A 2nd-year student at Hanzō Academy, Asuka is the granddaughter of the famous ninja Hanzō, who also serves as the principal of the Academy. Feeling driven to live up to her grandfather's legacy, Asuka is energetic and willing to work as hard as she can, training everyday to master the Path of the Shinobi. Her primary weapons are two wakizashis, and her Ninpo are based on toads, as well as having an affinity for Earth.
Ikaruga is a 3rd-year student at Hanzō Academy, as well as the Class Representative of the Hanzō girl's class. She is a talented girl, daughter of a man in a large financial conglomerate, as well as a prestigious ninja clan. She has been held in high honours she she was a young girl, and trained in the Japanese tea ceremony. She is rather skilled at Japanese cooking, however, her own experimental cooking is another matter.Ikaruga's primary weapon is the Hiennote Flying/Rising Swallow, a family heirloom passed down to her by her father. Her Ninpo is centered around phoenixes, and has an affinity for the Fire element because of this.
Glass Cannon: Poor defense and fragile clothing, but extremely damaging with attacks that cover a wide area.
Hime Cut: She grows her hair longer because Katsuragi says it's nice. It was said after a violent heart-to-heart.
Implausible Fencing Powers: While using the Hien Phoenix Dance, Ikaruga leaps into the air, grips Hien between her feet and descends down upon her target, drilling her blade into them as she slides along the ground, causing massive damage. How this is even possible is a wonder in itself.
Team Mom: Doubly so as she's the only girl of adult age in her gumi (obviously, Katsuragi in SV doesn't count)
Toku: Ikaruga performs entertainment like these under the name of KP Kamen (KP standing for "Kami no ke", hair, and "Pattsun", uniformly straight cut bangs). In the localizations, it's "BC Mask", standing for "Black hair with cut straight bangs".
Yamato Nadeshiko: After reading this far down the list you should know why: a formal and polite lady who wields a nodachi styles her hair in a hime cut.
Katsuragi is a 3rd-year student at Hanzō Academy, Katsuragi was among the first to join the Academy out of the current available girls. Hotblooded and boisterous, Katsuragi prefers to "act first and think later". A tomboy through and through, she wears nothing under her school uniform. Disregarding even these, her quirks are many and various. Katsuragi has a weakness for cute girls, and takes much delight in sexually harassing them. She loves ramen so much that she is now famous for being late to class simply to finish eating it.Katsuragi is particularly skilled in acrobatic and weaponless combat, particularly specialising in kicks augmented by her metal boots. Her Ninpo centers around the Chinese Dragon, and she has an affinity for Wind-element techniques.
Everything's Better with Spinning / Spin Attack: Several of Katsuragi's attacks incorporating spinning or drilling motions into them. While the most notable is the Tornado Spindle, one of the most impressive is the Dead Screw Dragon , which involves channeling an energy dragon around her body and spinning while drilling into her target.
Expy: A blonde-haired, hotblooded shinobi who loves ramen, is rather perverted, rarely thinks about her actions before she does it, lost both of her parents at an early age, and utilises the Wind element in their techniques? Sounds quite a lot like another hot-blooded, blonde ninja from another series.
Golden Super Mode: While everyone has this in Burst, as the use of Life or Death mode (Frantic in localizations) gives the girls a surging golden aura, Katsuragi, with her hotblooded nature and love of fighting, as well as golden hair and green eyes, deserves her own personal mention. Why? She looks and fights like a Super Saiyan.
Lightning Bruiser: By anything other than series-internal standards, she's this instead of a Mighty Glacier — "Kind of slow" by the standards of this series is still faster than most characters in anything else.
Magic Skirt: Obviously not seen anywhere, but here's a variation; try a Magic Shirt. Despite it just being a normal unbuttoned shirt, it never reveals her nipples. You could swear the damn thing's glued on.
When it's destroyed, she has a bizarre breast-harness under it that shouldn't be able to stay on without the aid of either magic or lots of body tape.
Not Quite Flight: In Shinovi Versus, Katsuragi is one of the few characters capable of limited gliding. While unexplained in anyone else, for Katsuragi, her gliding may actually stem from her Wind abilities.
Schoolgirl Lesbian: When someone transfer to the ninja class, the first thing she looks up is the size of the newbie's boobs.
She outright says that she prefers flirting with girls to romance with guys.
On the other hand, it's heavily implied that despite her obvious attraction to girls, she doesn't take it too seriously or consider real relationships with them — notice that she solidly associates romance with boys, even if she says she doesn't like it as much.
Stripperiffic: For some reason, she rarely buttons her shirt. This has to do with the fact that Ikaruga slashed open those buttons when she first opened to her. Being unbuttoned is a symbol of relationship.
The Stoic: underneath her playful act, what her personality is really like after what happened to her parents.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: in Shinovi Versus, she is is really torn when Yozakura refuses to yield after their fight, claiming she will continue fighting till Katsuragi kills her; the catch is Katsuragi has to win her fight to save her parents. She regains her composure when Hikage tell her she much prefers the Katsuragi who have mindless fun when fighting.
It actually tends to vary, her deeper voice only seems to come out when she's feeling particularly hot-blooded or shocked.
A 1st-year at Hanzō Academy, Yagyū has considerable talent for her age and schoolyear. She is a taciturn of sorts, revealing little emotion. As a shinobi, is always resolute. She immensely cares for Hibari, her fellow 1st-year, and will go to immense lengths to protect her. Yagyū notably loves squid, always carrying dried squid, her favorite food, on her person.Her primary weapon is the bladed oilpaper umbrella she always carries on her. Her Ninpo is centered around squids, and she has an affinity for the Rain-element.
Glass Cannon: Her defense is very low but her overall attack power is pretty good and her secret artes to alot of damage and are perfect for fighting multiple enemies. As compared to Ikaruga, she's a bit tougher, but also a bit less damaging — but has useful projectile attacks Ikaruga lacks.
Hates Being Alone: After Hibari transferred to Hebijo to get back the Super Secret Ninja Scroll, Yagyū vowed to get her back, stating she absolutely cannot be without Hibari. Yagyū is not only afraid of losing Hibari, in whom she sees her younger sister who died, but afraid of winding up alone again.
No Sense of Humor: She is probably the most serious one about what it means to be a ninja.
Ore Onna: Uses exclusively masculine Japanese vocabulary in her normal speech, up to and including the aggressive-masculine "Ore" to refer to herself; this is considered even LESS normal and acceptable than girls using the gentle-masculine form "boku" in Japanese society.
Serious Business: Even card games are serious business to Yagyū if Hibari is involved.
Yagyū: -directed at the Joker card which caused her to lose- Unforgivable. This is your fault, you damned jester...
The Stoic: She's naturally very quiet, which bits her badly when she actually gets badly injured at one point.
Weapon of Choice: Her umbrella. The trailer shows her performing Daikaruganote Traditional Japanese "juggling" involving keeping a ball balanced on a spinning umbrella without letting it get thrown away by the spin. with a delivery truck.
A 1st-year student at Hanzō Academy, Hibari joined at the same time as Yagyū. She comes from a long line of Shinobi, but is rather self-conscious of her own limits as compared to her ancestors. Despite good intentions, she generally ends up as an accidental troublemaker. Due to being rather weak in combat (and well aware of it), Hibari makes up for it with her wits.With a deceptive fighting style, ever shifting in appearance, her Ninpo centers around rabbits. Hibari's elemental affinity is that of Lightning.
The Heart: Pleaded to her teammates to not defeat the Hebi girls because those girls have killswitch in them.
Les Yay: Quite possibly the most blatant example in the series, Haruka and Hibari seem to have this dynamic, especially in Crimson Girls, where Hibari transfers to Hebijo. Hibari refers to her and Haruka's time together as "dates".
Killer Rabbit: If she is competent enough. Being a playable character, she probably will be.
The Load: Significantly underskilled compared to her teammates. It's usually Yagyū who comes to her rescue.
Pink Means Feminine: There are other characters with pink scheme, but she embodies this trope the best.
Reverse Mole: Transfers to Hebi in order to regain a lost item.
Kiriya is the Shinobi class instructor at Hanzō Academy. Born to a long line if shinobi, it was decided at an early age that Kiriya would follow suit. Despite having immense aptitude for the way of the Shinobi, Kiriya grew disgusted with the way that shinobi had to risk their lives with each mission, and turned to the teaching department instead.He is a taciturn and strict teacher, but this is because of his high expectations for his students.
Badass: Allegedly, he was an elite shinobi in the past, and the "best of the best". Whatever skills he had besides explosive teleportation are never really shown.
Cool Teacher: A shinobi sensei dressed in a black suit, with white hair, whose primary method of coming and going is body flickering, Kiriya definitely qualifies.
Expy: After he fails to become a Magus, apparently Kariya become a master ninja instead.
He also seems to be quite similar to Kakashi. A white-haired ninja master, who is now a stern teacher, raised from his youth to be a ninja, his parents were even ninja as well. To top it off, he even lost someone important to him on a mission in the past, and it pretty much has affected him throughout the rest of his life.
Informed Ability: Despite being described as an elite, he's rarely seen doing anything in the games or the anime. And, despite being a shinobi, he seems to be rather easy to trick, having been duped by the Hebi girls at least twice, and just one clash with Suzune from Hebi left him injured in the anime. Perhaps being retired dulled his skills?
My Greatest Failure: He considers saving Rin during her Shinobi test (he saved her from getting shot by a doll before anyone could notice, thus allowing her to pass her test), allowing her to become a full-fledged Shinobi and leading to her dying on a mission a few months later, as the greatest failure of his life.
Retired Badass: According to Rin, Kiriya used to be an elite ninja, the best of the best. He's currently working as a shinobi sensei now, because, while missions pose the risk of death, teaching doesn't.
Badass Grandpa: he may be retired, but he still is a legendary shinobi.
Megaton Punch: Her signature move. If she catches you on the ground when her HP is in the red, she will use an unavoidable, One-Hit Kill dragon punch.
Mighty Glacier: She hits likes a tank and has a lot more health than anyone else, but she is also the slowest character out of the whole cast, so keeping a high hit count with her during a mission is harder to do.
Nice Hat: The one that looks like Kujo Jotaro's. Wearing it changes her normally-blonde hair to black, thus creating her signature look.
Blood Knight: Homura has stated in the first game that she fights to feel alive. After she got disowned by her parents, she felt she lacked a purpose in life. Fighting allows her to truly feel alive.
Homura:When the people I loved most cast me aside, my heart stopped beating. But when I am in the middle of a fight, I realize that I can still feel alive. Yes. If I'm not fighting as a shinobi, I'm no better than a corpse.
Jerkass Woobie: If one starts the game playing the Hanzou storyline, they've already bought the whole "good" ninja are in the right, "evil" ninja are in the wrong. Homura's backstory takes that entire premise, flips it on it's head, and spins it like a top, before crushing it in rage. Homura comes from a long line of "good" Shinobi, and as such, was raised with the expectation to become one herself. Pushed into school at a young age, she fell in love with her tutor, who was the only light in her life; keeping the girl emotionally stable during her stress-filled life of regimented training and lessons. When he appeared concerned for her, she confessed everything to him, telling him about her entire past and that he family is a family a shinobi. As it turns out, the man was an evil shinobi who had been told to wipe out her family. Feeling betrayed, but also in self-defence, Homura killed the man. Due to the fact that she hadn't officially become a shinobi yet, and had killed someone, she was rejected by "good" shinobi, no longer able to attend Hanzō Academy. In addition to that, her family was ashamed of her and disowned her. When a recruiter from Hebijo Academy found her and took her in, Homura jumped at the chance to simply belong somewhere again.
Pet the Dog: Homura reveals she wears frilly pink pajamas, so that Mirai will feel less insecure about her bear-print panties, in addition to telling her that, at Hebijo, seniority doesn't matter, they are all comrades.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's very polite, sweet and always sports a pleasant smile. But, it masks her aggressive and sadistic side.
Bizarre Taste in Food: Due to having grown up in poverty, Yomi has bizarre tastes in foods that she's had to eat to make ends meet, such as cabbage cores, hornet larvae boiled in soy sauce, but even she turns her nose up at earthworms.
Insane Troll Logic: Yomi believes people with money shouldn't be allowed to have good hearts, purely because, as a child, she never met anyone with money who cared about helping the poor like her and her family. She flies into a rage at Ikaruga, who is rather rich, but also takes time out of her day to help the poor after her last encounter with Yomi, which causes her to rethink herself.
Keigo: Always uphold politeness, even when she's delivering beatdown to someone while telling them how much they suck.
Onee-sama: Yomi convinces Mirai to call her "Onee-sama" (Sis in the localizations) because she's always wanted to be one.
Pet the Dog: To Mirai, when Yomi reveals she wears a stomach band to sleep, to help her over her insecurity with her bear panties.
Pimped-Out Dress: It's a gown, and it doesn't look like a combat gear or for that matter practical. When you've been stuck in poverty and you suddenly have the power to make clothing out of thin air, you would pimp that out too.
The Rival: She's determined to defeat Ikaruga, who (to her) is the face of the upper class.
Trademark Favorite Food: Everyone in the series has one, but hers is worth mentioning: if something doesn't have bean sprouts in it, she simply doesn't like it. She always talks about bean sprouts, even in battle!
Animal Eyes: Snake-like, and they are disturbing to look at.
Brilliant but Lazy: She has everything it takes to be a shinobi, especially the drive to kill. She just don't feel like going the whole nine yards.
Defrosting Ice Queen: In Shinovi Versus. Katsuragi is astonished when Hikage jokes about groping Katsuragi as a reward for helping with her training.
Emotionless Girl: Hikage is a very strange example of the trope. She claims to have no emotions, and is unable to feel anything. Yet numerous points in the series show that she is very much capable of emotion, she just appears to be unaware of it. As a child, when her mentor Hinata, the closest thing she'd had to a parent, was killed, and Hikage found her body, she broke down crying. A similar situation happened in Burst, when she thought Mirai had been killed, Hikage began to cry as well.
Tragic Keepsake: The combat knife Hikage wields used to belong to Hinata, the leader of her gang and the closest thing Hikage had to a parent. Hikage took the knife with her after finding Hinata dead in a back alley, slashed to ribbons, feeling as if the knife held the woman's soul.
The Rival: Initially she holds the Nothing Personal principle, but after trading enough blows with Katsuragi, she feels that she's in some way aroused by her.
When She Smiles: She often has sadistic smirk, but when she's genuinely flustered, she is cute!
A-Cup Angst: Downplayed, but it's there. The fans often joke that it's the #1 reason that she's constantly bullied.
Antagonistic Counterpart: A mirror-match in a number of ways to Yagyū: same schoolyear in different schools, eyepatches of different designs and materialsnote Hers is more mechanical and modern, while Yagyū's is more traditional. in opposite positions, different types of umbrellas, hair color, etc.
I Just Want to Have Friends: She genuinely wants to be friends with Hibari. Although in her case, it's not clear whether she means it in the traditional sense or she is actually looking for a lesbian pet rabbit.
Les Yay: Quite possibly the most blatant example in the series, Haruka and Hibari seem to have this dynamic, especially in Crimson Girls, where Hibari transfers to Hebijo. Haruka fawns constantly over Hibari, calling her cute, etc, and when Homura calls her out on her behaviour, she Haruka says that even if she was to fall head over heels for Hibari, it wouldn't dampen her skills.
The sensei of Hebi Academy. Very sexy but cool-headed, her skills as a shinobi are on the highest level. She is very no-nonsense with students. On the other hand, she has no patience for training she regards as reckless, and always looks after her students' safety. For this reason she is considered trustworthy. Hebijo teachers usually deal in sending info and mission briefings to students. Rarely do they conduct actual lessons.Details on why she came to Hebiji are unknown, but she helps the school stand out, leaving only a few to question her. In reality, Suzune was Rin, a former student of Hanzou Academy, directly under Kiriya. She was the man's first student, and, during her tenure at the school, she served as a rival to Daidouji. Rin, much like Asuka, was an idealist who wanted to become a "super ninja", and spread love and peace around the world. On the day of her graduation, Kiriya saved Rin from being shot by a puppet, desperate to see her dream succeed. She passed, and was declared a shinobi. Only a few months later, however, Rin volunteered for a dangerous mission and was believed to have been killed. However, it was revealed she was only mortally wounded, and saved by Hebijo, to whom she turned to continue down her own Path of the Shinobi.
Ice Queen: Literally, as she is based on the Ice queen from classic japanese folk tales.
Defrosting Ice Queen: While pursuing the signification of Justice during arcade mode, she reaches the conclusion than Justice is Cuteness and decides to dress-up as a Magical Girl (Puri!). Her transformation triggers an Heroic BSOD from her fellow Gessen comrades.
Mama Bear: as their leader, she feels really protective of her Gessen comrades. To the point of angering Yozakura for criticizing her gloves.
Vocal Dissonance: Look at Shiki's face. Those sharp eyes, the Beauty Mark, even her transformation showcasing a Grim Reaper theme, her ninja costume which seems to be made of garterbelts only, none of this would prepare you for the voice she has - it sounds like that of a small child.
Date of Birth: 8th of October
Blood Type: B
Height: 172 cm
Measurements: B96, W58, H85.
Hobby: drawing manga.
Favorite Food: rice cake.
For SCIENCE: she tries to get Shiki's support to practice and get some inspiration for the romance bits of her newest manga. Shiki flies for her life.
Split Personality: Rude and bloodthirsty when she has her mask on; puts Hibari to shame on the moeblob race without.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: hell-bent on annihilating all evil ninja after losing his family; begin to re-examine his beliefs toward the end of his life when thinking about what kind of legacy he want to leave to his adopted girls.