YMMV / BlazBlue

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Nu-13 gets a lot of this in fanworks; the thinking is she's so screwed up because of the near constant Mind Rape she experiences, either through the boundary or at Hazama's hands. Thus she's often redeemed with a little bit of TLC, or alternatively tough love. As to whether the ending of Chronophantasma has changed this tendency (or indeed it was a Take That, Audience! on ASW's part in response to an Unintended Audience Reaction) will become clear in due course.
    • Depending on how much in the know Jubei is about the time loops, it's possible he thinks that a Ragna with the strength and smarts to move the story onwards on his own emerging (so the good side stands a better fighting chance in the possible upcoming conflicts) is preferable to breaking the loops prematurely.
  • Anticlimax Boss: Non-Unlimited Raggy is the final boss for Hakumen's Arcade Mode in Calamity Trigger. Further reinforced by Nu coming right before. It's meant to show just how powerful Hakumen is in comparison.
  • Americans Love Iron Tager And Azrael: Not that he's not popular in Japan, but with American-exclusive memes like "REAL SOVIET DAMAGE" and "GIGANTIC TAGER", being a hulking, manly cyborg and possibly second-manliest man after Bang, and the voice of Jamieson Price (a fan favorite for Badass Baritone voices in America)... anyone can see it coming. Azrael gets much of the same treatment for being a gleefully insane Blood Knight in the vein of American fan favorite Zaraki Kenpachi.
    • Bang himself is one. In Japan, while he's well-received, it just goes as much as your typical 'goofy comic relief' goes. In America? There's a good reason why Americans tend to treat him as 'the manliest man of all BB characters'. This seeps into his pairing choice, as Western fans are the ones who would desire that Litchi get it off with Bang instead of Arakune (and unfortunately may end up bashing her for choosing Arakune, not Bang), while you're going to have trouble to find a Bang X Litchi art in Japan (or if it exists, they may be drowned with more HQ Arakune X Litchi arts).
      • Westerners Partially Hate Noel Vermillion: She's goddamn popular in Japanese, however, Westerners that hate Noel are more vocal due to her perceived Scrappy/Creator's Pet status. This is only partial because for all her faults, they think Cristina Valenzuela is doing a superb job on her, while they tend to think Kanako Kondo's performance on her is Cute but Cacophonic. The fact that she's been consistently taking levels in badass in every game has also migrated the hate somewhat.
      • Americans Hate Platinum: Since Japanese love little girl characters and she's voiced by Aoi Yuki (AKA Madoka Kaname), Platinum is ALSO wildly popular in Japan, ranking high in popularity polls. But in the west? She's pretty much one of the few characters whose Scrappydom are higher than her fanbase (majorly Luna's).
      • Americans Hate Celica: Japanese fans just can't get enough of Celica A. Mercury for the same reasons as Noel. A sizable chunk of Western fans, however, wish she could jump up her own ass and die.
  • Audience-Alienating Premise: The fact that it has so much story for a fighting game makes it a turn-off to some people. It has a lot of terminology you have to understand, and it's easy to get trapped in Continuity Lockout if you can't follow it enough. It was first envisioned to be an RPG, so it's logical for this to have a lot of story, but then changed to a fighting game; the story didn't change much, however, leading to this.
  • Base Breaker: Stylish mode. note  Is it a good way to allow players to learn the game and how characters work, or is it a terrible idea that only exists so that players can win in matches that they shouldn't be able to despite having less skill than their opponent? Though there are some who don't mind it — so long as it isn't used against players that want to only use the Technical mode.
    • You'd be hard pressed to find a character in the BlazBlue universe who doesn't have some degree of this. Every character has both a significant following and a significant hatedom due to different areas of appeal and various Alternative Character Interpretations.
  • Cliché Storm: Gloriously so! Ragna alone could be considered the expy of a gazillion shounen or seinen heroes, and the story just fires off anime cliches one after the other, yet behold how popular it is. Compared to other fighting game series; it's not a high standard to top.)
  • Complete Monster: This series ain't pulling their punches. We've got two top tier depraved individuals that many will wanna see go down ASAP.
  • Crazy Awesome: Some fans like Hazama despite the fact that he's possibly the most insane member of the cast. Also see Draco in Leather Pants.
  • Creepy Awesome: Ragna the Bloodedge is this, along with being an Iron Woobie.
    • Arguably Arakune as well.
    • Izanami in the fourth game is this in spades. She has the otherworldly air around her, both in mannerisms and fighting style, and some of her attacks can be quite freaky looking. She can also break into an uncharacteristic Slasher Smile at worst times.
  • Creepy Cute: Taokaka counts due to being a Genki Girl with adorable cat mannerisms despite her face being a black shadow with glowing red eyes and Cheshire Cat Grin.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The series almost falls into this. Those who are taken seriously are Anti-Heroes at best, those who are clear-cut heroes are treated as the Joke characters story-wise and never are taken seriously, the villains are extremely effective and far more likely to win, and those who oppose the villains who are taken seriously are disorganized and would rather mind their own businesses than realize the threat and work for a better future. Chronophantasma both improves this and suffers from it the worst. For the most part the game is the most hopeful in the series. The protagonists are working together towards a common goal and have a plan, Ragna and Jin get Character Development that shows them become better people, and the heroes are finally able to counter the villains in terms of planning and have several important victories. The ending however is the darkest yet. While Terumi and Relius have been defeated, Izanami takes the position of Big Bad and absorbs a large portion of humanity into the Embryo, and the world lost seithr, which was its main power source. Platinum is possibly dead, Jin and Noel are injured, with the former in serious condition, and Ragna is destined to die. While the games have always had bright and dark moments this clearly the series’ Darkest Hour, which might cause some people to stop caring.
  • Designated Hero: The majority of the game's Good Is Not Nice characters are often seen in this light. The only flat out exceptions are Ragna and to a lesser extent Hakumen (mainly thanks to Continuum Shift). Rachel and Luna do get this treatment but the most prominent cases for this are Jin and Kokonoe. (Mainly thanks to the events that occured in Continuum Shift, it was getting really hard for a sizable portion to remember that Kokonoe has not pulled a Heel–Face Turn.) This trope could be caused because when your main oppositions are extremely over-the-top Complete Monsters like Terumi and Relius... anyone can claim high moral ground for opposing them no matter what reason. It's lessening for Jin in Chronophantasma, but Kokonoe still sits here.
    • Designated Villain: And the same goes to NOL. Just so you to remember, not everyone in NOL are self-serving high and mighty jackasses, most of them are more under Terumi and Relius' influence, they're mostly police forces trying to make best of the harsh situation they're in, but they're going to be considered The Empire. Lately, however, thanks to Graying Morality, drafting Litchi into NOL (though she's not very pleased) and the addition of Kagura Mutsuki, an actually not-so-jackass dude being actually the biggest badass of NOL's Duodecim... it may start losing the status. Especially after the end of CP where the leader of the NOL is changed to a more benevolent and rightful one: Homura Amanohokosaka.
  • Die for Our Ship: Arakune must die for Bang x Litchi, Noel must die for Jin x Tsubaki, Noel and Tsubaki must die for Ragna x Jin, everyone must die for ν-13 x Ragna, and so on... Nu-13 and Tsubaki kind of agree with their fans on this one...
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Nu-13. It's very easy to forget that she's a creepy Yandere, Weapon of Mass Destruction that hates the world and wouldn't think twice of blowing it up on a whim... Especially when she's being so adorable in how she did the Yandere thing.
    • For example, you look at this Amane-ified Nu and try not to say how adorable she is.
    • Some people like Hazama so much that they forget that he's a depraved monster par excellence that is designed that way, even according to Word of God (who says that he's devoid of redeeming qualities).
    • For some, there's also those who'd consider Kokonoe having one. She'd be considered an amoral bitch unworthy of being cheered even when she's being an ally thanks to her laundry list of atrocities, ignorance of things. However, because she's considered highly amusing with her snarkiness and F-Bombs and her other competition is a high-caliber bastard like Terumi (and she herself is considered an attractive pink-haired Cat Girl), she often got her atrocities and dangers glossed away. The game also glosses it somehow, even if Ragna and Hakumen called her nasty decision-makings out, she's still tailored to be the best mind they had for ally and she still gets to enjoy protagonistic role despite never having to realize that she is wrong and needs to fix her attitude.
    • Played for Laughs with Relius. Despite being one of the most horrific examples of Abusive Parents in gaming, the fandom insists that he's genuine "Father of the Year" material for some reason.
  • Dry Docked Ship: Some fans think Makoto and Kagura were at least Friends with Benefits in the past, which explains their rather... interesting interactions in the present.
  • Eight Deadly Words: Detractors of the series frequently point this out as a problem, contending that the show's main characters who are genuinely good are treated as ineffectual at best and unwittingly furthering the villains' plans without realizing it at worst, and those who can stand up to the villains and are taken seriously are jerkasses at best and outright malicious at worst, and that the villains are some of the worst monsters and are far more likely to win, making it impossible to care about anything that happens to them.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Hazama and/or Terumi. He's an arrogant Troll who's even more abrasive and mean-spirited than Jin and has more or less fucked up the lives of everyone in the series, most of all, Noel, when he transforms her into Mu-12. Fans love him because he's funny, handsome, and a cool dresser. Now with the two of them separate in recently there popularity explored even more with Terumi's fighting being more brutal than Hazama's.
    • Relius, to a lesser extent. A brilliant researcher who sought only perfection and has performed horrendous experiments and plans (as shown during his EX Story where he practically played Sector Seven and Kokonoe for chumps to create his Ignis). He just got less time to shine than Hazama.
    • Nine, as well. Being a genius magician who created Magitek of the setting, having a cool outfit, Awesome Ego, biting lines and well-put out movelist really help.
    • Izanami as of the fourth game; her fighting style and creepiness as well as Yukana's good performance really got stuck in the fans' minds.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Hazama and Terumi are this for some fans. Meanwhile, Nine's new outfit for Central Fiction, and her turning bad, might be a way for invoking this trope. To a lesser extent Izanami who despite not being well endowed like Nine still fights in a revealing outfit that shows off her slim Figure.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: All of the characters are popular to an extent, but a notable example is Ragna's projectile move, Dead Spike. A rare case of a fighting move being popular. To the point where it has its own tag on Danbooru, and it continues to grow.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Relius' outfit might not look so bad if the colors weren't so garish, if his chest piece didn't look like a video game controller, and if the rings at the bottom of his cape didn't make it look like he's wearing a shower curtain.
    • Definitely Mu. It's almost the same as the Murakumo Units', except that it's so revealing (and not to mention a gratuitous ass shot in her original Astral Heat). Though she later becomes good, her outfit doesn't change.
    • To an extent, Izanami's battle outfit. While it suits her more flexible movements unlike her original robes, it's often said as not really as threatening as a villain of her caliber would be. Especially her "unicorn crown".
  • Foe Yay Shipping: There is a lot, almost makes you think it's intentional on the creator's part.
    • First and foremost are Ragna/Jin. It'd be enough if they were just rivals, but Jin's extreme obsession with killing his brother just pours fuel on the fire.
    • Then there's Ragna/Hazama(And by extension Terumi as well). Hazama was sustained in the world because of Ragna's hatred towards him. He literally couldn't live without him.
    • An interesting case of this lies with Trinity and Terumi as it was partially canon. Trinity had feelings for Kazuma, the vessel in which Terumi resided in. Terumi exploited her feelings and had her free him from her friend Nine's control. Ever since, the fans just kind of took off with the pairing, even though Trinity wants nothing more than to end Terumi's existence.
  • Fountain of Memes: Hazama is apparently a smooth criminal and is considered the biggest Troll ever.
  • Freud Was Right: Hazama's Astral. That snake is really huge. And long.
  • Game Breaker: To start with, all the unlimited characters. Essentially, these are alternate forms of the characters that take their advantages and crank them straight Up to Eleven. For example, Ragna is in constant Blood Kain with a larger health bar (AND no life reduction), all of Jin's specials are the drive variant with no meter cost, Arakune can instantly curse you and his bees are almost the size of Carl, and Tager gains two spark bolts and a greater magnetism radius. But the real "fun" starts with Hazama, who has a perpetual green aura surrounding him. Should you touch this, you will lose health as long as you are in contact with it. And all of that health you lose? Yeah Hazama gains that much added to his own health meter. Oh, and guess what? Remember that short-ranged special that stuns the opponent? Well, now it automatically chains into the second part of his super autocombo. For no heat cost. And it's unblockable. If he gets too close to you, consider a quarter of your life bar gone.
    • The first game has its resident Robot Girl, Nu-13. When played in melee (as in the 2009 Arcade Infinity finals) she's balanced (somewhat - the reach and priority on her C-attacks is far better than they should be). However an expert Nu player will use her knockback and teleport moves to avoid melee at all costs. Staying at range lets her play defensively, and abuse her absurd projectile combos. While BlazBlue's system does penalize excessive defensive play, Nu is allowed to stay defensive longer than any other character before being penalized. Longer even than Hakumen, who's meant to play a defensive/counterattack game.
    • Arakune's teleport and bee-spam antics have not made him any friends either.
    • Not to mention the infinite combo on Carl, is not subject to the combo rule on BlazBlue because it contains a throw, which means he's rather nasty in the hands of a skilled player. See here for a good example of the loop.
    • ICE CAR JIN, anyone?
      • While extremely annoying, Jin "MUSOU!" Kisaragi can be countered much more easily than the above setups with some practice.
      • Ice Car must have been nerfed in Continuum Shift, because now all Jin does is spam his ice swords until he gets a health advantage and then run away waiting for the time to run out.
    • In the second game, the Game Breaker award goes to Litchi and Hazama for their insane juggle combos.
    • Someone discovered Noel's extremely broken single-move combo that can be kept up without a break. Her 2D drive; an overhead flip that fires the guns downward into the enemy, causing the target to get stunned for a moment - even the cancel/recovery takes long enough for the next attack - and can be continuously spammed once the player on the receiving side runs out of bursts. Of course, the first hit has to connect without being blocked or else it can be countered. But as soon as the first it connects... You then realize you can continue doing it and keep on looping it until the opponent's life bar rests at zero. Never mind the gold and green bursts or blocking and barrier, mistime the blocks and you'll get owned. After the bursts are all gone... et tu, Brute?
    • Continuum Shift Extend gives you Platinum the Trinity. Platinum's projectiles are very very annoying if you cannot properly counter and predict her attacks... wait, it's both he and she. That cat face missile is huge. And by the time you recover from blocking or from being hit by the missile, she/he has another set of three ready to fire. You don't really need More Dakka when those projectiles are about one-third the height of the entire stage.
    • Even the third game is not safe. Say hello to Kokonoe, whose assorted setups, "touch of death" combos (many of which were discovered within the first day of her release as DLC), chip damage and overpowered attacks have invoked deliberations towards banning her from competitive play until she gets balanced. This goes so far as to tracking down the PSNs of known Kokonoe mains to outright block or avoid at this time. Some have even gone so far as to put her in her own tier in 1.0 tier lists. Not since the days of #Reload Eddie has a character in an Arc System Works game been considered that far above and beyond the rest of the cast.
      • Even after being nerfed in the arcade patch (Version 1.1), Kokonoe is still considered to be one of the best characters in the game. The only difference is that now she has to share a spot with others.
    • Nine in the fourth game, about the same as her daughter. It's on how she has a lot of really useful moves, such as 2 wakeup setup moves (one of which is hard to block due to ambiguously hitting mid or low), teleporting as a normal move, long-ranged attacks that instantly reaches the length of the screen, those that covers a lot of the screen, a special that tracks the opponent anywhere, a potent laser beam DD and, yup, a "touch of death" combo (involving chaining 2 of her D Ds together in Overdrive, but still).
  • Inferred Holocaust: The true ending for Bang's story mode is told from the perspective of the Kaka villagers, who revere Bang as a hero for "bringing the sky back" to their underground city. What's touched upon only briefly is the fact that his actions caused the destruction of most of Kagutsuchi.
    • Though Continuum Shift took it into a canonical route and Bang SURVIVES the ordeal.
  • Jerkass Dissonance: Jin Kisaragi is one of the most popular characters in the franchise, despite his personality and attitude. This is dying down in the third game, though, due to him becoming less of a jerk.
  • Love to Hate: Terumi. The fans mostly agree that his actions are despicable, but it's just amusing to see him in action due to his crass personality, his cool design, his sadistic fighting moves and how his VA is having a good time portraying him. Though how you like him depends on how funny you find his trolling. This trope is the main reason he was kept alive... until the end of Chronophantasma, that is.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Both Hazama and Relius can be very devious, managing to outwit the whole cast. Until Chronophantasma that is, and they're outwitted by Izanami, the Goddess of Death.
  • Memetic Badass: Bang. Fans like making him looking more badass than he actually is due to his charisma and especially manliness. He does become more badass as the story goes, but he's still got a long way to go before he even gets close to the fans' expectations.
  • Memetic Loser: Ragna is often made into this, due to being a rather extreme Chew Toy despite his supposed badassery. From being the butt of jokes in the comedy scenarios, to being surrounded by annoyances, to having failures over failures (and his few successes end up furthering the villains' plan in some way)...
  • Memetic Molester: Relius, because of his rather... "interesting" ways of restraining his opponents in his Astral Heat, and pretty much all of his interactions with Makoto.
    • And of course Jin towards Ragna. There is almost no scene he shares with Ragna where he isn't being as creepy as possible in his desire to fight him; Arcsys themselves just run with it and turn it Up to 11 in the gag reels.
  • Memetic Troll: To no one's surprise, Yuuki Terumi. It helps that he canonically trolls the other characters, and such is his nature that he feeds on other people's hatred of him, which he instills in others through his horrible acts. As a result, his trolling has reached out Memetic level that goes even beyond his usual high-level trolling. He's even earned his place on the pantheon of This Very Wiki as the God of Trolling.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • "COUNTER!" "COUNTER!" "COUNTER!" "COUNTER!" "COUNTER!" "COUNTER!"
  • Never Live It Down: Oh boy.
    • Ragna is having a hard time living down his reputation as an unrepentant mass murderer despite his horrible past and hidden golden heart. Or, alternatively, fans sometimes forget that he's a badass mass-murderer and thinks that he's a complete joke who tries too hard to be cool (see Memetic Loser above).
    • Jin is probably going to be forever remembered as 'that brother-obsessed psycho' no matter what Character Development hit him. Even ASW endorses it in humorous segments.
    • Poor Litchi is becoming very much like Orihime, one unwilling Face–Heel Turn due to a nasty, near unavoidable Sadistic Choice and she's forever marked as 'idiot', 'never a good person', 'utterly selfish and obsessed' regardless of the tons of genuinely good things she did in the past.
    • No matter what Character Development hit him, whatever true enemy he realizes, he can fight for justice, try to be a better man, but Bang's Arch-Enemy is always going to be Jin.
  • The Scrappy: While it's very hard to see anyone as Scrappies, you'll find it very hard to find fans of Luna (not Platinum as whole), who's considered to be incredibly loud-mouthed and obnoxious, insulting nearly everyone she came across in a worse scale that surpassed even Rachel's haughtiness (and outright calling Ragna a lolicon for NO REASON whatsoever). People can't stand her and she contributes on how haters express their hate to Platinum. To make things worse, Sena wasn't any better and some think he's just too wimpy to be liked, despite being much less rude than she is. Really, the only factor they like in Platinum is because Trinity, one of the Six Heroes are part of their souls, but Trinity rarely taking on the battlefield didn't help matters...
    • Some have accused Remix Heart's Mai Natsume of being a needless moeblob with zero personality only meant for Fanservice, though she does have a number of characer traits and displays both inner conflict and character growth over the course of her story.
  • Shipping Goggles: A few people who read the Remix Heart manga are already toying with the idea of Jin Kisaragi and Mai Natsume together. One of the most likely reasons is that the appearance of Jin and Mai resembles that of Ky x Dizzy in Guilty Gear. This has no basis in the story though, as Jin seems indifferent to Mai and Mai finds him intimidating.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Ragna and Jin with nearly every male and female character in the series, though in particular Ragna and Tsubaki have become a well-received ship due to a series of fanfics.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Good holy lord, where do we even start? There's fans of Bang/Litchi who are very vocal and bash hammers on Arakune, and a minority of Litchi/Arakune fans who bash hammers on the other, then we have fans of Jin/Tsubaki who bash Jin/Noel fans. As of Continuum Shift, Jin/Makoto has been getting it's good share of popularity (though, it doesn't seem to cause much tension to the shipping community). And then we have Ragna/Jin, the most popular pairing in the series who will bash other Ragna and Jin pairings if need be... Hands down. Oh, and there's a portion of the community that believes Jin will eventually be a Celibate Hero / Chaste Hero, and therefore will have no official canon Love Interest. That's not even getting into all the popular Crossover Shipping Jin is involved with. The amount of Ship Tease between Ragna and Celica in Chronophantasma adds a torpedo to virtually all the Ragna ships beforehand and makes the Ragna/Jin, Ragna/Rachel and Ragna/Noel fans foam at the mouth.
  • Squick: Some fans are grossed out by (or at least like to make jokes about) Nine bearing a child fathered by Jubei. He's humanoid, sure, but he's more cat than man.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot/They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Some minor characters, like Arakune and Amane, have a fairly large amount of things that could be explored if the narrative focused on them more. Instead, they're mostly ignored in favour of the main characters and, while given some attention, aren't given nearly as much as they could be for an interesting story.
  • Toy Ship: There are viewers whom viewed many of Rachel's interactions with Carl as a potential case of this, while Ragna X Rachel gets more ship-tease in the series Carl X Rachel is not that far off (however this was mostly in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger but there was a little bit of this in BlazBlue: Continuum Shift though.)
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: It's kind of inevitable though, considering the nature of the series. Every character has their own plotline that runs alongside the ones involving "main characters" Ragna, Jin, and Noel. Some plot points cross, but others are left in the dust.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: Part of what makes Ragna such an interesting protagonist is how he bounces off the rest of the cast despite his rather one-note personality, namely how insane his situations tend to get when interacting with them. Unlike most examples of this trope, Ragna does receive significant Character Development over the course of the series.
  • The Woobie: Everyone except Hazama/Yuuki Terumi and Relius Clover. Hoo. Boy.
    • Ragna's life sucks sooo bad. The destruction of his home and family made him hate the world, and it's part of the reason why he's aiming at the Library for maintaining a world that he hates, and part of the reason he's the Black Beast, and this hatred is used by Terumi to keep existing. And he acts like such a nonchalant jackass whose favorite phrase sums up to "Outta my way, or you die!" to nearly everyone. But despite so, he'll keep moving on without giving up, even if he's told that he has no chance.
    • Jin Kisaragi, yes, he's an asshole extraordinaire. However, aside of his insecurity that Ragna kept ignoring in the past, it didn't get better when he got adopted. Already feeling dead and just doing things like any adopted kid did, the Kisaragi family mostly looked at him with scorn who thinks he only gets all the luxuries because of family name. Anything he did, he never found joy. Oh, and how many times has it been that he was suckered into being possessed by Terumi? More than once, I assume. Amped Up to Eleven if you listen to the lyrics of the L.A. Vocal of his theme. This guy has been through a lot of shit, it's not even funny.
    • Oh boy, Noel Vermillion. Yes, she's born as an adult, but her mentality isn't one of an adult/teenager and she was pushed into a harsh world in order to maintain her family...including getting much of a harsh abuse from Jin for being incompetent, getting mistaken as a boy, her best friend Tsubaki turned against her due to jealousy... then she found out that she's not even human, in the worst way possible courtesy of Terumi. This results her being turned into Mu-12 and wants to destroy the world... The only thing that got better afterwards was just her last problems, up until CP, Tsubaki has been brainwashed to hunt her down further, and Jin still hates her. Eventually she manages to control her Mu-12 powers and help save Tsubaki, but in CF it becomes much worse. Because she's the "highest Entitled" and she doesn't desire a change (for reasons unknown currently), she unconsciously rejects all of the wishes other Entitled has made with the Azure and Izanami lynches everyone to go after her. When she discovers this, she's broken to tears. It's also implied that she somehow separated herself from Mu, and now Mu as a standalone entity is hated by people because, according to Izanami, "Noel blamed all of her mistakes on Mu". She lets out an appropriately Big "NO!" after this.
    • Taokaka gets a substantial Woobie moment at the end of her CS story mode. Try as she might, she can't hold her own against Hazama, and it looks like she's not going to survive the fight, at which time she breaks from her usual demeanor and laments that all she wanted to do was protect the village and her friends.
    • Litchi Faye-Ling looks like an all-kind all-helpful all-angelic woman... but then we learn that she has one extreme Guilt Complex about letting her friend, who's shown to be not a pleasant person and considered her annoying, go awry with her research and turn into Arakune. She's been trying the damndest to save him, by inflicting the corruption to her as well, but everyone else that knows just says she's a moron for such a lost cause. Her time's running up and she's Forced into Evil just to preserve her life... and everyone else say she's a moron and a traitor for staining her morality. Even so, she would still keep moving on while maintaining her kind persona, and keeps her problems to herself so everyone that cares about her wouldn't worry... And then Chronophantasma proceeded to destroy whatever 'Iron' she had. Not only Kokonoe was furious at her actions and is wanting to kill her, she is still forced to fight her friends in order to maintain Arakune's stable form thanks to being observed by Hazama... Then Rachel revealed her that this is Hazama we're talking about, he didn't tell Litchi that he's observing him as Arakune, not Lotte Carmine, thus he's stuck in his blob form and no amounts of efforts are going to restore him. Everything she did in NOL has become pointless, she earned the ire of many of her friends, is it any wonder that after all those, she finally broke down in tears? The Story Mode made her goes even further that the only way to do so is to stick with Relius and create a world where Lotte may live. Left without any other options and none of her griefs solved, she decided to take that chance... Although she may finally gets a bone thrown on her when Relius' plans fell apart and she's in the custody of... Carl, who's more than likely to fix her grief for good.
    • Arakune/Lotte Carmine is just a scientist aiming for the top... with some inferiority complex. But then, his targets of surpassing, Kokonoe and Relius Clover, never gave a damn and instead mocked him for it, making him desperate enough to try to experiment with the Boundary and then...well, look at what he's become. He's doomed to wander the land with decreasing sanity, insatiable hunger and appearance of legions of bugs. Then he got caught by Relius, and then had him Observed by Hazama... except that Hazama observes him as Arakune the blob of bugs, NOT the scientist he used to be...
    • Carl Clover, the precocious child who...witnessed his dear sister turned into an automaton by his own dad that he adored and came to completely distrust adults at that point, and he's even feared by his own uncle and aunt. Everyone else refers his sister as a dangerous weapon that he should keep away from at all cost. Wow, kid needs a hug. Thankfully, he did get a bone thrown to him when Litchi gave him a genuinely sweet hug despite her own inner troubles that Carl finally calms down and starts feeling better. But then, he learns that Litchi is in the clutches of said 'dad' and then realizes that to help both her and his sister he actually had to side with him. So eventually he did... and had to beat up the other adult that he respects, Bang. But thankfully another bone got thrown to him AND Litchi as Bang perservered and wrecked Relius' plan, and now the two of them are holding him on the leash so they can direct his brain and knowledge to their needs instead of his...
    • Nu-13 is, at heart, a sad, lonely, and somewhat deranged girl who just wants Ragna to be with her. Pity that also manifests in them becoming the Black Beast together and destroying much of the world. When her soul gets put into Lambda and you find out why she's like this, you can't help but feel for the poor girl...robot...thing. If you take what she says literally and then remember the fact that she shares a life-link with Ragna then the fridge horror of whats happened to her is actually pretty shocking. Ragna has actually killed a semi completed Nu-13 twice before CT even begun, which in turn forced her to regenerate from scratch in the boundary...which is a place composed of 100% mind-rape. He did this without ever even thinking about her having emotions or a mind of her own since her previous forms weren't completed and she couldn't talk yet. After CT, shes left at the bottom of the now destroyed cauldron to rot and attempt to regenerate until Tager came and took her half dead body back to Sector Seven so that Kokonoe could rip the soul out of her and stuff it into Lambda-11's body which was in only...slightly better shape after having been left to rot on a pile of trash for several years at the ruins of the Ibukido site.
    • Speaking of which, Lambda herself as well. The first thing we see of her was how her past was like: being in constant torture by scientists For Science! Such that relieving them when she was revived makes her scream in agony... and Kokonoe has to erase those memories to spare her the pain, turning her into a Blank Slate, completely subservient to Kokonoe. Then in the True Ending, when Nu's memories in her awakens, she goes to save Ragna from Hazama... and took Ouroboros to her body twice, killing her (but not before she gave Ragna her Idea Engine). Her "gag reel" is also rather depressing - in it she gets a pet insect through which (and interaction with Makoto) she gains some facet of personality... and then Kokonoe unknowingly throws the insect into the trash disposal.
    • Tsubaki Yayoi is a noble swordswoman and diplomat...who suffered crippling isolation due to her siblings dying from incest-invoked complications and an emotional dependency on Jin Kisaragi, wound up separated from him due to Noel Vermillion being moved into the seat of ministerial secretary that she (read: Tsubaki) was better suited to, was trapped in the Zero Squadron for the remaining months, and found herself sent on a mission to terminate both Noel and Jin. Terumi proceeded to "motivate" her by telling her that Noel "stole" her spot with Jin, leaving out that Jin would have left for Kagutsuchi anyway due to his own psychosis, and that she was so desperate that she abused her family status, demoted from First Lieutenant and jumped to Zero Squadron (at least in Slight Hope) just to bring Jin back, only to inevitably get impaled by Nu in the effort. When she fails against Noel, Terumi brainwashes her to use as his pawn against Jin and Hakumen. Then things get worse in Chronophantasma, as the pressure of conflict with numerous individuals, especially Jin, causes Izanami to press her influence into her deeper and make her unlock Izayoi. Thanks to Jin, Noel and Makoto's efforts, however, Tsubaki finally turns good and reconciles with them.
      • Tsubaki also has a bad habit of, you know, dying a lot (particularly during the time loops prior to CT's), with little in the way of Pet the Dog moments to balance things. Poor, poor Tsubaki.
      • As of CF, she's even beginning to get recognised as this in story, by Nine no less. See Sympathy for the Hero.
    • Trinity Glassfille is one of the Six Heroes... and hopelessly lovestruck with Kazuma Kvar, who would later become a host for Yuuki Terumi. Terumi manipulated that love for him to have Trinity release Nine's geas on him, only to proceed to backstab them both and dump them into a cauldron. She winds up sealed within Muchorin afterwards, and shares a body with two kids, possessing only the strength to emerge for minutes at a time, and harbors a Guilt Complex over her role in Nine's death and, more importantly, letting Terumi escape.
      • She dies for good in Chronophantasma, thanks to Hazama. Bastard.
    • Jubei, too. Starting with losing his brother, then three of his comrades (including his lover Nine) all thanks to Terumi. Then because he's chased by NOL after the Dark War, he had to leave his child Kokonoe behind, who was still very young, unable to properly take care of her. He was also unable to do anything for the oppression of the Kaka clan. Then years later, after he saves Ragna and siblings from a lab and put them under Celica's care, the same Terumi barged in, murdered Celica and kidnapped Jin and Saya, and he had to take care of Ragna who was doomed with having the Azure Grimoire as his new right arm. Then Ragna becomes a criminal and Kokonoe grew up hating his dad's guts. Then he gets beaten by Phantom, whom he suspected as his supposedly dead lover, now siding with the bad guys. And in the end of the third game, Phantom is revealed right in front of him to be Nine, and after the two fight, Jubei isn't seen again. And he can only blame himself for half of it. Also an Iron Woobie: his life is filled with so much tragedy, and yet he still can stay positive. Not to say he won't angst about it sometimes.
    • Hakumen hides it well under his badass persona but when you account in what he's been through, he's easily an Iron Woobie. In the past, as Jin, his secretary Tsubaki died because of a combination of neglect and stubbornness of his own and being killed by Nu who also brought his brother down the cauldron to become a Black Beast. He then jumps into it too, which means he had to endure the Eldritch Location that is the Boundary before he fell in the past. His body got wrecked so much that he had to be transferred to the Susanoo Unit to survive, which is how he becomes Hakumen. Then, he participates in the Dark War, with him seeing many casualties in front of him, and later he went to personally slay what remained of the Black Beast - Ragna's body. Then Terumi killed 2 of his comrades and he had to take Terumi with him down the Cauldron (again) just to stop him. It's especially shown in a poignant scene between him and Tsubaki in CS.
  • Woolseyism: Many of the puns and jokes are suited entirely to Japanese, and don't translate over well into English, so naturally there's a lot of original writing in the English versions. Hence, all the memes. For most games this would come across as incredibly corny and lazy, but for Blazblue, being the kind of game it is, this actually works quite well.
    Hazama: "C'mon, now, Carl Clover? Why so serious?"
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