[[folder:Ragna the Bloodedge]]
* According to WordOfGod, Ragna drew inspiration from another wanted man in red, [[{{Trigun}} Vash the Stampede]]. Also, there's stuff like the psycho-brother, dead female companion, (Rem may not have been Vash and Knives' sister, but damn close enough) [[spoiler:the robot arm]] and [[spoiler:the wing that comes out of his arm.]]
** (Manga only) Dead Older Sister, Tessla. Closer?
** WordOfGod also says that he was inspired by Heine from the manga ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'', with additional inspiration from [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Dante]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]].
* Blonde/White-Haired Guy with big sword in red trench coat has a brother in a blue coat with katana. [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Sound familiar]]?
** Blonde/White-Haired Guy with a giant sword that can change form, wears red, and has demonic powers. Sounds a lot like Manga/{{Inuyasha}}.
** Spiky silver hair, red trenchcoat, giant sword... that screams [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Sanger Zonvolt]].
* Hilariously, Ragna's VA is Creator/PatrickSeitz. [[{{Dracula}} Guess which Castlevania character he did?]]
* His personality in joke endings is influenced by [[Manga/GinTama Gintoki]], with whom he shares the same voice actor. Both Ragna and Gintoki are badass white haired swordsmen whose fear of ghosts makes them scream like girls. It is implied in the materials collection that Mori asked Creator/TomokazuSugita to be Ragna after he watched Manga/{{Gintama}}. This inspires various Blazblue x Gintama MAD videos.
** [[spoiler:Bloodedge, Ragna's time-displaced alternate self who fought the Black Beast, pays further homage to Gintoki by only wearing his jacket on the left side, much like how Gintoki wears his outfit.]]
* This gem from Calamity Trigger Reconstruct
--> '''Ragna:''' [[Film/TropicThunder Have you gone full retard?]] HE JUST ATTACKED YOU!

[[folder:Jin Kisaragi]]
* [[AnIcePerson Jin's]] personality and powerset makes him similar to [[NotSoDifferent Fatima]] of ''LuminousArc2'' fame. In ''Continuum Shift'', [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np5/blaz-cs/art/jin-s8.png Jin even gains Fatima's color palette.]]
* In ''Continuum Shift''. In Jin's Arcade Mode where he faces Ragna, and resisting Yukianesa's influence.
--> '''Jin''': [[ShakuganNoShana Shut up, Shut up, Shut up!]] / Urusai, Urusai, Urusai!
* Jin shares the same birthday (Valentine Day) with Keith Evans, who is the resident [[TheRival rival]] and [[AnIcePerson ice user]] of VideoGame/PsychicForce.
* Jin's brother may be the one who looks a bit like ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Archer]]'', [[spoiler:but in terms of what their job is...he pretty much fills in the role as a Counter-Guardian. Jin is described as the world's antibody after all. He's probably still in the Emiya Shirou phase, however.]]

[[folder:Noel Vermillion]]
* During one of CS's "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!" segments, Noel comments on how she had been trying to make herself smarter for her studies, and brings out the "Ludovico Brain Flex-O-Matic model [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]." She said she saw an ad for one in a magazine and ordered it from the ''[[Creator/GeorgeOrwell Orwellian]] Industries'' website.
* Noel's "Fenrir" minigun has ''exactly'' the same front grip as the one from ''Terminator2''.
* Noel's appearance looks similar to VideoGame/MeltyBlood[=/=]VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'s [[ZettaiRyouiki Sion Eltnam Atlasia]] but her personality is completely different, at least outside of battles.
* In her CT gag reel she's forced to dress as [[GuiltyGear both a Jellyfish Pirate and later Valentine's outfit.]]
* Her entire fighting style is an homage to ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'', from which many of her moves are explicitly taken.
* One of Unlimited Noel's Distortion Drives in ''CP'' is a homage to Toki's Ujou Danjin Ken move from the ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' game.

[[folder:Rachel Alucard]]
* One of the trophies in CT is called "[[Film/MaryPoppins A Spoonful of Sugar]]". It involves keeping Rachel aloft for an extended time.
* A few are in Rachel's "Help Me Professor Kokonoe" episode:
--> '''Rachel:''' [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Tea ba-]]
--> '''Kokonoe:''' Ugh. Look, don't go there, OK? You can't even do that in this game.
** And...
--> '''Rachel:''' [[LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana Shutupshutupshutup!]] / Uruchai! Uruchai! Uruchai!
* A pretty large one is that Rachel Alucard being to Evangeline, possible right down to the {{Expy}} level. However, her cross shaped attacks are more reminiscent of [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Remilia Scarlet]]. Considering though that Evangeline herself may be an {{Expy}} of Remilia Scarlet, this may just be a recursive sort of thing.
* During her gag ending/reel, Rachel tells Valkenhayn, "[[Film/GalaxyQuest Explain to him (Ragna), as you would a child]]".
* Considering how the Nasuverse reference spree goes, Rachel filled in for Rin Tohsaka; not only she has the same English and Japanese voice actresses, [[spoiler:she also summons and is essentially Archer/Hakumen's master. Then again, she looks more like Arcueid Brunestud...]]
** She [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} isn't the only vampire to attack with giant laser crosses.]]
** Her character design is pretty much "Gothic [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Fate Testarossa]]" or [[Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund Mina Tepes]].

* When Taokaka fights Hazama:
--> '''Taokaka''': [[Franchise/SailorMoon "In the name of...that round white thingy in the night sky...I shall punish you!"]]
* There's another one in episode three of "Teach Me Miss Litchi ":
--> '''Taokaka:''' [[Film/BlazingSaddles Now please do... that voodoo... that YOU do... SOOOO WELLLLLL!]]
* When finishing her Astral Heat, Taokaka helpfully informs her opponent "[[FistOfTheNorthStar You're already dead!]]"
* Tao to Hazama:
-->'''Tao''': "My [[SpiderSense kitty senses]] [[SpiderMan are tingling!]] You're a bad guy, aren't you?"
* Taokaka in ''Teach Me, Miss Litchi! '' quotes a certain someone:
-->[[Film/PulpFiction "And I will strike down upon those with great vengeance and furious anger those who dare to defile my-...er...meatbuns...meow"]]
* Taokaka's "Help Me, Professor Kokonoe" segment has Tao say, after recovering from eating Kokonoe's silvervine candy, that her mind [[Film/BlazingSaddles "was aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapor of invention."]]
* When suspecting that her walking meal ticket is keeping food to himself, Taokaka takes a page out of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Bruno Buccellati's]] book:
--> '''Ragna''': What the hell did you lick me for?
--> '''Taokaka''': Good Guy tastes like... lies.
* As one youtuber commented, Taokaka is Felicia and Hsien-Ko's love child, with a bit of Dr. Baldhead/Faust thrown in. [[BrainBleach Sorry about the mental image.]]
* This might be stretching a bit, but consider the fact Taokaka is a Genki Girl voiced by Creator/ChiwaSaito who doesn't wear pants... doesn't that also describe [[StrikeWitches Francesca Lucchini]]? (Yes, the pantsless bit is important.)
** A few references to Wolverine as portrayed in the ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'' games, such as Hexa Edge resembling Berserker Barrage X or both having supers that create a double. Unlimited Taokaka also has Sabretooth's Berserker Claw X and Tron Bonne's Servbot Takeout, as well as Teddie's Circus Bear from ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''.

[[folder:Iron Tager]]
* The appearances of Tager's "Golden Tager" form in his joke endings contain {{Shout Out}}s to various SuperRobot anime.
** His "Sunshine Spark" attack is identical in appearance to [[Manga/GetterRobo Stoner Sunshine]], and draws part of its name from [[Manga/GetterRobo Shine Spark]].
** Not to mention his RocketPunch in the "Teach Me, Miss Litchi" segment.
-->"Kokonoe! Just when did you install this?"
* Genesic Emerald Tager Buster references to Genesic ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''.
* Tager takes quite a few cues from the Nakajima sisters in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.
** {{Cyborg}}s.
** Tager's gauntlets look like upsized Revolver Knuckles.
** Melee-centric but with ranged secondary ability (Divine Buster and the... [[BuffySpeak magnetic ball thing, Spark Bolt]]).
** ''[=GaoGaiGar=]'' references for both sides.
** [[spoiler:MeteorMove... Why is this a spoiler? That's because it's a brainwashed Gin-nee who's throwing them around.]]
* Tager's joke ending has Kokonoe have him perform the Golden Tager [[Manga/GetterRobo Sun. SHINE SPAAAAAAAAAAAARK!]]
* Musical nods is still ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''[='s=] shtick, but it seems to have bled into its SpiritualSuccessor, as Tager's theme song is entitled [[Music/{{Motorhead}} "MOTOR HEAD."]]
* Tager shows up in a FrenchMaidOutfit during Arakune's ''Help Me! Dr. Kokonoe!'' segment. This may be a reference to ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy''.
* Unlimited Tager in ''Chronophantasma'' gains [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Maxima's Bunker Buster]].

[[folder:Litchi Faye-Ling]]
* A lot of Litchi's traits are similar to school nurse [[VideoGame/RivalSchools Kyoko Minazuki]]. To wit:
** They're two {{Hospital Hottie}}s with leerings to HotScientist (Litchi was before, Kyoko was after) with long black hair. They had an occasion wearing a lab coat too (Litchi on the back stories as her scientist days, Kyoko wears it all the time, even in combat), and both [[{{Meganekko}} wear glasses all the time]]. They're also teachers (Litchi taught the Kaka clan, Kyoko is a BadassTeacher)
** Both tangled/sided with the antagonist faction (NOL and Justice High), but their true personality seems to leer to actually good hearted people.
** Though they seem professional/kind most of the time, when nobody's looking, they tend to be LadyDrunk (Litchi as seen in Noel's CT Joke End and Tsubaki's Gag Reel, Kyoko's AllThereInTheManual).
** They're surrounded with two guys, one intellectual and so far is the one winning their affection (Arakune/Lotte Carmine and Hideo Shimazu), one HotBlooded guy who probably had one-sided crush on them (Bang Shishigami and Hayato Nekketsu, the latter of whom teamed up with Kyoko and Hideo in ''Project Justice'')
** Lastly, she plays the role of school nurse in Carl's Gag Reel.

* Arakune's joke ending:
--> '''Arakune:''' I'm in a role-playing game... Form party... I need to find the Azure, weapons, allies, Azure, final boss. Ultimate Attack is [[Anime/DragonBallZ "OVER 9000...!"]]
* Arakune used to be a normal being, but he is now some sort of EldritchAbomination. He is litterally consumed by madness, he isn't aware of what he is doing, and he repeats lines and lines with the same word over and over. In Story Mode, one of his losing scenes shows him as a creepy swirl repeating "Azure" ad nauseam. The resemblance with Giygas from ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'' is striking.
* One of Arakune's winquotes is translated in the dub as "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight What is a man?]]"
* In Bullet's Gag Reel in ''Chronophantasma Extend'' has Arakune at one point saying he needs to go to get "Legend of the Overfiend Redux" [[note]]the Western name for ''Urotsukidōji'', an erotic horror manga series[[/note]]. Also acts as a FandomNod due of how fans [[PowerPerversionPotential like to use Arakune's powers]] (especially regarding tentacle porn, as "Legend of the Overfiend" is one of the first of the genre).
* He's looks visually similar to [[SpiritedAway No Face]], [[VideoGame/YumeNikki Uboa]] and the idle form of a [[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona shadow]] (Black Goo / White Face form).
* During Arakune's joke ending, Jin's shop has [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol's]] Fuuenken sitting on the table.

[[folder:Bang Shishigami]]
* There's this gem from Bang in his story mode when he first sets out:
---> "[[StarWars I sense something; a presence I've not felt since...]]"
* Bang to Taokaka in episode two of "Teach Me Miss Litchi ":
--> '''Bang:''' You can do it, Tao. [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Believe in me who believes in you!]]
* His design and HotBlooded personality is based on Ryoma from ''Manga/GetterRobo''. The sketchy art style and crazy, spinny eyes in his Astral Finish are also a homage to the show and manga.
* He also wears a ''Franchise/KamenRider'' belt and occasionally performs the [[TransformationSequence henshin]] pose.

[[folder:Carl Clover]]
* They might remind some of Tarvek and Anevka Sturmvoraus from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Mysterious father whose experiments have screwed up the family and [[spoiler: who has provided a body for the BigBad]], sister transformed from human to something not...
** He may also be a reference to ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', particularly Part 3 (on which the fighting game adaptation was based). As in the [=JoJo=] fighting game, the Carl player effectively controls two characters at once. Marionette Purple even sounds like the name of a stand.
* The plot of Carl's [[TheSevenMysteries joke ending]] resembles the "six mysteries" event in Kingdom Hearts II... with added hilarity. The sound of a crying girl in the restroom? That's the school nurse Litchi trying to get into a miniskirt one size too small. It also references Manga/DetectiveConan, for obvious reasons, and even Scooby Doo, since one of the group members calls them "Mystery Inc."
* Nirvana, Carl's doll puppet, looks a bit like [[Anime/TheBigO Dorothy Waynewright]].
* Carl looks sort of like [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Dorothy Albright]]. As for his character, he is similar to Lieselotte Achenbach, both being fairly young, having rather serious jobs (Lieselotte is an assassin, Carl is an vigilante) and both older sisters have been turned into dolls, both of which seemed to have baked cookies. [[spoiler:Though in the case of Lieselotte, her older sister is just fine]]. He even has a palette base on her in ''Chronophantasma''.

* Kokonoe's image of a "remodelled" Hakumen resembles Anime/{{Dancougar}}.
* This may seem like a stretch, but during Hakumen and Hazama's unique battle intro (with settings into English language), Hakumen said something along the lines of "[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight You do not belong in this world"]] to Hazama. Now, [[Creator/DavidVincent who's Hakumen's VA again]]?
* Hakumen's entire character fighting style is based off an older Daisuke Ishiwatari game, ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade'', back when he started at Creator/{{SNK}}. He plays much like a Power character from that series.
** Unlimited Hakumen in ''CP'' even has special combos that mirrors Last Blade's Speed Mode.
* With Jin's case, Hakumen is the Archer [[spoiler:to Jin's Shirou]] in that he's [[spoiler: a JerkWithAHeartOfGold FutureBadass version of a main character, primarily seen wielding bladed weapons (Hakumen's Ookami & Archer's Kanshou and Bakuya), who acts as a somewhat antagonist to his past self (Hakumen being disgusted with Jin, and Archer wanting to commit suicide by killing Shirou), and each respective past self ends up eventually finding out the identity of their respective future selves]]. This is on top of them having connections with main characters who wear red, and\or are high-class {{Tsundere}}s [[spoiler: {Ragna and Rachel being Hakumen's brother and occasional employer (whom he fights for reluctantly) respectively, and Rin being Archer's Master and, during Unlimited Blade Works as Shirou, LoveInterest}]].
** One of the unlockable artwork pieces shows Hakumen standing in a FieldOfBlades like Archer.
* And then, the obvious similarities to [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]]. Hakumen's voice (i.e how he's [[spoiler:a much deeper sounding Jin]]) is officially based off from Lelouch's Zero Persona, after all.
* One wonders if his name and Kitsune theme might make him a shout-out to the BigBad of ''Manga/UshioAndTora'', the kitsune daiyoukai Hakumen no Mono.
* Take a look at his Astral Finish, then notice the pose he takes afterward. He must've learned a thing or two from [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].
* Unlimited Hakumen can perform a more powerful version of his Enma move by way of "just frames", similar to how Electric Wind God Fist is performed in {{Tekken}}. Enma itself is already similar in how to perform and execution to EWGF.

* Nu's unarmoured form and attack patterns (not to mention being an artificial being) highly resemble Cinque from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* Nu's armour design is reminiscent of [[VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders Anubis]]. Specifically, the pointy ends of the legs combined with the wings. Now, if the armour had dog ears and a staff...
** Speaking of which, go look at the palette used for Nu's Combo Six in the tutorial on the bonus disc. Consider it for a moment... Doesn't it looks like [[LyricalNanoha Lindy Harlaown]] in her admiral uniform?
* One of Unlimited Nu's [=DDs=] is a reference to Testament's Nightmare Circular super from Guilty Gear and Elizabeth's Mahamaon and Mamudoon supers in Persona 4 Arena.

* All of Unlimited Lambda's new moves in ''CPEX'' are taken from Labrys from ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''.

[[folder:Tsubaki Yayoi]]
* Tsubaki seems to have similarities to [[TheLancer Lancer]] TropeCodifier [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Kain]]. They're both the best friend of a more important character (story-wise), they are both more skilled fighters than said friend (Noel needs Bolverk to fight, whereas Kain deals more damage than Dark Knight!Cecil due to his Jump), and yet they are both ranked lower than their friend on account of favouritism (although, granted, Cecil was the king's adopted son while Noel is the victim of a ManipulativeBastard), ''and'' in both cases TheLancer is jealous of their friend's close proximity to their LoveInterest. Also? [[spoiler:Their respective [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turns]] are for the most part due to {{Envy}}.]]
* One look at Tsubaki's outfit and weapons and you might end up instantly thinking "[[SoulCalibur Sophitia/Cassandra/Lizardman]]".
** On the other hand, her playstyle is identical to [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Order-Sol's]].
** Again with the Nasuverse references, she seems like the stand-in for Sakura Matou, being the most likely of Jin's love interests. [[spoiler: She's also turned to the dark side (into a GreenEyedMonster, precisely) due to frustration of someone (surprisingly, not the Rin counterpart Rachel) taking everything away from her.]]
* Tsubaki's Astral Heat is one big homage to [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile Lenneth]].
* One of Unlimited Tsubaki's [=DDs=] is a reference to Chie's Agneyastra super from Persona 4 Arena.

* Hazama is essentially [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin Ichimaru, Sosuke Aizen]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Ribbons Almark]] rolled into one, with a little bit of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker thrown in for good measure.
** Some of his move set seems to be based on [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]] as well.
* The [[EyesAlwaysShut obvious]] [[CheshireCatGrin similarities]] to [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Gin Ichimaru]]. Right down to the same [[Creator/DougErholtz English voice actor]].
* Hazama to Carl in his CS Bad Ending:
--> '''Hazama:''' Come on, Carl Clover. [[Film/TheDarkKnight Why so serious?]]
* Hazama in Makoto's Gag Reel (and his ''Help Me, Prof. Kokonoe'' segment):
--> '''[[AxCrazy Hazama]]:''' [[Film/TheShining HEEEEEEEEEEERE'S TERUMI!]]
* One of his battle quotes: [[Franchise/MortalKombat GET OVER HERE!]]
* During the climax cutscene in ''CS'':
--> "[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure DIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIEDIE!]]"
* Another StarWars reference: in Noel's CS story mode, he orders her to "StrikeMeDownWithAllOfYourHatred!"
* A possible reference in the English version when Hazama finishes of someone with his Astral Heat he will say "[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Please, just die for me]]".
* Another possible ''Bleach'' reference: one of Hazama's favorite insults is "trash." This is the signature insult of prominent villain Ulquiorra.
* Hazama, while talking about Litchi's focus on Arakune, dubs the relationship "[[VideoGame/ABoyAndHisBlob A Girl And her Blob]]". [[LampshadeHanging He then says it's]] [[AGoodNameForARockBand a great idea for a game or something.]]
* Hazama's Astral Heat has the same input as our dear [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard's]] [[SomeDexterityRequired Raging Storm]]. Geese's Raging Storm releases a series of shockwaves blasting above upon execution. Hazama's Astral Heat conjures a series of chains blasting above upon execution. Coincidence?

* Perhaps unintentional, but Mu's appearance while in battle is evocative of ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''[='s=] ''[[MoeAnthropomorphism MS Girl/MS Shojo]]'' designs.
* In Continuum Shift, one of Mu-12's intro lines in English seems to be a direct reference to [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Justice]], mainly, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37zfJLfwj4M#t=1m21s her translated opening line in her story path in Accent Core Plus.]] Interestingly enough, Accent Core Plus and Continuum Shift were released rather closely to each other in terms of release date.
--> '''Mu-12:''' Destruction...that is my raison d'etre!

[[folder:Makoto Nanaya]]
* Makoto is an expy of SquirrelGirl.
* Background-wise, Makoto resembles [[Anime/QueensBlade Nanael]], being both fantastic beings with a cheerful personality, but with very screwed-up backstories, including being discriminated by their peers and both having human friends (Leina and Tomoe in Nanael's case and Noel and Tsubaki in Makoto's case).
* Makoto's full of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' references. While her fighting style is already similar to [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen Dudley's]], her [[SNKBoss Unlimited mode]] pretty much gives her his entire moveset (and taunt, with acorn in place of Dudley's rose). In addition, her [[FinishingMove Astral Finish]] is an over-the-top version of the Seichusen Godanzuki, an attack used by [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII her]] [[NamesTheSame namesake]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Makoto]]. Unlimited Makoto can also perform the Abare Tosanami and the original Seichusen Godanzuki.
* She randomly shouts [[WesternAnimation/TheTick "SPOOOOOON!"]] when performing her drive.
* One of her Distortion Drives resembles [[VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}} Jin]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom Saotome's]] [[MegatonPunch Blodia Punch]].
* Said in a very commanding and serious tone, Makoto's victory line at the end of a match parodies ''FistOfTheNorthStar''.
-->[[CaptainObvious "I have already... won."]]
** Also, she says this during the RapidFireFisticuffs component of her Astral:
** Another victory quote is a shout out to ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''.
-->"He who conquers the left[[note]]field[[/note]]... CONQUERS THE WORLD!"

[[folder:Valkenhayn R. Hellsing]]
* ''{{Hellsing}}'' should be all that needs to be said in regard to Valkenhayn.
** Not to mention that his Japanese VA also voiced Walter C. Dornez
* The techniques he uses in his werewolf form are based off of Jon Talbain from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', and those of his normal form are similar to another aristocratic fellow from Arc System Works: [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Slayer]].
* His wolf form also resembles Zafira from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Zafira's master has [[Creator/KanaUeda the same voice actress]] as Rachel and even shares a cross motif.

[[folder:Platinum the Trinity]]
* During Ragna's story mode, Platinum accuses him of being a paedophile, before calling him 'Aqualung' in reference to the well known Jethro Tull song.
* Platinum's Astral Heat is almost identical to [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Marisa Kirisame's]] "Surefire Spark" spellcard from ''Touhou Hisoutensoku''. The way she did it, however, resembles [[LyricalNanoha Nanoha's Starlight Breaker]] with her staff morphing into something resembling Nanoha's Raising Heart.
** In ''Chronophantasma'' she shouts [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Hikari ni Nare!]]
* Her move names have ShoutOutThemeNaming to various MagicalGirl anime. Including, but not limited to [[SallyTheWitch Dream Sally]], [[Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami Mami Circular]] and [[Franchise/PrettyCure Cure Dot Typhoon]].
* During Plantinum's encounter with Ragna, while insulting him Luna randomly calls him "Baldy." This is probably a shout out to ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''[='s=] Hiyori, another bratty character who likes calling people "baldy" regardless of whether they actually are.
* In Platinum's Arcade Mode story, she refers to Bang as a [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack scruffy-looking nerf herder.]]
* In one of the Teach Me More, Ms. Litchi! segments, Taokaka, upon being asked how vigilantes receive their payment, suggests that captured criminals turn into coins. Luna retorts "They're not RPG monsters or [[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld evil exes]]!"
* Platinum has [[spoiler:a male personality, a female personality, and a third personality which is ridiculously powerful. Hmm.]] What we're facing here is a loli [[LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai Ryougi Shiki]].
** Funny little note, if one notices, the third personality of Platinum is Ryougi... but in reverse. Where Ryougi can, more or less, destroy anything that she comes across being the personification of Akasha, Platinum's Trinity can create... anything. The odd thing is that Ryougi can recreate... [[RealityWarper anything]]... however this is a power of Akasha that she doesn't use all that much.
** Her actual character design is an over-the-top parody of Franchise/SailorMoon.

[[folder:Relius Clover]]
* Relius Clover looks kinda like [[Franchise/AceAttorney Godot]].
** On the subject of ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' characters, Relius seems a bit reminiscent of Manfred Von Karma, as both are [[TheStoic stoic]] and obsessed with achieving perfection, both are [[AbusiveParents abusive]] towards their (adopted in Von Karma's case) sons, and even [[OffingTheOffspring try to kill them]] when they get in the way. They are also [[WickedCultured very refined, and wear cravats]]. Not to mention their voices are both [[EvilSoundsDeep deep]]. All that's left now is for Relius to become a lawyer.
** Crazy genius who wears a mask, hangs out underground on occasion, ''his main interest is opera''... [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Remind you of anyone?]]
** His mannerism and penchant for [[LargeHam Hammy]] yet deadpan [[MadScientist Mad Science]] also sometimes led fans to compare him to ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''[='s=] Albert Wesker. That mask may also serve as a "replacement" for Wesker's CoolShades. Never mind that "Plastic Night" [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sounds more than a bit reminiscent of]] [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 "Winds of]] [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 Madness."]]
* Villain with a high rank in the military? Blonde hair and mask? Fights with the aid of a red robot? Relius Clover has a lot in common with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Char Aznable]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Father]].
* Relius' fighting style is similar to a ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' character, mixed with [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Eddie]].
** Unlimited Relius gains a new Distortion Drive, "Nero Angelo" which is exactly the same as Venom's "Dark Angel" overdrive from VideoGame/GuiltyGear, moreso when you notice that, as of Accent Core, [[Creator/JunichiSuwabe both Relius and Venom have the same seiyuu.]]
* His theme ''Plastic Night'', is most likely a reference to the theme of another puppeteer, [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Alice]], with her theme ''Plastic Mind''.

[[folder:Amane Nishiki]]
* All of Amane's moves are named after Franchise/SuperSentai shows.
* His drill shawl move is a direct reference to [[StreetFighter Rose]], [[TouHou Iku Nagae]] and, further away, [[JojosBizarreAdventure Lisa Lisa]].
* Amane's Astral seems to forcibly cause its target to [[FountainOfYouth regress back into childhood]] after trapping them in a giant flower (the only exceptions to this being Platinum, who turns into Trinity and Valkenhayn, who goes back to being around his 20s or 30s). In essence, it's [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Alessi's Stand power]][=/=][[Franchise/MortalKombat a Babality]], with bits of [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Demitri's Midnight Bliss and Anakaris' Pharaoh Curse]] thrown in for good measure.
* One of Unlimited Amane's [=DDs=] is a reference to [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Jedah's Dio Sega]].
* Even more obscure....doesn't one of Amane's [=DDs=] remind you have ''another'' [[VideoGame/TheRumbleFish Hazama's]] move known as Tenra Sou'unkyaku (Heaven Gauze Spearing Cloud Leg)?

* Take [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Raoh]] and add in [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Kenpachi's]] code of honor, use of a PowerLimiter, and an obsession with fighting the [[AnimeHair spiky haired]] {{BFS}} wielding protagonist (Doubly so since Ragna has an Ichigo palette now). That's Azrael in a nutshell.
** Add in his [[Creator/HirokiYasumoto Japanese voice actor]] and you have [[VideoGame/AsurasWrath Asura]] with his mentor's personality.
** In terms of Guilty Gear parallels, he's pretty similar to Slayer. They share several animations, the same style of teleport dash, a general playstyle, the unique distinction of their standing medium attacks (5B and Slash respectively) having a followup and a similar 6A shoulder charge. There are several story similarities as well.
** One of his quotes for landing the proper Drive attack on an opponent's applied weak point is "Tsuukon no ichigeki tte yatsu da!" ("This is what's known as a 'tsuukon no ichigeki'!" - literally, a "regretful blow", and also the term for CriticalHit used in the DragonQuest series).
* Azrael's Astral is more or less a [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Falcon]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Punch]], with the addition of a scene afterward where he flashes his exposed back to the screen like [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].
* Azrael also borrows a mechanic from a past Arc Systems Works game, as his Valiant Charger special incorporates ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto no Ken]]''[='s=] Boost mechanic. Anyone who's familiar with the fighter probably shat bricks when they saw that, but fortunately, he can't lock you into an infinite loop with it. Well, he could originally, but they patched that out.
** The ''Fist of the North Star'' references get kicked up a notch with his Unlimited Mode. Not only does he have a RapidFireFisticuffs move, he also has an Overdrive Distortion Drive where his BattleAura flares up, and the number 7 appears above his super meter, which given the strong influence of ''Fist of the North Star'' in his design, it isn't much of a stretch to assume this move is a Musou Tensei homage.

* The newcomer Bullet was immediately pegged as an {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Zenia Valov]]. While their [[HotBlooded temperaments]] [[AnIcePerson differ]], both are white-haired, pilebunker-wielding mercenaries who display a no-nonsense attitude and favour close-range combat.
** Bullet also strongly resembles [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Angel]] in, [[BoobsOfSteel eh... build]], hair colour, dress sense and fighting style, though their personalities couldn't be further from each other.
* Unlimited Bullet receives Pressure Buster, a Distortion Drive that combines Rugal's Gigantic Pressure and Terry's Buster Wolf, both from ''KingOfFighters''. As well as Matchlock Dive, a reference to C. Viper's Burning Dance in ''StreetFighterIV''.

* She has an attack named Slaver [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Trans-am]]. It summons {{Attack Drone}}s, a Gundam staple.
** In fact, all of [[spoiler:Izayoi]]'s moves are named after machines or concepts from {{Franchise/Gundam}}, particularly ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED SEED]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Destiny]]'', and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 00]]''.
** The horn-like "engines" on her skirt are also clearly [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 GN drives]]

[[folder:Kagura Mutsuki]]
* When he formally meets [[MsFanservice Litchi]], Kagura (being [[HandsomeLech Kagura]]) asks her [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid "Do you think love can bloom on a battlefield?"]]
* This gem from Kagura on seeing Black Golden Tager X in the gag reels:
--> "Dammit! What kind of naming is that? Just call it [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Goldar]]!
* Kagura Mutsuki has a hairstyle like the many members of the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Uchiha clan]], a sword that looks like [[Manga/{{Berserk}} Guts' Dragon Slayer]], charge attacks like [[VideoGame/StreetFighterII Guile]], and a stance system. Also, with his giant sword and the stances, he may also be inspired by [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Siegfried and Nightmare]].
** Unlimited Kagura even has Guile's Ultra Combos as his new Distortion Drives.
* The first thing that should come to mind when seeing [[StabTheSky Kagura's Astral]]? [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam "This hand of mine glows with an awesome power! Its burning grip tells me to defeat you! Take this! My love, my anger, and all of my sorrow! SHINING FINGER SWORD!!! Go! Go! GO!!"]] ([[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Blasting Zone]] is also an acceptable answer, as is, with the possible nod to the aforementioned [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Siegfried]], Soul Conviction.)

* Kokonoe is a pink-haired, rather egotistical MadScientist with a bit of an amoral streak... seems like a DarkerAndEdgier [[TenchiMuyo Washu]].
* A StarWars shout-out occurs later in the second game during Rachel's joke ending. Kokonoe's description of Bang's reaction to [[spoiler: Litchi declaring her love for Ragna]] is "as if millions of voices cried out in anguish, and were suddenly silenced."
* ''CS'''s "Help Me! Professor Kokonoe!" segments can be seen as shout outs to the Tiger Dojo of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', as they're both only viewable upon attaining a bad ending, they're much more lighthearted and comedic in tone, and they both tell you how you screwed up and how you can get it right next time.
* A MetalGearSolid reference:
-->'''Kokonoe:''' Tager? What's going on!? Report... Tageeeeer!
* In the Japanese version of Chronophantasma, one of Kokonoe's air attacks has her doing a small flurry of punches while yelling [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar "Atatatatata!"]]. She also says the same thing for her Astral Heat.
* Kokonoe does her own spin on [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard's Buster Wolf]] with her Assault: Broken Bunker Version 2.21 special move--complete with exploding [[PowerFist mechanized gauntlets]]. While Unlimited Kokonoe has Geese Howard's Thunder Break and [[MeltyBlood Sion Eltnam Atlasia's Barrel Replica]] for a good measure.

[[folder:Yuuki Terumi]]
* For an old school ShoutOut, Hazama/Terumi has a lot in common with Richard Wong from ''PsychicForce''. Both lived in a CrapsackWorld steered to satisfy their desires (Terumi feeds on hate, Wong always seems to get the happy ends for him). They can [[TimeMaster manipulate time]] and highly think of themselves as in the world's most awesome person. They manipulate a 'dark, antagonistic but may be well-intentioned' group (NOL and NOA) for their own purposes... [[EyesAlwaysShut with eyes closed]]. They also at one point turned a good ShrinkingViolet member of the good guys into psychotic evil people (Noel and Emilio). And while Hazama is on his way to screw a hot female scientist ([[spoiler:Litchi]]), Wong already screwed a hot female former scientist ([[spoiler:Chris Ryan, turned into the combat cyborg Sonia, that he canonically got killed by the second game]])
* In his true form, he looks similar to [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Night of Wallachia]] (with whom he shares a similar origin) or the [[GurrenLagann Anti-Spiral]] (who shares his goal of inspiring despair), even DC's the actual Joker.
* Terumi's hoodie has already been the subject of [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Dr. Doom]] jokes.
* Terumi has been shown to have [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Rugal Bernstein's Genocide Cutter]] as one of his Distortions.
** Another of his Distortions, a counter super, has him perform his forward walk animation. This is taken from Freeman's counter super from ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]''.
** Unlimited Terumi has a DD where he slaps the opponent multiple times then kicking them away, that is a reference to Mitsuru's Myriad Arrows super from Persona 4 Arena.

[[folder:Celica A. Mercury]]
* Unlimited Celica in ''CPEX'' has new [=DDs=] borrowed from ''MarvelVsCapcom3'': Magneto's Magnetic Shockwave and Spider-Man's Maximum Spider.

[[folder:Hibiki Kohaku]]
* Hibiki is without a doubt based on [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Levi]]. They were both trained to be killers from a young age, both are DeadpanSnarkers, they have similar hairstyles, they both hold swords with a ReverseGrip (although Levi only does so for one) and they both take part in [[spoiler: a coup against a corrupt government]]. In fact, Hibiki’s swords are ReverseGrip versions of the 3D Maneuver Gear’s blades, including the triggers on the hilt and the scabbards.
** Both his fighting style and mannerisms bear a striking resemblance to Seth from ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'' and Sho Minazuki (SHO's style, MINAZUKI's personality) from ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''. The way his Drive works resembles the attack style of ''another'' Kagura: [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Chizuru Kagura]], to be exact.

[[folder:Naoto Kurogane]]
* Design-wise, Naoto resembles Yugo, more resembles to Yugo's spin-off counterpart, Fang from ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar''. The fun fact is that he and Fang are originally from a spin-off book series, before debuting in the main video game counterpart. Said power is also similar to the Branches of Sin from ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland''. And like [[LightNovel/BeyondTheBoundary Mirai Kuriyama]], he can shape his blood in the form of swords and other weapons.
** For this franchise, he himself is an expy for Ragna.
** Judging by his stance and playstyle, he references [[TheKingOfFighters Kyo Kusanagi]]'s multiple "Rekka" specials, with a bit of [[FatalFury Terry Bogard and Rock Howard]]'s attacks. He also has [[GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]]'s [[{{Shoryuken}} Volcanic Viper]], and [[DevilMayCry Vergil]]'s double anti-air rising roundhouse kicks. Even his stance is similar to Rock's.
** His name is dangerously close to [[VideoGame/Persona4Arena other known Naoto]] from Arc System Works' published games. Only difference is their last name particularly.

[[folder:Non-playable Characters]]
* There is a shout-out to ''Franchise/StarWars'' in Ragna's Continuum Shift Story Mode when Jubei tells Ragna of Kagutsuchi.
--> '''Jubei''': The 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. You will never find a more WretchedHive of scum and villainy.
* [[spoiler: Izanami in Saya]]'s overall look is possibly a reference to Himiko, an ancient Japanese shaman queen which apparently ruled in the Yayoi period. And we know somebody in this game that has Yayoi as her last name...

[[folder:General Character Shout-Outs]]
* Golden Tager's fight with Mecha-kaka in ''Continuum Shift'' contains references to the fight between [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva-01 and Zeruel]].
* Platinum's Gag Reel (a parody of the MagicalGirl genre) has the following references:
** Relius shows up as [[Franchise/SailorMoon "Puppeteer Mask."]]
*** "[[InTheNameOfTheMoon In the name of all the]] [[ACupAngst flat-chested chicks in this world]], [[InTheNameOfTheMoon we shall punish you!]]"
** Platinum needs to collect the [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Boing Cards]] to stop the Boing Queen (Litchi) from hogging all the breasts' sizes (seriously) in the world.
** Arakune: [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica "make... tract... me... become... magical girl..."]]
*** Most fitting, since Platinum's [[Creator/AoiYuuki voice actress]] voiced Madoka. And then she fights Taokaka, who shares [[Creator/ChiwaSaito a voice]] with Homura from the same series.
*** Interestingly, this reference is still kept somewhat intact in the English dub, with Noel and Litchi's [[Creator/CristinaValenzuela voice]] [[Creator/LaurenLanda actresses]] having voiced Homura and Kyoko, respectively.
** There's a throwaway plot comparison to ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' by Noel and Rachel. Sena even {{lampshades}} it.
** ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' is referenced a couple of times:
*** Litchi is called an "oppai obake" (lit. boob monster), the exact same nickname that Vita has for Signum
* Konoe and Celica's last names continue the ArcSystemWorks [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear tradition]] of naming characters after [[{{Queen}} Freddy Mercury]].
* As of Chronophantasma, Ragna and Kagura's dynamic is eerily similar to that of [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric and Roy Mustang]] respectively. Both parties have a very [[VitriolicBestBuds rough]] relationship, but eventually come to respect each other's strength. To add to it, Kagura uses a lecherous persona to cover up the fact that he wants to change the government from within to a more benevolent one, and Ragna has also lost his right arm in a childhood incident as well as being clad primarily in a red jacket. This is pretty much confirmed when in Episode 2 of ''Teach Me Again Ms. Litchi'', Litchi accuses Kagura of wanting all female officers in the NOL to wear miniskirts if he was in charge, which is pretty much word for word of Roy's [[MemeticMutation famous "Tiny-Miniskirts" line from the original series.]]
** We can also add Hakumen being a reference to Alphonse Elric, [[spoiler: being the main character's younger brother's soul in a big suit of armor that makes them taller than their big bro.]]
* Rachel and Raquel’s ability [[MagicalEye Slave Red]] is very similar to [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch’s Geass]]. They both give the user MindControlEyes that can give a person a command they must follow or make them believe what they are told. They also are limited to [[ItOnlyWorksOnce a single use]] on any one person.

[[folder:Series-wide Themes]]
* There are some shout outs to ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'':
** Arakune and the infestation of bugs can be compared to Nrvnqsr (Nero) Chaos and his chaos of 666 'black beasts'.
*** Arakune has also been compared to the [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Night of Wallachia]], via consuming information.
** The title, main characters, and guest characters of "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!", would very well be a shout out to Tsukihime's "Teach Me Ciel-Sensei!".
*** Meat buns are mentioned often throughout the "Teach Me, Miss Litchi!". In comparison, Curry is a common food topic in "Teach Me, Ciel-Sensei!"
* References with ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' actual plots happen a lot:
** ''Fate'' route probably gets shouted out by... Bang, the overly idealistic 'Hero of Ikaruga', who is way too eager to follow his master's footsteps, and had a nearly impossible dream of winning Litchi's heart, same way like Shirou who is dead set to follow Kiritsugu's footsteps as a 'Hero of Justice', and never gave up loving Saber, even when [[spoiler:she went back in time and die there. Most agree that even when Litchi joined NOL, Bang's love to her never dies out, and only time will tell if True End gets shouted out]].
** ''Unlimited Blade Works'' main shout out would come from Jin, after the discovery that he is the world's antibody and that Hakumen is his future self, resulting him losing his insanity (or traded it with a different one), similar on how Shirou starts seeing a harsher light of his ideals thanks to his future self Archer, who is the Counter Guardian of the world (similar to antibody). Hakumen himself became bound with the orders of Rachel, same way like Archer became the Servant of Rin... who has the same Japanese and English voice actresses like Rachel.
** ''Heaven's Feel'' has elements of it running already. Tsubaki, being the lover of Jin who stays on the dark due to a jealousy with someone else (Noel) is similar to Sakura, the lover of Shirou on the route, becoming Dark Sakura as she is jealous with Rin. On the other hand, Litchi started to mirror Shirou in the case of [[spoiler:her joining NOL to save Arakune even after knowing that they're run with bad people is the same like Shirou completely tossing his ideals aside to save Sakura; and in the same time, Litchi has become something like Rider during her tenure with Shinji, a fanservice-providing lady fighter who is deep down good, but is saddled with a cruel superior]]. Bang's involvement may also be seen as a reference whereas Bang is like Shirou while Litchi is like Sakura, as it is believed that Bang's Nox, Phoenix Rettenjou, is the key to save Litchi from corruption, same way as how Shirou used the Rule Breaker to separate Sakura from the Dark Grail.
* The series has many parallels to ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''
** Ragna and Demitri are both brooding, darkness-powered vampiric anti-heroes and have the ability to summon features of their more-monstrous alternate forms, but Ragna is a much more heroic character whilst Demitri is a borderline VillainProtagonist. Also Ragna is a (situational) ChickMagnet while Demitri can turn anyone into a hot(ter) chick for himself.
** Morrigan and Rachel are snarky vampiric (used loosely for the former) aristocrats with their own eccentric servants and have semi-romances with the dark leads, though Rachel is more Tsundere towards Ragna as opposed to Morrigan's sexuality.
** Lilith and Noel are both clones of main characters/main characters siblings created in-part by Jedah/Hazama to become eventual weapons of destruction who eventually become little sister-figures to the main characters. Both have a inferiority complex about their small breast size, but Lilith is much more sexually active and somewhat {{Yandere}} towards Morrigan at times, while Noel is shy, timid, and much more kind towards others.
** Victor and Tager are both the scientifically-enhanced bruisers of DS and BB with electrical-based attacks. Both are trying to fulfill their creator's wishes, and are always accompanied by them, as in Victor's creator and daughter's spirits and Kokonoe always giving Tager orders. Another thing to know is that Victor's creator and Kokonoe are both... a tad off the deep end... but Victor and Tager still take orders from them.
** Felicia and Taokaka are both eccentric, child-like catgirls clueless to their fanservice that live a carefree life away from the problems in their worlds. Felicia has the ability to summon miniature versions of herself, while Tao is usually seen with the kids of her village, who are essentially chibi versions of her.
** Bishamon and Hakumen are both powered-armor (Bishamon: Cursed, Hakumen: Semi-technological) Samurai from alternate time periods trying to atone for the deaths of their loved ones (Bishamon: His wife O-Rin, Hakumen: His childhood friend [[spoiler:Tsubaki]].)
** Donovan and Litchi both use a floating weapon (Donovan: Sword, Litchi: Staff), have a young girl companion, and are trying to do the right thing, no matter the cost. Both are also doomed: Donovan by his suppressed vampiric urges, Litchi by her Boundary corruption.
** Hsien-Ko and Carl, besides both wearing purple, both are accompanied by their sister turned into an inanimate object by a parent (though Hsien-Ko's mother did it to prevent her from going mad, and Relius did it just because he's an inhuman jerk), and usually suffer from mood swings with their sibling's presence (Hsien-Ko needs her sister to avoid going berserk and Ada's influence can make Carl more aggressive.) Another thing to notice is that Carl bears a slight resemblance to Harry from the cartoon, a boy wizard in-training and Felicia's little brother figure. Carl and Hsien-Ko also use hidden devices when fighting. Nirvana/Ada herself also looks like a spitting image of Hsien-Ko.
** Jedah and Hazama[=/=]Yuuki Terumi are both usually calm meglomaniacs who view the world as flawed and needing to be erased by creating cosmic weapons of destruction powered by souls (Jedah: The Shintai, Hazama: The Blazblue.), creating living human-like weapons, and attempts to corrupt the innocent-minded clones of the protagonists (Lilith and Noel), though Jedah's plans are more based on him believing to be a messiah and Hazama's being about causing as much suffering and torture for every living thing. Not to mention, in DS3 and CS, both are fought right in front of their creation of the ultimate weapons.
* Several characters also bear similarity to those from this game's [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear spiritual predecessor]].
** Personality-wise, Ragna is very much like Sol. Ironically, TomokazuSugita voices That Man, Sol's ArchEnemy.
*** Furthermore, take note how Tao dubs Ragna [[AffectionateNickname "Ii hito"/"Good Guy"]], thus making him an antithesis to Sol "Badguy".
*** Unlimited Ragna in ''CP'' has Sol's powered-up Volcanic Viper as one of his Distortion Drives.
** As far as looks and [[{{Deuteragonist}} pos]][[TheRival ition]] go, Jin is almost identical to Ky (though Jin also takes some design elements from Bridget). But [[JerkAss his personality is]] [[SubvertedTrope completely]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold different]].
** Noel is akin to Dizzy with Bridget's design, and she even spawns her own ''Guilty Gear'' counterpart in the form of Elphelt.
*** Unlimited Mu-12 in ''CP'' has moves borrowed from Dizzy, such as the Imperial Ray and Necro's Anger (renamed Kusanagi's Anger).
** Rachel is essentially a female Slayer. In a wink from the creators, Rachel and Slayer even share one of their KO poses.
** Arakune's backstory brings Zato-1 to mind. Gameplay-wise, he takes a lot of inspiration from Zappa.
*** One of Unlimited Arakune's Distortion Drives is a nod to Zato-1's Executor Overdrive. Another one is a direct lift of Zato-1's Dark Sentinel overdrive from the first Guilty Gear, though it functions more like the Dark Sentinel used by EX Eddie from XX onward.
** Litchi's AnimeChineseGirl aesthetic is clearly borrowed from Jam. Story-wise, her relationship with Arakune nearly mirrors Millia Rage's relationship with Zato-1, and her siding with the NOL parallels Anji siding with That Man.
*** Unlimited Litchi in ''CP'' borrows some moves from Jam, most notably her three kick specials.
** If Potemkin were a cyborg devil, Tager would most likely be the direct result.
** Carl Clover fills Bridget's role as the junior bounty hunter with a mechanical companion.
** Amane Nishiki bears Anji Mito's performance/festival design aesthetic and Bridget's tendency to cause {{unsettling gender reveal}}s. He also has Zato-1's Invite Hell as one of his specials.
*** His dance troupe is made of orphans, the same way Johnny's Jellyfish Pirates is made of orphans.
** The Murakumo Units in general take a lot of inspiration from Justice.
*** Interestingly, later the Valentine sisters take cues from the Murakumo Units themselves. Ramlethal has Lambda's color scheme and acts emotionless (most of the time), while having Nu's desire to destroy the world; her weapon (2 floating giant swords) also takes cues from them. Meanwhile, as stated above, Elphelt has similarities with Noel. They also come from the Backyard, probably GG's answer to the BB's Boundary. [[spoiler:They're also clones of Aria, whom Sol tries to find and save, in the same vein of Murakumo Units being clones of Saya, whom Ragna tries to save.]]
** Makoto Nanaya's fighting style, to some extent, resembles Slayer's. Her Shooting Star is also similar to Slayer's Pile Bunker. Heck, even her Planet Crusher is an extreme version of Slayer's All Dead.
*** She later gets her own expy/lookalike in form of Leo Whitefang.
** If Justice were a {{Samurai}}, Hakumen may have been the result. Gameplay-wise, he takes a lot of inspiration from Robo-Ky.
** Bang, being a hotheaded HighlyVisibleNinja with a dead master he's sworn to avenge, could be an expy of Chipp Zanuff. C'mon, Chipp even wears a red ScarfOfAsskicking sometimes! Fortunately, Bang does not share Chipp's [[FragileSpeedster infamously low defense.]]
*** Ragna, however does - in the fourth ''Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!!!'', Ragna even complains about his low defense, and Litchi explicitly says it's "not as bad as Chipp Za-", while her thought bubble had a silhouette of SuperDeformed Chipp.
*** Unlimited Bang in ''CP'' borrows some of Chipp's moves, most notably his Zanseiroga. Even normal Bang has something similar to Zanseiroga for his new DD.
** Considering their pink hair, grumpy personalities and revenge based motivations, Kokonoe is basically Baiken if she were a scientist and still had all her limbs. Playstyle-wise, however, her Drive Attacks borrow from Bridget's.
** Tsubaki's playstyle bears much similarity to Order-Sol. She even asks Kokonoe to refrain from comparing her to him in her ''Help Me Professor Kokonoe'' segment.
*** Unlimited Tsubaki (and U. Izayoi) in ''CP'' borrows Millia Rage's Winger OD as one of her Distortion Drives.
** Platinum the Trinity's general design, fighting style and precocious adoration for her mentor figure may have been inspired by May.
*** Unlimited Platinum in ''CP'' has Distortion Drives taken from Faust's falling bombs super, May's Great Yamada and Bridget's Tragedy Maintenance.
** Azrael's Astral Heat has him removing his limiters, then throws his opponent up and then does a single punch as they come down. Much like Potemkin's own Instant Kill.
*** His Valiant Crush and Hornet Bunker (when they hit weakpoints) can be cancelled to a forward dash and high jump respectively, and then Azrael can continually hammer at the enemy with normal moves; much like how Dust Attacks is done in Guilty Gear.
** Yuuki Terumi[=/=]Hazama shares I-No's role as the sadistic, manipulative {{Troll}}.
** Kagura is Johnny, both rebellious {{Chivalrous Pervert}}s who sympathize with the suffering (Kagura cares more for the people than the NOL, Johnny's Jellyfish crew was made up of orphans). Funny enough, [[PlayingAgainstType both of their voice actors are usually typecasted into villainous roles.]]
** Mai Natsume of ''Remix Heart'' manga looks like Dizzy. From her big yellow ribbon, design of her shoes and being a timid ShyBlueHairedGirl. Her hairstyle resembles more of Dizzy's alternate persona "Maiden of the Grove".
* Aside from characters, there are plot elements and lore which bear similarity to those of VideoGame/GuiltyGear as well.
** In VideoGame/BlazBlue, the Black Beast emerges and utterly destroys Japan, kick-starting 'The Dark War'. In VideoGame/GuiltyGear, Justice turns against humanity following her vaporizing most of Japan, which begins the war known as 'The Crusades'.
** The ten Nox Nyctores are super-weapons not unlike the eight Sacred Treasures.
* The game has references to ''RozenMaiden''.
** The most notable example would be Rachel, whose overall appearance, outlook and attitude is perfectly similar to Shinku. Up to having the [[Creator/MelaLee same English voice actor]].
** Ragna's also has heterochromia.
** Jin shares his most notable traits with Suigintou. Including having an existing [[TheRival Rivalry]] with the main characters. As well as having a "Suigintou" color palette in ''Calamity Trigger''.
** Nu-13's overall appearance and emotionless attitude is a reference to Barasuishou. Both wears eyepatches (Albeit, Nu-13 can only be seen wearing an eyepatch in her "Younger Form"), both are clones of the originals, and both only show their emotions towards someone important to them.
*** Nu's unarmoured form and attack patterns (not to mention being an artificial being) highly resemble Cinque from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* Blonde/White-Haired Guy who can tap into his inner demonic powers and even become it. Sounds like Manga/{{Naruto}}.
** His rival has similarities to Sasuke. Both are deuteragonists, have an older brother who is sympathetic criminal (Ragna and Itachi), are top students at the academy, being a {{Jerkass}} to their female teammates (Noel and Sakura), are [[PerpetualFrowner always frowning]], have a one-sided rivalry with a hyperactive ninja (Bang and Naruto), and being an UnwittingPawn to a snake-like villain (Hazama and Orochimaru).
* The game has several shout outs to the ''{{Nasuverse}}''.
** Rachel is Rin. Aside from having the same Japanese and English Voice Actors, they also have their respective servants who are walking TimeParadox - Hakumen and Archer, respectively.
** Hakumen is Archer. Despite Archer having the same looks as Ragna.
** Noel even has a [[VideoGame/MeltyBlood Sion]] colour scheme.
** Terumi, to Gilgamesh. Both have spiky hair, are incredibly arrogant and narcissist, crazy, use chains in combat and are "heroes" of a bygone era that end up being much more unpleasant than their legends may imply.
** Arakune's appearance resembles True Assassin (specially when the latter wear his longrobe), while his habit of devouring living things and his corrupted monster aspect in general resembles [[spoiler: The Shadow]].

[[folder:Color Palettes]]
Throughout all the games, the characters have alternate palettes referencing other works. They also all have ''GuiltyGear'', ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' and they even exchange colors from each other. In the fourth game, they all have secret palettes based from characters of ''XBlazeCodeEmbryo''.
* Ragna: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, [[Manga/GinTama Gintoki Sakata]], [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]], Sol Badguy, Yu Narukami, Makoto, Sechs[[note]][[ActorAllusion Both are voiced by]] TomokazuSugita[[/note]]
* Jin: [[Manga/BlueExorcist Amaimon]] [[note]]which adds another ShoutOut because both characters share [[Creator/TetsuyaKakihara the same Japanese voice actor]][[/note]], Ronald [=McDonald=], Ky Kiske, Robo-Ky, Yosuke Hanamura, Izayoi, Touya Kagari
* Noel: [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Seras Victoria]], [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Mami Tomoe]], I-No, Maya Amano, Nu-13, Hinata Himezuru
* Rachel: [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku]], [[LightNovel/{{Oreimo}} Ruri "Kuroneko" Gokou]], Slayer, Chidori Hoshino, Valkenhayn, Mei Amanohokosaka
* Tager: ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'', ''Anime/TheBigO'', [[ValkyrieProfile Brahms]], Potemkin, Kanji Tatsumi, Bang, Drei
* Taokaka: [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]], [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]], May, Teddie, Arakune, Ripper
* Arakune: [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Lilith]], a [[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Tachikoma]], Eddie, Jack Frost, Taokaka, (presumably) Nobody
* Litchi: [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Morrigan]], [[{{Okami}} Sakuya]], Jam Kuradoberi, Mitsuru Kirijo, Amane, Soichiro Unomaru
* Bang: [[VideoGame/{{Strider}} Strider Hiryu]], [[VideoGame/SamuraiShodown Galford]], [[Anime/DragonBallZ Goku]], [[StreetFighter Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Dan]], Anji Mito, Akihiko Sanada, Tager, Avenge
* Carl: Manga/DetectiveConan, [[VideoGame/ArcanaHeart Lieselotte]] (with Nirvana as Elfride), ABA (with Nirvana as Paracelsus), Ken Amada (with Nirvana as Kala-Nemi), Relius (with Nirvana as Ignis), Brain Cat (with Nirvana as Kiri)
* Hakumen: [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]], [[LightNovel/FateZero Berserker]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero]], [[VideoGame/MegamanX Zero]], Baiken, [[StealthPun Susano-o]], Tsubaki, Es
* Nu: [[Manga/MiraiNikki Yuno Gasai]], Justice, Aigis, Noel, Es
* Lambda: a Franchise/{{Gundam}}, [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Eva Units 1 and 2]], Ramlethal Valentine, Labrys, Es-N
* Tsubaki: [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Megurine Luka]], [[Anime/MawaruPenguindrum Himari Takakura]], Millia Rage, Yukiko Amagi, Hakumen, Kuon Glamred Stroheim
* Hazama: SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, [[GiantRobo Kenji Murasame]], Film/{{Moonwalker}}, Film/TheMask, [[{{Hellsing}} Alucard]], The Riddler, ''Franchise/LupinIII'', [[Anime/YuGiOh Seto Kaiba]], ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'', Venom, Naoto Shirogane, Platinum, Ripper
* Mu: [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion EVA Unit 00]], [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Asuka Langley Shikinami in her TEST plugsuit]], Dizzy, (Shadow) Labrys, Lambda, Es
* Makoto: [[Anime/GurrenLagann Yoko Littner]], [[Anime/AquarionEvol Zessica]], [[Anime/CodeGeass Kallen]], Order Sol, Chie Satonaka, Ragna, Yuki Himezuru
* Valkenhayn: [[VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia Repede]] (but it also doubles as [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Jon Talbain]]), [[{{Okami}} Oki]], Slayer, Koromaru, Rachel, Avenge
* Platinum: [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Nanoha]], [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Nia]], Franchise/SailorMoon, [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]], [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Madoka Kaname, Homura Akemi]] and some of the [[Franchise/PrettyCure Precure Girls]], Bridget, Nanako Dojima, Hazama, Elise von Klagen
* Relius: [[TigerAndBunny Kotetsu]] (with Ignis as Barnaby), [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam A CHAR]], Faust, Elizabeth (with Ignis as Thanatos), Carl (with Ignis as Nirvana), Watashi (with Ignis as Imouto)
* Amane: [[Anime/UnGo Inga]], Izuna, Main Protagonist, Litchi, Acht
* Bullet: [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex Motoko Kusanagi]], Bullet as [[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Asuka Kazama]], Axl Low, Yukino Mazuyumi, Azrael, Ringo Akagi
* Azrael: [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]], Johnny, Takaya Sakaki, Bullet, Nobody
* Izayoi: [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Saber]], Testament, Metis, Jin, Kuon Glamred Stroheim
* Kagura: [[TheLastBlade Moriya Minakata]], Kliff Undersn, Eikichi Mishina, Terumi, Akira Kamewari
* Terumi: [[VideoGame/AssassinsCreed Ezio Auditore da Firenze]], Chipp Zanuff, Shinjiro Aragaki, Trinity Glassfille, Kiri
* Kokonoe: [[Manga/SpiceAndWolf Holo/Horo]], Dr. Paradigm, Ulala Serizawa, Jubei, Watashi
* Celica: Zappa (with Minerva as S-Ko), Rise Kujikawa (with Minerva as Himiko), Nine (with Minerva as Eight), Imouto (with Minerva as Watashi)

* A lot of ''Continuum Shift'''s [[http://www.succesfull.fr/index.php?option=com_succesfull&Itemid=5&l=fr&JeuID=913 achievements]]. Examples:
** [[VideoGame/MortalKombat Fatality]]
** [[Film/BackToTheFuture 1.21 Gigawatts!]]
** [[ZeroWing For Great Justice]]
** [[TheBeachBoys I Get Around]]
** [[JudyBlume Are You There, God? It's Me, Noel]]
** [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Aniki Is Watching You]]
** [[Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas Fur and Loathing in Kagutsuchi]]
** [[TheSimpsons Twirling Towards Freedom And That's the End of That Chapter.]]
* The achievement list for Chrono Phantasma has a few, including:
** [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Attack on Gigant]]
** [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion We'll Finish This in 62 Seconds, Meow!]]/[[GoneInSixtySeconds Gone In 62 Seconds]]
** [[TheKarateKid Mahjong, Mahjoff]]
** [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann This Is The Nail That Will Pierce The Heavens!]]
** [[DirtyHarry Did She Fire Six Swords Or Only Five?]]
** [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Misete yaru, Kusanagi no ken wo! ("I'll show you the sword of Kusanagi!")/Watashi hitori de juubun da. ("I can handle this on my own.")]]
*** [[DontExplainTheJoke Because the Trophy involves Bullet's Blackout move, and K' has a teleport called Blackout, and his catchphrase is "Ore hitori de, juubun da".]]
** [[LightNovel/{{Oreimo}} Our Gauge Can't Be This Easy to Gain]]
** [[ToCatchAPredator Why Don't You Have a Seat Over There]]
* Likewise for Extend:
** [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Unlimited Blazblue Works]]
** [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd I Am The Law]]
** [[ThisIsSpinalTap These go to Eleven]]
** [[Franchise/MetalGear Nanomachines, son]]
** [[Musical/{{Oliver}} Please Sir, Can I Have Some More?]]
** [[Series/TheBigBangTheory Bang Theory]]
** [[Music/TheBeeGees Stein Alive]]
** [[{{Peanuts}} Good Grief]]
** Series/KnightRider
** [[Series/GameOfThrones Game Of Throwns]]