she has a crush on. Like Roy, she ends up as a brainwashed servant of Justice High until the Taiyo students break her out of it as well. She returns to the United States with Roy following the events of United By Fate, but when Roy heads off alone to study to get into politics, Tiffany sets out to train to be a bodyguard so she can always be with him. She gets her wish in Project Justice, joining Roy in returning to Japan to help out their classmate Boman and their friends at Taiyo. Afterwards, she returns to the United States to assist Roy in changing the world.And that ending of Roy's where he becomes US President? Tiffany plays a role in that, too - she's Roy's future wife and First Lady.
- Ass Kicks You: Has both an ass attack and a "kiss my ass" taunt.
- Brainless Beauty: Oh so very much.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Along with her classmates in United by Fate.
- The Cheerleader: A relatively benign version.
- Combat Stilettos: On the boots of her Project Justice outfit. How's that's even acceptable for cheerleading boggles the mind...
- Dumb Blonde: She shows signs of it in her dialogue, especially in the English translation:Tiffany: Brainwashing? Hey Roy, what's brainwashing?
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue: Part of her apparent stupidity can be explained by the fact that her grasp of the Japanese language is much more slippery than Roy or Boman's. For example, the above quote makes her out to be a little less clueless if one remembers that everyone is actually speaking Japanese.
- Extremity Extremist: She's technically a boxer, but she averted this trope since she also specializes in some kick attacks. (see She-Fu)
- Foreign Exchange Student
- Foreign Fanservice: Have you seen her costumes?
- Genki Girl: Compared to the serious Roy and the reserved Boman, Tiffany has a bubbly, energetic vibe to her.
- Gratuitous English: Like Roy, it's part of what she yells out during her moves.WANDAFUL! BEAUTIFAL! EXCITING!
- Jiggle Physics: The only female in the series to have this. Of course, since she has the most visible assets as well, it was inevitable.
- Marshmallow Hell: One of her throws has her do this to the (un)lucky opponent.
- Meaningful Name: The name Tiffany refers to The Trinity in the Christian faith, which isn't particularly meaningful for her character — however, the name is inextricably linked with bubbly, all-American type girls in popular culture, and therefore suits her perfectly.
- Ms. Fanservice: No, really, have you seen her◊ costumes◊?
- Murderous Thighs: Her new super in Project Justice is a Lighter and Softer version of this.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: On her alternate costume in United by Fate.
- Red Boxing Gloves: Uses comically large ones when she fights.
- She-Fu: Her acrobatic moveset is explained by her hobby of cheerleading.
- Slippery Swimsuit: In Shiritsu Justice Gakuen: Nekketsu Seisyun Nikki 2's character creation mode, if you go with Tiffany to the Water Park, she'll ride the giant water slide, and when she reaches the pool at bottom, her bikini top comes off. The end result is that she is shown with her back to the viewer while she's frantically covering her front.
- Spoiled Sweet: The daughter of a millionaire business man, and yet she's quite less of a jerk than Roy.
- Statuesque Stunner: While her official height puts her at 164cm (5"4), you wouldn't have been able to tell from her in-game model, which is taller than a handful of characters that are officially taller than her. Granted, the high heels on her boots might have something to do with it, but she would still be pretty tall without them.
- Thigh-High Boots: On her Project Justice outfit.
- Translation Convention: Like her classmates, she speaks entirely in Japanese, though it's in-universe it's not as strong as Roy's or Boman's leading to her Dumb Blonde moments (as noted above).
- Valley Girl: As evidenced by this screenshot◊.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Or her body, rather, as her cheerleading uniforms all have a very obvious American flag motif to them.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her costume in Project Justice is a hot pants + boots variation of this.
Voiced by: Takashi NagasakoMiddle-class black student from the United States, going to Pacific High on a scholarship. A deeply religious young man, Boman joins Roy's investigation out of concern for the victims and worries about having to fight other since it conflicts with his Christian values. Like his classmates, he also becomes a brainwashed agent for Justice High until snapped out of it by Taiyo High. Unlike Roy and Tiffany, Boman stays in Japan, seeing the good in the people of Japan and wanting to help bridge relations between Japan and the US. In Project Justice, he teams with Ran and Chairperson to investigate the new wave of school violence, and it later joined by the returning Roy and Tiffany. He continues to stay in Japan after the end of the violence, wanting to help continue to build goodwill over in Japan.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Along with his classmates in United by Fate.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Not surprising for a black character in a Japanese-developed fighting game
- Extremity Extremist: His style is based in boxing; he has kicks, but all of his specials and supers are punch-related.
- Foreign Exchange Student: And unlike Roy and Tiffany, he sticks around in Japan to further his studies.
- Gentle Giant
- Martial Pacifist: A Christian, he prefers to avoid fighting whenever possible. All his moves' names have "God" in them.
- Religious Bruiser: See Martial Pacifist above. In addition, when knocked out, he shouts, "AMEN!"
- Scary Black Man: Subverted. He looks the part, but is arguably the most peaceful of the Pacific students.
- Token Minority: Doubled up - he's the only black on the token foreign team.
- Translation Convention: Like Roy and Tiffany, he speaks Japanese in all his quote, but unlike them he does not use any English when calling out his attacks.
Justice High SchoolThe ultra-elite school in town, this school is designed for teaching the best of the best of the best. As you might guess, it is also the launching pad from where many of the villains in the series set their plans in motion.
Voiced by: Tetsuo MizutoriA Japanese language instuctor at Justice High, Hideo is sent out along with Kyoko to recruit students for the fledgling Justice High. When he and Kyoko start questioning the means for their recruitment and bring it up with the principal Raizo, they are defeated by him and brainwashed by Hyo into unquestioning servants of Justice High. Students from Taiyo High snap him out of it, and he helps snap Kyoko out of it as well (or the other way around). After Hyo and Raizo are defeated, Hideo confesses his feelings for Kyoko and proposes to her, which she accepts. In Project Justice a random attack from Gedo High students concerns the pair and they join fellow teacher Hayato in looking into the cause of the new school violence. Hideo is injured during their investigation, but it does not stop Kyoko in reminding him of their wedding.
- Badass Teacher
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Cool Old Guy
- Expy: Looks like Takuma Sakazaki with Ryu's moveset.
- Heir to the Dojo: Was this before becoming a teacher. A feud over his family's fighting style led him to be unfairly ousted from the position, which led him into teaching.
- Nerd Glasses: More like Salaryman Glasses, but that doesn't take the coolness away from him.
- Nice Guy
- Perma Stubble
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Rather than Red Eyes, Take Warning, he takes this trope as a way to tell he's Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Shotoclone: Blatantly so. In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Batsu inadvertently lampshades this in his winquote against Ryu.Batsu: Hmm...that's the Shimazu-style karate, isn't it? Seems like everyone's using that these days.
- Shoulders of Doom: His shoulder pads, which represent his accomplishments in his family's martial art style.
Voiced by: Kotono MitsuishiThe school nurse at Justice High , Kyoko is teamed with Hideo to recruit students to Justice High by Raizo. Like Hideo, when she questions the means by which they do their recruiting, she becomes brainwashed into another servant of the school. Like Hideo, Taiyo high students help break her out of the mind control and later, she accepts Hideo's marriage proposal. Her dealing with the students also inspires her to help change the world more, outing a corrupt former employer and becoming a teacher at Justice High teaching chemistry. In Project Justice she teams with Hideo and Hayato to investigate the new school violence, and later reminds Hideo of their wedding, as well as their duty to help rebuild Justice High.
- Badass in Distress: She is kidnapped and then crucified during Project Justice, but once rescued, can still fight on.
- Badass Teacher
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Christmas Cake
- Combat Stilettos
- Deadly Doctor: Okay, school nurse, but idea is the same.
- Dressed to Heal: Her labcoat, glasses and clipboard.
- Five Moves of Doom: Her burning vigor move "The Breaker" is a standing crossface chickenwing, abdominal stretch, wakigatame armbar takedown, boston crab and triangle choke delivered in rapid succession.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: She really loves her sake.
- Hospital Hottie
- Hot Scientist: After United By Fate, she becomes a chemistry teacher (no, not that kind of chemistry).
- Hot Teacher
- Improbable Weapon User: A clipboard.
- Long Hair Is Feminine
- Magic Skirt
- Ma'am Shock: Does not take being called "old" in any way well.
- School Nurse
- Sweater Girl
Voiced by: Tomomichi NishimuraThe principal of Justice High. Originally, Raizo was a member of a clan of assassins led by his family, with his older brother Mugen at the head of it. Mugen's plans for the group was domination of the world through force. Raizo however, had other plans to change the world through education, and left the clan to achieve this dream - but had to leave his wife and infant son behind lest the society come after them for his betrayal.His dream is realized in Justice High and Raizo eventually adopts its best student, Hyo, as a surrogate son and eventual heir to run the school. In actuality, Hyo was the son of Mugen, with the same ambition of his father to take over the world by force. When Raizo finds this out, he confronts Hyo, but is turned into yet another brainwashed servant of the young man. It takes Raizo's now grown-up son Batsu to snap the old man out of it. Though his school is tarnished by Hyo's actions and the resulting chaos, Raizo is more determined than ever to teach his students not only how to change the world, but also to be immune to tactics like the ones used by Hyo.His plans, however, are cut short very early on in Project Justice - he is attacked by new student Kurow Kirishima in order to further his plans, and Raizo spends much of that game on the sidelines incapacitated, appearing only to explain who is possesing Hyo and making a cameo in the Justice High ending.
- Beard of Evil: And a very bushy and spiky one at that.
- Big Guy
- Brainwashed and Crazy
- Decoy Leader
- Demoted to Extra: In Project Justice. He's not even playable!
- Disappeared Dad: To Batsu.
- Disc One Final Boss: To Hyo in United By Fate.
- Expy: His moveset is almost identical to Wolverine's in the Capcom vs. Whatever games.
- Fastball Special: Does this for his assist move.
- Fingerless Gloves
- Genius Bruiser
- High-Class Glass: Has one spiffy monocle (which tends to get knocked off during fights, of course).
- Large and In Charge: Do you know of any school principals built like a grizzly bear?
- Luke, I Am Your Father: In United By Fate, we find out Raizo is Batsu's long-lost father, whom he left to not get him and his wife involved in the politics of his ninja clan.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Have you seen his wife Shizuku? Raizo lucked out on that one.
- The Worf Effect: When Capcom needed to prove how dangerous Kurow was, Raizo was the one that took a savage beating that sidelined him at the start of Project Justice's story.
Voiced by: Kaneto ShiozawaThe master mind of the entire plot of United By Fate. The twin son of Raizo's older brother Mugen along with Kyosuke, Hyo was selected by his father to be trained their clan's ways and to eventually inherit the leadership of the group. Mugen also imprinted on Hyo the belief that the world could only be reformed through sheer force. When his father died, Hyo moved onto the outside world, enrolling at the school started by his estranged uncle. Raizo noticed Hyo's excellence quickly and adopted the young man as a surrogate son and an eventual heir to run Justice High.Hyo, however, was still imprinted with his father's training and ambitions, and quickly took over Justice High for his own ends. He ordered the kidnapping and coercion of students and teachers for the school, and the attacks and/or brainwashing of those that could be a threat. With the help of his twin brother Kyosuke, Hyo had many schools in a panic and even Raizo under his control. However, it began to fall apart as Hyo's brainwashing was weakened against the teamwork of the other characters, most notably Raizo's son Batsu and his own twin Kyosuke, who turned against him. Hyo was eventually defeated but thanks to Kyosuke, was convinced there could be a better way to change the world.In Project Justice, Hyo confronts Kurow Kirishima after the latter incapacitates Raizo, and is defeated and turned into a brainwashed servant of the new student... or so Kurow thought. Hyo faked his defeat and pretended to be under Kurow's control, eventually dropping the ruse when Kurow's plans collapsed around him like it had to Hyo a year earlier. Fighting for real this time, Hyo defeats Kurow, but the defeat awakens the spirit of his father Mugen, who possesses Hyo in an attempt to finally realize his plans. It takes the work of Kysouke and his classmates to defeat the possessed Hyo, but the strain on his body leaves him dying (apparently) in Kyosuke's arms as Justice High burns...
- Battle Aura: As Demon Hyo.
- Custom Uniform: Though similar in design to his classmates', Hyo's school uniform is decorated like a weirdo military getup, with jackboots and metal epaulettes.
- Demonic Possession
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: At the end of Kyosuke's storyline.
- Doppelgänger Attack: One of his supers has him suddenly conjuring a clone of himself which mirrors his moves from behind the opponent as both of them beat the hell out of his opponent.
- Eviler Than Thou: In all of the story paths (apart from Kurow's, of course), Kurow is cut down by Demon Hyo at the end of Project Justice.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Demon Hyo.
- Gone Horribly Right: Following his own defeat, Kurow races to Justice High to awaken the curse buried within Hyo. He didn't anticipate Hyo being impossible to control, however...
- Heel-Face Turn
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Though he uses a sword in combat, he keeps it sheathed until he needs it for a move.
- Katanas Are Just Better
- Dual Wielding: Demon Hyo wields two katanas, though one of them is broken with it's tip formed by ki instead
- Knight Templar: His plan in United By Fate is to take over the schools (and eventually Japan) to convince people that his way of living is correct. This trait gets (literally) beaten out of him by Kyosuke and his Taiyo classmates
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Rapunzel Hair: When he's Demon Hyo.
- The Man Behind the Man
- Nietzsche Wannabe: "Ha ha ha! So this is what they call friendship!" In Batsu's storyline, Kyosuke helps his brother see the error of his ways.
- Not Me This Time: Immediately falls under suspicion in Project Justice, after Daigo is brainwashed by the Darkside Congress.
- The Paragon Always Rebels: According to his school record, Hyo excels at absolutely every subject.
- True Final Boss: In United By Fate.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Bounces around this status; he starts off as the Man Behind the Man villain, then reforms and becomes a good guy at the end of United By Fate. He's back to being the final boss in Project Justice, but only because he's being possessed by his father.
Voiced by: Bin ShimadaThe Big Bad behind the events of Project Justice. The assassin group Raizo and Hyo hailed from were not pleased that they had defected to the outside world, and had tossed aside the group's plans for domination. Reorganizing as the Darkside Society, it sent their best remaining assassin, Kurow Kirishima, to eliminate them and their families. Bringing along his sister Yurika as well as admirer Momo in his plans, Kurow set out on his assigned mission, but also made his own plans to take over the world for himself.Enrolling at Justice High, Kurow set himself up as a normal student until he set his plans in motion, making his move when he incapacitated Raizo and apparently defeating and brainwashing Hyo. Kurow set up a plan where a brainwashed Daigo Kazama would have the Gedo gang cause trouble, Yurika infiltrate Seijyun High to distract Daigo's sister Akira, Momo infiltrates Gorin High to split the core characters' friendship and Kurow himself disguising himself as Batsu and openly attacking other students - the goal being to spread mistrust and confusion among the schools, making them easy pickings for his brainwashing.Of course, like Hyo before him a year ago, Kurow's plans go awry when the friendship of the characters are only strengthened by the chaos instead of weakened, and his moles betray him for their new found friends. Kurow attempts to use his apparent trump card Hyo, but find out that didn't work out as well as he thought either, and Hyo defeats him, leaving him severely injured. A few days after the fire at Justice High, however, Kurow's hospital room is found wrecked and empty, implying that he'll be back later...
- Alliterative Name
- Anime Hair: A masculine version◊ of his sister Yurika's curls, consisting of a sweeping side-parting combined with a large, tightly curled ringlet. As well as having a penchant for ringlets, both Kirishima siblings share a similar ash-brown hair colour.
- Brother-Sister Incest: The Darkside Student Council ending strongly implies that he might lust after his older sister Yurika.
- Captain Ersatz: Has sinister yet mysterious plans, manipulates and uses his mostly-female minions to further his own goals, primary method of winning over people is through brainwashing, voiced by Bin Shimada. Kurow, or Paptimus Scirocco?
- Evil Laugh
- Life Drain: Kurow has a super move that does this, although he has to combo it off a specific special move to perform it.
- Little Brother Bully: His treatment of Yurika often tends to be this.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Master of Disguise: Throughout Project Justice, he disguises himself as Batsu in order to get Batsu's friends to mistrust him. This fake's playable as "Vatsu".
- Meaningful Name: "Kurow" (Kurō 九郎) means "crow", which suits his dark personality. Additionally, "Kirishima" means "island of fog", so he's "the crow from the island of fog" — pretty apt.
- Musical Assassin: Somewhat — he uses a flute to brainwash his victims, but doesn't use it in actual fighting.
- Never Found the Body: Kurow vanishes from his hospital room in the finale, leaving only ominous claw marks behind...
- Red Right Hand: When disguised as Vatsu, his eyes and grin are the main signs that all is not what it seems...
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Where his sister Yurika is timid, gentle and polite, Kurow is violent, ruthless and power-mad.
- Skunk Stripe: As "Vatsu." He is distinguished by a telltale streak of white in his hair.
- Slasher Smile
- Smug Snake
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Has all of Raizo's special moves, plus a few new ones added in for variety.
- Wolverine Claws
Tamagawa Minami High SchoolA presumably normal high school that is actually not involved in the events of the first game. It's mentioned here because it happens to be the school attended by...
Voiced by: Yuko SasamotoThis junior Street Fighter happens to be a friend of both Hinata and Natsu. For many other tropes regarding to her, check the Street Fighter Alpha character sheet.
- Ascended Fangirl
- Canon Foreigner: Officially, Rival Schools isn't part of the Street Fighter canon, but this didn't stop her from appearing in the home version of the first game, though.
- Guest Fighter
- Hero-Worshipper: For Ryu.
- Hurricane Kick
- Meaningful Name: Her given name means cherry-blossom in Japan, although its officially spelled in hiragana (さくら). Her surname, Kasugano (春日野) means "Sunny Field in Spring".
- Shout-Out: Her team-up technique is very similar to the Shun Goku Satsu, except 1. her partner grabs the target from behind so Sakura can freely attack him/her, 2. the attacks are shown as freeze frames interspersed by white flashes, and 3. cherry blossoms fall when she finishes and leaves.
- Tomboy: For having Boyish Short Hair and being a Genki Girl.