Characters: Soulcalibur II
This is a list of characters from the Soul
series who made their debut or made an appearance in the third game of the series, Soulcalibur II
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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
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.
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.
- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Yasunori Masutani has voiced a classy, blond-haired gentleman with strong ties to the original depiction of Dracula in a fighting game, though this one is much more sane in comparison.
- 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.
- Aristocrats Are Evil
- Badass: In spite of inclining to The Dandy.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- 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.
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French
- Evil Laugh
- Fan Nickname: "Raph."
- Also Ralph, for some reason.
- French Jerk
- 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
- Lolicon: A few of the tropes below give off some rather... unfortunate subtext.
- Love Makes You Crazy:
- 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
- Older than They Look: He's 49 by the time of V, but still looks 32, thanks to his vampirism.
- Our Vampires Are Different: In IV, 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.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Red Right Hand: His eyes.
- Royal Rapier
- 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
Origin - Nayong Anito ng Hangin, South-East Asia (Philippines) note
Weapon(s) - Elbow blades
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
- All-Loving Hero: She never hates anyone, but only has the purest intentions. This is especially evident in her SCIV ending...
- Apologises a Lot
- Badass Adorable
- Bare Your Midriff
- 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.
- Cat Girl: In her Soulcalibur IV alternate costume — comes complete with paw-shaped mittens and boots.
- The Cutie: To a point.
- Dual Wielding: Her weapons are bladed tonfas.
- Fragile Speedster
- Girlish Pigtails: This varies depending on her costume, but she sports either two or four pigtails.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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
- Purity Personified: Easily the sweetest character in the series.
- 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.
- 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!"
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." As of V, he and Seong Mi-na 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.
Yun-seong is the true successor to Hwang's fighting style, being a well-rounded character with more of a focus on kicks.
Origin - Athens, Ottoman Empire (Greece) note
Weapon(s) - Short sword
"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
- Action Girl: Like you wouldn't believe, and she's the younger sister!
- 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.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: As of II.
- 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.
- Fan Nickname: "Cass" or "Cassie."
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thigh-High Boots: Sports a pair in◊ IV. It closely resembles her Player 2 costume from SCII with a different color scheme.
- 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 - Unknown
Weapon(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 inmense pain. Created by Todd McFarlane as a home version-exclusive character.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere
- Mega Manning: Borrows from pretty much everyone in II, leading to some pretty broken strings of moves.
- 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
- The Unintelligible: Speaks in incomphrensible 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.
Origin - Unknown
Weapon(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.
Origin - Detroit, Michigan US
Weapon(s) - Double-blade axe
"You're pissing me off..."
Todd McFarlane's Badass
demon 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 Soul World to retrieve Soul Edge. Exclusive to the Xbox
version and playable in the HD version.
Origin - Japan
Weapon(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; in the 2013 HD rerelease for Xbox Live
- Anime Hair
- Badass Grandpa
- Badass Mustache
- Badass Normal
- Bald of Awesome/Evil
- Blood Knight
- The Bus Came Back: He makes a return in Soulcalibur: Lost Swords.
- 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 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.
- Parental Abandonment: His profile only refers Kuma (II) as his family. He indeed abandoned his two sons Kazuya and Lee (not counting Lars whom he first met in Tekken 6: Blood Rebellion, he betrayed his grandson Jin, and Heihachi's parents either dead or missing. However, nobody of them is mentioned in his profile.
- Recovery Attack: 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 - Persia (Iran)
Weapon(s) - Scimitar
Assassins from Astaroth's cult. Ditto Berserker above. Comes in 3 variants.
- Demoted To NPC
- Expy: Duplicates Hwang's movelist. This has lead to some believing that Assassin (if there is only one such character) is Hwang.
Origin - Grand Shrine of Palgaea, Persia (Iran)
Weapon(s) - Short sword
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.