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Characters: Soulcalibur III
This is a list of characters from the Soul series who made their debut in the fourth game of the series, Soulcalibur III.

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Origin - Unable to determine due to his ability to reincarnate

Weapon(s) - Scythe

"You, who would stand against me, prepare to die!"

Voiced By: Hiroshi Tsuchida (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

Zasalamel was originally a member of an ancient tribe: a sect of Algol's cult that guarded Soul Calibur. He was eventually exiled, however, when he went against the cult's strict orders to never use the spirit sword in times of war. Some time afterward, he discovered the secret of immortality, and through the use of arcane magic gained the ability to reincarnate himself. It seemed awesome at the time, but a few centuries of constant resurrection and death took its toll and he fell into depression, losing the joy of living as every death he suffered became more painful over the years. Believing his immortality to be a curse, Zasalamel decided to use the energies of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur so that he could finally die forever.

Zasalamel succeeds in obtaining the two swords in Soulcalibur IV, but during the ritual he witnesses a vision of the modern world. Amazed by humanity's accomplishments, and wanting to see this vision come to pass, he stops the process and the two swords disappear. Zasalamel now seeks to use the swords to gain true immortality instead of reincarnation to make his dream a reality.

His current status is unknown as of V.

As a scythe wielder, Zasalamel's playstyle revolves around using attacks that control the positioning of the opponent. He can pull the opponent towards him, push them away, or toss them to the sides in an attempt to ring them out. While his attacks are relatively quick, his speed is below average, making him a rather advanced character.


Origin - Bird of Passage Assassins Guild, Europe

Weapon(s) - Ring blade

"It's gonna be fun to watch you grovel!"
"Do me a favor. Scream for me a little more!"

Voiced By: Masumi Asano (Japanese ), Jennifer Hale ( English Soul Calibur 3 Unconfirmed VA for 4 and 5. )

A young girl who uses a ring blade and looks like she wandered off from the Cirque du Soleil. Tira is a former assassin who once worked for an organization called the Bird of Passage. When the Evil Seed shone down on the leaders, the group disbanded. Tira had become addicted to killing during her time in the group, however, and couldn't live a normal life. When she heard about Nightmare, she empathized with him because he was a similar being to herself, and she became his servant. She then went after Sophitia's children.

In Soulcalibur IV her mind gets shattered by the meeting of Soul Calibur and Soul Edge and her already bi-polar nature becomes a full split personality. She becomes very cunning and manipulative and has most of the cast under her thumb. Unfortunately, Soul Edge is destroyed, and she suffers a mental breakdown, returning to the shadows. She finds solace in her plans for Pyrrha, and upon Soul Edge's return she returns to Nightmare. However, she is not pleased when she finds out that the new Nightmare wants to privately seek control over the world, instead of slaughtering everything. Deciding that this Nightmare is an impostor, she sets out to seek a new host in V.

In gameplay, her split personalities manifest as two separate modes: Jolly and Gloomy. Jolly Tira is more defensive, focusing on quick strikes. Gloomy Tira, in contrast, is an offensive powerhouse who focuses in rushdown tactics. It comes as no surprise that the primary objective is to get into Gloomy Mode as fast as possible.

  • Affably Evil: She's Ax-Crazy as all-hell, but she has a playful, almost mischievous demeanor. Well, Jolly Tira does at least.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Bird of Passage was responsible for many notorious murders of prestigious figures and officials, and from its safe position in the shadows, it influenced the history of medieval Europe.
  • The Ageless‎: Throughout SC III & IV, she's listed as 17 years old in her bio. In the time-frame of SC V, chronologically she would therefore be 34, but her age is simply listed as "unknown". It is implied that exposure to Soul Edge has stalled the physical aging process and frozen her youthful looks.
  • Animal Motifs: She has an association with birds.
  • Badass Normal: She can fight on equal grounds with Sophitia, who has literal god-given skills and a divine weapon... with a completely un-enchanted weapon.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Present in all her main outfits.
  • Beauty Mark: Just below her right eye.
  • Blood Knight
  • Cargo Ship: In-universe. She's in love with Soul Edge, the sword itself, not the sword's current body/host. This is made clear when she let Z.W.E.I. kill the current host of the sword, "Graf Dumas." She then let Pyrrha dispose of Z.W.E.I. and starts talking to the sword like a long-lost lover.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: With her beauty mark, arched eyebrows and villainess make-up, Tira bears a striking resemblance to a young Sherilyn Fenn, particularly during her tenure as the tantalizing high school femme fatale Audrey Horne on Twin Peaks.
  • Chained by Fashion: When she moves, we sometimes hear chains rattling. It's either from her boots or her ring-blade.
  • The Chessmaster: The key figure in the tragedies surrounding the Alexander family in both Soulcalibur IV and V, responsible for essentially every bad thing that happens to all of them.
  • Circus of Fear: As seen in her costumes and highly acrobatic movements.
  • Cirque du Soleil: Her look and possible design inspiration. One of their shows (Alegria) featured the brilliant Elena Lev, a young hula-hoop/acrobat artiste dressed all in green, who has a definite Tira vibe.
  • Combat Stilettos: In V.
  • Continuity Nod: Her main outfit in V seems to draw inspiration from her main outfit in III and especially her alternate IV one.
    • Her entire relationship with ravens can be seen as a reference to Nightmare's raven in Soulcalibur II.
  • Dance Battler: Applicably, her repertoire of acrobatic kicks are almost all dance and ballet-based (including coupé, pirouette, grand battement etc), with very little grounding in traditional martial-arts. In SC III, she even jetés into the opponent whilst leaping through her hoop.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • The Dragon: To Nightmare, especially in SCIV where she does all his dirty work for him.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Not Tira herself, but her raven (no pun intended) was the same one seen in the intro to II handing out pieces of Soul Edge to various warriors.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: In IV. Before that, she had green hair by default.
  • Expy: Possibly of Misa Amane and/or Harley Quinn.
    • In SCIV, it's possible to give her a crude Harley Quinn outfit.
  • Evil Mentor: To Pyrrha.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Her voice alternates according to her mood, ranging from squeeky and perky in her "jolly" state, to incredibly gruff and gutteral in her more powerful, angrier "gloomy" state.
    • Power Makes Your Voice Deep: In one of her endings from III, Soul Edge takes over Tira's body. The end result? She gets a much sultrier voice.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow
  • Fairy Tale Motifs: Her throws are named after elements from fairy tales, such as Glass Slippers, Death Spindle, and Poison Apple.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: Her Mari Shimazaki-designed 2P costume in SCV.
  • Forceful Kiss of Death: Her poison lipstick/soul-sucking Critical Finish.
  • Freudian Excuse: This could be invoked to a certain extent with the limited information the databooks have given about her past. The Birds of Passage were said to regard Tira as an object instead of a human being, and the test she had to go to become one of them was to fight the "Mother Bird" who had been her mentor to the death. Killing her is suggested to be the root cause of Tira's mental instability, which only gets worse as the games progress.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: A poor orphaned girl is raised by an assassin guild and moves onto orchestrating a complex that involves destroying an entire family, assassinating political figures(Graf Dumas/Nightmare), and finding a new host body for her would-be inanimate boyfriend.
  • Giggling Villain
  • Girlish Pigtails: In her SCIV incarnation, and the imagery remains in V.
  • Karma Houdini: In V. She orchestrates most of the plot of V, ultimately succeeding in replacing Nightmare with Pyrrha as Soul Edge's next host, but is conspicuously absent by the game's close.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Her "ring blade" is one of the strangest weapons in the history of Fighting Games; it could best be described as an iron, bladed hula-hoop. (Emphasized by her joke weapon, which is a hula hoop.)
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: One of her greatest strengths in gameplay. Once Tira knocks down a foe, chances are reasonable they're in for much more pain. Gloomy Tira takes it even further, possessing an attack that by itself is intended to take of a third of their health if they dare to even try getting off the ground. And if they just lay there and take it? She has attacks desigend especially to hurt downed opponents too!
  • Large Ham: Most notably in her gleeful mood, but her gloomy mood has its moments.
  • Limp and Livid: Gloomy Tira, which; no surprise, only cares about killing you.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Her persona shift chain combos. Powerful, but completely reliant on luck to extend them.
  • Mad Love, Psycho Supporter, Undying Loyalty: Towards Nightmare/Soul Edge, but not the second Nightmare, who she views as an in-universe Replacement Scrappy.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Particularly notable in her behavior towards Pyrrha.
  • Meaningful Name: Her weapon, Eiserne Drossel, translates to Iron Throttle from German. Drossel can also mean Thrush, which fits in with her association with birds.
    • With regard to her own name - "Tira" is the feminine form of "Tir/Tyr," a Norse name referencing (appropriately) the God of combat. This lends weight to her possible Scandinavian origin, mentioned above.
  • Mood-Swinger: At first. The energies released by Siegfried and Nightmare's clash broke her mind, escalating it to full-on dissociative identity disorder.
  • More Than Mind Control: Her method of manipulating Pyrrha.
  • Multicolored Hair: White and purple in V, drawing inspiration from her alternate costume in IV.
  • Parts Unknown: Unlike nearly all of the other warriors in the series, her bio contains no information on her birthplace and this is simply listed as "unknown." Fans have suggested several possible origins, ranging from Scandinavia, Germany, and Romania.
  • Pet the Dog: She likes animals, particularly birds.
    • Her Undying Loyalty towards Nightmare could be seen as this.
      • Some Alternative Character Interpretation suggests her not killing Sophitia and honoring her last wish to protect Pyrrha (albiet in a rather twisted way) could be seen as this by fans that believe Tira cared for Pyrrha on some level.
  • Perky Female Minion: To Nightmare.
  • Professional Killer: Raised as an assassin.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Especially after the events of III.
  • Purple Eyes
  • Rings of Death: She wields probably the most unusual weapon in the series, a large bladed hula-hoop.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She's something of an Unkempt Beauty in her normal costumes, but certain 2P costumes indicate that Tira is downright gorgeous if she pays any attention at all to her appearance.
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes: She appears to have stepped right out of this disturbing, circus-based horror novel.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Her outfit in V.
  • Split Personality: Manifests fully in the fourth game, but was present in SCIII too. Gameplay wise, this is presented as a more acrobatic "jolly" move-list and a more damaging (including self-damage) "gloomy" move-list. She switches between these styles throughout the match.
  • Stripperiffic: Her default outfit in Soulcalibur III. It's a wonder her boobs don't slip out or get bruised.
    • Then again, her default outfits in IV also qualify. V's wouldn't, but her shirt is completely torn apart, so it counts.
  • Talking to Themself: Present in a few of Tira's moves in IV.
  • The Starscream
  • Tykebomb
  • Undeathly Pallor: As of her appearance in SCV, where her whole face and body is now a ghostly pale pinkish grey colour.
  • Underboobs: Formerly provided the trope picture.
  • Villainous Harlequin: Arguably.
  • Yandere: Lampshaded in Broken Destiny, which portrays her as Nightmare's unwanted Stalker with a Crush who will kill anyone who comes between their love.


Origin - Raised in Japan note 

Weapon(s) - Shikomi-zue concealed in an oilpaper parasol

"I live only for revenge."

Voiced By: Nanaho Katsuragi (Japanese), Kari Wahlgren (Soulcalibur III; English), Tara Platt (Soulcalibur IV; English)

A European-Japanese woman who wields an Iai sword hidden in an umbrella. She seeks revenge against Mitsurugi for killing her master, the only man she ever loved. In IV she gets self-doubts about her mastery of the sword, and retrains in order to reach Himura-esque speed.

Between IV and V, Mitsurugi's backstory states that she defeated him sometime during the time skip, taking his Shishi-Oh in the process. By the time of SCV, she has left Japan and started a new life in Istanbul under the alias of "Neve," where she taught the ways of the sword to orphans. She also had a hand in training Patroklos.

Considered the hardest character to play in the series' history, Setsuka is an offensive monster with her extremely fast attacks and all-around excellent moveset. She has an extremely steep learning curve, requiring absolute precision and constantly being right next to her opponent at all times, but once mastered she can potentially be the best character in the game, as demonstrated by her successor, Alpha Patroklos.

  • Action Girl
  • All There in the Manual: According to the official site, after the events of Soulcalibur IV, Setsuka understood how mistaken she was to pursue revenge. She took on the name "Neve" and travelled to Istanbul (the capital of Turkey) where she became a self-defence teacher to orphaned children, including Patroklos.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her design consists of dark hair in odango-styled buns, rosy skin, a kimono and a parasol of prettiness, reminiscent of the traditional image of oriental beauty. Setsuka herself is a cold loner with nothing but her goal in mind.
  • Combat Sandals: She wears 6 inch high okobo sandals, even in combat.
  • Darker and Edgier: Her look in IV compared to III. In III, her design evokes a classically elegant Geisha, and her costume and hair-style are easily the most feminine and elaborate of all the female characters. However, when she returns in IV she sports a far more rugged look — her kimono is dramatically slung off one shoulder, her hair is down and far less fussy and she sports visable tattoos, all of which lends her the appearance of a Badass lady-Samurai, as opposed to a demure geisha.
  • Difficult but Awesome/Elite Tweak: In the series, no one is more difficult to use effectively and Setsuka has been one of the stronger characters since she first appeared in III.
  • Distaff Counterpart: In a sense, she could be a considered to a very loose female counterpart to Arthur.
  • Fancy Hair Decorations: Her hair is gathered high on top of her head in an elaborate coiffure and held in place with various combs and ornamental pins in a Geisha/Oiran style.
  • Femme Fatale
  • Geisha: Her design basis, although she is more reminiscent of an Oiran, a type of high-ranking Japanese courtesan distinguished from geisha by their more elaborate kimono and hair decorations, front-tying obi, and higher status.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Her player 2 outfit in IV, often dubbed her Mary Poppins outfit by the fanbase.
  • Hidden Weapons
  • High-Class Call Girl: Her look. She's based on an Oiran, as explained above. This is referenced in one of her kicks, "Oiran kick."
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner
  • Ice Queen: Her demeanor.
  • Istanbul: Her current home, as of SCV, following her departure from Japan. The Turkish city is traditionally thought of as the gateway from Asia into Europe (and vice versa). Setsuka's character design personifies this "east-meets-west" quality, in what could possibly have been a deliberate pun. The city is also located within the Ottoman Empire, which enables her meeting and training Patroklos.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Especially in SCIII, where she's geisha-ed up to the nines.
  • Kimono Fanservice: Her beautiful kimono, a gift from her dead master, looks as if it would slip off if she so much as sneezed.
  • Lady of War
  • Meaningful Name: Setsuka means snow bloom, which suits her cold personality.
  • Mentor Ship: Was in love with her master, as mentioned above.
  • Mighty Whitey: She's actually European. She dyed her hair black in the 3rd game but returned it to her natural blonde color in the 4th game. Subverted in that she was shunned from early childhood for her overtly non-Japanese appearance before she was taken in and cared for by her aformentioned master.
  • Parasol of Prettiness/Parasol of Pain: Not only does the umbrella conceal her weapon, but she actually whaps her opponents on the head with just the umbrella in a few moves.
  • Parental Abandonment: Presumably. However, it's not explained in her bio how she came to be an orphan in Japan.
  • Parental Substitute: While training Patroklos in the art of iaido, she was disappointed that the boy was so steadfastly clinging to revenge as a motive and urged Patroklos to not go down the same path she did, causing him to eventually turn his back on her. It is only later that Patroklos realizes that Setsuka was a second mother to him.
  • Revenge: She wants to kill Mitsurugi to avenge her slain master.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Setsuka vows to take revenge upon the man that defeated her master in a duel, which accidentally gave him an infection that killed him. Despite the fact that his dying words were that the swordsman was a good and honorable man, and that she should not hold a grudge against him.
  • Satellite Character: Becomes apparent instantly. Also, see "Stand Alone Episode".
  • Shout-Out: To Lady Snowblood.
  • Stand Alone Episode: Her story. Unlike the other characters in the series, who are all connected to or effected by Soul Edge or Soul Calibur in some way, Setsuka's storyline has nothing to do with the legendary swords or their power and is purely concerned with her attempting to kill Mitsurugi. She is not accompanied by any other characters in SCIV's Story Mode and this must be completed using her alone.
    • Exemplified in her ending in SCIII, in which she's the only character to completely ignore Soul Edge after beating Abyss.
  • Sword Cane
  • The Unfettered: Her single-minded goal is to avenge her slain master, nothing more.
    • Setsuka actually moves past her revenge in both games' endings. In III, she even counsels a woman in a predicament similar to hers and helps her move beyond such petty things as well.
    • The above might not hold true, given what is mentioned in Mitsurugi's V backstory.
      • While training Patroklos, she advised him to not give in to dark desires such as revenge, as she was once consumed by that same drive in the past, implying that she did get over her vengeance after defeating Mitsurugi and saw something of her younger self in Patroklos.

    Amy Sorel 

Origin - Rouen, French Empire note 

Weapon(s) - Rapier

"Hope only brings disappointment."

Voiced By: Kanako Tateno (Soulcalibur III; Japanese), Hitomi Nabatame (Soulcalibur IV; Japanese), Heather Hogan Watson (Soulcalibur III onward; English)

Raphael's adopted daughter. She was orphaned at a young age, and had become distant from the world. She saves Raphael from the authorities, and starts to open up her heart again to the world.

In III she becomes a fully playable character, and gets revamped for the Arcade Edition of III, and then gets even more revamped for IV. Bored of waiting for Raphael to return with Soul Calibur, and possibly not too happy with him constantly leaving her, she heads out to search for him. Amy is missing as of the time of V, although it is speculated that unspecified events might've lead her to becoming the woman known as Viola.

In the original version of III, Amy was essentially a Raphael clone. In IV her moveset was completely revised, turning her into an extremely fast rushdown character. She is considered one of the most broken characters in the game (the other two being Hilde and Algol) due to her small hitbox and fast attacks.


Origin - Unknown (An ancient civilization)

Weapon(s) - All weapons

"Only one can be the best!"

Voiced By: Shigenori Souya (Japanese)

A warrior from an ancient time when the soul swords were in their infancy, who mocked the gods and got in exchange an owl-headed curse. Trapped in a time-still labyrinth for many years, the Evil Seed finally released it in the 16th Century. After getting used to the new era, he sets out to fight the power that released him.

  • Badass Grandpa: Possibly one of the oldest characters in the series (his in-game bio claims that Soul Edge was only "young and weak" in his era).
  • Ditto Fighter
  • Expy: Of Edge Master, who is implied to have fought him to a draw before he was cursed.
  • Put on a Bus: As with most ditto fighters.
  • The Rival: To Edge Master.
  • World's Best Warrior: He and Edge Master are rivals, as the only blemish on their individual win/loss records is a draw to each other.
  • Worthy Opponent: He fought Edge Master to a draw, and can see Edge Master's influence in Kilik's style. The only person he's considered as approaching worthy since then was Mitsurugi.


Origin - Chaos

Weapon(s) - Scythe

"You, who would stand against me, prepare to die!"

Voiced By: Hiroshi Tsuchida (Japanese), Keith Silverstein (English)

Zasalamel's ultimate form after being affected by the energies of the abyss he used for his plans. In Soulcalibur III, supposedly he'd morph into this as an after-effect of the ritual he performed to merge with the energies of both swords. Soulcalibur IV retconned this, and instead Zasalamel cut short the ritual after feeling his body starting to be transformed.

    Night Terror 
Origin - Chaos

Weapon(s) - Soul Edge - Great Sword

A What If? character intended to show Nightmare's ultimate form after he merged both Soul Edge and Soul Calibur with itself. While the character itself never came to be (well, canonically, anyways), his design was the base for Nightmare's SCIV form, possibly to show he's approaching that magnitude of power all by himself. The New Legends Of Project Soul confirms it is canon and THE most powerful entity in the Soul Calibur universe - not even Algol tangles with it.


Origin - Unknown

Weapon(s) - Dual wave swords

An assassin once feared, but later mocked as an old man. Revenant having killed a previous incarnation of Zasalamel, Zasalamel made him pay in his next reincarnation. And since death wasn't enough, he controlled his remains to serve him as a servant. In IV he's downgraded into a Cervantes-copy still serving Zas.

    Greed and Miser 
Origin - Japan

Weapon(s) - (Miser) Katana and shuriken, (Greed) Dual kunai

Voiced By: Keiji Hirai (Greed; Japanese), Yuki Makishima (Miser; Japanese)

An old man that looks like a bum and a Japanese-looking girl. Two random assassins and rivals of Yoshimitsu. They get trashed by Mitsurugi in IV.

    Valeria, Hualin, and Lynette 

Origin - Venice, Republic of Venice (Italy) / Xian, Ming Empire (China) / Kiev, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (Ukraine)

Weapon(s) - Grieve edge (Valeria), Extendable staff (Hualin), Tambourines (Lynette)

Voiced By: Yuki Makishima (Valeria; Japanese), Hiromi Konno (Hualin; Japanese), Kanako Tateno (Lynette; Japanese), Heather Hogan-Watson (Lynette; English)

Otherwise referred to as The Shop Girls by the fans. One lost her father to Soul Edge, the second got hired after noting her talents and the third seeks her life's calling... though they are more remembered by their role as the ones attending the in-game store... and their ludicrous amount of jiggling (especially Valeria... oh boy).

    Abelia, Luna, Demuth, Aurelia, Chester, Strife, Girardot 
Origin - Chronicles of the Sword

From an Alternate Universe known as Chronicles of the Sword. All bosses within said mode, some later redeemed to become units of the player.
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