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Origin - Rouen, French Empire note Weapon(s) - Rapier
- "Well then, let us dance!"
Voiced By: Yasunori Masutani (Japanese), Paul Jennings (Soulcalibur II; English), Charles Klausmeyer (Soulcalibur III onward; English)
A French noble who was marked for death due to killing a noble who was corrupted by the Evil Seed in self-defence. He is saved by a young girl named Amy. He decides to take revenge against those who did him wrong by obtaining Soul Edge, but there is a second objective: to repay Amy for helping him, by creating a better world for her. He eventually finds Nightmare and fights him, but loses the battle. However, as Nightmare attempts to kill him, Siegfried begins to resurface and Raphael exploits this vulnerability by stabbing Soul Edge's eye. This releases Siegfried from the sword's control, and Raphael collapses.
In III he returns to Amy, severely injured from his Soul Edge-induced scars. As he recovers, he starts noticing changes within himself. He noticed his skin began to turn pale white, and his eye color had changed to red. He also noticed that he felt very weak during the day, and a powerful thirst at night. By the time he had even considered the fact that he was being "malfested," however, the process was already completed. Both himself and Amy had become vampires, no longer able to co-exist with humans. Thus, Raphael concluded that if he and Amy could not change for the world, then the world would change for them. And so he began infecting people and turning them into his minions, but this would not last long as a traveler began curing the people by giving them "Holy Stones." He set out to take the stone, but upon touching it he was burned and repelled, and Raphael destroyed the stone. He set out to once again find Soul Edge to destroy the other Holy Stones and create the perfect world for Amy.
Raphael eventually comes to believe in IV that the "Holy Stones" are actually fragments of Soul Calibur, the polar opposite of Soul Edge (though they aren't: they are parts of Kilik's mirror). Thinking that Soul Calibur is even more powerful than Soul Edge, he now seeks to use its power to finally give Amy her world.
He awakens in a dungeon by the time V rolls around, and returns to his home to find that Amy has disappeared. Understandably pissed, he sets out to find her.
Daishi himself has confirmed that Raphael had died in the fourth game, and the Soulcalibur V artbook outright confirms that his body has become the new vessel for Nightmare. There are many theories surrounding Raphael at this time, but the two most common are that he is either a ghost or his story takes place after the story mode of V, and he is set free when Soul Edge and Soul Calibur are returned to Astral Chaos.
Raphael's gameplay focuses primarily around quick strikes and mixups using his special Preparation stance, but he is a character who must be played with extreme precision. One must know all of Raphael's ins and outs, as one wrong move will leave him at an extreme disadvantage. His attacks are also quite linear and make him easy to evade. Later games granted him the ability to teleport due to his vampirism.
- Animal Motifs: Bats, as befitting of a vampire. This is most obvious is V, where both his costumes are covered in bat symbols.
- Ambiguously Gay/Mistaken for Gay: When he first appeared. Nowadays, not so much.
- Anti-Villain (Type III): Somewhat. See Love Makes You Crazy, Love Makes You Evil and Well-Intentioned Extremist below.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: A very morally ambiguous character who is/was a French noble and always has an aristocratic flair in his outfits.
- Cultured Badass: He is stated to be proficient in medicine, well-tutored in the aristocratic ways, and seems to be a good dancer.
- Dance Battler: Very much a male equivalent of the Lady of War archetype with his artsy fencing techniques and rhythmic kicks. His weapon demonstration even involves him dancing before picking up his sword.
- Dracula: In the later games of the series, Raphael comes to closely resemble the Count: He's an aristocratic vampire, given the titles "Dark Lord", "Lord Of The Night", and "Creature Of The Night" who took up residence in an abandoned castle in Wallachia.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French: A good-looking French guy who still retains a youthful look when he is nearing 50. Justified though, because of his vampirism.
- Evil Laugh: It also reeks of Noblewoman's Laugh and Laughing Mad.
- French Jerk: Comes from France and is a very arrogant individual. Becomes somewhat toned down after meeting Amy.
- I Shall Taunt You: He has some specific taunts that, whenever he is attacked doing so he dodges and can counterattack the opponent.
- Kaleidoscope Eyes: In every installment barring V, Raphael's eye color has changed. He's gone from blue (II) to amber (III) to red (IV and V).
- Knight Templar Parent: To Amy, although she apparently doesn't take him seriously. Case in point: her ending in IV.
- Large Ham: "Do not delude yourself, thou wretched fool!"
- Laughing Mad: As the games go on, he becomes very unhinged in his laughs.
- Leitmotif: ''Blood Thirst Concerto''
- Love Makes You Crazy: Through and through. He seeks to Malfest the world so that he and Amy will be accepted by society."As of right now, this world truly belongs only to Amy and me! So why should the two of you even have been here?! The mistake has been corrected! OH HO HO HO HO HO! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!"
- Definitely noticeable by V, where his voice patterns (in Japanese at least) sound much less composed, like he just checked in to a mental hospital.
- Love Makes You Evil: Raphael's ultimate goal is to create a new world for his adoptive daughter Amy. His primary methods of doing this are as follows: manipulating events from behind the scenes, killing innocent people to quench his vampirism, in the process turning them into undead, malfested slaves under his command, and being a complete asshole to anyone who gets in his way.
- Nice Hat: In V, which gives him a striking similarity in appearance to D/Van Helsing. There is definitely some twisted irony behind this observation.
- Or a medieval version of Hazama.
- Thanks to his fencing prowess, the headgear also gives him the air of a Musketeer of the Guard.
- Before the official announcement, people thought he was Jotaro based on his window on the character select screen.
- It's likely based on the "Ankou," a personification of death from early French folklore who is often depicted wearing a wide-brimmed hat, as shown here.◊
- Papa Wolf: It is a bad idea to mean any harm to Amy in his presence.
- Pretty Boy: Especially in his debut.
- Older Than They Look: He's 49 by the time of V, but still looks 32, thanks to his vampirism.
- One-Man Army: Implied in his biography in 3 in which the citizenry Romania is terrified of approaching his castle and an army was dispatched to clean it out. His response? It was simply another mere annoyance to get rid off as he goes out to confront them.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Raphael's Malfestaton manifests as vampirism, as demonstrated in IV and V. One of Raphael's throws (that only works on females), as well as his Critical Finish involve biting the neck and drinking deep. He's corrupted not by another vampire but by the evil of Soul Edge. His vampirism also halted his aging, leaving him physically at 32 in V.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As his eyes became red in later installmentes, you see he is becoming crazier and more evil.
- Red Right Hand: His eyes are red or yellow, signifying he's no longer human.
- Royal Rapier: his Weapon of Choice is a rapier from his days as a nobleman.
- Spanner in the Works: Raphael might have possibly saved the world due to being foolish enough to face down Nightmare in II. If he hadn't thrust his rapier into Soul Edge's eye, Siegfried might not have been able to finally break free of Soul Edge's control.
- Tragic Keepsake: In V he is seen holding one of Amy's hairbands and is looking for her, meaning something bad may have happened to her during the timeskip. This only serves to fuel the theory of "Viola = Amy" even more.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His alternate costume in V.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He will do whatever it takes to create a better world for Amy.
Origin - Nayong Anito ng Hangin, South-East Asia (Philippines) note
Weapon(s) - Elbow blades
- "Wind, guide me."
Voiced By: Yukari Tamura (Japanese), Julie Parker (Soulcalibur II; English), Kate Higgins (Soulcalibur III onward; English)
Talim is a priestess (the last priestess, to be specific) of a tribe who worship the winds. She seeks to restore the balance of nature by purging the powers of the two swords. She heads out and tries to catch the forces of evil, and ends up getting entangled with Yun-seong and Seong Mi-na.
Her whereabouts as of V are currently unknown.
Easily one of the trickiest characters ever in the series, Talim is all about extreme speed and constant pressure. She is infamous for being, according to the developers themselves, one of the most difficult characters to balance throughout the series.
- Action Girl: One of the youngest, yet no less experienced in battle.
- Age-Inappropriate Dress: By SCIV, her default costume includes transparent pants that completely exposes her bare legs and underwear, while her 2nd costume has no pants whatsoever, a revealing top that shows parts of her abs. She's only 15 years old.
- All-Loving Hero: She never hates anyone, but only has the purest intentions. This is especially evident in her SCIV ending...
- Apologises a Lot: A good amount of her quotes have her being sorry for fighting her opponent. It fits her pacifist nature.
- Badass Adorable: She can fight as well as all of the other seasoned warriors, yet is cute as a button.
- Bare Your Midriff: Several of her outfits leave her midriff exposed.
- Blow You Away: Her critical finish in IV ends with her opponent getting launched skyward by a tornado.
- The Cape: The sort of hero she is. Talim is an ideally good, pacifistic person who only fights to rid the world of Soul Edge's evil.
- Cat Girl: In her Soulcalibur IV alternate costume — comes complete with paw-shaped mittens and boots.
- The Cutie: To a point. She's a beautiful, kind-hearted girl.
- Dual Tonfas: One of the best known examples in video gaming.
- Dual Wielding: Her weapons are bladed tonfas.
- Fragile Speedster: Her moves rely more on speed than power.
- Girlish Pigtails: This varies depending on her costume, but she sports either two or four pigtails.
- Improbable Age: In II, she was the only fighter who was under 18 (not counting Astaroth, who was created seven years prior). Being only 15, she is one of the youngest fighters in the series, alongside Amynote and later, Leixia.
- In Harmony with Nature: Specifically, the wind. It comes with the job.
- Last Of Her Kind: Due to turmoil caused by the influences of Spanish and Portuguese culture in the region, she was reared to be the last priestess (Babaylan).
- In real-life history though, the Babaylan did last in small numbers and helped raise the banner of revolt against the Spanish during the Philippine Revolution. Then they joined in the war against America after the war with Spain, where, ironically enough, the remaining Spanish soldiers in the Philippines also fought for the Philippines against the US.
- Little Miss Badass: One of the youngest fighters, along with Amy. Talim is 15, while Amy could be anywhere from 12 to 14 years old.
- Martial Pacifist: It is made clear that Talim is a peaceful girl who avoids fighting whenever its possible, but whenever she has to, she uses her skills with bladed tonfas.
- Meaningful Name: Talim means sharp (as an adjective) or blade (as a noun) in Tagalog, which is a major dialect in Filipino language.
- Miko: Of a sort, due to the religious role she plays in her culture.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: How she can block and parry attacks from a giant axe wielded by a 6'8" golem◊ remains a mystery...
- Nice Hat: As seen in her Soulcalibur III alternate costume and her Soulcalibur IV main costume. Also seen in her unlockable third Soulcalibur II costume.
- Philippines: She's a native. Of the region at least — a good portion of her move-list uses native Tagalog words. Her name Talim is itself the Tagalog word for "Edge" or "Sharp." Can be easy to miss, however, as there's little else identifiably Filipino about her.
- Plucky Girl: In spite of being mostly a peaceful and kind girl, when she has to fight, she fights to the end. This is even visible in some of her quotes.Talim: I will never give up, never!
- Purity Personified: Easily the sweetest character in the series. The wikia even states that what lies in her soul is purity.
- Ship Tease: Briefly with Yun Seong, during her second ending in SC III, though nothing actually comes of it. She mainly spends half her story mode trying to convince him that Soul Edge is evil. They have little interaction with each other for the remainder of the series.
- Waif-Fu: She's only 4'8" (144 cm) tall.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She does not reappear in Soulcalibur V and her name isn't even mentioned in supplemental material.
- Woman in White: All of her 1P outfits are colored white, which is fitting of her role as a priestess of the wind and her peaceful persona.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Her ultimate weapon(s) in Soulcalibur IV makes her the only character, besides Algol (the final boss), that can use Soul Edge and Soul Calibur at the same time. Kilik and Zasalamel carry something similar, but not quite.
Origin - Jirisan, Kingdom of Joseon (South Korea) note Weapon(s) - Chinese sword
- "Quit now, if you want to live!"
Voiced By: Kosuke Toriumi (Japanese), Jim Singer (Soulcalibur II, English), Michael Reisz (Soulcalibur III and Soulcalibur IV, English)
A student of Seong Mi-na's father, and Ascended Fanboy of Hwang. Following his hero's example, he goes after Soul Edge in order to prove to him he's a great fighter. He gets ludicrous levels of stubborness in IV, where Talim, Mi-na, AND Hwang all tell him the sword's pure evil, only for him to dismiss them and continue under the excuse "I want to see it by myself."
Yun-seong is the true successor to Hwang's fighting style, being a well-rounded character with more of a focus on kicks.
- Bare Your Midriff: Both of his costumes in SCII.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Both his and Mi-na's endings in SCIV result in this as a result of him being possessed by Soul Edge.
- Butt-Monkey: To Seong Mina. See directly below.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Seong Mina treats him like a child, which annoys him. But as long as he's gonna act like one...
- This gets lampshaded twice in SC II - if you read the entry for the Child's Sword, it says there's an inscription that reads: "for kids only". Yun Seong thought Mina had loaned it to him to practice with. In truth, it was her way of telling him to grow up. And if she defeats him in their Destined Duel, she'd tell him it was no place for kids.
- In part III, she distracts him with a bowl of pork buns, long enough to sneak up behind him and cold cock him. When he regains consciousness, she marches him back to her father's dojo and makes him carry all their belongings.
- In Mina's version, they have an impromptu sparring session, where the player must correctly enter 4 QTE button sequences. If you miss even one, she automatically loses and will be forced to carry the bags herself. But, if she succeeds, not only does she win the spar, Yun Seong will have to carry the bags and her too.
- Expy: A more direct one of Hwang.
- Fiery Redhead: Another trait of his "wild teenager" persona: his unruly red hair.
- Glory Seeker: This is (or was) his primary motivation for seeking Soul Edge. When Hwang refused to accept his challenge to a duel, Yun-seong remained determined to make Hwang acknowledge him as an equal (see The Rival entry).
- Hot-Blooded: "I'm gettin' pumped up!"
- Hotter and Sexier: In SCII he wears an outfit that uncovers his midriff; SCIII it's now open shirt with stylish shorts and sandals, and come SCIV he's just wearing a bandana, pants (that can be ripped apart) and shoes, and is completely shirtless.
- Human Pack Mule: A few endings of Mi-na's have this fate befall him.
- Idiot Ball: By this point, he's actually starting to believe there might be some truth to the whole "Soul Edge is evil" thing, but still wants to see for himself.
- Idiot Hero: Since his debut, he's been warned repeatedly by his idol (Hwang), his mentor (Seong Mina), and a friggin' priestess (Talim) that Soul Edge is f***ing EVIL. Yet, he refuses to listen to them, when they have no reason to lie about it.
- Let's go Home: According to the Japan only artbook for SC V, Tokugawa took over Japan, after the events in SC IV, and ended the war with Korea. Which left Yun Seong, Seong Mina, and Hwang with no further reason to search for Soul Edge, so they returned home. Thus, ending Korea's role in the series.
- Pretty Boy: He's young and handsome.
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: Impressive for an adolescent male, who's been trained by a nubile older female, who wears nothing but a loose-fitting halter top that makes it obvious that she's topless underneath it and a loincloth that constantly flashies her panties when she walks. Plus, her legs are always in plain sight. Yet, Yun Seong doesn't care. As far as he's concerned, she's an "old lady" who's always poking her nose where it's not wanted.
- Patriotic Fervor: His goal to find Soul Edge is a direct result of his hopes to protect his homeland. There's also this exchange with Mitsurugi in III, the second he sees him:"Enemy of my country... prepare yourself!"
- Redhead In Green: His 1P outfit in III combines his red hair with a green unbuttoned shirt.
- The Rival: Yun Seong greatly admires Hwang and wants to be seen as his equal. So much so, that he challenged Hwang to a duel, prior to SC II. When Hwang realized Yun Seong's motive, he refused to accept. Undaunted, Yun Seong was determined to make Hwang acknowledge his talents somehow and eventually learned he had once gone in search of Soul Edge, but had returned without it. Thus, Yun Seong believed if he could succeed where Hwang had seemingly failed, he'd have no choice but to recognize him as an equal.
- Schmuck Bait: He actually FELL for this.
- Ship Tease: Talim accompanies him, during her story mode in SC III, to try to convince him that Soul Edge is evil. They go their separate ways midway through, but reunite during her second ending,note which results in a brief romantic moment between them.
- Shonen Hair: He sports an impressively spiky quiff.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Hong Yunsung? This was his name as spelled in II, but it was rewritten into "Yun-seong" in following games. All Korean characters have gone through this.
- Surfer Dude: His look in III.
- Unknown Rival: To Mitsurugi in III. As he faces the ronin in the Lost Cathedral in the Tales of Souls mode, he deems him an "enemy of his country" and prepares to fight him. Mitsurugi doesn't care about him.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His 1P outfit in IV.
Origin - Athens, Ottoman Empire (Greece) note Weapon(s) - Short sword and shield
- "I'm going all out!"
Voiced By: Reiko Takagi (Japanese), Debbie Rogers (Soulcalibur II; English), Heather Halley (Soulcalibur III onwards; English)
Sophitia's younger sister. She heads out to destroy Soul Edge so that her family can live in peace. As of IV, she fought against Raphael but got tricked and lost her shard of Soul Edge, and later follows Siegfried's trail believing he has the "Holy Stone" that can destroy Soul Edge (well, he does have one big crystal that can do that, anyway...)
Is succeeded by Pyrrha in V. Was sucked into Astral Chaos following the defeat of Soul Edge in IV.Cassandra's style is a bit similar to Sophitia's, but she puts her own spin on Sophitia's more serious fighting style. Hers is more mixup-based, opting for speedy attacks instead of going in for powerful strikes. Later games give her more "physical" moves.
- Action Girl: Like you wouldn't believe, and she's the younger sister!
- Ascended Extra: She has been mentioned in Sophitia's profiles in SE and SC and became a full-fledged playable character in II.
- Ass Kicks You: She has several moves that are this, and even her Critical Finish is a shield-assisted ass-smash. (On the face, no less).
- Boobs of Steel: In parts II & III, where she has a fairly impressive bust (as seen in the picture, to the right). She's also one of the fastest and hardest hitting characters among the female cast; strong enough that she could break Soul Calibur with her bare hands.
- Cain and Abel: Soulcalibur IV she becomes the Abel to Sophitia's Cain, though Sophitia is not willingly Cain as she has been Forced into Evil.
- Cute Bruiser: She's young and impetuous, and her fighting style is somewhat more scrappy, aggressive, and less elegant than some of her fellow females, focusing on lunging strikes, rush-downs, shield bashes and stun attacks.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: As of II. In IV, she didn't even bother wearing one.
- Deadpan Snarker: Much of her quotes are about being sarcastic and demeaning toward her opponent.
- Doesn't Know Her Own Strength: Cassandra is remarkably strong, maybe too much so. She wound up destroying a pair of sacred armaments, due to how roughly she handled her sister's sword and shield. Her brother-in-law, Rothion, managed to repair them, but she wound up breaking the blade again. And in her SC IV ending, she breaks Soul Calibur with her bare hands!
- Dumb Blonde: While there isn't any canon evidence of her intelligence (or lack of), the supplemental manga and Broken Destiny campaign has her fulfill this role.
- Expy: The original idea was for her to replace her big sister Sophitia.
- Fanservice: Invoked during her Critical Finish in SC IV, where she knocks her opponent down with a hip thrust and jumps on their face twice; tucking her shield under her backside for the second one.Cassandra: "You like this kind of stuff?"
- Kirk Summation: When Soul Calibur calls her a foolish girl for "extinguishing the salvation of humanity" for her own sake, Cassandra tells it "After what you've done to Sophitia, you call yourself the light of humanity? Get serious!"
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: She's the foolish to Sophitia's responsible, but it's a minor case. Cassandra got her sword broken twice through the series and tried to hide one from Sophitia in her ending in III, but that's it. Otherwise, she is a fiathful companion to her, and tries to bring Sophitia back to her senses in IV.
- Hot-Blooded: She will not back down from a challenge (though she fights out of necessity, rather than sport) and is always raring to go, which is reflected in some of her pre-fight dialog and her idle animation, where she's constantly in motion.Cassandra: (assumes fighting stance) "Hurry up, let's GO!"Cassandra: (bouncing) "i'm going all out!"
- Joke Weapon: Has the most of any character to date, from her Keepsake in SCII to Baker's Daughter (which is literally a roller and basket) in SCIV.
- Lightning Bruiser: She was insanely fast in SC II thanks to her Angel Step, which allowed her to manuever arround screen at such ludicrous speed that it was difficult to keep track of her. This is especially the case when the AI had control of her. This was toned down in parts III & IV, so she wasn't quite as fast as she was before. But her attack power has been consistent (for the most part), allowing her to KO opponents in little time.
- Little Miss Snarker: She comes across as quite sarcastic and even downright bitchy sometimes:"Were you looking forward to winning? Oh, I'm sorry....""Oh my, how stupid are you?"
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: As in: 'watch her beat the hell out of you with it'. Which ranges from bitchslapping her opponent with it, to launching at them like a discus.
- Mama Bear: Sort of. Wanted to spare her sister from fighting to save her children, so she stole Sophie's weapons and set off to fight the evil.
- Mini Dress Of Power: By IV it's become mini to the point of non-existence.
- Opera Gloves: Worn with her default outfit in SC IV.
- The Power of Love: The reason she took up arms, is so her sister would no longer have to. When Sophitia was blackmailed into serving Soul Edge, by Tira (in SC IV), and succumbed to The Evil Seed, Cassandra became more determined than ever to destroy Soul Edge and Soul Calibur along with it. The announcer in SC II lampshades it:Announcer: "If love for her family is power, she has NO EQUAL."
- Possession Implies Mastery: Same deal as her sister.
- Plucky Girl: Rather than mope about the hardships her sister has endured, she's determined to put a stop to it by ridding the world of both swords, as seen in her SC IV ending.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: In II and III but not in IV.
- Rage Against the Heavens: In her backstory in SC II, she witnessed her niece and nephew fighting over a Soul Edge fragment and saw the distress it caused her sister, Sophitia. Which angered Cassandra, causing her to storm into Hesphaestus' temple and demanded to know how he could idly sit by and do nothing to help Sophitia, after her sister had served him faithfully. When she received no response, she took the holy arms from their altar and decided she'd protect Sophitia, herself.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Soul Calibur in her ending in IV.Cassandra: After what you've done to Sophitia, you call yourself the light of humanity? Get serious!
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: As Soul Calibur is saying about all evil being banished from the world, Cassandra attacks it.
- Required Secondary Powers: An interesting example of a completely mundane character displaying a lack of this — despite being skilled with Sophitia's weapons, she doesn't know how to take care of them. Her Soulcalibur III profile mentions she got Rothion to fix them up after II, and in III her weapon breaks when she uses it to destroy Soul Edge. If Sophitia finds out in her ending, she sends her straight to the forge to fix it... cut to Cassandra having a sobbing fit, wailing that she doesn't know how.
- Spell My Name with an "S": When mentioned in Sophitia's profile in SE, her name was written as "Kathandra".
- Temporary Bulk Change: Between the events of SCII and SCIII her profile says she's lost weight, and seems to have fun on the battlefield, often remarking what a good workout it can be. Good luck trying to get her to tell you the actual number, though...
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: With her sister, Sophitia. Guess which one Cassandra is?
- Trapped in Another World: New Legends Of Project Soul indicates that Cassandra was dragged into Astral Chaos during the defeat of Soul Edge at the end of IV, which explains why she vanished without a trace for 17 years without even trying to find her nephew and niece. No comment has yet been released if Pyrrha Omega tearing open Astral Chaos by claiming Soul Edge allowed Cassandra to escape.
- The Unchosen One: While Sophitia fights because the gods told her to, Cassandra decided Sophitia shouldn't have to fight Soul Edge anymore now that she has a family, so she set out to do it herself.
- Valley Girl: A fairly subtle version, but it's there in her vocalization (in English) and precocious personality."Have you looked in the mirror recently?"
Origin - UnknownWeapon(s) - Pure energy capable of taking any form
Voiced By: Scott Keck (pitched-down, distorted, and reversed)
A man that got trapped into Soul Edge's dimension and corrupted into a monstrosity. He got free during the climax of the first game, and sought Soul Edge as it can appease his immense pain. Created by Todd McFarlane as a home version-exclusive character.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Though he was once a human being, his design is completely different from other characters.
- Mega Manning: Borrows from pretty much everyone in II, leading to some pretty broken strings of moves.
- One-Man Army: Shown in the intro of the console versions of II in which he is screaming out of bloodlust surrounded by lots of corpses after a major battle.
- One-Shot Character: Just about everyone else in the series who was playable and even largely inconsequential side-characters has received some sort of mention in later installments. Necrid... has not.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: He can mold the energy in his hand to mimic the other fighters' weapons.
- The Unintelligible: Speaks in incomprehensible gibberish, to the point that his quotes are labelled as basic emotions conveyed by his speech. They're actually Mitsurugi's quotes, but slowed down, distorted and reversed.
- Was Once a Man: Noted in its bio and surmised by Talim in their Destined Battle.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hasn't been seen since his debut, but he was briefly mentioned in New Legends of Project Soul.
Origin - UnknownWeapon(s) - All weapons
An unnamed man once sought fame, and was convinced by a merchant to buy and start hoarding shards of Soul Edge. The man was killed by thieves after bragging about his possessions on town. The man's obssession with fame and strength permeated the shards, who animated his corpse, which gave them a semi-sentient form. It looks to become one with Soul Edge out of raw instict, and got its wish in IV, as it merged together with all the shards.
- Dem Bones: Charade's "body" is very skeletal in appearance.
- Ditto Fighter: Just like Inferno and Edge Master, Charade copies the fighting styles of other warriors by scanning the minds and souls of its opponents, similarly to what Soul Edge does.
- Eye Beams: In III it can shoot a beam of green energy from its eye.
- Eyeless Face: Its face has no eyes, however...
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: It has a giant eye in his ribcage. Makes even less sense than Nightmare's mouth. As a call-back, one of Nightmare's concept art designs in V depicts him with an eye in his chest.
- Faceless Eye: It's an eye imbedded in a fleshy sphere, with fragments of Soul Edge forming a skeletal armor around it.
- Flight: By assuming a comet-like form, it can fly.
- Humanoid Abomination: Charade was created by shards of Soul Edge corrupting the flesh and blood of a man who had found them into a "cursed blade larva".
- No Biological Sex: Since it's formed from shards of Soul Edge, it doesn't have a gender.
- Posthumous Character: Its body was formed from the flesh and blood of a man that was suffused with Soul Edge's evil energy.
- Put on a Bus: As usual for the Ditto Fighter characters, its story just... stopped. It comes out of nowhere for an event match in III, and then finally joins with the rest of Soul Edge in IV.
- Sequential Boss: Charade's encounter in III. In its first phase, Charade wields Wave Swords. In the second phase, it loses its arms and switches to the Grieve Edge. In its third and final phase, Charade is reduced to a floating eyeball that can only attack with Eye Beams.
- Shapeshifting: How it changes to match each player character's style, it readjusts its skeleton.
- Shapeshifter Visual Cue: Played with. All of its forms are a brown skeleton with a giant eye in its torso. However, they all also have the habits of the character it's masquerading as, mostly useful to this audience in distinguishing it as Sophitia from it as Cassandra (Cassandra is ironically bouncier).
- Was Once a Man: Its core and armor were formed from the flesh and blood of a man who was murdered while in possession of shards of Soul Edge.
Origin - Detroit, Michigan USWeapon(s) - Double-blade axe
- "You're pissing me off..."
Todd McFarlane's badass demon Al Simmons (AKA Spawn) appears in the series due to a deal with Namco to publish his character Necrid in exchange for toys created of the series' characters. Malebolgia sends him to the world of the Soul series to retrieve Soul Edge. Exclusive to the Xbox version and playable in the HD version.
- An Axe to Grind: His cloak takes the form of a battle-axe.
- Badass Cape: His iconic cloak is only seen in the intro due to the difficulties of animating it.
- Deal with the Devil: He bargained with the demon-lord Malebolgia in order to see his wife again.
- Eagleland: So far, the only American representative in the series. Justified as the United States wouldn't officially exist for another two centuries in the time the series takes place.
- The Cowl: Literally and figuratively (except for in his 2P costume, which removes the cowl, revealing his burnt and horribly disfigured face).
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Due to the necroplasm composing his body, his eyes glow solid green.
- Mythology Gag: His alternate costume turns parts of his costume red, matching his original appearance in the comics.
- No Flow in CGI: In-universe, his cloak is said to have taken the form of an axe in this game. This trope is the real-life reason as to why.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Spawn is easily the most foul-mouthed character in the series.
- Trapped in the Past: His in-game backstory states that Malebolgia sent him back in time to claim Soul Edge and bring it to the future to use in the war against Heaven.
- Unstoppable Rage: Put bluntly, Spawn is eternally pissed and it's easy to set him off.
Origin - HyruleWeapon(s) - Sword and Shield
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama
A Hylian hailing from The Legend of Zelda series. After defeating a sorcerer empowered by a shard of Soul Edge, Link travels to the world of the Soul series to destroy Soul Edge, which had threatened Hyrule. Exclusive to the GameCube version.
- Badass Normal: Link doesn't really make use of magic or other supernatural abilities as he fights, but he's definitely capable of holding his own with just his swordplay and various tools at hand.
- Battle Theme Music: An arrangement of the Legend of Zelda theme plays when he fights in the Eurydice Shrine, and in most cases when you win with him, an arrangement of the Item Get! theme plays instead of the usual victory fanfare.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: He wields the Fairy Bow as well as the Master Sword.
- Cool Sword: As always, the Master Sword. His other ones here include the Magical Sword, Biggoron Sword, Razor Sword, and Great Fairy Sword.
- Composite Character: Has the look and voice of his Ocarina of Time incarnation— his ending even shows and mentions him playing the Ocarina to return to his own world— but the intro shows him drawing the Master Sword from the Lost Woods, and two of his unlockable weapons are the Cane of Byrna and Bug-Catching Net. He also gets two weapons (the Razor Sword and the Great Fairy Sword) from Majora's Mask, the latter of which is his ultimate weapon.
- Determinator: As his intro states— "his courage and faith are his greatest weapons!".
- Drop the Hammer: Has the Megaton Hammer as one of his weapon options.
- Easter Egg: Winning with Link causes the Item Get! chime to replace the normal victory fanfare. There's also the matter of the game's rendition of the Zelda main theme.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Has blonde hair, and he's one of the few characters around with purely altruistic goals— destroying Soul Edge to not only protect his own homeland, but the world of the Soul series as well.
- Heroic Mime: Even with all the opportunities given, he still doesn't speak here...
- Hot-Blooded: ...that being said though, he's still this with all the enthusiastic yelling he does as he fights. His voice actor lets him qualify for that alone!
- Improbable Weapon User: Besides being able to use various kinds of swords, he can also wield hammers, magical staffs, and even butterfly nets much like them with no issues.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Link is only an average fighter, since his broad slashes are telegraphed and fairly easy to dodge.
- Man in a Kilt: Iconic for Link, so it's a given that he'll be wearing it. His standard attire consists of the green tunic that he wears as part of his upbringing with the Kokiri tribe, but he can also wear the red Goron, blue Zora and lavender Blue Ring tunics as other options later on.
- Nice Hat: The iconic long floppy cap is here, too. Though how does it stay on his head?
- Put on a Bus: He was left out of the HD version of SC2, due to the game not appearing on a Nintendo system.
- Screaming Warrior: Regardless of the above, he does yell a lot. He's quite good at it.
- The Southpaw: Wields his sword with his left hand.
- Wall of Weapons: Much like in his original appearances, Link brings a number of different weapons with him into battle. Besides his usual Sword and Shield, he also uses the Boomerang, Fairy Bow, and Bombs, making him one of the few projectile-centric characters in the series.
Origin - JapanWeapon(s) - His own fists with steel wrist guards
- "Even Kuma is stronger than you!"
He is transported to the 16th century after his blood made contact with a shard of Soul Edge, making him relive the shard's memories, and wants to test his strength against ancient warriors. During the original release of the game, he was exclusive to the PS2 version; he returns in the 2013 HD rerelease for Xbox Live/PSN.
- Badass Normal: Unlike his son, grandson and wife, he doesn't have the Devil Gene, but he doesn't let that stop him from kicking ass. And fighting bare-handed is no obstacle to taking on a world full of swordsmen, either.
- Barehanded Blade Block: Does this in the cutscene before his Arcade Mode destined battle, against Raphael.
- Blood Knight: Heihachi is always looking to test his strength against worthy opponents.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: His "weapons" are metal armguards he uses to deflect blows from weapons. His ultimate weapon? He takes the armguards off and fights at his peak. Heihachi is so strong he can Guard Impact Soul Edge, wielded by Nightmare itself, with his bare skin. And then punch it to death. Again, this is a pensioner (a pretty damn buff pensioner, but still) with no cybernetic or mystical enhancements at all. He's just that good.
- Continuity Nod:
- His 10-hit combo is his most powerful move.
- He also refers to Kazuya in one of his quotes ("I'd love to show this to that idiot son of mine!") and name drops his pet bear Kuma when defeating Inferno ("Even Kuma is stronger than you!").
- Extremity Extremist: Uses his bare hands against weapon-wielders.
- Protected by armguards (unless he's using his Infinity +1 Sword).
- Parental Abandonment: His profile only refers Kuma (II) as his family. Justified, as he abandoned his two sons Kazuya (biological) and Lee (adopted) (not counting Lars whom he first met in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion), betrayed his father Jinpachi and his grandson Jin, and his mother is missing (although we never really knew anything about her to be sure). Oh, and his wife Kazumi was dead at the time (it's said that it was even he who killed her, but the circumstances are still nebulous).
- Tekken 7 reveals he did, but she was trying to kill him and he did it reluctantly in self defence.
- Recovery Attack: The only character in the series with one, as it comes from Tekken.
- Title Drop: And not of Soulcalibur. His ultimate "weapon" (bare fists) is named "Tekken."
Origin - Holy Roman Empire (Germany)Weapon(s) - Battle axe
Men turned berserk by the Evil Seed. In II, they're also used as labyrinth guardians in the side-game. Comes in 3 variants.
Origin - Persia (Iran)Weapon(s) - Scimitar
Assassins from Astaroth's cult. Ditto Berserker above. Comes in 3 variants.
Origin - Grand Shrine of Palgaea, Persia (Iran)Weapon(s) - Short sword and shield
Many men turned lizard by Astaroth's evil cult. Served Lizardman and Nightmare in Soulcalibur, and turned shard-seeker for the cult in II. In III, they were oblivious to Astaroth's cult smashing, and wandered the lands. In IV, they gathered around Aeon Calcos, who become their leader again. They obey his every order without question, even killing innocents if necessary.
Maze and labyrinth guardians. Come in several variants.