Shout Out / Guilty Gear

Guilty Gear not only has awesome music, it also has lots and lots of Heavy Metal and Rock references (and even influences) to count. Almost anything worth a name in this game is a reference to a rock band. And when it's not, it's very likely to be a reference to something from both Western and Eastern pop cultures alike. Take a look:
  • Sol Badguy: His real name (Frederick), last name (a reference to "Mr. Bad Guy"), and even his theme song ("Keep Yourself Alive") are some of all the references to Freddie Mercury and Queen in general (to hammer the point home, his head-plate has the words "ROCK YOU" engraved on it). It helps that his VA (Daisuke Ishiwatari, also the man behind the game) is a huge fan of Queen, something you'll see in this entire page.
    • A relatively subtle one—his sword technique is clearly inspired by Mercury's theatrics with the top half of a mic stand.
    • His Instant Kill is also called Napalm Death.
    • One of his servants in Overture is named Queen.
    • In Xrd, his sword is called JunkyardDog MkIII, named after a wrestler who had "Another One Bites the Dust" as his opening theme.
    • Not a musical one, but you can switch his voice and Order Sol's one in Accent Core +, like in Overture.
    • Sol often says "Yare yare daze", his theme in Xrd is even called "Gimme a break", a rough translation of that phrase.
    • If you use Elphelt's Magnum Wedding on him, with the dialogue set to Japanese, he'll say "Remember yesterday!", a reference to the Hammerfall song.
    • Sol's Instant Kill in the first game is called "All Guns Blazing".
    • His backstory involves a lost lover, busting up evil establishments, and Walking the Earth. At the end of -REVELATOR-, he is finally reunited with his lost love. Sol's backstory makes him somewhat similar to Kenshiro.
  • Ky Kiske: His name is composed by Kai Hansen + Michael Kiske.
  • Axl Low: His name comes first.
  • Justice: One of her Overdrives is called "Gamma Ray".
  • Testament's name is a reference to the band of the same name...
  • Venom's name is a reference to the band of the same name.
  • Slayer's name is a reference to the band of the same name.
  • May may be a reference to Queen's Brian May, which, as mentioned in Sol's examples, wouldn't be strange.
  • You'd have to be blind not to get the musical reference in Zappa's name.
    • One of his attacks is called "The Last Edguy".
    • For a non-rock reference, Zappa's Instant Kill is a Shout-Out to The Ring. Blatantly so.
    • Resident Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl S-ko is a Captain Ersatz of Sadako from The Ring, a fact referenced by Zappa's Instant Kill.
    • Zappa's most powerful summon is named Raoh, that looks like Star Platinum.
    • Speaking of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, his outfit is heavily inspired from Vanilla Ice and Dio Brando, especially the heart bands. He even has Dio's walk animation from the game Jo Jo's Venture. When Zappa is possessed, he twitches wildly and strikes increasingly bizarre poses, a subtle references to Araki's notable style of drawing his characters striking poses.
    • One of Zappa's "idle" quotes translates to "That burger-selling clown is scary!"
  • Jam's full name (Jam Kuradoberi) is a subtle Cloudberry Jam reference, due to her surname being a Japan-romanized writing of "cloudberry".
    • One of her GGX battle quotes is "Omae wa mou shindeiru aru!", AKA "You're already dead!"
      • To really nail the reference in, she gains a new full-tension Overdrive in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core where she punches the opponent in a Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs fashion exactly 100 times.
  • Potemkin borrows some moves from anime: his Gigantic Pressure move resembles Hell and Heaven, and he refers to his Kinniku... erm, Potemkin Buster as his 48th Certain-Kill Technique.
    • Also, several of his stuff is inspired by Led Zeppelin, such as his theme song ("Burly Heart") sounding very "Kashmir"-like the name of his nation being Zepp.
    • His fist attack is called "HammerFall", both a reference to the Queen's song "Hammer To Fall" and the Power Metal band of the same name.
    • He also shares his own name with that of the eponymous battleship that underwent a mutiny. (Or at least, the movie of it) Ironically, his GG 1 ending shows him and Gabriel as preparing to instigate a rebellion against Zepp's corrupt leaders.
    • His Xrd redesign bears a striking resemblance to both Alphonse and Panzerfaust. He even has the letter "Z" emblazoned on his shirt, possibly referring to Mike Zaimont (Skullgirls' creator and former professional Potemkin player).
  • Millia Rage was named after the metal band Meliah Rage.
    • It's a longshot, but her surname may be a reference to the metal band Rage as well.
    • Her Instant Kill is called Iron Maiden.
    • One of her attacks is also called Iron Savior.
    • Another one is called "Winger", a reference to a Hard Rock band from The '80s.
    • And her theme song "Writhe in Pain" may be a reference to Impel's song of the same name.
    • The magic technique that lets her control her hair is named "Angra", for a Brazilian metal band.
  • Bridget's "Shoot The Moon" attack is a reference to the Mr Big song of the same name. Cleverly enough, it's also an actual yo-yo trick.
    • And his "Kickstart My Heart" attack is a reference to a Mötley Crüe song of the same name.
    • His bear is named Roger.
  • Zato-ONE, has an attack called "Break the Law".
    • Also, an Instant Kill attack from GGX onward is called "Black in Mind", another reference to Rage.
    • There's also "Shadow Gallery", another of his attacks, named for the Progressive Rock band of the same name.
    • His name is an obvious reference to Zatoichi, (ichi = one) the blind samurai.
    • After the death of his VA, he was Killed Off for Real, and his shadow Eddie took his body. Guess what's the reason of his name.
    • As another reference to Iron Maiden, in the first Guilty Gear game, Zato's Instant Kill is called "Fear of the Dark".
    • Eddie itself is a lot like the Venom symbiote which bonded with Eddie Brock in the Marvel Comics.
    • One of his victory pose looks like Dio's "WRYYYYYY" pose. Eddie's VA would later go on to voice Dio for the TV anime and the All Star Battle fighting game.
    • His name, "Zato-1", is a reference to the blind samurai Zatoichi, by way of "1" being pronounced "ichi" in Japanese. Zato-1 also shares his namesake's blindness.
  • Kliff Undersn's attack "Soul Survivor" can also be called "Sole Survivor". It might also reference the album by the Dutch Death Metal band Gorefest.
  • Chipp Zanuff's name comes from the band Enuff Znuff.
    • His teleportation move also appears to be a direct reference to Dragon Ball Z, specifically Goku's Instant Transmission technique.
  • Dizzy and Johnny are shared references to The Goo Goo Dolls.
    • In Dizzy's case, one of her Overdrives, freshly taken from her mother Justice, is called "Gamma Ray".
      • Her name can be another allusion to Guns N' Roses, by way of Dizzy Reed, their keyboardist.
      • Then there's her Gabriel Sword move from her EX mode, another archangel reference like with her mother's aforementioned Michael Sword and Michael Blade.
      • Her characterization as an unfailingly-kind and pure-hearted young woman of unparalleled beauty who touches the hearts of all who encounter her is a reference to Yuria from Fist of the North Star.
    • Johnny, according to That Other Wiki, not only by his name, but in his outfit and long hair, may be a reference to Johnny Winter.
    • There's also a chance that Johnny, in all of his black-clothed glory, is a reference to the original Man In Black himself, Johnny Cash.
    • And the narcissistic personality is also reminiscent of Johnny Cage.
    • Johnny also has some clear parallels with Zorro - black clothes, heroic bandit style, swordsmanship... one of his Overdrives even draws a Zorro Mark on his opponent!
    • Johnny's coin throw is likely a reference to Heiji Zenigata, while his Ensenga is a take on Sasaki Kojiro's Tsubame Gaeshi (possibly by way of fellow heartthrob Ukyo Tachibana).
    • Johnny also bears resemblence to Roger Taylor, especially his looks in "I want it all" video clip.
  • A.B.A., a Canon Immigrant from Isuka. Her name is clearly a reference to the swedish pop group ABBA, as well as to ternary form in music.
    • Kind of a long shot, but A.B.A.'s key companion, Paracelsus, could have some inspiration from the band Laibach's side-project album Paracelsus.
    • Also, she uses a key with blade-like properties.
  • Baiken is a female Kenshin Himura.
  • I-No's character design is based off of Japanese rock singer Shiina Ringo, complete with her trademark mole {which she had removed}, guitar, and her bobbed haircut from her early days.
    • Her name could be a reference to Brian Eno, and her guitaring win pose shouts out to Eddie Van Halen.
    • The solo she plays in her riffing win pose has been compared to solos from the following songs.
    • In her Xrd Instant Kill move, she uses a technique that the boss version of I-No could use (but the playable version could not) from GGXX,said move is called Megalomania, which may be a reference to Russian Heavy Metal band Aria's first album of the same name (Мания Величия).
  • Faust, a.k.a Dr. Baldhead, is named for Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's famous play, although he shares the name with the drummer of Emperor and the German band Faust. "Going My Way?" could possibly be referencing "Are You Gonna Go My Way?".
  • Leopaldon is the name of an electronica/house band.
  • Fanny, from the portable Guilty Gear Petit titles, shares her name with the alias of Fraser Runciman, a proponent of the breakcore genre.
  • Robo-Ky... DAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEEE!!!
    • One of his older version's Overdrive is called "Aegis High", which alludes to an Iron Maiden song "Aces High".
  • Zako-Dan of Isuka might have been inspired after Team Rocket.
    • Specifically, Zako-C is an Anime Chinese Girl who not only has clawed gloves, but also wears a Qipao that doesn't cover her back and has Odango Hair... Sounds a bit familiar, doesn't it? Well, one of her palettes you get to see during GG Boost even makes her look perfectly like Alpha Chun-Li.
  • Overdrive, basically GG-ese for "super move", can be seen as a reference to the guitar amplifier effect of the same name. note 
  • Gig, the boss of Guilty Gear Dust Strikers is classified as a Megadeth-class Gear. Interestingly, very powerful or at least, very big Gears all get this classification.
  • Some texts in Accent Core Plus uses Iron Maiden font.
  • Bedman, the new character for Xrd, is named after Bedemon, a side project of heavy metal band Pentagram.
    • His ability to trap people in nightmare worlds is a direct reference to Freddy Krueger and Death 13.
    • The mecha-bed might be shout out to Roujin Z.
    • When a Dust attack is used in his stage, players can see an eye in the left-hand corner that resembles one of the eyes that appears when Alucard unleashes his restrictions in Hellsing
    • His stage, Nightmare Theater, is a reference to Dream Theater.
    • When using the English version of his System Voice, his pre-match line is "May the odds be in your favour."
    • Bedman's overall thematics might also be in-line with Relius Clover, villains not introduced early fighting with mechanical gadgetry and having another being fighting with him (Ignis and that bed), being a powerful Dragon to their imperialistic bosses (Imperator Librarius and Ariels) and an instant kill that is unique depending on the target they landed it on (tortures and nightmares).
  • Sin is named after a song by Nine Inch Nails.
  • Ramlethal has combos that resemble the chain combos used in Tekken. Her Dauro attack even has a Just Frame version that turns it green, just like the Electric Wind God Fist (EWGF) used by the members of the Mishima family.
    • She somewhat resembles Lambda-11 with her color scheme, slow developing emotions and being used as a pawn by others. Ironic considering how many BlazBlue characters were Guilty Gear expys.
  • Elphelt has a rose motif in her design and wields guns. Guns N' Roses
    • She has the words "You could be mine" on her dress somewhere, a possible reference to the Guns N' Roses song of the same name.
    • She also shares her birthday with Axl and Dizzy, who are named after Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed of Guns N' Roses.
    • Design-wise, she resembles Hisui and Kohaku from Tsukihime and Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue. Her fighting style, however, is similar to Roberta from Black Lagoon and Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue.
    • Aside from being similar to Noel Vermillion in terms of weaponry, Elphelt also shares the same birthday and dislike of bugs/insects.
    • Her instant kill is a reference to Bon Jovi 's "You Give Love a Bad Name", particularly the specific lyric "shot through the heart". It could also double as a reference to Bullet for My Valentine.
      • Continuing with the Bon Jovi references, one of Faust's quotes upon getting hit by her instant kill is "This is bad medicine indeed!".
    • One of her Instant Kill quotes is "Do you feel lucky punk? Because I sure do!"
    • Her role in the Story Mode mirrors that of Alisa Boskonovitch in Tekken 6.
    • The beginning of Elphelt's musical theme sounds similar to Team Japan's theme "Esaka", especially the KoF '96 version.
  • Leo Whitefang, Badass blond lion-ish guy. Doesn't feel familiar to Alan Gado?
    • His name and surname are a reference to Danish/American band White Lion.
    • His Leidenschaft Dirigent Overdrive resembles both Berserker Barrage and Fatal Claw.
    • His instant kill seems to borrow from Warsman's Double Claw Screw Driver, particularly the spinning and the "stacking" of multiples.
  • Jack-O' bears a striking resemblance to Kula Diamond, another mysterious girl with bell-bottom pants and oddly-colored hair who also happens to like lollipops, and appears very innocent and childish while being extremely powerful. Her crouching animation also closely resembles the pose Kula strikes when performing her Diamond Edge (S)DM.
  • Raven
    • His backstory involves him being a naturally-born immortal and being despondent over it, which mirrors the plot of Highlander, a movie with a score composed by Queen.
    • He fights using claws, licks them in sickening fashion, and has exceptional reach, just like Vega. In Overture, he even wears a mask that looks similar to Vega's.
    • His new outfit in Xrd, a hooded cloak, references another ArcSys character with a sadomasochistic streak - Yuuki Terumi.
    • Immortal sadomasochist with a raven/crow motif? Hidan meets Karas.
    • He borrows several mechanics and aesthetics from Jedah Doma. Both of them are batshit insane and use arcane, dark techniques. They even utilize claws and have the exact same attacking flight airdash. One of his winposes is also similar.
  • In Accent Core Plus R, the Dust color of color set 1 is a reference to BlazBlue.
    • Sol is Ragna, which adds in another Shout-Out because both are similar to each other and Ragna's Guilty Gear skin is based on Sol.
    • Ky is Jin, which adds in another Shout-Out because both resemble one another and Jin's Guilty Gear skin is based on Ky.
    • I-No is Nine.
    • May is Platinum.
    • Eddie is Carl.
    • Millia is Noel.
    • Axl is Hazama.
    • Potemkin is Tager, which adds in another Shout-Out because both both are similar to each other and Tager's Guilty Gear skin is based on Potemkin.
    • Chipp is Bang.
    • Baiken is Bullet.
    • Jam is Makoto.
    • Anji is Azrael.
    • Johnny is Izayoi
    • Venom is Relius, which adds in another Shout-Out because both share the same Japanese voice actor.
    • Dizzy is Mu-12, which adds in another Shout-Out because both are similar to each other and Mu-12's Guilty Gear skin is based on Dizzy.
    • Bridget is Kokonoe.
    • A.B.A. is Kaugra Mutsuki.
    • Slayer is Rachel.
    • Zappa is Arakune.
    • Order Sol is Tsubaki.
    • Kliff is Valkenhayn.
    • Faust is Litchi.
    • Justice is Hakumen.
    • Robo-Ky is Yuuki Terumi.
  • Among the trophies in Xrd are "Communication Breakdown", "Tie Your M.O.M. Down", "A Man of Wealth and Taste", "Training Kept A Rolling", and "Cradle Will Rock", along with several more general references to music and the music industry.
  • High Voltage, a new track in Xrd, is most likely a reference to the AC/DC album of the same name.
  • Magnolia Eclair's opening riff is almost identical to the opening riff of "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest.
  • The multiple musical references conveyed through the series' characters, move names, and music could very well be inspired by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which also uses many musical references.
  • In Xrd's Story Mode, Sin mentions ordering a burger from Danny Missiles, a play on the Real Life burger chain Johnny Rockets.

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