One of the monks at the Ling-Sheng Su temple. He becomes a victim ofthe Evil Seed, but his adoptive sister Xianglian sacrifices herself to save him from the fate of insanity at the cost of her own. Because Xianglian removed her Dvapara-Yuga mirror from herself, she was driven to insanity by the seed and attacked Kilik with all her strength, but Kilik killed her in self defense and the shock from this event made him collapse.He was eventually found and raised by an old hermit known only as the Edge Master. He taught Kilik how to disperse and destroy the various evil energies linked to Soul Edge. He first tries to physically destroy the sword; once that failed, he tries to purify it itself even if it means becoming a hermit. As of IV, he's determined to this task, attempting to distance Xianghua from him so as to not share his sad destiny.Reappears in V, in an Akuma-esque manner as a secret boss. He has somehow mastered all fighting styles in the 17-year timeskip, and has devoted himself to training. After IV, his emotions finally get the better of him, and he has an affair with Xianghua. The next morning, Kilik makes the painful decision to leave her, deciding that his duty to keep the world and himself in check is more important than his love for Xianghua. Unbeknownst to him, Xianghua gives birth to Xiba, and this causes her great distress. While traveling the world in order to purify himself, he comes across a shrine which is actually a gateway into Astral Chaos, which is how he comes to know the fighting styles that he uses now. The people he learned the fighting styles from were also servants of Algol.Originally, Kilik was the successor of Seong Mi-Na's polearm style, focusing on long reach with good mobility and mixup options, but bad defense if his attacks are continuously blocked. In V, however, he is now a mimic character who uses all the male characters' fighting styles. If he manages to get Xiba's style, however, he gains an exclusive move that only he and Edge Master can do.
Animal Motifs: The Phoenix, as seen in his Critical Finish in IV. In V this is confirmed even further, where he now wears a helmet with phoenix feathers on it, and has a phoenix-themed breastplate where his shirt used to be.
Badass Normal: In the canon ending to the first Soulcalibur, Kilik was the one to defeat Nightmare.
The Berserker: If he loses the Dvapara-Yuga (the mirror belt of sorts he wears), he's engulfed by a blind rage. Eventually, Kilik was able to overcome his influence of the Evil Seed and instead used a necklace holding a shard of the Dvapara-Yuga (which was broken in the fight with Nightmare) to purify other victims of the Evil Seed.
Cool Helmet: Adorns a helmet that hides his face in SCV.
Dark Is Not Evil: In his SCV character portrait, Kilik hides his eyes in the dark of his helmet, his aura is a sickly red glow, his pose is now a menacing engulf-everything with-your-hands. However, his personality is more or less unchanged from previous titles.
Defeat Means Playable: In SCV, defeat Kilik in either the Asia route of Arcade, Quick Battle, or Legendary Souls mode and you get him.
Did Not Get the Girl: Xianghua was forced into an arranged marriage, and Lexia was born from it; but prior to this event she and Kilik did have a time togther to make Xiba happen, so it's more of a "Did Not Manage To Keep The Girl".
Ditto Fighter: As of SCV; although he has exclusive moves with his Rod.
The Faceless: His helmet in SCV hides his face, his eyes in particular.
The Untwist: If you break off his helmet, though, he looks perfectly fine.
Failure Knight: Has never been able to forgive himself for what happened at Ling-Sheng Su.
Fallen Hero: Possibly as of SCV, Kilik did not get to live happily with Xianghua, gave away one of the items that kept his good morality in check, automatically resulting in embracing his Evil Seed and posing as dark warrior master of all styles. It said said that if he gave away his other item, he would be cured.
Hot Dad: He is Xiba's father, and apparently becoming the next Master of all Weapons managed to hold his youthful looks.
Jossed: Many have assumed that Kilik became evil in V and while we do not know what happened between him and Xianghua, it was revealed through his winquotes that he was completely devoted himself to training and became a second Edge Master. Otherwise, he is more or less the same Kilik.
Legacy Character: Appears to have become this to Edge Master as of V. Why he devoted himself to training in all forms of combat is currently unknown.
I Regret Nothing: Tells Edge Master this upon defeating him in a match in V, referring to the above.
Power Glows: His character portrait in SCV has him engulfed by a red glow.
Secret Character: In SCV, he has to be unlocked, and is one the of last chracters to be so, as it requires finishing story mode, then playing the Legendary Souls mode to fight against Kilik to get him.
Or one can do it the easy way and fight him in the Asia route of Arcade mode. You don't even need to clear story mode. While it is an easier fight and acessable from the start, he is the final character in the route. Or one can hunt him down in Quick Battle
Simple Staff: His main weapon as a monk is a bo called "Kali-Yuga," one of the three sacred treasures of his temple. He gave it to Xiba offscreen sometime in V. Despite a new fighting style, he still has a fondness for staff fighting and has unique moves when copying Xiba. When fighting him in Legendary Souls mode, he fights only with his staff.
Spell My Name with an S: His name "Kilik" has been oddly romanized. Judging by the characters used in his original Japanese name, he is intended to be called Qi Li-Ke, which makes much more sense for a Chinese character.
Meaningful Name: However, he could well be named after Kilik Pass, a mountain trail in Xinjiang on China's border with Kashmir. This location also matches the look of his mountainous "Proving Grounds" stages in SC and SCIII.
Warrior Monk: Has always been this but is taken Up to Eleven in V where he seems to be following Edge Master's route. His stage is a cave with a stone Buddha statue holding his Kali-Yuga and his winquotes have him saying mantras.
Yin-Yang Bomb: In more than one way. In early games, he was said to be heavily contaminated by evil energy, but it was contained thanks to the holy mirror he carried with him. Furthermore, in IV, his final weapon is Soul Embrace, the combination of both Soul Edge and Soul Calibur. Most likely as a reference to his ending in that game, where's he's seen absorbing the energies of both weapons into his staff.
Xianghua is the younger sister ofKilik's adoptive sister Xianglian, daughter of a famous swordswoman and heiress to the Chai clan. Was sent by her Emperor to obtain the Soul Edge, but after finding out the truth of the sword, works with Kilik to destroy it.Since II, Xianghua has been feeling guilty for not informing her superiors of Soul Edge's "destruction", leading to the massacre of an entire city. She fails to help Kilik in III against Zasalamel, and is overwhelmed by the guilt, until she learns to cope with it during training in a Ming general's mansion. As of IV, she tries to stop Maxi from taking the sword, while worrying about Kilik's coldness towards her. As of V she is succeeded by her daughter Leixia, whom she entranced with stories of her adventures. On their journey home, Kilik and Xianghua have an affair, but when Xianghua awakens the next morning, Kilik has already left her. She returns home heartbroken and pregnant, giving birth to Xiba, who is also infected with the Evil Seed like his father. As she is of a prominent family, bearing a child out of wedlock is strictly forbidden. Facing punishment, Xianghua and her family consult with Edge Master and Kong Xiuqiang, who is actually her father, and Kong agrees to adopt the baby Xiba as his own and train him. All of this is the real reason why she doesn't want Leixia to go on an adventure - Xianghua fears that Leixia will experience the torment and sadness that she did.Daishi Odashima considers her the main character of Soulcalibur. Her weapon in her debut marked the first appearance of the Soul Calibur when her Krita-Yuga sword transformed into it.Xianghua takes Hwang's place as the Chinese Sword wielder in the first Calibur game. She is a well-balanced character whose specialty is quick mixups and mindgames with her stances. As time passed, she gained a special system regarding her stances that allowed her to gain new moves as she continued using her special stance taunts on the opponent. Her style would be inherited by her daughter Leixia in the fifth game.
Lady of War: Has arguably one of the most elegant fighting styles in the game.
Parental Hypocrisy: Tells her daughter Leixia all about her adventures, and even promised to go adventuring together with her, but when she sees Leixia holding Kilik's necklace Xianghua tries to have her married off to the emperor. Leixia runs away in response.
Peking Opera: Her scarlet eye make-up and crown-like head band in SCII invoke this look.◊
They Do: Sometime along the way, and prior to V, Kilik and Xianghua found some time to make Xiba happen.
Together in Death: Xianghua's ending in SCIV has her follow Kilik into death as he sacrifices himself to neutralise the two swords. She does this for no reason other than the fact that she can't live without him, having blamed herself way too much for not being able to help him before. Kilik pleads with her but in the end has no choice in the matter.
Voiced By: Nobutoshi Canna (Soulcalibur-Soulcalibur III; Japanese), Kenjiro Tsuda (Soulcalibur IV; Japanese), Shigeo Kiyama (Soulcalibur V; Japanese), Doug Boyd (Soulcalibur II; English), Steve Van Wormer (Soulcalibur III onward; English)
The Lancer of Kilik's 2-man-and-1-woman-band. Maxi seeks revenge against Astaroth because he killed Maxi's adoptive brother Kyam and his crew, as he sought Kilik due to the evil energy in him. In the Soulcalibur he apparentlydies after killing Astaroth but comes back in II, thought with his limbs weakened to the point of uselessness. His limbs get even better throught a ritual with a piece of Soul Edge, but he gains Laser-Guided Amnesia in exchange. In III he meets up with his former friends and remembers them, but because Maxi has a piece of Soul Edge inside him and Kilik's Dvapara-Yuga mirror wards off evil, Maxi can no longer travel with them. In IV he is manipulated by Tira into serving as a sacrifice for Soul Edge. After vanquishing Astaroth for good, he almost becomes a slave to Soul Edge's will, but Edge Master intervenes and teaches him to control the evil. Now one with the fragment of Soul Edge, he is entrusted with the care of Xiba in V, and journeys to investigate new whispers of the dark sword's return.Maxi replaces Li Long as the series' nunchaku wielder. Believed by many to be a button masher character like Eddy Gordo in Tekken, this is actually not the case, also like Eddy. He is a stance-based powerhouse who relies heavily on mixups and quick strikes, and can be very deadly in the hands of an expert player. Later games severely toned down his "masher-friendliness", rewarding those who actually take the time to train as him.
Badass: Seems to fight his way through just about everything. When it looked like he was going to die at the end of Soulcalibur he got better and continued his unending quest to avenge his fallen friends. He was even willing to wield the Soul Edge just to strike down Astaroth, knowing full well that he'd have to be slain in order to stop the soul-stealing rampage that would follow.
Badass Normal: Beyond having a Soul Edge shard in him that seems to not empower him at all, he has no magical abilities, no magic weapon, and yet he's arguably the best fighter in the series—only the clearly supernatural characters/monsters beat him out (Olcadan, Edge Master, Zasalamel, and Cervantes) without needing the soul swords. And remember, he actually defeated Astaroth in one-on-one combat before having the shard of Soul Edge implanted in his body.
Confusion Fu / Difficult, But Awesome: Although occasionally labeled a mashing-friendly character, Maxi has five stances in Soulcalibur V (toned down from SEVEN in IV) that require a lot memorization use or fight against effectively. While not to the same extent as Voldo or Yoshimitsu,once Maxi gets into a proper stance his attacks become extremely hard to predict.
Expy: He replaced Li Long as the game's nunchaku fighter. And he looks like Elvis Presley. His moves make him the game's token Bruce Lee expy. That's three levels of Expy-ness.
He's known as "Kenny" amongst the users of 8wayrun.com, in tribute to South Park's un-killable namesake, as he too seems to die at the end of every iteration in the series and miraculously returns for the next.
Chilean fans refer to him as "Medieval René" because of his uncanny similarity to 90's kitsch singer René de la Vega.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Kilik. (Not that it stops the Ho Yay.) Before that, there was him and his "sworn brother" Kyam (who was murdered by Astaroth, along with the rest of Maxi's crew).
He Who Fights Monsters: He's desperate enough in his quest against Astaroth that he's willing to pick up and use Soul Edge in the full knowledge that his friends will have to fight him to stop him. It's clear that his hatred has driven him past reasoning.
Older than They Look: Specifically stated to be so in V, even though he looks no different than he did back in the day. It's heavily speculated that his aging was slowed down by the effects of the Soul Edge shard that was inside of his body. This is even lampshaded by Maxi himself in his bio.
Older and Wiser: By Soulcalibur V, he's finally avenged his crew, received some training from Edge Master himself, mellowed out a bit, and has taken to leading Lexia, Natsu, and Xiba.
Pirate: Of the dashing romantic hero type, he hails from the tropical island Kingdom of Ryukyu (modern day Okinawa).
Revenge: Towards Astaroth, who killed his adoptive brother Kyam and his whole pirate crew.
Revenge Before Reason: On the verge of falling this into this abyss as of IV. His ending even has him brandishing Soul Edge to defeat Astaroth, knowing fully that Kilik and Xianghua will have to fight him afterward because of the sword. Luckily, Edge Master swoops in to prevent Maxi from becoming consumed by his desire for revenge.
Spell My Name with an S: Maxi = Makishi - based on the Japanese for his name (マキシ). Makishi is a fairly common Okinawan name, so this makes sense. He probably uses Maxi because it sounds more international in his capacity as a world-roaming pirate.
A large golem created by a cult that worshipped the God of War (No, not that one. note Okay, maybe.) His main task is to find Soul Edge and bring it to his master, Kunpaetku (Ares, actuallynote well, is it that one or isn't it?!?). He slaughtered Maxi's crew under Nightmare's orders. He is later killed by Maxi himself, but gets resurrected in ''II' by Ares. Kunpaetku placed a curse upon him in an attempt to recover control over him, but it only made him more prone to berserk rages. Due to this, he sets out to destroy Kunpaetku, who had planned to betray the god and take Soul Edge's power for himself. Astaroth destroyed the whole cult and eventually found Kunpaetku, who revealed that Astaroth was a "failed experiment," and that he was modeled after a human.Astaroth tries fighting against the fact that he is based off a human until he encounters Rock, who he realizes is the man he was modeled after. Filled with anger, he attacks Rock and wins the fight. He then realizes that for all of his life, he had been serving someone, or something. He reaches the peak of his rage and sheds his humanoid appearance, becoming the golem that he was meant to be. He vows to use Soul Edge's power to kill Ares once and for all, and then kill everything else afterward.The original Astaroth was slain in a decisive battle with Maxi in IV, and his heart was harvested by Ashlotte and brought back to the cult. During the timeskip, a new sect of the cult lead by Kunpaetku created several new Astaroth-like golems using the heart, one of which appears in V.Astaroth replaces Rock as the series' ax-wielder. He is slow, but can do ridiculous damage once he gets momentum. Later games brought in new focus on his throw game, molding him into the series' "grappler" character.
Younger than They Look: He's actually younger than Talim. As of II, he's only seven. This goes double for the new Astaroth in V, who isn't even one yet.
Isabella "Ivy" Valentine
Origin - London, British Empirenote 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. Weapon(s) - Whip sword
Cervantes' daughter. She was conceived when Soul Edge schemed to create a new host should Cervantes become unable to fulfill his duty. Cervantes, under this influence, raped the daughter of the owner of the Black Tail Inn, who gave birth to Ivy and left her in the care of the noble Valentine household in London. After her adoptive father passed away, she sought to continue his research of Soul Edge through alchemy. She eventually discovered its true properties and sets out to destroy it in memory of her parents. She joins Nightmare, unaware he wielded Soul Edge, and serves him in slaughters under the belief she'd get to Soul Edge throught this. Later confronted by Taki, she discovers the truth of her birth and her father's identity from her.After a lot of soul searching, she decides to destroy everything related to Soul Edge. She conducts even MORE research on finding a way to destroy Soul Edge and learns of Soul Calibur, the cursed sword's polar opposite. She closes in on finding a way to wield Soul Calibur, but Cervantes attacks her by surprise and steals her soul. Luckily she finds a way to escape that fate by putting the artificial soul of the homunculus she was creating into herself. Her whip sword's style changes accordingly to her new body, and she sets out one last time to destroy Soul Edge once and for all. She encounters Cervantes and defeats him, bearing witness to the disappearance of Soul Edge into a vortex in the process. Knowing that this was not the end, she went back to her home and began researching into the strange anomaly she saw. Devising a potential new way to destroy the sword over the course of 17 years, her body remains unaged due to her cursed blood, and she sets out to destroy the sword once and for all.Ivy is considered one of the most advanced characters in the series. She is a stance-based character who can be played a number of ways depending on which stance she is currently in. One must constantly switch between Sword Mode and Whip Mode to keep the opponent guessing. In IV she gained a new stance - Curled Mode, upping the challenge in using her. In V, however, her stance system is gone, and she instead switches between styles through holding down specific buttons as she attacks.
Big Fancy House: The Valentine Mansion, London. The grand staircase and library are used as fighting arenas in SC and SCIII respectively. The Mansion returns in SCV, after an absence in IV, with the fight taking place in a large atrium complete with a giant stained-glass window and two huge statues holding moonlight reflecting mirrors.
British Stuffiness: Played straight with her commanding, heightened RP accent and the witheringly dismissive attitude she displays towards her opponents, but completely subverted with her increasingly revealing costumes. However, her more conservative alternate costumes generally play this straight too.
The British Title System: She's a hereditary peeress, and as the daughter of an Earl, she would be referred to as "Lady Isabella Valentine". Incidentally, her father was initially mislabelled "Count" Valentine, a title that doesn't appear amongst the English aristocracy. He was correctly titled "Earl" (analogous to Count) from SC V onwards.
Byronic Hero: She exhibits many of the required character traits — sophistication, confidence and seductive magnetism but at the same time, emotional conflict and a troubled past.
Child by Rape: Cervantes raped her mother under the influence of Soul Edge.
Celibate Hero: Amazingly enough. She doesn't want to risk having a Soul Edge-tainted kid. This is perhaps a shout-out to fellow celibate hero Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen" who ruled England at the time Soulcalibur is set.
Dominatrix: In keeping with the previous trope, this is one of the (obvious) major influences of her character design and commanding personality. Best example: a grapple move that forces the opponent on all fours, which she then uses as a chair. Followed by this quote:
Doorstop Baby: Her biological mother was raped by Cervantes, who left baby Ivy at the front gates of the Valentine Mansion in London. She was raised by the Earl and Countess as a Valentine, only revealing her true parentage upon their death-beds...
Evil Brit: Used with great effect to enhance the gravitas and imperious, domineering nature of her personality, she evokes the classic cinematic Evil Is Sexy Brit villainess. She is considered evil by many due to her Machiavellian philosophy, especially in SC, where she teams up with Nightmare, but becomes more neutrally aligned from SCII onwards, attempting to atone for her past mistakes.
Mad Scientist: Averted because she does it for a good cause. But she does dabble in alchemy...
Meaningful Name: The nickname Ivy is an acronym of her given name (Isabella) and family name (Valentine). There's also the obvious parallel with her weapon and the ivy plant - a twisting, strangling vine. With regards to her given name, Isabella is Hebrew and means "my God is a vow". The surname Valentine is (appropriately) of English and Scottish origin, and comes from a medieval given name, derived from the Latin "Valentinus", a derivative of "valere", to be strong, healthy.
She Cleans Up Nicely: Despite her highly revealing in-game outfits, when Ivy isn't off questing for soul-destroying swords, she tends to dress more suitably◊ for an English Countess in late 1500's London.
Shown Their Work: The culturally accurate Tudor Rose of England symbology used throughout her costume in SCIV and V is a surprisingly well-researched touch, especially as the rest of her look is not so symbolic.
Statuesque Stunner: At an amazonian height of nearly 6 foot, Ivy towers above all of the other ladies in the series and most of the men.
Stripperiffic: Despite her vow of chastity, her outfits are traditionally very revealing. Not for nothing is she deemed the Ms. Fanservice of the series.
Underboobs: As seen in her SCIV costume. Censored on the official US site.
Oddly enough, her art for SCV is finally showing the trend reversing. True, she's still wearing a fetishy dominatrix outfit (except it covers a little more, albeit with a lingerie style cleavage holder), but compared to her incredibly skimpy SCIV outfit, it's actually much more modest, a la some of her pre-SCIV outfits.
It's as if the dev team realized that if they made her outfit any more revealing, they'd probably have to change the game's ESRB rating.
Unwitting Pawn: Nightmare/Soul Edge planned her birth, gave life to her sword so she'd owe him and join his group, and would keep her at all times at his side (even though she wanted the sword's destruction) in the case the sword needed an emergency host. And Ivy was blissfully unaware of all that.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: As seen in the family portrait◊ hanging in the Valentine Mansion on her SCIII stage, in which she looks to be about 11-12 years old, sports a cute (platinum) bob and has a hand placed lovingly on Earl Valentine's shoulder.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: She has realized that in order to destroy all traces of the Soul Edge, she would have to kill innocents to do so, and show no mercy while doing so. (And she also realized that she had to die eventually as well.) In short, Ivy accepts the fact that she's evil, but knows she must accept it to destroy a greater evil. To quote her directly:
Ivy:...Call me a monster, a demon if you must. I'll be happy to be called those names if it is the price I must pay to eliminate the existence of the evil blade!
Whip Sword: A weapon she designed herself, but was animated by Nightmare.
"Blood, darkness...I shall drown the world in both!"
Voiced By: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Soulcalibur & Soulcalibur II; Japanese), Fumihiko Tachiki (Soulcalibur III; Japanese), Kosei Hirota (Soulcalibur IV & Soulcalibur Legends; Japanese), Yasunori Masutani (Soulcalibur V; Japanese), Ted D' Agostino (Soulcalibur II; English), Patrick Ryan (Soulcalibur III & Soulcalibur IV; English), Michael McConnohie (Soulcalibur Legends; English), Charles Klausemayer (Soulcalibur V; English)
The main antagonist of the series and avatar of Inferno. Nightmare was the moniker that Siegfried took when he became possessed by Inferno at the end of Soul Edge, conquering the city of Ostrheinsburg and beginning a campaign of slaughter spanning all of Europe in an attempt to reassemble Soul Edge. After being defeated by Xianghua in Soulcalibur, Siegfried regained control of his body, but was eventually repossessed. In Soulcalibur III Siegfried regained control of his body and sealed Soul Edge using Soul Calibur, but Zasalamel bound the disembodied Inferno to the discarded armour, allowing Nightmare to be "reborn". In a duel with Siegfried, Nightmare reclaimed Soul Edge, becoming an extension of the cursed sword in IV. "It" now seeks to restore itself completely so that it can devour the souls of all life on Earth and plunge it into complete despair. It was felled by Siegfried during the events of IV, but has gained a new host by the time of V, in which he decides to forego an all-out slaughter for subterfuge and politics. This new body is slain by Z.W.E.I, and Pyrrha succeeds him as the wielder of Soul Edge, becoming Pyrrha Omega.Nightmare was originally the exact same character as Siegfried, but in 3 he gained a new fighting style which focused less on mixups and more on pure power. He is now a space-control character whose effectiveness depends on whether he can gain momentum quickly. In later games, he becomes more geared to pushing the opponent where he wants them to go, and has various tools to force them out of the ring.
Animated Armor: In III and IV Inferno possesses Siegfried's discarded armor.
Badass: Arguably the greatest in the entire series, being an unstoppable engine of destruction capable of slaughtering entire armies by himself.
Belly Mouth: In IV. Goes all the way around his body, separating his (floating) torso from his groin.
Blood Knight: Oh, hell yes. Nightmare exists solely to feed Soul Edge the souls of those foolish enough to face him in combat.
Body Horror: Soul Edge's possession does this to any of its wielders, usually warping their right arm into a hideous and grotesque claw. Siegfried was no exception. His "Siegfried!" appearance took this further, with his armor being even more organic, as if it were a fusion of flesh and metal.
His 2P costume in V is fairly horrifying. Without his armor covering him up, we can see that his new body looks like it was horribly cobbled-together, with bone and diseased-looking grey flesh and metal grafted to his very skin. Maybe we don't want to see what Graf Dumas's face looks like...
Not to mention that his 2P Soul Edge in V looks like a giant strip of bacon with an eye.
Catch Phrase: "Blood, darkness, COME UNTO ME!", "I will show you the greatest Nightmare!" and "Need more souls!"
Chekhov's Gunman: He first made an appearance in Siegfried's bad ending from Soul Edge and served as an extra costume for him in Soul Blade ("Siegfried!") with no ending. Suffice to say, few thought this development would be canon. Nightmare's entire existence serves an as aversion to No Canon for the Wicked.
Continuity Nod: His look in Soulcalibur IV is partially based off of Night Terror, meshed with his Soulcalibur III look.
In Legends, Soul Edge appears in its Cocoon form when Siegfried finds it, which is how it was depicted when wielded by "Siegfried!"
Nightmare's look in V incorporates elements from all of the character's past outfits from Soulcalibur to Soulcalibur IV (although II is the most prevalent thanks to the bat-wing projections and mane of red hair) and wields a version of Soul Edge nearly identical to the sword's original, pre-IV depiction.
Early-Bird Cameo: In Soul Edge as "Siegfried!" Had that design of his been carried over to subsequent games, Nightmare would have instead been "The Crimson Knight."
Enemy Without: Of Siegfried. He used to simply be Siegfried's alter ego, but then in SCIII, they became separate entities, and it was revealed that Nightmare is a physical manifestation of the cursed sword. Now, in V, Nightmare finds another host.
Evil Overlord: Took over the city of Ostrheinsburg and turned it into a place of ghosts, monsters, and Malfested.
Evil Sounds Deep: Played somewhat straight in Japanese for Soulcalibur, as Nobuyuki Hiyama used a deeper, more sinister tone as opposed to Siegfried. However, in II, Hiyama's pitch for Nightmare returned to that of Siegfried's normal voice, and all subsequent actors on both sides of the pond either made Nightmare a raspy voice or a voice that was dark, but not bass. Definitely played straight starting in IV, where Nightmare now has a booming, distorted voice. In V, there is much less distortion, but both voice actors use deep tones to throw players off from his host's identity, but it isn't until the credits when the secret is revealed.
Extra-Strength Masquerade: His story-line in SCV reveals that he operates behind the scenes under the alias "Graf (Count) Dumas," ruler of the Kingdom of Hungary.
Fan Nickname: Affectionately known as "Nighty" by the fanbase.
Nightraph or Raphmare as of V because of a certain Easter Egg involving entering the customization mode, and choosing to make a new costume for him, which reveals that he has Raphael's head underneath the helmet.
Fallen Hero: Subverted in that Siggy wasn't exactly the nicest or noblest of souls in his debut, but becoming the host of the cursed sword is still a pretty damn hard fall.
Foreshadowing: In II. His third alt. is that of a fully human Siegfried and his ultimate weapon is the Soul Calibur. Nightmare's ending even has Siegfried break free and throw Soul Edge into an endless chasm. All of this perhaps served as a clue towards Siegfried's character progression in the next game.
From Nobody to Nightmare: A young boy goes from the leader of a band of thieves to the greatest evil the world has ever known thanks to the evil influence of one sword. And yes, the pun is intended.
A cunning nobleman seeking to create the perfect world for the sake of his daughter, who has had little to no actual bearing in the story proper, now takes center stage as the villain.
Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Siegfried destroys Nightmare and Soul Edge itself by stabbing it through the middle with Soul Calibur. Unfortunately, Soul Edge re-materializes at some point during the time skip, and finds a new host...
Legacy Character: An interesting example as the character who left the title behind continues to persist in the storyline (Siegfried in Calibur and Calibur II, then was Soul Edge/Inferno for III and IV).
He's back to a more humanoid form in V, but retains his fighting style and Siegfried remains a separate entity. According to his bio, Nightmare has a new host (a swordsman), but it's unknown who exactly is under the armor. Or, given what we see of him in a less-armored form, perhaps what might be a better word...
Both "who" and "what" are actually correct. His new host is Raphael, who is now an immortal vampire.
Lightning Bruiser: Depending on the skill of the user, evaluations of this will vary wildly. It's not uncommon for many a ragequittingscrub to claim he is a Game Breaker, while in contrast many competitive players consider him exceptionally mediocre as he is incredibly unsafe when blocked for the most part. His ability to dish out damage is not in question, except when facing a clever foe that has mastered Just Guard...
Take Over the World: Evolves into this in V, seeing as how Soul Edge takes on the memories and personality of its host. With Siegfried, he fought rather recklessly without much strategy, and without him he became nothing more than Kill All Humans. With Raphael as his host, however, Nightmare has become Soul Calibur's equivalent to Zero, as his new modus operandi involves manipulating governments to his advantage so he can secretly rebuild his malfested army of soulless slaves to rule Europe.
Replacement Scrappy: An in-universe example. Tira hates what he's become by the time of Soulcalibur V because he's no longer slaughtering everything left, right, and centre and is instead trying to control the world rather than destroy everything on-sight. Tira being Tira, she believes that this is because he's an impostor.
Series Mascot: After the Soul series got popular enough to warrant its own separate developer team, namely after Soulcalibur II, Nightmare became the logomark of Project Soul (up until SCV).
Shoulders of Doom: His right shoulder has spikes projecting from it, and in III had a mouth and mandibles.
Shout Out: His 2P attire in V is reminiscent of his 2P outfit from II, but includes an iron mask that obscures his facial features (most likely done to not prematurely spoil his true identity). Thus, he's The Man in the Iron Mask. In V, coincidentally (or perhaps not), he goes by the alias of Dumas during this time.
Yandere/Stalker with a Crush: His obsession with Siegfried has been lampshaded by Tira, and he tries to force Siegfried to reclaim Soul Edge in Legends. Even when he acquires a new host, he still uses Siegfried's fighting style, which is referred to as being "What the sword desires."
Origin - Sparta, 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. Weapon(s) - Short sword and shield (Soulcalibur), Axe and shield (Soulcalibur III and Soulcalibur IV), Twin axes (Soulcalibur V)Like Sophitia, Aeon was one of the 24 warriors chosen by the Greek god Hephaestus to destroy Soul Edge. Aeon was unfortunately struck by the Evil Seed and turned into a berserker. In the midst of one of his crazed rampages, he was captured by the Fygul Cestemus order (the very same cult that created Astaroth) and transformed into Lizardman, a loyal servant sent to obtain Soul Edge. He eventually breaks free of their control, and realizes what he has become. Believing that Hephaestus has abandoned him, Aeon renounces his faith and resolves to destroy Hephaestus. Unfortunately, his mutation gets worse and in IV his mind and heart completely degenerate into the monster that he was transformed into. He gathers other creatures like him to search for Soul Edge to reclaim his lost soul and regain his humanity.In Soulcalibur II he is a bonus character, only serving as a guardian for both the maze and labyrinth sections of the Weapon Master Mode. This version of him is not the real Aeon Calcos, but rather the 3 variants of Lizardmen that he commands, who now serve Fygul Cestemus as a shard-gathering troupe. In V he returns, now with wings and goes by his human name Aeon Calcos, compelled by a mysterious voice to devour both Patroklos and Pyrrha. The Japanese artbook reveals that the voice that commands him to do this is that of Ares, now in a war with Hephaestus who had ordered Aeon on his quest as a holy warrior. Coincidentally, Ares is also actually the god that Fygul Cestemus worships, and had manipulated the previous Astaroth to do his bidding. Now he hopes to do the same with Aeon.Aeon was originally a watered-down copy of Sophitia, but in 3 he gained a new fighting style based on more savage and animalistic maneuvers, such as rolling on the ground and crawling on all fours. In V he gains another new style which combines elements of Kratos' style from Broken Destiny with that of his own.
Shrouded in Myth: Aeon Calcos had a family. They were once this trope to him (they mean nothing to him now) and to everyone else aware of that fact.
Took a Level in Badass: He became something of a joke in IV and Broken Destiny. In V, he's regained all his earlier menace and then some.
Winged Reptile: In V he sports a pair of rather angelic feathered wings.
What Measure Is a Mook?: Silently lampshaded. Being given the generic name Lizardman and acting like a standard mook leads to him being easily dismissed by players not aware of his sad (and ironic) backstory. Since he is referred to by his actual name in V, this may begin to change.
Origin - Base of Mt. Fuji, Japannote 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.Weapon(s) - Katana and sashimoto
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Soulcalibur-Soulcalibur III; Japanese), Norio Wakamoto (Soulcalibur IV onward; Japanese), Phil Sheridan (Soulcalibur II; English), Mitch Urban (Soulcalibur III onward; English)
Not that one.His ancestor.Yoshimitsu is the leader of the Manjitou Clan of ninjas. They are chivalrous thieves, much like Robin Hood. At first, after his clan is killed by Oda Nobunaga, he sought Soul Edge to get revenge, but later found that doing that wouldn't make him any different than him. In III he creates the Manjitou in order to help the poor, as well as destroy Soul Edge. In IV, he discovers that Tira killed most of his men, and brings the remaining ones to assault Nightmare's castle.The Yoshimitsu of Soulcalibur V is a new man wielding the Manji leader's titular blade. He was a ninja of the Fu-Ma clan who trained under the original, and slew him in order to succeed him. This is because the first Yoshimitsu was fatally wounded by Cervantes upon his return, and wanted to die honorably. Unfortunately, Yoshimitsu II's hatred for evildoers, especially Cervantes, makes it difficult for him to properly wield the Yoshimitsu blade, forcing him to use a sacred Fu-Ma sword to act as the Balance Between Good and Evil. He was also the one who led Leixia to the Fu-Ma clan.Yoshimitsu plays very similarly to his Tekken incarnation, combined with a few moves from Mitsurugi. He is a fast mixup character with many options, but at the cost of being very difficult to control. Unpredictability is his greatest strength, and in the hands of a good player he can be very overwhelming, often tricking you into believing he is vulnerable when he really isn't.
Alas, Poor Yorick: The artwork for Yoshimitsu II has him crouching over Yoshimitsu I's severed head, still in its mask from Soul Calibur IV.
Artificial Limbs: Like his descendant, one of his arms is a wooden mechanical limb. This seems to be a defining trait of the one who takes over as the leader of the clan, as the man who inherits the title "Yoshimitsu" in V also bears a mechanical arm.
Canon Immigrant: Actually, an aversion. The character itself was added to the roster due to the strong compatibility Yoshimitsu (from Tekken) has with the world of Soulcalibur but his story is completely unique for this universe and isn't simply the same person being adapted for a different setting. It does suggest that he is an ancestor of the Yoshimitsu seen in Tekken but who he is and what he does exists purely for Soulcalibur.
Confusion Fu: A staple of his character, carried over from his future successor.
Named Weapons: While virtually every Soul series character has a weapon with a unique title, Yoshimitsu's is special as it is the same as its wielder ("Yoshimitsu"). The original Yoshimitsu named the katana after himself as a vow of revenge for his fallen clansmen, and after he created his group of chivalrous thieves, it became custom that the sword denotes the leader of the clan and the man behind it is also referred to as "Yoshimitsu" in deference to the blade (essentially making this an inversion).
Soul Jar: If Tekken in any indication, Yoshi I's soul should be inside of the Yoshimitsu katana after Yoshi II killed him to become his successor.
Seppuku: A move that only he can use, and if done right, one of the best ways to achieve a Double Knockout. (In later games he can do other, more productive things with the move, even regain a full health bar, provided he has enough health left after using it.)
Warrior Poet: Many of his win quotes, and his SCIV victory speech, show elements of this.
The mysterious master of all fighting styles in the world, teacher and advisor of the Ling-Sheng Su, and foreteller of all events in the series. Trained Kilik after his temple went down, and later taught him the art of purification so he could purify Soul Edge. For a time, he remained in his hermitage, moving the plot along from time to time (like teaching Mi-na in III).He returns in V, unaged from his original appearance due to being immortal because he has absorbed the energies of both Soul swords. He encounters Patroklos in Astral Chaos as he is trapped there when Elysium takes full control of his body, rewinding time for him so he can rectify his mistake of killing Pyrrha. When Patroklos refuses Elysium's order the second time, he is sent back into Astral Chaos and Edge Master teaches him how to implant his own will into Soul Calibur, freeing him from the imprisonment in Astral Chaos. The artbook reveals that the reason Edge Master is in Astral Chaos is to fight Algol, who has secretly been corrupting the world's energies from behind the scenes in the hopes of conquering it while everyone else is in disarray.Edge Master is the series' original mimic character. He uses all fighting styles, switching to another one at the end of each round.
The Bus Came Back: His only appearance in the series was the first Soulcalibur. After a few games of being succeeded by other copycat fighters, he will finally be returning in Soulcalibur V.
Deus Exit Machina: Somewhat fitting of his Obi Wan-esque status. Edge Master is most likely one of the strongest characters in the series, up there with Algol, but he never directly gets involved in the story, instead observing events from afar and giving advice and tutelage to those who seek him out, such as Kilik and Seong Mi-na. V marks the first time he's actually contributed to the plot, even if it's only for all of five minutes.
Ditto Fighter: Subverted, as he had two unique moves with Kilik/Seong Mi-na. In V's Legendary Souls mode, Edge Master only mimics Alpha Patroklos' style.
British orphan raised in Japan. Hated by his peers, he sought to do great things to be respected. He sought Soul Edge, thinking it was the greatest deed there was to do, but later found it was meaningless and returned home to marry a prostitute. Later, the shard he gave her as a gift got her killed, so he placed the guilt on himself and set out to destroy the sword and redeem himself.
Always Someone Better: At first he wanted to do some legendary stuff so he'd be respected by his peers. A year into his quest, he just realized he wasn't really that good and that there were many better fighters out there.
Ascended Extra: At least he went from obscure to bonus character spot...
The Cameo: He makes two in Broken Destiny, one as a random foe for quick play and in another he is part of a conversation in The Gauntlet where he is referred to as "Blond Samurai." He also makes a small cameo with the player characters in the intro to Weapon Master in SCII.
Bowdlerise/Palette Swap: Korea has bad blood with Japan (for very good reasons), and especially regarding samurai, so Mitsurugi's character model was modified to have blonde hair and an eyepatch. Thus was born Arthur.