Characters: Soul Calibur V
This is a list of characters from the Soul
series who made their debut or appeared in the sixth game of the series, Soulcalibur V
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Origin - Athens, Ottoman Empire (Greece) note
Weapon(s) - Short sword
, Soul Calibur - Iai sword
"Take up your sword and accept your death!"
I've made a vow to better myself."
Son of Sophitia and main character of the 5th game. Uses a "sharper" variation of his mom's moveset. Sets out to find his older sister Pyrrha and to cleanse the world of the malfested, as they apparently killed his mother. He eventually succeeds Siegfried as the wielder of Soul Calibur, becoming Alpha Patroklos.
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Origin - Athens, Ottoman Empire (Greece)
Weapon(s) - Short sword
, Soul Edge - Short sword and shield
"I'm sorry, I have no choice..."
"Such a strong soul! Such a pretty soul! And it's all...yours..."
Daughter of Sophitia, also a main character. After being kidnapped by Tira, she ended up released from Soul Edge's influence at the hand of her mother. Sadly, unlike Patroklos, she ended up not knowing of her family and became an orphan. After Siegfried defeated Nightmare, baby Pyrrha began to die as Soul Edge's power waned, so Sophitia removed the last fragment of Soul Edge from within her body to let Pyrrha live.
Pyrrha was eventually enslaved by Dampierre
, and was bought by a noble named Jurgis, who freed her, employed her as a maid, and eventually proposed to her. On the night before their wedding, Jurgis was killed by Tira
and Pyrrha was framed and arrested. Tira approached her and gave her her mother's weapons, awakening the dormant fragment of Soul Edge within her.
She now sets out alongside Tira, who manipulates her in order to fully awaken the cursed power within her. She eventually succeeds Nightmare as the wielder of Soul Edge, becoming Pyrrha Omega, but ultimately rejects Soul Edge's power and helps Patroklos destroy both Soul Swords.
Origin - Izumo, Japan note
Weapon(s) - Dual kodachi
"You don't stand a chance!"
A girl who is Taki's disciple. Is the host of a demon called Arahabaki. According to New Legends of Project Soul
, Taki and a ninja named Juju were sent to exorcise Arahabaki, who possessed Juju. Taki was forced to kill her, and Arahabaki rampaged until he possessed the infant Natsu. Feeling guilty, Taki took her in and raised her as her apprentice. When Taki vanished on a mission, Natsu set out with Leixia, Maxi, and Xiba to find her. She also doubles as Leixia's bodyguard.
- Action Girl
- Dual Wielding: Uses two small ninjato, just like her mentor.
- Expy: To her mentor Taki, as she possesses some of her moves with a much youthful twist.
- Her backstory is practically word-for-word the same one as Naruto's, except for the whole "outcast amongst his peers" part.
- Flash Step
- Happily Adopted: Implied to have been raised by Chie.
- Lightning Bruiser: One of the fastest characters easily, able to deal lots of damage as well. Compensated for by relative her lack of reach and inability to space well.
- Mukokuseki: Despite being Japanese by birth, she sports utterly unrealistic strawberry-blonde hair. The incongruence is compounded by the fact that the game is set in the early 1600's, when it would have been impossible to dye brown/black Asian hair such a light shade. It seems odder still, because Namco took care to explain that Setsuka's fair hair is a result of her being ethnically European.
- On the other hand, she does have comparatively (realistic) European features compared to the other Asian characters (i.e. her eyes are a bit wider and less almond shaped than Leixia's). It's quite possible that she's actually of European descent, as well... making her the THIRD blonde, Western castaway in the series...
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Her ninja garb is a very lush shade of reddish-pink (even brighter than Taki's).
- Orochi: The Japanese art book reveals that Arahabaki is one.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Has the demon Arahabaki sealed inside her.
- Tomboy to Leixia's Girly Girl.
Origin - Unknown note
Weapon(s) - Sword
and summoned spirit
"You're outta your league, so scram!"
A mysterious, intimidating man who wields a short sword, but utilizes a strange tonfa-like grip in renders (but a normal grip in gameplay screenshots). Is capable of summoning a wolf spirit familiar
named "E.I.N." to aid him in battle. He is currently working with Siegfried to find Soul Calibur's new wielder.
- A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma: No information from the game, nor the artbook, not even from Project Soul themselves has ever been given about who or what the hell this guy is.
- Badass: Anyone who has the guts to take on Nightmare and win deserves this acclaim.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: With Siegfried in the story, during a skirmish with Graf Dumas' forces. One of his victory poses shows him back to back with E.I.N.
- Bilingual Bonus: His name means "two" in German.
- The wolf-spirit he can summon is named E.I.N., which is "one."
- His sword is named "Kreuzgriff," which is German for "Cross Handle." This explains its unique shape.
- Chained by Fashion
- Difficult but Awesome: His fighting style requires a completely different mindset to utilize than any other character, focusing heavily on guard pressure and making good reads(moreso than any other character by a significant margin).
- Fighting Spirit: Is able to call forth upon E.I.N., an ethereal wolf with a crescent moon lodged into its stomach, to fight alongside him.
- Fun with Acronyms: Not that we know what the acronym is for...
- Hell-Bent for Leather
- Hero with Bad Publicity: Z.W.E.I. definitely has strange powers, but he uses them for good. That doesn't stop the average person from thinking otherwise. Opposing a political ruler's Malfested Hunts might have something to do with that.
- The Lancer: To Siegfried in V.
- Multicolored Hair: Mostly black, with several patches of white randomly scattered about.
- Mysterious Past
- No Name Given: Z.W.E.I. is just what he calls himself.
- Parts Unknown: His official bio is surprisingly scant on detail, with his birthplace, age, date of birth, blood-type and even his real name simply listed as "unknown". This is in stark contrast to the far more detailed bios of the rest of the cast. Whether these details were left out to simply enhance his mystery, or that he (arguably) is a more otherworldly character than the rest of the cast and is therefore more difficult to categorise in a real-world setting, remains open to debate....
- Been There, Shaped History: Perhaps to lend his character some grounding in reality, according to the game's follow-up New Legends of Project Soul artbook, he fought alongside real-life Transylvanian nobleman Istvan Bocskai (Stephen Bocskay) when he tried to oppose the Holy Roman Empire's attempts to spread Roman Catholicism into the Kingdom of Hungary. History plays out when Rudolf II's (The Holy Roman Emperor at the time) brother, Archduke Matthias, proposed a peace settlement, known as the Peace of Vienna, only for Bocskai to be poisoned by his chancellor, Mihaly Kathay (who was Malfested). Since it was Graf Dumas/Nightmare/Raphael's body who led the Holy Roman Army during this struggle, this is how he and Z.W.E.I first met, and the reason why Dumas wants him dead so badly.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Both aesthetically and game-play wise. Thus far, the series has always presented warriors from various recognizable, real-world global cultures with a fantasy twist:— Japanese samurai/ninjas/geisha, Greek warriors, English & French aristocrats, Germanic knights etc. His design and most of his move-set however, is almost completely fantasy-based, with an overall look not grounded in any real-world culture and a high-fantasy fighting style incorporating a summoned were-wolf. This sets him apart from most of the cast as a whole.
- Reverse Grip: More of a side grip, but arming swords typically were not held like that. Subverted in his actual gameplay; he knows how to hold a sword, though he switches to the side grip for certain attacks.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Walking Shirtless Scene
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time he is seen in the story, he was thrown off of a cliff. It's not known if he survived.
- Vapor Wear: Strange male example, but his sagging pants and unzipped fly show that he's not wearing any underwear underneath.◊
Origin - Luoyang, Ming Empire (China) note
Weapon(s) - Jian
"We can talk afterward. Come on, let's fight!"
Xianghua's fifteen-year-old daughter. Fled her home in China to avoid being married to the Emperor after she came into possession of the Dvapara-Yuga necklace.
Origin - "A place of roses and lilies"
Weapon(s) - Crystal ball
& steel claw
"In the moon, I see everything."
A mysterious girl who serves Z.W.E.I. Fights using a metal claw and a summoned energy orb. She is apparentlly amnesic, and follows Z.W.E.I out of necessity, believing that he can lead her to the truth.
- Always V Sexy
- Badass Cape
- Combat Stilettos
- Crystal Ball: Her secondary weapon.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita
- Fairy Tale Motifs: Her official bio is especially whimsical, listing her birthplace as "a place of roses and lilies" and her blood type as "twisted strings of red and blue," which is in stark contrast to the more factual bios of the rest of the cast.
- Shout-Out: Her oddly lyrical birthplace bio entry owes its origins to Tennyson's 1855 poem Maud, in which it is said of the titular heroine: "You have but fed on the roses and lain in the lilies of life," suggesting a sheltered, protected upbringing.
- Fortune Teller: Has the look of one. Her theme in V is even entitled "Wandering Seer" and she has a second, Quick Battle-only theme named "Dance of the Oracle."
- Gradual Grinder: Viola herself doesn't deal much base damage, but compensates with her high combo potential and unpredictable orb summoning, chipping away the opponent's health in the strangest ways.
- Hot Gypsy Woman: Her 2P outfit.
- Improbable Weapon User: In a series that prides itself on presenting real-life weapons and fighting styles (with a fantasy twist), her magic orb stands out as being completely fantasy based.
- Invulnerable Knuckles: An extreme example. She wields only a small set of thimble-like claws on her right hand, and in a game where her opponents are armed to the teeth with katanas, giant axes and halberds, it is unclear how she manages to guard and parry their attacks, especially as she simply holds her barely protected hands up to block.
- However, if one looks closely at Viola while she guards, they will notice a weird, disc-shaped translucent shield momentarily form before her on impact, possibly meaning she doesn't use her claws or bare hands to guard, rather a magic shield.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: As with Talim above, but she at least wields tonfas, a weapon with defensive capabilities.
- Identity Amnesia: Her character blurb states that she is unaware of her past...
- In the Hood
- Lady of Black Magic
- Mysterious Waif: Definitely gives off this vibe.
- Odd Friendship: Sees Z.W.E.I. as a kindred spirit, as she believes both of them were given inhuman powers that forces them to have to wander through life alone.
- Ojou Ringlets
- Puppet Fighter: One of the first examples of these in a 3D fighting game. Her crystal ball acts as the puppet, and she has a separate movelist for when it's set in play as well as when it's not.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Stocking Filler: She sports fishnet stockings with a spider-web motif incorporated.
- Suspiciously Similar Outfit: Her overall look is strikingly similar to Amy's (the hair, dress, tights, etc.), and she is voiced by the same voice actresses as Amy in both Japanese and English, leading to theories that she is actually Amy...
- Shrug of God: The staff has stated that she is not related to Amy, but they were quite vague on that statement, possibly referring to her fighting style and not her looks. The plot thickens...
- Wolverine Claws: Her weapon, a vicious spiked glove reminiscent of Freddy Krueger's.
- Funnily enough, if your created character uses Viola's style, your only weapon pick is the magic orb. The claw attacks may be done with bare hands if you want.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A
Origin - Zhen Hang Mountain, Ming Empire (China)
Weapon(s) - Rod
"If food is on the line, I better win this!"
Kilik's successor for SCV
, Edge Master told Maxi that to save Kilik, Xiba would have to inherit the Kali-Yuga. And so, off they go, on their journey to the west
. He inherits the Kali-Yuga offscreen from Kilik. The Japanese official artbook, and character profile from other countries, reveal that Xiba is the estranged son of Kilik and Xianghua.
- Animal Motifs: Monkeys. In fact he's one big Shout-Out to Sun Wukong.
- Big Eater: He's munching on a roast leg of lamb in his official artwork and all he talks about is food.
- Blade on a Stick: A few of his alternate weapons.
- Does Not Like Shoes: His 1P outfit.
- Dub-Induced Plot Hole: For some reason Xiba's family ties are not present in his English profile, while all other language options has it; in fact, Xiba's profile is all but cut short in all English official sources.
- Expy: Of the protagonist of the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West, Sun Wukong. His bio makes this explicit.
- Gameplay-wise, he's an expy of Kilik.
- The Fool
- Kid Hero
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to Kilik.
- Long Lost Sibling: Leixia is his half-sister.
- Nemean Skinning: He wears a tiger-skin wrapped round his waist, complete with a tail that further enhances his Monkey shout-out.
- Obsessed with Food: To the point he even yells "FOOOOOOOOD!" if defeated in battle.
- Parental Abandonment: He is actually the son of Kilik and Xianghua, but he unfortunately inherited the Evil Seed from Kilik. After consulting Edge Master for advice, he was put in the care of Kong Xiuqiang. Now flashforward 17 years. Does he look Malfested?
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He's the shortest male to appear in the series, standing at 5'5".
- Simple Staff
- True Companions: He travels with Maxi, Leixia, and Natsu, and calls the villagers living in the foothills of the Zhen Hang Mountain his family.
Origin - The living incarnation of the holy sword, Soul Calibur
Weapon - Soul Calibur - All weaponsnote
"In me, place all of your trust."The origin of the voice that called out to Cassandra as she touched Soul Calibur in her ending in IV. As Inferno is the embodiment of Soul Edge, so too is Elysium to Soul Calibur. While Inferno seeks to bring chaos to the world, Elysium wishes to bring order. However, her methods for doing so are that of a Well-Intentioned Extremist/Knight Templar who is willing to remove all obstacles in that path. She appears to Patroklos in the image of his mother, flat-out lying to him that there is no way to save Pyrrha from her fate. When Patroklos ultimately refuses to be her pawn, she attempts to seize control of his body and turn him into her own equivalent of Nightmare, but Patroklos and Pyrrha subdue her together and seemingly destroy both Soul Calibur and Soul Edge.
- Angelic Beauty: Appears as a beautiful, winged woman dressed in white and surrounded by an aura of light.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: Elysium is to Soul Calibur what Inferno is to Soul Edge.
- The Chessmaster: Manipulates Siegfried and Patroklos to attain her own goals.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: And it's translucent.
- Distaff Counterpart: To Inferno.
- Ditto Fighter: She matches the moves of the female characters, but has exclusive moves when posing as Pyrrha Omega. Her Critical Edge will always be the same, however.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Berates Cassandra for trying to destroy Soul Calibur in her ending in IV.
- Expy: Looks just like Sophitia...
- The Faceless: Wears a mask that covers most of her face in battle. It's noticeably missing when she first meets Patroklos.
- She can be customized not to wear it, though. In fact, you only have access to her visor on Character Creation through DLC.
- Grand Theft Me: When Patroklos refused to follow her plans, she attempted to turn him into her version of Nightmare, kind of like what she briefly did to Siegfried in V's opening cinematic
- Holy Hand Grenade: Her Critical Edge no matter the moveset involves spreading wings and calling light from above, which heavily damages the opponent.
- Knight Templar: After seeing Siegfried's SCIV ending and SCV's bad ending, yes.
- Light Is Not Good: She is the Anthropomorphic Personification of Soul Calibur.
- Malevolent Masked Woman: Manifests a visor over her face when preparing to fight Patroklos.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates Siegfried in IV and Patroklos in V, and tries to manipulate Cassandra in her ending in IV.
- Meaningful Name: Elysium is basically the Greek form of Heaven for warriors which makes it the opposite of Inferno, who is named after Hell..
- No Biological Sex: Technically genderless; she only takes a female form out of necessity to manipulate Patroklos.
- Our Angels Are Different: She looks like an angel but is in fact the manifestation of Soul Calibur, in the same way that Inferno is the manifestation of Soul Edge.
- Panty Shot: Aplenty in-game.
- Perpetual Molt: Seen in her intro.
- Stripperiffic: Is possibly the least clad character in the entire series. Yes, even less than Ivy at her worst, although her 2P outfit is much less revealing.
- Walking Spoiler: Given her role in V's Story Mode, most of the tropes involving her are censored.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Wants to bring absolute peace to the world. By freezing everyone solid.
- Wings Do Nothing: Despite her wings, she is not immune to Ring Outs.
Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Origin - Florence, Florentine Republic (Italy) note
Weapon(s) - Hidden Blades (two), Roman Longsword, Stiletto, Hidden Gun, Crossbow
The main character of Assassin's Creed II
. The son of a Florentine banker (and ex-Assassin) from Renaissance Italy
whose life of luxury was shattered when his father and brothers were framed and executed. Seeking vengeance, he embraced his true heritage as an Assassin, and worked his way up to become one of the most prominent leaders the order had ever known.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Cape: A white half-cape, which conveniently covers all of his left-side weapons when not in use.
- Badass Grandpa: His appearance is based off Brotherhood (as that game's release was when Namco Bandai started collaborating with Ubisoft), where he was between ages 40 and 48.
- Badass Normal: Arguably considered to be one, at least compared to most of the other characters and guest fighters in the Soul series.
- Battle Theme Music: Uses a cover of ACII's "Venice Rooftops" as seen in his announcement trailer.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: His Hidden Blades, which he uses for many of his melee attacks, including an unblockable attack that resembles the high-profile "flying" assassinations in the Assassin's Creed series. His Hidden Gun also counts, as it's mounted alongside on his left-forearm hidden blade.
- Canon Welding: The official backstory has Ezio making a stop in his quest to kill Cesare Borgia to recover a treasure that the Templars stole when they raided Forli; however, as soon as he opens the box, the Animus flips out and jumps ahead to Ezio waiting for the ship to Navarre. This sets the event just before the final battle of Brotherhood.
- Foreign Cuss Word: When his grapple is blocked, Ezio may shout "Cazzo!" (Fuck), amongst other choice words at other times.
- Full-Name Basis: Is the only character whose last name is displayed and read by the announcer.
- Gratuitous Italian
- Guest Fighter: Confirmed to be playable in both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, due to Assassin's Creed being multi-platform.
- Hitler Cam: Used when he wins a match.
- In the Hood
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: His intro quote as the first fighter ("Insieme per la vittoria!") roughly translate to "Together, we will be victorious!". Make of it what you will * . It also counts as a Shout-Out, to the first words we hear him say in Assassin's Creed II.
- Or it may just be "together" in a rhetorical sense, referring to the Brotherhood of Assassins.
- Man in White
- Meaningful Name: Ezio being derived from a Greek word for eagle, he's "The Eagle of Florence."
- Multi-Melee Master: Just look at the weapons he has in his arsenal! To quote Machiavelli in his announcement trailer: "Before else, be armed."
- Shown mainly during his Critical Edge attack, where he slashes his opponent with his stiletto, hidden blade, and longsword, then finishes the attack with a crossbow bolt and an immediate follow-up hidden gun shot.
- Namco Bandai actually cited this as the main challenge when it came to balancing Ezio as a fighting game character.
- Named Weapons: Somewhat averted, in a similar manner as the Star Wars guest fighters, as the site simply gives his weapon name as "The Hidden Blade." (Funny as this only applies to one out of God knows how many weapons he has.)
- The Japanese profile refers to it as "Assassin Blade."
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "I tried to warn you!" (said before Ezio performs his Critical Edge attack.)
- Primal Stance: Averted, Ezio's fighting stance is his idle stance from Assassin's Creed.
- Professional Killer: His reveal trailer even dubs him "Master Assassin." Quoting Da Vinci, "Our lives are made by the death of others."
- Post-Mortem One-Liner: "The world will be better without you." and "May no one remember your name." The former one actually counts as a Shout-Out to Brotherhood, as Ezio used this line to destroy one of Leonardo Da Vinci's war machines, while the latter is used after Ezio defeats Cesare Borgia.
- He also uses his main one-liner from Assassin's Creed ("Requiescat In Pace"), when using his Hidden Gun unblockable attack.
- The Slow Walk: How Ezio is introduced in his reveal trailer before "dropping in" on Nightmare and delivering his first line.
- Talking to Himself: He shares his English VA with Siegfried.
In a seemingly opposite situation compared to III
's KOS-MOS example, Devil Jin's moveset is exclusive to custom characters, with the appropriate Create-a-Soul parts available for purchase as part of the first Tekken parts pack. To get the Soul (read: fighting style) of Devil Jin, one must defeat the ghost Harada TEKKEN, who uses his style, in Quick Battle mode, or reach Player Level 5.