This is a list of characters from the ''VideoGame/{{Soul|Series}}'' series who made their debut in the first game of the series, ''Soul Edge''/''Soul Blade''.

* Characters/{{Soulcalibur}}
* Characters/SoulcaliburII
* Characters/SoulcaliburIII
* Characters/SoulcaliburIV
* Characters/SoulcaliburV
* Characters/SoulcaliburLegends



[[folder:Heishiro Mitsurugi]]

Origin - ''[[FeudalJapan Bizen, Japan]]'' [[note]]The ''Rising Sun'' symbol shown here is unique, as it is the only national flag of all the characters in the series that is unchanged since the late 1500's, when the game is set. It has been an imperial badge since the 14th century.[[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katana]]

--> ''"In the fires of hell, we shall meet again."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' Creator/WataruTakagi (''Soul Edge''; Japanese), Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (''Soulcalibur'' onward; Japanese), Scott Keck (''Soulcalibur II''; English), Ed Cunningham (''Soulcalibur III'' onward; English)

-> Your typical {{Samurai}} looking for a good challenge. In ''Soul Edge'' he seeks a way to defeat the Tanegashima rifle, and believes the legendary sword Soul Edge to be the blade that can do it. He eventually beats the rifle without the need of Soul Edge, but throughout ''Soulcalibur'', ''SCII'', and ''SCIII'', he's still searching for it for the sole purpose of fighting Nightmare. In ''IV'' he realizes that there are no more worthy challengers for him, and seeks to fight otherworldly opponents instead. He found a WorthyOpponent in Algol in ''IV'', but due to Soul Edge and Soul Calibur vanishing into a vortex, their battle was cut short as Algol vanished with them. And so Mitsurugi went home to Japan, where over the years he hung up his sword as the era changed - not literally, though, as he loses his Shishi-Oh to Setsuka sometime between ''IV'' and ''V''. Now a farmer, when he heard that Soul Edge had returned, he sold all of his land for an opportunity to fight Algol again.

-> Former director Daishi Odashima considered him the main character of ''Soul Edge''.

-> Mitsurugi is usually the [[StreetFighter Ryu]] of the games - a well-balanced character with no glaring strengths or weaknesses. His katana strikes have great range, speed, and priority. Many of his attacks can also track the opponent's movements, making him difficult to guard against effectively at times. He can also switch styles between holding his sword at his shoulders, or using Iaido (only the shoulder stance remains in 5, however).


* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: His input ending in ''III''. Either way, he comes into town looking for people to fight but sees a man grabbing a woman and holding a knife. In the input ending, Mitsurugi kills the man and frees the woman.
* TheArtifact: Mitsurugi was the main character of the first game; by ''III'', he is almost completely irrelevant to the plot, mostly serving as the motivator of Setsuka's StandAloneEpisode. After ''Soulcalibur II'', he's basically only fighting because he's seeking a challenge, which has virtually no impact on the main story.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: During his training after his defeat against the rifle, Mitsurugi sought to fight as many varied fighting styles as he could so he could implement their fighting tactics into his own style. Suffice to say, he was quite successful.
* {{Badass}}: A consistently powerful fighter who is noted to have a great fighting prowess in-universe. In ''III'', it is noted that he defeated several enemies of the Murakami navy with his sword and was a key part of their victory.
** BadassBeard: Since ''SC''.
** BadassBoast: "You will be a stain on my sword." Another notable one is "Not even the king of hell could stand against my blade."
** BadassLongRobe: Some incarnations of him sport them.
** BadassNormal: Mitsurugi, so far as we can tell, has no special powers and no connection to either spirit sword. The katana he uses is perfectly ordinary metal. He's made up for this by being so skilled entire armies of normal men, including ''ones with guns'' can't beat him, and he's considered a worthy adversary to blatantly supernatural fighters like Nightmare, Olcadan (who ''killed a god's messenger''), and even Algol, a man so {{Badass}} Soul Edge has no power over him. In the 17-year time gap between ''IV'' and ''V'', he gave up fighting because anything less than a god-king just wasn't enough of a challenge anymore.
* BladeAcrossTheShoulder: One of his victory poses has him waving his sword across his shoulder, and looking down on his opponent. Also, see his official artwork in ''III'' above.
* BloodKnight: So much that he gave up his life of a farmer in ''V'' just that he could fight Algol.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: A non-villainous version, yet still subverted. At first, he doesn't remember killing Setsuka's master in ''III'', which is what drives her entire story.
--> '''Setsuka''': My master...must be avenged!
--> '''Mitsurugi''': I don't know...what you're talking about.
** The subversion comes if Mitsurugi wins the battle, as this will be his quote:
--> '''Mitsurugi''': Your sword I remember.
* CallToAgriculture: In ''V'', when most samurai were running out of business. He leaves this life so he could fight Algol.
* DualWielding: Subverted. There is artwork of him in ''SE'' wielding two katana, but he only fights with one through the whole series.
* DuelToTheDeath: All challenges are this for both Mitsurugi and those he challenges.
** Except for Setsuka, apparently.
* {{Expy}}: Modeled on ToshiroMifune, who played iconic Samurai roles in the Creator/AkiraKurosawa films ''{{Rashomon}}'', ''Throne of Blood'', and ''SevenSamurai''. Also could be considered based on MiyamotoMusashi, who was played by ToshiroMifune, so...
* JackOfAllStats: Has gained something of a negative reputation due to this, as most characters have significant weaknesses and he tends not to. However, his combo ability is weaker than average and some of his attacks are vulnerable to counters ''even after a correct use for them.''
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Played straight enough and subverted early on. His goal at one point was to find Soul Edge in the hopes that it could overcome the power of the Tanegashima rifle, which he and his katana were once bested by in a duel.
* MeaningfulName: "Mitsurugi" literally means "divine sword."
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: He actually delivers a line like this ''after'' the fight.
--> '''Mitsurugi''': The name's Mitsurugi! Don't forget it!
** Or in ''II'':
--> '''Mitsurugi''': The name's Mitsurugi! Remember it!
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: The first time he fought Teppou Hei, Mitsurugi was defeated. It was one of his goals to defeat the Tanegashima rifle.
* OneManArmy: He goes as far as to purposefully side with outnumbered sides so he has more people to fight.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: His [[ B+G throw versus Alpha Patroklos]] in V.
** It would make some sense if he ever cared about any foes other than Taki, Nightmare, or Algol, but he doesn't. There isn't even any evidence either knows of the other existing, let alone having a rivalry or playfully demeaning nicknames for each other.
* ParentalAbandonment: What he was ''expecting'' (them to die) to start his sword training.
* PerpetualPoverty: In the early games, he has to make ends meet during travels by working as a mercenary. Which was a bit troublesome given he's the only one who faces language barriers. In ''SCV'', he ended up becoming a farmer when Japan had no use for ronin and samurai, just to make ends meet.
* RatedMForManly: Not only he is designed to be a big badass all around, he ditches all of the emotional drama of some other characters and has only the wish to face a strong opponent in battle. Also, there's his {{Badass Beard}}, [[BadassBoast Badass Boasts]], and some manneirisms, such as cracking his neck before a fight, and walking around with his sword across the shoulder.
* RedBaron: According to his ''SC'' ending, he is known as the "Mercenary of Wartime Age".
* {{Ronin}}: He actually ''refused'' to take a {{Samurai}} position when offered, preferring a mercenary lifestyle so he could find a WorthyOpponent.
* {{Samurai}}: In appearance.
** SamuraiPonytail: Mitsurugi has the second, scruffier type of hair.
* SeeYouInHell: Some of his winquotes, such as the one above.
* ShoutOut: One of his costumes in ''Soulcalibur II'' bears resemblance to [[SamuraiShodown Haohmaru]].
* SwordPlant: Part of his kata. Shared with Yoshimitsu.
* WalkingTheEarth: As part of his desire for good opposition, he's been traveling all over Japan, amassing fame throughout the island for his skills. He's also probably the one character that has traveled the most throughout the series' course; during ''SCII'' he spent ''seven'' years traveling all over Eurasia.
* WarriorMonk: The Japanese website for ''V'' indicates that he has become one.
* WorthyOpponent: He considers Taki his only worthy rival during ''SCII/III'' after having a few unfinished encounters with her. In ''SCIV'' he considers himself so strong, only Nightmare can fill that spot. As of ''SCV'', he seems to have some unfinished business with Algol.
** Olcadan's quotes indicate Mitsurugi is one to him.



Origin - ''[[FeudalJapan Fu-Ma No Sato, Japan]]''

Weapon(s) - [[StockNinjaWeaponry Kodachi]] (''Soul Edge''), [[StockNinjaWeaponry Dual kodachi]] (''Soulcalibur'' onward)

--> ''"Demon slain! The deed is done!"''

-> '''Voiced By:''' Creator/FujikoTakimoto (''Soul Edge''-''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese), Sachiko Kojima (''Soulcalibur Legends'' & ''Soulcalibur IV''; Japanese), Desirée Goyette (''Soulcalibur II''; English), Cynthia Holloway (''Soulcalibur III'' onward; English)

-> The ninja of the series. Raised in a [[HiddenElfVillage secret ninja village]] since [[ConvenientlyAnOrphan her childhood]], Taki has developed a mastery of sealing spells, and dedicates her life to sealing demons all over Japan. In ''Soul Edge'', she leaves to Europe to find the cursed sword so as to empower her favourite sword, Rekkimaru. She's able to obtain a shard after defeating Cervantes, but ends up fusing it with Mekkimaru instead, a sword with strong spiritual powers that has driven her master Toki insane. [[ContractOnTheHitman She is forced to leave her home when she's targeted by her own comrades]] after Toki discovers she has Mekkimaru. In ''Soulcalibur'', she tries to destroy Mekkimaru by pitting it against Soul Edge. Being unable to, she settles on her desire to control its immense power.

-> In ''Soulcalibur II'', the ninjas against her try to ambush her, and she realizes Toki's now after Soul Edge. Realizing the dangers allowing of a man like Toki to claim it, she travels back to face him, which she does successfully in ''III''. In ''IV'' she realizes that Soul Calibur is as dangerous as Soul Edge (even if it is totally opposite in nature) from the battle between Siegfried and Nightmare, and resolves to destroy Soul Calibur as well -- [[DarkerAndEdgier by any means necessary]].

-> During the time skip she finds an apprentice in Natsu, who succeeds Taki's position in ''V'', while Taki herself has gone missing, having yet to return from a journey westward, a journey she took after hearing a rumor Toki had returned from the dead. Natsu sets out to look for her.

-> Returns in ''Soulcalibur: Lost Swords''.

-> In-game, Taki is the FragileSpeedster character. She has the fastest mobility of any other character, but does not have many tools to defend herself effectively. Taki's quick dagger strikes are designed to catch the opponent in the middle of their attacks, then move in for big damage after getting a successful counter hit with mixup pressure and Possession stance shenanigans.


* ActionGirl: She's a female ninja who hunts demons for a living.
* {{Badass}}: She went toe-to-toe with Cervantes while he was under Soul Edge's complete influence and cut him down.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Subverted: since her debut, her nipples are ''always'' visible against her catsuit in artwork and 3D renders alike.
* BigDamnHeroes: When Sophitia was riddled with shards of the evil sword during her battle with Cervantes, Taki swooped down to save her. [[PetTheDog She then treated Sophitia's wounds and carried her back home to Greece.]]
** [[spoiler: She didn't treat all of them. One of the shards was lodged near Sophitia's heart in a way that removing it would absolutely kill her without fail. This becomes a plot point later in ''V'']]
* TheBlacksmith: She forged her own blades.
* BoobsOfSteel: Is just below [[MostCommonSuperpower Ivy]] in the bust department.
** With the [[PaintedOnPants skintight]] [[FanService ninja outfit]], she gained the FanNickname "Lift and Seperate" Taki
* TheCaretaker[=/=]ParentalSubstitute: For Natsu, out of guilt after sealing the demon that destroyed the girl's village inside her.
* CatchPhrase: "Fuuma Kanryo!", literally "Demon sealed, the deed is done!"
* ChekhovsGun: Mekkimaru in ''Soul Edge'' is a mere extra weapon with little story relevance. Come ''Soulcalibur'' it became Taki's second main weapon and the focal point of her whole story up until ''Soulcalibur III''.
* ContractOnTheHitman: Since ''Soulcalibur'', up through ''IV'', she was targeted by the clan she was once a part of. Having your best friend take over the clan will generally stop this.
* DualWielding: Since ''Soulcalibur'', having claimed Mekkimaru.
* EvilMentor: Toki, though not [[BrainwashedAndCrazy intentionally]].
* EvilWeapon: Mekkimaru. Its powers corrupted Toki into a [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity bloodthirsty madman]]. These powers were amplified when Taki merged a shard of Soul Edge in it, enough to make it the third strongest weapon after the soul swords.
* FragileSpeedster: She is quick on her feet and possesses some dodging moves, yet she doesn't do much damage per attack.
* ICallItVera: Rekkimaru is her favorite out of all the weapons [[TheBlacksmith she forged]], and has a special attaching to it.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Is a character in Namco x Capcom and [[QueensBlade Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos]]
* JigglePhysics: She's practically the games' poster girl for it.
* [[KatanasAreJustBetter Kodachi Are Just Better]]: She wields a pair of ninja swords.
* MsFanservice: She wears a skintight catsuit with the second-largest bust size in the series.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: By ''Soulcalibur IV'', her primary solution to other people knowing about Soul Edge is to KillEmAll. No matter who the character is or how good or bad they are, Taki will indiscriminately show up trying to murder them at some point.
* {{Ninja}}: She is a member of a demon-slaying clan of ninja...
** HighlyVisibleNinja: ... who wears skintight clothes.
* NippleAndDimed: Fun fact, you can actually see nipples and areola through her 1P outfit in ''SC''. In the other games, you can still distinguish nipples.
* PaintedOnPants: Her spray-on, fuchsia-or-blue body-glove is slightly ludicrous, given that ninjas usually wore clothing to ''disguise'' their shape, not draw attention to it.
* PutOnABus: It has been said that she'll return "Eventually" meaning she might return in a future installment.
** TheBusCameBack: She returns in ''Lost Swords''.
* SphereOfDestruction: A few of Taki's spells. Best seen in the intro for ''II'', although her actual attacks of that caliber in-game are not nearly as widespread or destructive.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Believe it or not, her alternate outfits are ''more'' modest despite usually showing more skin.
* [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow These Are Things Man Was Not Meant To Use]]: Her thoughts on Mekkimaru and spirit swords in general.
* WallJump: A special skill of her (and others) in ''Soulcalibur II''.


[[folder:Siegfried Schtauffen]]
Origin - ''[[HolyRomanEmpire Ober-Getzenberg, Holy Roman Empire (Germany)]]'' [[note]]The banner shown is that of the Holy Roman Empire. At the time the series is set, the modern-day nation of Germany was part of the Empire, and not yet a distinct country.[[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[Main/{{BFS}} Zweihänder]], [[Main/{{BFS}} Soul Calibur - Great Sword]] (''Soulcalibur IV'' only)

--> ''"You could never understand."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' Creator/NobuyukiHiyama (Japanese), Creator/CrispinFreeman (''Soulcalibur III''; English), Creator/RogerCraigSmith (''Soulcalibur Legends'' & ''Soulcalibur IV'' onward; English)

-> The actual protagonist of the series. Son of a knight of the HolyRomanEmpire, when [[DisappearedDad he was sent into a foreign expedition]] Siegfried fell into bad company and formed a gang of bandits. During a raid against a group of coward knights that ran away, he murdered his father by accident, and sought for Soul Edge to find his father's killer because the horror of what he'd done drove him insane, and he convinced himself that someone else did it. He obtains Soul Edge but becomes its new host and is transformed into Nightmare.

-> He regains his sanity shortly after Nightmare was defeated by Kilik and Xianghua, but is unable to keep the sword under control, and falls again into its clutches. He is finally freed from Soul Edge's control by Raphael, and during ''III'' he seeks a way to destroy Soul Edge for good. He eventually finds a means to do so in Soul Calibur, which bonds to him in ''IV'' in order to save his life from a fatal injury. In ''IV'', he's out to get Nightmare, while [[LeaveMeAlone shunning all those who try to help him]] in an attempt to avoid [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies any more victims]]. Using Soul Calibur, Siegfried defeats Nightmare and sends Soul Edge back to Astral Chaos.

-> He returns in ''V'', now OlderAndWiser, and has reformed his band of mercenaries "Schwarzwind" to combat Soul Edge's malfested servants. Hilde now accompanies him due to the fall of her kingdom during the timeskip caused by Nightmare. Z.W.E.I and Viola also accompany him to find a worthy successor to Soul Calibur.

-> Director Daishi Odashima considers him the main character of ''Soulcalibur III'' and ''IV'' and considers Nightmare!Siegfried the main character of ''Soulcalibur II'' (read: "more than half the series"), but has explicitly confirmed he is ''not'' the main character for ''Soulcalibur V'' despite his return.

-> Siegfried may seem like a beginner-friendly character at first, but he is actually one of the more difficult characters to play effectively. Siegfried is a power character with a surprising mixup game through the use of his many special stances. His attacks have very long reach (second longest compared to Astaroth and Kilik later on in the series, and tied with Nightmare as well), but his mobility is quite slow and his attacks are also very linear and easy to evade.


* AnIcePerson: Whereas Soul Edge (and by proxy, Inferno and Nightmare) is associated with [[PlayingWithFire fire]], Siegfried seems to embody the element of ice in contrast (presumably through his contact with Soul Calibur). This can be seen with his Critical Finish in ''IV'' and Critical Edge in ''V''.
* AnimalMotifs: His armor in ''SCV'' incorporates the [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey eagle]] symbol of the Holy Roman Empire banner.
* ApologeticAttacker: Only against those who want him dead for his crimes as Nightmare. He feels they are in the right to seek revenge for his crimes, but can't die before stopping Soul Edge. So he beats the crap outta them... and then apologizes.
* ArmorIsUseless: Weapons do the same damage to him as they do to the likes of Ivy and Taki.
* TheAtoner: He's spent practically every game since ''Soulcalibur'' (well, except for ''[[BrainwashedAndCrazy Soulcalibur II]]'') trying to make up for [[spoiler:murdering his father in cold blood]] and having been manipulated by the sword into killing thousands of innocents.
* {{Badass}}: At the mere age of 16 and wielding a heavy blade, he defeated a physical manifestation of a powerful evil sword.
** BadassBaritone: When voiced by Crispin Freeman in ''III''.
** BadassBoast[=/=]BadassCreed: Has quite a lot of these. Too many to list.
** BadassCape: In ''SCV''. His alt. in ''III'' and 1P outfit in ''IV'' instead don a ScarfOfAsskicking (the latter being long enough to technically count as a cape anyway).
** BadassCrew: His group Schwarzwind ([[ first]] [[ seen]] in Siegfried's ending from ''Soulcalibur'' as what would appear to be a miniature BadassArmy) has slowly grown into this, thanks to Siegfried's reforms post-''IV''. By the time of ''V'', [[ they're now]] [[HiredGuns a band of noble mercenaries]], a far cry from their original status as a band of thieves. They've also gained a traveling companion in Hilde, who is tagging along with them after the disappearance of her father and the fall of Wolfkrone, as well as enlisting Z.W.E.I and Viola into their ranks.
** BarbarianLongHair: He's at his most barbaric as his Nightmare player 2 costume, dubbed by the fans [[FanNickName Siegmare]]. But as himself, he looks like this in IV.
* {{Bishonen}}: Is handsome in a rugged fashion when he's not rocking the SuperPoweredEvilSide look.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: When he was Nightmare.
** BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Numerous times with Inferno, serving as a rare ''heroic'' version of an EnemyWithin. It finally comes to an end in ''SCII''.
* CelibateHero: Justified. He outright stated in ''SCIV'' that "No one would touch his heart." This is because he doesn't want anyone to hinder him on his quest to destroy [[EvilWeapon Soul Edge]], and that he realized that [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies anyone who get close to him is in danger]].
* CharacterDevelopment: He's had some through every game. He starts in ''SE'' convinced that somebody else killed his father, and is somewhat cocky and arrogant in battle. After all the turmoils of his possession by Nightmare, he becomes less arrogant and starts his quest for redemption. In ''IV'' he goes a bit too far in this direction and becomes a borderline KnightTemplar. In ''V'', he seems to have completed his quest for redemption (he no longer mentions words such as "atonement" and "redemption" in his winquotes) and becomes OlderAndWiser, not to mention having a more active role in saving other people from the malfested, instead of focusing only on his issues.
* ConfusionFu: In spite of wielding a weapon typically associated with mindless HackAndSlash, wields his zweihander with a variety of stance mixups designed to bait his opponent into making a mistake.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: ''Self-inflicted'', no less.
* DeadpanSnarker: At times.
* DealWithTheDevil: In ''Soul Edge'', the sword told him that it'd resurrect his dead father if he were to offer souls to empower it. He agreed and eventually was corrupted into Nightmare.
** MeaningfulName: That's why Siegfried's weapon in that game is called {{Faust}}.
* DeathSeeker: He would gladly die to redeem himself for the crimes he committed as Nightmare.
* DemonicPossession: By Inferno between ''Soul Edge'' and ''Soul Calibur III'', turning him into [[BigBad Nightmare]].
* DestinedBystander: Arguably. You didn't think this kid would go on to become both the BigBad ''and'' TheHero of the series, did you?
* {{Determinator}}: His fighting style even has a somewhat desperate "push onward at all costs" feeling to it, emphasized by one of his more basic moves being a series of headbutts.
* DontYouDarePityMe: One of his quotes in ''III'' seems to express this.
--> '''Siegfried''': Sinners need no mercy... or sympathy.
* EnemyWithin: In ''Soulcalibur II'', Siegfried functions as a ''heroic'' version of this for Nightmare/Inferno, awakening after lying dormant for so long to try and retake his body. Cue [[SpannerInTheWorks Raphael]] stabbing the eye of Soul Edge.
* {{Expy}}: [[SubvertedTrope His sword is the expy!]] Requiem bears an uncanny resemblance to the Dragon Slayer from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* FightingFromTheInside: Implied by some of Nightmare's win quotes in ''SC'' and ''SCII''.
* GermanicDepressives: Unsurprisingly, considering his angst ridden back-story.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: In the opening of ''[=SoulCalibur=] V'' his eyes glow blue and he gets a crystalline version of his old RedRightHand during his final battle with Nightmare.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Sports a vertical scar across his right eye starting in ''Soulcalibur'' (it's more clearly seen in his 2P costume, as his default outfit has PeekABangs).
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: When he's not possessed by Soul Edge he's trying to destroy it. The best thing you can say about Siegfried is however badly he screws up, [[{{Determinator}} he never stops fighting]].
* HotBlooded: Subverted, despite [[PigeonholedVoiceActor what his]] [[NobuyukiHiyama seiyuu]] [[PigeonholedVoiceActor might entail]]. In the [[JustForPun heat]] of battle, Siggy has some pretty ferocious battle cries, yet he's pretty much TheStoic at all times.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Siegfried takes it a step further with a move that stomps around six times in rapid succession.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Subverted. He looks the part (especially in ''IV'', where an intricate crystalline armor has grown over his regular silver suit) and it was his childhood dream to become one of these like his father, but he's far from being one. However, he could arguably be considered a...
* KnightInSourArmor: He is more embittered from ''III'' onwards.
* KnightTemplar: Only against those cursed by Soul Edge, and because he's not aware of any cure for that.
* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Starting in ''Soulcalibur''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: After remembering his atrocities as Nightmare.
** He hits this wall with regards to his father's death as well, which is how he temporarily frees himself during the latter part of the first ''Soulcalibur''.
* MyGreatestFailure: {{Patricide}}, specifically. The deeds he committed as Nightmare also weigh heavily on his conscience.
* MyGreatestSecondChance: Subverted in the interim between ''Soulcalibur'' and ''SCII'' (where he eventually succumbs to Soul Edge's sway once more), played straight from ''III'' onward. It's most evident in ''III'', where [[spoiler:his B ending has Siegfried believe that his father was the one who sent the lightning bolts that destroyed Nightmare and interpret it as his father having already forgiven Siegfried for killing him.]]
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: An in-universe example. His father Frederick named him after the legendary Nordic hero.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Despite no longer being Soul Calibur's wielder, according to ''New Legends of Project Soul'' a fragment of its crystal remains imbedded in his body, and saved his life. He can still draw upon its power to an extent, as seen in his Critical Edge.
* OlderAndWiser: By ''V'', and arguably by ''IV'' as well, though his regretful determination to redeem himself has [[KnightTemplar more than a touch of fanaticism.]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Frederick was accidentally slain by Siegfried prior to the first game, whereas Margaret would pass away due to natural causes sometime before ''V''.
* PeekABangs: His 1P outfit in ''SC''.
* PintSizedPowerHouse: He's 5'2" (157cm) when he was 16. In SCII-IV he's 5'6" (168cm), and finally, in V he's 5'8" (172cm). [[LightningBruiser He still can kick your ass.]]
* PowerDyesYourHair, PowerMakesYourHairGrow: As Nightmare in ''II'', he's shown to have [[RapunzelHair flowing]] [[EvilRedhead red hair]].
* PermaStubble: [[ Sports it]] in ''V''.
* [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath: In every ''Soulcalibur IV'' ending that involves him except Hilde's. And even in Hilde's is [[ForgivenessRequiresDeath he prepared to die as penance for his sins.]] Compare this to [[RedemptionEarnsLife his ending in the third game.]]]]
* RedRightHand: As Nightmare he gains a literal red right hand.
* SelfMadeOrphan and TraumaInducedAmnesia: Siegfried decapitated his father under influence from his gang of thieves, but [[TheKillerInMe convinced himself someone else had done it and sought Soul Edge to take revenge]].
* ShoutOut: To the legendary {{Norse|Mythology}} hero Sigurd/Siegfried. A recurring weapon of Siegfried is Gram, the sword used by Sigurd to kill the dragon Fafnir ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS mistranslated]] as "Glam" until more recent games), and Siegfried himself gets to face Fafnir in ''Legends''.
* TheStoic: Siegfried isn't one to show much emotion, especially in later games.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: His default mood. Although, he can shift between this and {{Tsundere}} at certain times.
* SupportingLeader: Becomes this in ''V'', where he leads a group comprised of him, Z.W.E.I and Viola, yet only offer advice to Patroklos.
* SwordTropes: Quite a good number of them.
** {{BFS}}: His WeaponOfChoice.
** BladeAcrossTheShoulder: Some of his victory poses.
** OneHandedZweihander: Some attacks and winposes have him wielding the weapon with one hand.
** StabTheSky: Another winpose of his.
** SwordDrag: One of his pre-fight intros.
** SwordPointing: Before fighting him at the Lost Cathedral in ''III'', he does this.
* TragicVillain: Debatably, his Siegfried-Nightmare incarnation.
* UnbreakableWeapons: In ''Soul Edge'', where [[BreakableWeapons breaking weapons]] is possible, Siegfried has one specific weapon (the 7-Branch Blade) which restores the weapon gauge so quickly that it's virtually impossible to break.
* UnwittingPawn: To Soul Edge initially, and by the time he wised up [[GrandTheftMe it was too late]]. He also becomes this to [[spoiler: [[UnholyHolySword Soul Calibur]] in ''IV'', as it takes over him and manipulates his hatred of Soul Edge for its own purposes.]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist: A particularly tragic example in ''Soulcalibur IV'' [[spoiler:He believes that Soul Calibur is a sword of redemption that will destroy the evil of Soul Edge. What he doesn't realize is that Soul Calibur will freeze the world over in the process.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: In the original ''Soul Edge'' and ''Soul Calibur'', and partially in ''Soul Calibur II'' prior to his quest for redemption. A teenage bandit who accidentally beheaded his own father during a raid, Siegfried completely lost his mind and set off in search of his father's "true killer." On recovering the Soul Edge from the defeated Cervantes De Leon, the Evil Sword completely consumed the fragile mind of the boy, transforming him into Nightmare. Whilst most characters fall under the thrawl of the Soul Edge on possession of it, it is implied the sword influences them to do evil, corrupting them with its power. In Siegfried's case, his immature and unstable mind allowed the sword to transform him into an extension of the sword itself. Eventually as the sword is weakened by its defeat at the end of ''Soul Calibur, ''Siegfried's will begins to reassert itself until he is finally able to break free and begin his quest for redemption.
* YouKilledMyFather: An inversion. He killed his own father and was convinced that someone else did it in ''SE''. It took some time for him to accept the truth.


[[folder:Sophitia Alexandra]]

Origin - ''[[TurksWithTroops Athens, Ottoman Empire (Greece)]]'' [[note]]The flag shown is that of the Ottoman Empire. At the time the series is set, modern-day Greece was under Ottoman Turk control and did not gain independence until 1830. [[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[HeroesPreferSwords Short sword]] and [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe shield]]

--> ''"Gods, guide me."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' Creator/MichikoNeya (''Soul Edge''-''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese), Creator/ChieNakamura (''Soulcalibur Legends'' & ''Soulcalibur IV''; Japanese), Lynn Harris (''Soul Edge''; English), Diane Holmby (''Soulcalibur II''; English), Danielle Judovits (''Soulcalibur III'' onwards; English)

-> The daughter of a Greek baker chosen by the god Hephaestus to destroy Soul Edge. She reaches Cervantes' lair, but ends up being gravely injured in the battle. Saved by Taki from certain death, she is able to return to her normal life. During ''Soulcalibur'', she [[LoveAtFirstSight falls in love]] with a young blacksmith, Rothion. But the blacksmith god came back to ask her to go destroy the still-at-large Soul Edge. She does, but is unable to reach Nightmare before he's defeated, so she returns back and [[WeddingDay marries]] Rothion.

-> In ''Soulcalibur'', ''II'', & ''III'' she becomes a MamaBear due to her children being threatened by Soul Edge. She encounters Tira, who she fights after she makes a threatening remark about her family. Tira escapes, and in ''Soulcalibur IV'', Sophie's daughter [[MeaningfulName Pyrrha]] gets kidnapped and infected by Soul Edge, forcing her to make a FaceHeelTurn. She is succeeded by her son Patroklos and, to some extent, her daughter Pyrrha.

-> [[spoiler:It was revealed in the ''Soulcalibur V'' material collection that a shard of Soul Edge was implanted near her heart after fighting Cervantes, and it was impossible to remove without killing her. When Nightmare was defeated, Pyrrha slowly began to die because Soul Edge had left this world. Left with no other choice, Sophitia sacrificed herself to save her daughter's life by removing the shard from her own heart and implanting it within Pyrrha.]]

-> [[spoiler:Materials that followed ''SCV'' however are seemly trying to rectify, or put a spin on, Sophitia’s death, the official bio ''in Lost Swords'' classify her whereabouts as “missing” instead of deceased, in ''Unbreakable Soul'' it is noted that Sophitia’s unconscious body was suddenly brought to the Astral Chaos]].

-> Her attacks have average range, but are very fast, powerful, and can keep the opponent guessing with mixups. In a nod to ''{{Tekken}}'', she has a wavedash mechanic called Angel Step, which allows her to duck under most attacks and go for a powerful stab attack.

-> Returns in ''Soulcalibur: Lost Swords''.


* ActionGirl[=/=]MamaBear: Since ''Soulcalibur II''. [[spoiler:Her MamaBear-ness gets taken to the cruelest extreme in ''IV'' when her daughter Pyrrha is kidnapped by Tira and infected by Soul Edge. Basically either she has to kill Soul Edge's enemies or watch her daughter die.]]
* [[ActionGirlfriend Action Wife]]: She's the one who took on the battlefield, not her husband [[TheBlacksmith Rothion]].
* AncientGreece: Her look and costumes, including Grecian style skirts, togas tops, laurel-leaf hair decorations (in ''SCIII'') and gladiatrix sandals.
* AntiVillain: In ''Soulcalibur IV'' see ForcedIntoEvil.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[ See for yourself.]]
* AssKicksYou: Employs her hips and backside in a lot of her attacks and throws.
* BoobsOfSteel: How ''exactly'' do those tiny little strips of gauze stay in place while she fights?
* CainAndAbel: ''Soulcalibur IV'' she becomes the Cain to Cassandra's Abel, but not willing see ForcedIntoEvil.
* CoolBigSis: Became one when ''II'' was released.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: An Amazonian warrior often doesn't wear one, but ''she'' does, and [[ it's practically see-through!]]
* DarkChick: Of Nightmare's gang in ''IV''.
* FaceHeelTurn: She unwillingly joined Nightmare's forces in ''IV'' after Tira took her children hostage.
* FanNickname: "Soph" or "Sophie." The latter is used as a pet name by Cassandra.
* ForcedIntoEvil: Sophitia's daughter has been captured and bound to the evil Soul Edge, meaning that if the sword is destroyed, so is her daughter's soul. Sophitia is forced to fight on the side of the villains and spill blood to save her daughter's life. The worst part of it is that her proximity to Soul Edge, her despair, her dread of doing something [[MoralEventHorizon which can never be redeemed]], and [[EvilFeelsGood the overall exhilaration]] she tries to deny are all pushing her toward a permanent FaceHeelTurn. [[spoiler:To rub salt in the wound, she's killed before she's ever got a chance to redeem herself.]]
* GoodIsNotSoft: Sophitia may be PurityPersonified and one of the most unambiguously good characters in the series, but her fighting style is quite brutal and she is certainly not afraid to fight dirty, including moves like {{Groin Attack}}s and {{Neck Snap}}s. And while she is an ApologeticAttacker, she does so with an air of confidence and dignity. She is genuinely sorry she has to hurt her opponents, but she is ''not'' going to let anything stop her.
* GroinAttack: One of Sophie's favorite attacks. She's not above fighting dirty, but she'll apologize to male opponents if it connects. (See the video listed above for examples.)
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice: Before the events of ''V'', she removes the shard imbedded near her heart. This act saves her daughter Pyrrha's life, at the cost of her own.]]
* IntercontinuityCrossover / GuestFighter - Is set to appear in... ''WarriorsOrochi 3 Ultimate''?
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: Her shield and sword were enchanted to protect her, and pretty much fight for her.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Her purity and niceness is with no doubt reflected on her blond hair.
* HappilyMarried: Her [[ wedding to Rothion]] is seen in her ''Soulcalibur'' ending.
* JackOfAllStats: She has moderate attack power, speed, and mediocre reach.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Her love for her child Pyrrha causes her to make a FaceHeelTurn in order to save her life.
* MeaningfulName: Sophitia means "divine wisdom" in Greek, from ''sophia'' - "wisdom" and ''tia (thea)'' - "Goddess; Godly".
* MiniDressOfPower: Her dresses are unrealistically short for the time period.
* NeverSayDie: [[spoiler:The once clearly and officially dead Sophitia since ''SCV'', has been tagged as just “missing” in ''Lost Swords'', and in ''Unbreakable Soul'' her unconscious body mysteriously was found in the Astral Chaos]].
* NippleAndDimed: Her [=SC4=] costume is basically a see-through garb that barely covers anything.
* ThePaladin: Her mission and the divine nature of her quest qualify her for this character class.
* PossessionImpliesMastery: Sophitia's instant prowess with the sword and shield, despite being an untrained girl, were imbued upon her by the sacred power of the holy weapons themselves.
* PurityPersonified: She was chosen by Hephaestus for this reason.
* PutOnABus: Subverted; her marriage to Rothion was the game series' attempt to write her out of the action and have Cassandra flat out replace her. However in the console versions of ''Soulcalibur II'', she became a recurring character again. Fans have often speculated that her MsFanservice reputation is a reason why she didn't get PutOnABus unlike the other ''Soulcalibur'' characters who did.
** [[spoiler: BusCrash: According to ''V'', Sophitia is actually ''[[MissingMom dead]]''.]]
** [[spoiler: But she ''still'' returns for ''Lost Swords''. We'll have to wait to confirm the canonity of that game to see if the bus really crashed or not.]]
** [[spoiler: {{Retcon}}: The website profiles now state she's "[[HesJustHiding missing]]" instead of "deceased".]]
* RapunzelHair: Her default costume in each game gives her the longest hair of any character (tied with Mi-na), although like Mi-na she [[BraidsOfAction keeps it in a braid]].
* RealityIsUnrealistic: The increase in her bust size in ''Soul Calibur'' is justified by the fact that she's pregnant.
* ReligiousBruiser: The ''Soul Edge'' manual notes that her faith is as strong as her sword and shield.
* ReTool: [[spoiler:''Lost Swords'' and ''Unbreakable Soul'' clearly started building a plot to do Sophitia’s, once flat out stated, death away]].
* RunningGag: The one about asking an Alexandra for their weight began with Sophitia outright refusing to say.
* ShockAndAwe: Sophitia's Critical Finish summons Zeus' lightning to strike her foe.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: This has become more and more prominent over the course of the series, which is sort of ironic given what kind of character she is. In ''IV'' her shirt is ''see-through'' ([[NippleAndDimed aside from on her nipples, naturally]]), has cleavage in front and on the side, and her skirt is very short, causing a PantyShot practically whenever she kicks, is knocked down, there's wind blowing in the arena during every match.
* SuperPowerfulGenetics: Sophitia's children inherited the evil energy of Soul Edge, which infiltrated her body through the wounds on her fight with Cervantes.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Of Nightmare's gang in ''IV''. As said above, she's none too thrilled about her FaceHeelTurn, but ''has'' to fight for the sake of her children.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: She's the girly one, to her younger sister, Cassandra's, {{tomboy}}.
* [[TragicVillain Tragic Heroine]]: Tira blackmails her into helping Nightmare in ''SC IV'', by holding Pyrrha hostage. Leaving Sophitia no choice but to defend The Evil Sword from her friends; including her sister, Cassandra.
* WalkingSwimsuitScene: Her "Sophitia!!" extra costume in ''Soul Blade''.
* WomanInWhite: Either she wears white as a standalone color or it is accompanied by blue.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: After returning from her first quest, no one in town, except Cassandra, believed her stories about Greek gods, an EvilWeapon, and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ghost Pirates]].


[[folder:Nathaniel William "Rock" Adams]]

Origin - ''[[TheBritishEmpire London, British Empire (Raised in the New World)]]'' [[note]]At the time the series is set, the Union Flag (Union Jack) of the British Empire did not yet incorporate the diagonal red cross of St Patrick. This was not added until 1801. [[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[AnAxeToGrind Battle axe]] (''Soul Edge''-''Soulcalibur''), [[CarryABigStick Giant mace]] (''Soulcalibur III'' onward)

--> ''"Spirits, grant me strength!"''

-> '''Voiced By:''' TakashiNagasako (''Soul Edge''-''Soulcalibur''; Japanese), Creator/MinoruInaba (''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese), Creator/ToruOkawa (''Soulcalibur IV''; Japanese), Robert Belgrade (''Soul Edge''; English), Wally Burr (''Soulcalibur III''; English), DavidJeremiah (''Soulcalibur IV''; English)

-> An Englishman who was orphaned at a young age due to his parents' murder at the hands of Cervantes. He ends up having to raise himself. Later he adopts a son named Bangoo. In ''Soulcalibur'', Bangoo is kidnapped and he rescues him from Astaroth's cult, which used him as bait to take his soul. Afterwards he seeks to become stronger to prove his worth as a father of Bangoo.

-> While missing in ''Soulcalibur II'', due to believing that heading out to fight frequently instead of being there was not the way to raise him, he returns in ''III'' and ''IV'', wielding a large mace instead of his axe. In ''IV'', he confronts Astaroth and [[LampshadeHanging notes the similarity in their fighting styles, which worries him]]. It is currently unknown what became of him in ''V''.

-> Rock is the original grappler character in the series, but eventually was replaced by Astaroth until 3. He is slow, but his axe and his throws have a long reach that give him the edge up close. As of 3, his mace has a much shorter reach than Astaroth's axe, and his style focuses more on grabs than normal attacks.


* AssKicksYou: Yes, he actually has a move like this. See GroundPound below.
* BadassBeard, BadassMustache: Grows 'em out for ''III''.
* BoisterousBruiser: A loud and hammy power-based fighter, yet a very nice guy.
* CarryABigStick: Since ''SCIII'', Rock has wielded maces as his preferred weapon, instead of the [[AnAxeToGrind axes]] he used in ''SE'' and ''SC''.
** ImprobableWeaponUser: That said, besides the Maces, his "Juggernaut" weapon in ''III'' & ''IV'' is a stone statute of the head of a Buddha on a stick.
* CatchPhrase: '''''BANGOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!'''''
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: In his ''SCIII'' ending, he travels back to the New World... by ''swimming across the Atlantic''.
* DubNameChange: His actual name ''is'' Rock Adams. The translator of the first game decided to turn it into a nickname and gave him the full name "Nathaniel William Adams." Worth noting this name only appears in ''Soul Edge'', and all subsequent games have ignored/failed to mention it, while names of other (actual) nicknamed characters (Ivy, Lizardman) are always mentioned.
* GreatWhiteHunter: The man has apparently brought down bears, rhinos, bison, and even a freaking [[AnachronismStew mammoth.]]
* GroundPound: His Canyon Dive (B+G) throw.
* LeadYouCanRelateTo: Almost ''all'' fighting games include an American character, mostly to ensure a nation that makes up a huge proportion of the game-buying public has a representative character. In the ''SoulSeries'' period setting, the USA does not yet exist as a nation, and so the almost prerequisite "American" character is not possible. However, Rock's design provides a happy compromise -- he's from England (the USA's "parent" nation) and was raised by ''native'' Americans, so to all intents and purposes he fills the slot of the "American" fighter (as well as the English one).
* MightyGlacier: He's slow when it comes to moving, but hits like... well, a rock.
* MightyWhitey: British in origin, he became known as the "White Giant" by the Native Americans after he was ship-wrecked in the New World.
* [[MistakenForGods Mistaken For A God]]: As seen in his ''SCIII'' ending. Sailors who witness him swimming the Atlantic, wearing his horned head-dress, mistake him for "The Protector of the Sea." Years later (presumably), this sighting becomes ShroudedInMyth and his ending finishes with an antique-looking illustration that shows a highly exaggerated, Titan-sized Rock emerging from the sea dwarfing a ship.
* NatureHero: He lived alone for most of his life on the New World, and has developed his fighting style as a way to communicate with mother nature. He also wears the fur/skulls of the animals he needs to kill in respect of the wild creatures he co-habits with.
* PapaWolf: To his adoptive son Bangoo.
* SoProudOfYou: After being trapped in a crevasse for a whole night, Rock found Bangoo and asked him if this experience made him fear nature. He said that he didn't, and Rock realized he was ready for his rite of passage into adulthood.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Most of his outfits.
* YouCantFightFate: He reaches this conclusion after investigating Astaroth and realizing his connection with Soul Edge. He considers it his destiny to stop the vile monster.



Origin - ''[[UsefulNotes/TheCityStateEra Palermo, Kingdom of Naples (Italy)]]'' [[note]] The flag shown here is that of the Kingdom of Naples. At the time the series is set, modern-day Italy was separated into several distinct city-states and kingdoms. [[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[DualWielding Dual tri-blade katars]]

-> Easily the freakiest character in the series, and possibly of all fighting games period. Voldo is a guardian of the treasures that were gathered by his master, Vercci. He seeks Soul Edge because it is the only treasure that his master did not have before his death, but which he longed for so passionately.

-> Most of the series he's just traveling around accomplishing nothing. In ''Soulcalibur IV'', he finally reaches Soul Edge, and is tricked by the sword into becoming one of its servants/guards by imitating his beloved master. In ''V'', he returns to the Money Pit and becomes its guardian once again, but when Soul Edge reappears, he seeks it out believing it to be Vercci, apparently now a slave to the evil sword's will.

-> [[spoiler: It turns out that Kilik had actually purified him in ''IV'', meaning that his search for Soul Edge in ''V'' is now once again of his own volition as a last will and testament to his beloved master Vercci. To do this, he gets close to Graf Dumas.]]

-> Voldo is easily the strangest and one of the most difficult characters to use in the series. His movements are designed primarily for evasion and confusing the opponent. His attacks are not that strong normally, but once he gets a successful knockdown or mixup he has many options at his disposal. Voldo's true strength lies solely in the mindset of the player - you never know what he will do next.


* AnimalMotifs: His costume in ''V'' references a tarantula spider, complete with tufts of arachnid-like hair and a horrific multi-eyed, spider face cod-piece.
* AntiMagic: All evidence suggests that his obsessive devotion to Vercci renders him immune to Soul Edge's influence. [[TakeAThirdOption So, Soul Edge imitates Vercci.]]
** However, by the time of ''V'', he's now a malfested. Apparently, Voldo's luck didn't last.
* BadassBack: For most characters, having the enemy behind them limits their options to a small handful of weak moves or just turning around. Being turned around is just a stance to Voldo, which gives him access to a lengthy movelist and mixups that are actually stronger than when he's facing his foe. It's actually safer to be in front of him.
** BadassGrandpa: As of ''SCV'', he's ''67 years old'', but appears to have lost none of his freakish flexibility.
* BaldOfEvil: He ''is'' an elderly man, and he's not only a villain but insane.
* BoundAndGagged: A lot of his costumes have a strong BSDM streak.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Voldo's master was a fan of collecting weapons, specially eastern katars. He used to boast that "if it isn't in [his] collection, then it doesn't exist."
* ConfusionFu: Voldo's fighting style consists of twists, flips, rolls, and walking on his back.
* DisabilitySuperpower: Due to the loss of his sight, he has greatly developed both his hearing and smell, allowing him to fight on-par with even trained veterans.
* DualWielding: Katars do not need to be used in pairs but Voldo does anyway.
* FightingClown: He looks utterly ridiculous, but he's a very effective fighter.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: His backstory. The decades he spent isolated in the darkness of the Money Pit made him blind, mute and insane.
* GrossUpCloseUp: His end poses mostly involve him contorting himself into various weird shapes, incorporating merciless close-ups of his aggressive looking cod-piece and thong-bound backside.
* HandicappedBadass: He's blind ''and'' mute.
* HearingVoices: He has been hearing Vercci's voice in his head ever since the first game.
* IdleAnimation: That... stationary moonwalk of his.
* IslandBase: The Money Pit, located on an island Vercci obtained, was intended to safekeep the merchant's remaining possessions after the ones on land were confiscated. Voldo manages to restore it to its former glory around the time "V" kicks in.
* [[MadWomanInTheAttic Mad Man In The Attic]]: Kept in total darkness at the bottom of the vertiginous Money Pit.
* TheSpeechless: He's mute, and his dialogue consists solely of rasps and hisses.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: A rare male example, although not all of his costumes qualify.
* UnderwaterRuins: After a heavy rain, most of the lower levels of the Money Pit were drowned, and treasures found there lost forever.
* UndyingLoyalty: To his deceased master, Vercci.
* UnwittingPawn: He think's Inferno's voice is Vercci's, and thus serves the sword of his own free will.
* WarForFunAndProfit: Vercci did it in a smaller scale. He specialized in selling weapons, often to conflicting sides (like the Spanish Armada and Cervantes.) This made him and his business family gain the title of "Merchants of Death." However, it also [[HoistByHisOwnPetard backfired on him]] when the Italian Wars set off and all his possessions were confiscated, due to his very fame as a weapons merchant.


[[folder:Hwang Song-Gyeong]]

Origin - ''[[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea Jirisan, Kingdom of Joseon (South Korea)]]'' [[note]]The flag shown here is the royal standard of the Joseon Kingdom. During its reign, Joseon consolidated its effective rule over the territory of current Korea up until 1897. [[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[SinisterScimitar Chinese sword]]

--> ''"I shall vanquish...the evils of the ages."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (''Soul Edge''; Japanese), Creator/WataruTakagi (''Soul Blade''-''Soulcalibur''; Japanese), Naoki Imamura (''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese)

-> A Korean soldier given orders to investigate and destroy Soul Edge. Orphaned since a young age, he came to rely on others, and once he has grown he decided to help those in need by joining the Coast Guard of his country. Sent to find Soul Edge, under the idea that it would help them against his country's mortal enemy, Japan, in the first game; only to get back in a hurry after hearing rumors of his country being invaded.

-> In ''Soulcalibur'', he was sent to seek the runaway Mi-na under the guise of a second search of Soul Edge. During said quest he learns of the sword's evil, but no one in Korea believes him and he ends up demoted. After spies from Japan are found looking for the sword, the higher-ups sends him again as he's the most experienced, but he's decided to destroy the sword against his bosses' wishes. Ends up injured by Sophitia and letting Yun-seong keep the spot...

-> [[spoiler:As of ''V'', Korea no longer has a part in the current events. As such, whatever happened to him is still unknown, although it is said that he, Seong Mi-Na, and Yun-seong were hailed as heroes and began training a new generation of soldiers for Korea's army.]]

-> Originally, Hwang was a balanced character who made more utilization of kicks than any of the other characters. His style would later be split between Xianghua and Yun-seong.


* AnimeHair: Never seen without his spiky hair.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: Before Arthur's introduction, Mitsurugi was switched out with him in Korean arcades. This made him a SecretCharacter in the western arcades.
* BridalCarry: Does this to Seong Mi-Na in her ''SC'' ending.
* JackOfAllStats: He was mostly a PaletteSwap of Mitsurugi in ''SE'', so he retained most of his strengths and weaknesses. He is still a balanced fighter in later games, though.
* JustFriends: With Seong Mina, though her father, Han Myong (and [[FanPreferredCouple fans of the pairing]]), wishes he'd reconsider.
* [[TheEnd Let's Go Home]]: According to [[NoExportForYou the Japan only]] [[AllThereInTheManual artbook for V]], once [[UsefulNotes/TokugawaIeyasu Tokugawa]] took over Japan and ended the war with Korea, there was no longer a need for Hwang to concern himself with Soul Edge. So he returned home, along with Seong Mina and Yun Seong; ending Korea's role in the series.
* {{Mentor|s}}: Mi-na's father Seong Han-myeong. Has also a mentor figure in real life Admiral Yi Sun-sin.
* MovesetClone: In ''SE'' and ''SC'', he never had an original style, instead sharing his moveset with another character while retaining a few original moves. Shared with Mitsurugi in ''SE'' and Xianghua in ''SC''.
* OlderAndWiser: Since ''Soulcalibur III''.
* PatrioticFervor: He set out to search for Soul Edge in order to protect Korea from Japan.
* PutOnABus: Went missing after ''Soulcalibur'', and enjoyed a brief return in ''Soulcalibur III'' and its arcade port. Even then, he still appeared on the sidelines in Yun-seong's story.
* TheRival: With Mitsurugi in ''Soul Edge'' and Maxi in ''Soulcalibur''.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Hwang Sung Kyung? Korean names always seem to have this problem. G's are sometimes K's, O's are sometimes U's...
* TheStoic: He's not very emotional.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Nobody believed him in Korea when he appeared claiming Soul Edge to be an EvilWeapon.


[[folder:Seong Mi-na]]

Origin - ''[[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea Jirisan, Kingdom of Joseon (South Korea)]]''

Weapon(s) - [[BladeOnAStick Zanbatou (bladed staff)]]

--> ''"I won't be beaten so easily, you know."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' Creator/HekiruShiina (''Soul Edge''; Japanese), Creator/YukoMiyamura (''Soul Blade''; Japanese), Creator/HoukoKuwashima (''Soulcalibur''-''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese), Creator/SanaeKobayashi (''Soulcalibur IV''; Japanese), Molly Lin (''Soulcalibur II''; English), Creator/ErikaLenhart (''Soulcalibur III'' onward; English)

-> The only daughter of Seong Han-Myeong. She at first leaves home to join Hwang in his search for Soul Edge, only to be dragged back home by Hwang. She leaves home again in Soul Calibur to search for Soul Edge (and to get away from a clingy student of her father's), but is dragged back home ''yet again'' by Hwang. She later commits the mistake of giving a family sword to Yun-seong, who later runs away with it; she then receives permission from her father to seek him and the sword. During the quest she discovers Soul Edge's true nature, and now seeks to warn Yun-seong to stop him from searching for it.

-> [[spoiler:As of ''V'', she and Hong Yun-seong returned to Korea, and were hailed as heroes. History then plays out as normal, meaning that Korea no longer has a part in the current events.]]

-> Mi-Na is the original polearm character in the series. She has excellent reach, speed, and mobility, but her damage is subpar and she gets put into disadvantage rather easily if her attacks are continually blocked. She was succeeded by Kilik, but she remained as a secret character, having gained some moves from Hwang. To avoid eventually becoming a "model-swap" of Kilik, her style kept changing over time, discarding and gaining different stances and attacks altogether.


* ActionGirl: She does have the skills, but in-story her last won fight happened before her debut in ''SE''.
* ArrangedMarriage: If her father had his way, she'd be settling down with Hwang... or as seen in her ''SC'' ending, the [[TheFool idiot son]] of the neighboring Kim family.
* BareYourMidriff: Her costumes tend to expose her bellybutton.
* BladeOnAStick: Mi-na wields a giant halberd called a "zanbatou."
* BraidsOfAction: Hers is fashioned into a thick long tapering braid, much like [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Yuri Sakazaki's.]]
* BoobsOfSteel: Hers aren't as big as Sophitia's, or Taki's, but she certainly isn't lacking either. She also has a bit of feminine muscle from years of wielding with her zanbatou, "Scarlet Thunder".
* CoolBigSis: To Yun-seong, who refers to her as such, in ''Broken Destiny''[='s=] Gauntlet mode, and several of her interactions with him throughout the series illustrate this.
* CoolTeacher: By sheer happenstance, she met Xianghua's father, [[DrunkenMaster Kong Xiuqiang]], who trained her for over a year in the Ling-Sheng Su style of staff fighting.
* CurbStompBattle: She fought Ivy during the events ''Soulcalibur'', and was completely overwhelmed by her WhipSword, a weapon she had never seen before and was unprepared to counter. Though her easy-to-anger impulsiveness got the better of her too.
** Sometime prior to ''SC III'', she met Kong Xiuqiang, who said she was an amateur. She [[BerserkButton took it personally]], challenged him to a duel, and lost. Badly. This went on for weeks, 'til she finally accepted that she was outmatched and acquiesced. Xiuqiang admired her spirit and decided to train her.
* FanservicePack: Played straight in ''Soulcalibur II'' (especially in the artwork) and moreso in ''SC III'', where she wears a loose-fitting halter top that [[UnderBoobs shows she's topless underneath it.]] It's inverted from ''SC IV'' onwards, as her outfits have become more conservative and her figure started getting slimmer (which is ironic considering on how just about all the other ladies went in the opposite direction).
* FatalFlaw: Her pride as a martial artist, which has lead to her being humiliated twice, by Ivy and Kong Xiuqiang respectively (noted in the CurbstompBattle entry). From ''SC III'' onwards, she tones it down a bit but, as seen during [[ her bad ending]], it can still get the better of her.
* GroinAttack: A rather brutal example is her "Opening Treasure" attack, where she spreads her opponent's legs and then stabs her weapon into their junk. She even quips, [[LampshadeHanging "bye bye"]] right as she does it, since the victim likely wouldn't have their genitals anymore.
* IdiotHero: Not as obvious as Yun Seong, but despite being better informed than him, she does the exact same mistakes, only with Calibur instead of Edge.
* JumpedAtTheCall: She is always seeking adventure, even defying her father and running away from home to do so.
* JustFriends: With Hwang, though her father (and [[{{shipping}} the fans]]) wish otherwise. As she plainly told her father in her original ending (in ''Soul Edge''), [[ marrying Hwang just wasn't for her.]] By the time of ''SC IV'', she's still happily unwed.
* NaginatasAreFeminine: As a contrast to Kilik, who shares mostly the same moveset and yet wields a staff.
* OlderAndWiser: From ''SC II'' onwards, having learned the truth about [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge.]] She spends the remainder of the series trying to warn Yun Seong that [[CassandraTruth the sword is evil and that it'd be impossible to save their country with it]], but he just won't listen.
* PluckyGirl: "I will never lose!"
* [[ItsPronouncedTroPay It's Pronounced Tro-PAY]]: The pronounciation of her name varies between ''SC II'', where it's (''Soon Mee-NA'') with the "g" being silent. While in parts ''III & IV'' it's pronounced (''Song Mee-Na'') with a softer "a".
* SexyMentor: To Yun Seong, particularly in ''SC III'', [[NotDistractedByTheSexy not that he seems to notice]] [[HelloNurse all the eyecandy]] [[{{stripperiffic}} that's on display.]]
* ShesGotLegs: Most notably in ''SC III'', where they're shapely and athletic in tone.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Seung Mina? Syung Mena?
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Averted -- she ''was'' headed in this direction (her outfit in ''SCII'' was basically a bra and {{loincloth}}) but unlike most of the ladies in the series, whose outfits have got skimpier with each new game, ''SCIV'' sees Mi-na actually cover up more than she ever has. In fact, one of her alternative outfits is a quite conservative ''[[ hanbok.]]''
* {{Tomboy}}: Much to her father's chagrin, who wishes she'd settle down and start a family so he'd finally have "a son" to leave his dojo to. Instead, she's rebellious [[JumpedAtTheCall and has an adventurous streak.]] By ''SC II'', he'd given up trying to keep her at home, figuring she'd set off on another journey... and she did[[note]]though she had good reason, since she was trying to catch up to Yun Seong so she could warn him [[ArtifactOfDoom about Soul Edge]], before it was too late[[/note]].
* UnderBoobs: Her official art for her default attire in ''SC III'' makes it easy to see [[ the undersides of her breasts]], the same is true of her default costume in ''[[ SC IV]]''. Both also makes it easy to see that she's topless underneath.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The series is set in an alternate Earth style equivalent of 16th century Europe. Which is why it's odd that no one bats so much as an eyelash at the fact that she traverses the continent half naked; especially considering [[HelloNurse how nubile she is.]]
* YouGoGirl: She wants to prove her fighting worth to her OverprotectiveDad.


[[folder:Li Long]]

Origin - ''[[ImperialChina Peking, Ming Empire (China)]]'' [[note]]The flag shown here is that of the Ming Empire.[[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[FightingWithChucks Bladed nunchaku]] (''Soul Edge''), [[FightingWithChucks Dual bladed nunchaku]] (''Soulcalibur III'')

--> ''"Not bad."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' JinYamanoi (''Soul Edge''; Japanese), Masaya Takatsuka (''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese)

-> Nunchaku user and mercenary. Believing Mitsurugi to have killed his mute lover Chie (daughter of the former head of Taki's clan, childhood friend of Taki, and in hiding with her father as innkeepers) he intends to get revenge. If Mitsurugi turns out to be innocent, to kill every swordsman he meets. Later, he was almost killed by Cervantes, but survived, albeit with his self-esteem damaged.

-> While on the run from Ming assassins for disobeying orders, he was rescued by another mute girl. He stayed with her until his pursuers found him, which forced him to fight again in order to protect her. Having remembered what it was like fighting for someone, he decides to restore his confidence by fighting the sword that shattered it in the first place.


* AllAsiansWearConicalStrawHats: His 1P outfit in ''III'' has him wearing one.
* BruceLeeClone: His fighting style and nunchucks.
* TheCameo: Makes a cameo appearance in Cervantes' ''Soulcalibur III'' story mode as a shadow enemy. Though this enemy appears in other stories, only Cervantes recognizes Li Long as this "Unknown Soul".
** Also has cameos as a created character in the Quick Battle mode of both ''Broken Destiny'' and ''V''.
* ContractOnTheHitman: Sorta. The Ming Empire sent assassins to kill him for having disobeyed orders.
* DisappearedDad: Him. He was unaware he has a child for most games. May still not known, far as its known.
* DisneyDeath: Chie's "miraculous survival," considering the only mark she had was a huge sword one on her back.
* DualWielding: In ''Soulcalibur III'', he's given twin nunchakus to fight, probably to diffrenciate him from Maxi.
* TheFourGods: He has four weapons in Soul Edge named after them.
* HeroicBSOD: After being defeated by Cervantes, Li Long's confidence crumbled as he started doubting if his manhunt was righteous after all or just atrocious acts. Feeling condemned by everything, his guilt weighted on him until he could not hold his weapon anymore. After that, it took him quite a while to even stop his hand from shaking when in a fight.
* KilledOffForReal: Most people assumed this was his fate after he stopped appearing. ''Soulcalibur III'' just confirmed to the west what the east knew a long time ago (he's alive).
* {{Mentor|s}}: To Maxi, while under the alias of Zhang Wu. After losing a battle to him, Maxi asked Li Long if he could train under him while traveling together.
* NothingPersonal: One of his winquotes in ''III'':
--> '''Li Long''': It was nothing personal.
* PutOnABus: Has it far worse than Hwang, who at least was still around (mostly thanks to Yun-seong) story-wise during his in-game absences. Li Long has barely gotten even any mentions at all.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: He has killed many swordsmen on his search for Chie's killer.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Him and his family. Finally resolved between ''IV'' and ''V''. AllThereInTheManual for ''Broken Destiny'' states that he met with Taki in ''III'', who told him that Chie was still alive. Chie herself becomes the new head of the Fu-Ma clan. Li Long's actions after this revelation and his current fate, though, remains unknown.
** [[spoiler:New Legends Of Project Soul reveal he now lives amongst the Fu-Ma Clan with Chie and their son.]]


[[folder:Cervantes de Leon]]

Origin - ''Valencia, Spanish Empire'' [[note]] The flag shown is that of the historic Spanish Empire. [[/note]]

Weapon(s) - [[LivingWeapon Soul Edge]] - Male & Female (''Soul Edge''), [[SwordAndGun Long sword and pistol sword]] (''Soulcalibur'' onward)

--> ''"Wallow in your despair."''

-> '''Voiced By:''' TakashiNagasako (''Soulcalibur''-''Soulcalibur III''; Japanese), Jin Urayama (''Soulcalibur Legends'' & ''Soulcalibur IV'' onward; Japanese), Warren Rodgerson (''Soulcalibur II''; English), Creator/WallyWingert (''Soulcalibur III'', ''Soulcalibur IV'', & ''Soulcalibur Legends''; English), Creator/PatrickSeitz (''Soulcalibur V''; English)

-> A {{Badass}} {{Pirate}} who learned of Soul Edge's existence via Vercci, the Merchant of Death, and took it for himself. When he took it, [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity he went insane and killed his own crew.]] He is then controlled by Soul Edge into absorbing souls to increase its power. Sophitia fights him and [[BerserkButton destroys one of the two parts of Soul Edge]], [[UnstoppableRage sending Cervantes into a berserk rage.]] Taki assists a wounded Sophitia and kills Cervantes.

-> [[NormallyIWouldBeDeadNow Normally he would have been dead from that fatal blow]], but after Siegfried became Nightmare due to Soul Edge's influence, [[UnexplainedRecovery he was resurrected]]. And so as of ''Soulcalibur'' he became a GhostPirate, seeking out Soul Edge once again.

-> In ''Soulcalibur II'' he regains enough pieces of Soul Edge to recreate one of his original weapons and became a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Zombie Pirate]], then went to look off for more pieces. In ''Soulcalibur III'' he finds out that his body is starting to decay because Soul Edge's influence has been sealed off. To preserve himself, he decides to [[KickTheDog take his daughter's soul]]... and he succeeds according to ''Soulcalibur IV''. He reached his final evolution of '''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ghost Zombie Pirate]]''', then headed to Ostrheinsburg once again to claim Soul Edge as a whole and [[AGodAmI become a god]].

-> When Soul Edge was sucked into a vortex at the end of ''IV'', so too was Cervantes due to his deep connections with it. However, Cervantes escaped the void as well as Soul Edge's will, and gained a new body. Seeing that many seafarers had believed him to be dead, he set out to prove the contrary, now acting on his own free will without the use of Soul Edge.

-> Cervantes is a power character with excellent mobility who is designed solely for the purpose of pressuring and punishing any of the opponent's actions. He is similar to [[StreetFighter M. Bison]] in this regard, as he has very weak defenses. He also has the ability to teleport, but this was nerfed in later games. In exchange for this, the later games also granted him the ability to use the hidden gun within his short sword for quick mixups.


* AGodAmI: His ''SCIV'' ending, and his character tier in all the games.
* BackFromTheDead: He is resurrected in ''V''.
* {{Badass}}: Wins most fights he's in. It took sort of a combined effort between Sophitia and Taki to finally defeat him. Also, he nearly defeated Ivy and defeated the original Yoshimitsu.
** BadassBeard: In ''III'' and ''IV'' he boasts an impressive beard for a zombie.
** BadassLongcoat: It gradually becomes a badass ''vest'' over the course of the series.
** BadassMustache: Sports one in each of his appearances.
** BadassNormal: In ''V'' he's resurrected into a living body.
* BigBad: Of the prequel, ''Soul Edge'', and an unlockable character in every game in the series.
* BroughtDownToNormal: He no longer has Soul Edge in ''V'', and gained a new, human body.
* CarpetOfVirility: In ''V'', his reborn body has got some chest hair action going on.
* CoolBoat: His flagship, The Adrian.
* CoolSword: Has a gun in it.
* DegradedBoss: Downplayed in the sequels. He is no longer the main villain but hasn't got any less powerful.
* DualWielding: He unconventionally wields a longsword and a pistol-sword.
* {{Immortality}}: From ''II'' to ''IV'' he's undead and kept alive by Soul Edge's power.
* LargeHam: He's loud and boastful during combat.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: After his [[BackFromTheDead ressurrection]], he has forgotten everything about his past. Over time he only recovered selected memories.
* LightningBruiser: Fast and powerful, but with complexity that makes him difficult to master and even more difficult to use effectively under pressure.
* MonochromaticEyes: Usually white; red in ''SCII''.
* [[MustHaveNicotine Must Have Soul Edge]]: Cervantes' obssession with Soul Edge is likened to an addict having a relapse. After recovering his memories he craved to find the sword again, even though he remembered quite well how it manipulated him.
** GoingColdTurkey: At the end of ''IV'' he is sucked into a vortex along with Soul Edge, but somehow fights his way out of the void known as Astral Chaos, becomes human again, and realizes his hunt for Soul Edge wasn't worth it anymore because it led him astray from his true goal - becoming the most dreaded pirate in the Seven Seas.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: His non-canon good ending in ''Soul Edge'' has him break free from the sword's influence long enough to see the devastation it's made him wreak on his beloved Valencia, and he [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices his life]] to destroy Soul Edge.
* NiceHat: Pirate's hat with a fancy plume? Pretty cool.
* OffingTheOffspring: He's tried to consume Ivy's soul at least twice, most recently in the events leading up to ''V''. [[spoiler:(Not only did he fail in that attempt, [[EpicFail but she reclaimed every soul he ''ever'' consumed]].]]
* OneWingedAngel: When defeated in ''SE'', he becomes the titular Soul Edge to fight you again.
* OutOfContinues: His immortal life is maintained by Soul Edge's influence. Without it, his body would start to rot away and he'd be DeaderThanDead.
** Apparently he's capable of body-hopping, as his bio for ''Soulcalibur V'' states that he is now inhabiting a new body. What, exactly, happened that let him do this is unclear.
* {{Pirate}}: His occupation both before and after becoming Soul Edge's host.
** GhostPirate: He's killed by Sophita and Taki and resurrected by Soul Edge.
*** [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Ghost Zombie Pirate]]... with a gun and [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood]].
** TalkLikeAPirate: Developed a nautical tone in his speech in ''III'' somewhat, but had some shades of this in other games as well.
* PromotedToPlayable: In the original arcade version of ''Soul Edge'', he was an unplayable SubBoss. He became playable in the revised arcade edition ''Soul Edge ver. II'', and has remained so ever since.
* ShoutOut: He's named after Miguel de Cervantes, considered one of the best writers in Spanish language history (if not the best), and author of ''DonQuijote''. Although "Cervantes" is actually a family name, not a first name.
** His Geo Da Ray (214+B) move looks a lot like a [[StreetFighter Psycho Crusher]].
* SwordAndGun: One of his sword has a gun in it, and he can fire it for some of his moves.
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: In ''Soul Edge'', to denote his possessed status. Interestingly, ''Soulcalibur II'' is the only game where he has GlowingEyesOfDoom and {{red eyes|TakeWarning}}.
* [[TeleportersAndTransporters Teleportation]] and [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]]: He has this powers when an undead.
* ThisBananaIsArmed: His joke weapons (wood carvings of Soul Edge in ''II'' and a pair of shish-kebabs onward) are still able to use the bullet firing moves.
* TheUndead: From ''SC'' to ''IV'', all that's keeping him alive is Soul Edge's power.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: for some reason, he had purple hair in ''SC''. It can be assumed it is an effect from Soul Edge's ressurection.


[[folder:Inferno / Soul Edge]]

Origin - ''[[EldritchLocation Chaos]]''

Weapon(s) - [[LivingWeapon Soul Edge]] - Male & Female (''Soul Edge''), All weapons (''Soulcalibur'' onward)

-> The physical embodiment of the titular ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge, though only when it brings forth its [[AnotherDimension own dimension, Astral Chaos]]. Inferno is invisible and intangible in the real world up until ''Soulcalibur III'', when Zasalamel allowed it to animate Siegfried's trademark blue armor, turning it into Nightmare. In ''Soulcalibur IV'', Inferno - as Nightmare - reclaimed Soul Edge and became its physical manifestation, but was unable to unleash his full power without a proper host and was defeated.

-> Originally, Inferno was a more powerful version of Cervantes with more powerful attacks, but in later games he is a mimic character with a few exclusive moves of his own. In the first game he was known as 'Soul Edge', but was changed to Inferno in Soul Calibur to differentiate him from the sword.


* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The soul of Soul Edge.
* ArtificialStupidity: His constant spamming of that torpedo attack in ''Soul Edge'' makes him laughably easy to ring out simply by leaping over him as he rushes.
* BonusBoss: In ''Soulcalibur III: Arcade Edition''.
* DemBones: In ''Soulcalibur II'' he appears as a flaming skeleton.
* DemonicPossession: It takes over anyone who takes ahold of Soul Edge, and needs to have a host to unleash its full potential.
* DittoFighter: Subverted because he has exclusive special moves.
* EnemyWithin: For those who seek to wield Soul Edge.
* EnemyWithout: To Siegfried as Nightmare in ''III'' and ''IV''.
* EvilIsBurningHot: In all of his appearances he is wreathed in flames.
* FinalBoss: Most prominently in ''Soulcalibur III'', though he's also in essence the FinalBoss of ''Soul Edge'' (see "OneWingedAngel" below) and ''Soulcalibur''.
* FlamingSkulls: In ''Soul Edge'', he was basically "a firespawn with Cervantes' clothes and [[SkullForAHead a skull head]]", and in ''Soul Calibur II'', where he is a [[DemBones malformed skeleton]] that is WreathedInFlames.
* GrandTheftMe: If the wielder of Soul Edge is unable to best Inferno in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, then he/she will become the sword's host. And even if they do win, it's only a matter of time...
* MadeOfEvil: Soul Edge was once a normal blade until it tasted too much blood on the battlefield, giving it sentience and an evil soul (Inferno).
* OneWingedAngel: Of Cervantes in ''Soul Edge''.
* OutsideTheBoxTactic: Throws do about as much damage as normal against him, while normal attacks do roughly 3/4 their usual damage.
* PowerLimiter: As Nightmare in ''III'' and ''IV'', it was unable to unleash its full power without a host and lost to Siegfried.
* PromotedToPlayable: Unplayable in the arcade versions, but became unlockable in the home versions of ''Soul Edge'' and ''Soul Calibur''.
* SevenDeadlySins: His voice samples in ''Soulcalibur'' are named after them.
* ShapeshifterWeapon: Inferno can create weapons out of its body to accomodate any style he's willing to use.
* TinTyrant: Manifests as Nightmare in ''Soulcalibur Legends'', and ''is'' Nightmare in ''Soulcalibur III'' and ''IV''.
* WreathedInFlames: In all of his appearances his body is constantly aflame.


[[folder:Soul Edge]]

-> The titular ArtifactOfDoom, Soul Edge was once a [[{{BFS}} two-handed sword]] that, over years of being bathed in blood, developed a demonic soul called Inferno. Claimed and subdued by the Hero-King Algol, Soul Edge took over his son Arcturus. Algol was forced to kill his son, and out of a desire to destroy the cursed sword forged Soul Calibur out of a purified shard of Soul Edge. Soul Edge was passed down through the ages until it fell into the hands of the pirate Cervantes de Leon, who wielded it in the form of two longswords. One of its halves was shattered by the ninja Taki, and the remaining half was claimed by Siegfried Schtauffen, who became Nightmare. Siegfried eventually escaped from the sword's control and sealed it with Soul Calibur, but Inferno escaped into his discarded armor, becoming the second incarnation of Nightmare. Zasalamel split the two swords apart and it was claimed by Nightmare, who wielded it against Siegfried and was defeated. As revealed in ''IV'', Soul Edge is now an otherworldly force of evil that seeks to devour all life, contained in the form of a sword.


* ArtifactOfDoom: Is incredibly ancient, and seeks to devour all life.
* BiggerBad: Is the puppet-master pulling Nightmare's strings.
* {{BFS}}: Soul Edge was once an ordinary two-handed sword, but by the time of the main series its most common form is of a massive sword with an eye in its hilt.
* TheCorruption: Soul Edge's evil energy taints the souls of those who exposed to it, turning them into Malfested. Most Malfested are indistinguishable from humans except for pale skin, red eyes, and homicidal tendencies. Others, like Nightmare and Necrid, undergo grotesque metamorphoses as a result of exposure to particularly potent doses of Soul Edge's power.
* DemonicPossession: Inflicts this on its wielder.
* {{Determinator}}: The only ones able to successfully resist its influence were Algol and [[spoiler: Pyrrha.]]
* EldritchAbomination: While it started out as an ordinary sword, according to Darth Vader's intro in ''IV'' Soul Edge is the physical manifestation of "[a being] that could best be described as a convergent energy [form]". Furthermore, when damaged it retreats into an EldritchLocation called Astral Chaos and either repairs itself or scatters its shards around the world, and its power [[BodyHorror transforms]] those infected by it into monsters called Malfested.
* HumanoidAbomination: Not Soul Edge itself, but Charade, who is a conglomerate of Soul Edge's shards in the shape of a human skeleton with an enormous eye in its ribcage. Nightmare in ''III'' is Inferno possessing Siegfried's discarded armour, and in ''IV'' said armour has become an extension of Soul Edge itself.
* HungryWeapon: Soul Edge is ravenous for the souls of any and all who stand before it, growing stronger with each kill.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Has an eye in its hilt, and some of its forms are studded with eyeballs.
* FisherKing: Its power taints the city of Ostrheinsburg, turning it into a [[EldritchLocation cursed place]] that is [[TheNecrocracy haunted by the ghosts of those who have died there.]]
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Was once a normal sword, but by consuming the blood and souls of countless people it became something much more.
* GrandTheftMe: If the wielder of Soul Edge is weak willed or unable to best Inferno in a BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, then he/she will become the sword's host. And even if they do win, it's only a matter of time...
* InstantAllegianceArtifact: Corrupts whoever wields it regardless of their intentions, and only a handful of people have been able to successfully resist.
* MadeOfEvil: Soul Edge was once a normal sword until it tasted too much blood on the battlefield, giving it sentience and an evil soul called Inferno.
* MindManipulation: It can read the souls of its wielders, and seeks to manipulator outright control them into serving it.
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: Its [[InfinityPlusOneSword Complete forms]] when wielded by Nightmare in ''[=SoulCalibur=] II'' and ''III'' are lined with fangs.
* MoreThanMindControl: If it doesn't outright take over its host, it manipulates them to serve its interests.
* OmnicidalManiac: Its ''raison d'etre'' is to kill.
* PillarOfLight: Due to being imbalanced after its Female half was destroyed, when Soul Edge Male claimed Siegfried as a host it unleashed the Evil Seed, which infected thousands of people with its power and scattered shards across the world.
* PowerLimiter: After being broken in ''IV'', Soul Edge forced Siegfried's style on Graf Dumas but found that in order to unleash its full potential, it has to take on a form suited to its wielder. [[spoiler:As such, it was delighted to claim Pyrrha as its new host due to its fragment inside her containing memories of Sophitia - who had once destroyed it - and Pyrrha being skilled in Sophitia's fighting style, which it wanted to use against Soul Calibur.]]
* SealedEvilInADuel: In ''III'' Siegfried attempted to destroy Soul Edge with Soul Calibur, but failed due to Inferno escaping into his discarded armour and only ended up merging the swords into the Soul Embrace.
* WeaponTropes
** {{BFS}}: Its original and most common form is a two-handed sword.
** DualWielding: Took the form of two longswords when wielded by Cervantes.
** EmpathicWeapon: Has a mind and will of its own (see Inferno above), and actively tries to influence and take over its wielder.
** EvilWeapon: Provides the trope image.
** LivingWeapon: Has a moving, blinking eye in its hilt, and is composed of a twisted fusion of flesh, bone, and metal.
** ShapeshifterWeapon: Can change shape to accommodate its wielder's fighting style.
* WeaponWieldsYou: Soul Edge possesses everyone who wields it except Algol.
* WreckedWeapon: One half of it was shattered at the end of ''Soul Edge'', and following that Nightmare's goal - as well as that of several other antagonists and protagonists - is to collect the scattered shards.
* {{Yandere}}: It seems to have a fixation on either reclaiming or killing Siegfried.
* YinYangClash: With its UnholyHolySword counterpart Soul Calibur.
** YinYangBomb: As the Embrace of Souls in ''IV''
* YourSoulIsMine: Devours the souls of its victims to become more powerful.

[[folder:Seong Han-Myeong]]

Origin - ''[[UsefulNotes/SouthKorea Jirisan, Kingdom of Joseon (South Korea)]]''

Weapon(s) - [[SinisterScimitar Chinese sword]] - Mountain Breaker (''Soul Edge'')

--> ''"Is that all you got?"''

-> '''Voiced By:''' TakashiNagasako (''Soul Edge''; Japanese)

-> The father of Seong Mi-na. The master and owner of the Seong dojo. The owner of the Seong family swords Mountain Breaker which he uses, Blue Storm which he gave to Hwang, and White Storm which Mi-na lent to Yun-seong who took it with him when he left the dojo. A secret character only playable in ''Soul Edge''.


* TheArtifact: Originally, the console game was set to feature various playable 'guest fighters' who were prominent in various character's Edge Master Mode storylines. This idea was scrapped early on. However, Han Myong was already finished and so was implemented into the game. Remnants of unfinished characters can be seen through hacking.
* BadassBeard: As befitting his older, "tough father" image.
* BadassMustache: Same as above.
* CoolTeacher: The master of the Seong dojo.
* {{TheMentor}}: To Hwang and Yun-seong.
* OverprotectiveDad: Han-Myeong isn't too thrilled about his daughter's adventurous streak. Somewhat understandable if you remember that his wife and son died of illness.
* PutOnABus: Stays in his Dojo and does not appear after ''Soul Edge'' but is mentioned in Seong Mi-na's profile.