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 Hate Tingle:
    • Noel Vermillion is goddamn popular in Japan. However, Westerners that hate Noel are very vocal due to her perceived Scrappy/Creator's Pet status. This is only partial because for all her faults, they think Cristina Valenzuela had done 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.
    • Since Japan loves 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).
    • 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.
    • In Japan, while she always scored low in popularity polls, Litchi Faye-Ling is still a respected character, considered to have an admirable goal and a sympathetic backstory. In the West, she's more a Base-Breaking Character; while some respect and sympathize with her, others lambaste her for being an unlikable idiot Love Martyr who doesn't listen to good advice and keeps making things worse. This is most likely due to Values Dissonance.
  • 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.
  • 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 fans insist that it's part of it's charm.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Yuuki Terumi, the Big Bad, is in reality Susanoo, a god subordinate to Master Unit: Amaterasu, his "sister". Developing an intense hatred towards Amaterasu for being under her will, he has dedicated his life to spiting and destroying her and her creations, including humans. Although Terumi is one of the Six Heroes, he was never on their side, having been brainwashed by Nine's Ruby: Mind Eater, because he knew the most about the world-ending Black Beast, his own creation. Terumi paid Nine back by shoving her into the Boundary along with her friend Trinity Glassfille. Much later, he burns down the church housing Ragna, Jin, and their sister Saya, taking the latter with him while making sure Ragna's arm was cut off by Jin. The founder of both the NOL and Sector Seven, Terumi's been Running Both Sides in order to meet his own ends, including the appointment of Hades Izanami to Imperator. His list of atrocities include being responsible for Lotte Carmine's current condition as Arakune, and then using that to coax Litchi Faye-Ling to the path of evil; mind raping Noel Vermillion into becoming Mu, the Godslayer; breaking Tsubaki Yayoi's spirit; disabling Takamagahara by having Phantom, a brainwashed Nine, implant a magical virus in the system; and assisting Relius Clover and Izanami in enacting "Doomsday." Defined by sadism and arrogance, his ultimate goal is to obtain the True Azure and become a being greater than Amaterasu, destroy all the worlds and timelines, and create one world where all living things are in fear and despair because hatred sustains his life, something he wouldn't have any other way.
    • Hades Izanami, despite the circumstances of her existence, is still her own individual and yearns for a world of death. As Imperator Librarius, she uses her authority to help conspire with Terumi and Relius to destroy Amatersu and bring about Doomsday. In Chronophantasma, Izanami exploited her part of Saya’s soul to beckon Ragna to her side for psychological effect; placed Tsubaki under the effects of Ruby: Mind Eater and forced her to fight Jin, Noel, and Makoto during their attempts to rescue her, including using the Izayoi's Immortal Breaker to inflict overkill on Jin; and compelled Ragna to enter a Black Beast-like state and go berserk, resulting in him critically injuring Jin. In Central Fiction, after Nine seemingly incapacitates her, Izanami appears to inform everyone she plots to bring about untold annihilation within a massive radius. When Ragna and Noel confront her, Izanami tries to tempt Ragna into killing Noel to gain the True Azure and, when that fails, abandons her "dream" to kill him directly. In a last-ditch move to defeat the Goddess of Death, Noel (as Mu-12) tries to assimilate Izanami's soul into her own, but she reverses the process to try and end Noel’s existence instead. A sinister god who’ll dispose of anyone in her quest to kill the Master Unit and destroy everything, Hades Izanami would have brought complete and total nothingness to the universe of BlazBlue if not stopped.
    • Relius Clover, once a vigilante partnered with Valkenhayn, a colonel in the NOL, and One, leader of the Ten Sages of Ishana, is a man who dedicated his life to science. As a researcher, he helped Terumi try and recreate Kusanagi 100 years ago and, later, was present when the Black Beast emerged from a Cauldron. After being swallowed by the Black Beast and flung into the future, Relius eventually regains his memories and reunites with Terumi to pick up where they left off. He manipulates Sector Seven and Kokonoe Mercury in recreating the Nox Nyctores Nirvana and producing an energy core that endangered the lives of the members of the organization. Around this time, Relius killed his own wife and daughter, Ignis and Ada. He turned Ignis into a literal killing machine using said core and left Ada, now Nirvana, unfinished for his young son Carl to complete. He also founded the NOL Military Academy in hopes of observing the students' hidden potentials. While working on Nirvana and Ignis, he saw the "true form" of every person, their soul, and came to view people as mere "things" and lost all belief in the inherent value of human life, making it easier for him to put other people through torment, such as Lambda and Makoto in her bad route. Relius's ultimate plan is to become "The Architect": After ridding the world of all humans, he will repopulate it with his perfect dolls, decree Arakune as the new Black Beast, and Ignis as the new Master Unit.
  • Continuity Lockout: Due to a LOT of things happening in each game, the story is pretty hard to follow if you don't start from the beginning, especially due to some details becoming more important later on. Not only that, the game has supplemental materials and spin-offs that adds to the lore, and the spin-off stories' inclusion to the main games tend to complicate matters. At least CSEX is kind enough to give you Calamity Trigger Reconstruction, and CPEX also gives you abridged versions of CT and CS, although they're trimmed down to their most plot-important details and might miss other details from other characters.
  • 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.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Most humor involving Hazama/Terumi. Most every joke he makes involve being a jerk, but it's hard to deny he's hilarious.
  • 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. Which would be unfortunate because it really is a Darkest Hour, Central Fiction managed to make things gradually better, topping with Earn Your Happy Ending.
  • 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 occurred 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 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: 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. It certainly helps that Kagura directly implies this is the case.
  • Eight Deadly Words: Detractors of the series frequently point this out as a problem. With difficult to follow narrative and heroes never gaining any meaningful wins against the villains until the end, it's hard to care about anything that happens to anyone.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Rachel's frog George XIII from one of her attacks, who has been confirmed for god-tier.
    • Bang was but a very minor character in the first installment for the Arcades. When Bang went for the home console release, he already had quite a following fandom in Japan, this resulted in:
      • Him being in many of fan-artworks sent for contests by Arc System Works; keep in mind that only Ragna, Noel, Rachel, Litchi and Taokaka have as much, or more, entries than Bang, for very obvious reasons, of course.
      • The vocal version of Gale -Reppu-, Bang Shishigami's 1st theme song was originally written and performed by a user from Nico Nico Douga, the song was so catchy and worthy of Bang's fame that it caught the Blaz Blue's official radio show (Bururaji) attention. All the impending success of the song made Daisuke Ishiwatari invite Bang himself (Tsuyoshi Koyama) to perform the vocals for his 1st theme song, this of course with the very same lyrics the original writter envisioned. Oh, and in Guilty Gear x BlazBlue Live Music 2011, Tsuyoshi himself sings this same song with these same lyrics!
      • His Subordinates are even considered this. At least to the people on Dustloop and occasionally GameFAQs. You can definitely expect them on any character wishlists for the next game or as DLC.
      • Even more impressive that Ragna and Jin have their share of fan vocals tied to their themes, still no word on Daisuke Ishiwatari promissing to have the same lyrics whenever he invites the voice actors to perform the official vocals.
    • Taokaka as well. In Relius' joke ending in Continuum Shift: Extend, she lampshades her popularity. (The kicker? She said this while in Hazama's body. Yeah, it's like that.)
    Taokaka: Tao would never say that, 'cause Tao is adorable and friendly and a fan-favourite.
    • Hype Dog, a white, fluffy dog in the background of a stage in CS, is arguably as popular as the rest of the cast.
    • Makoto seems to be really popular with both the fans and the producers, despite her limited screentime. When she got her screentime in Extend, however...
    • Valkenhayn, like Jubei, he's been requested by many fans to become a playable character, and that wish has now come true.
    • Even before Kokonoe was revealed to have inherited her mother's talent for magic, she was a fairly popular request to be playable. It helps that she is a direct descendant of two of the Six Heroes... She's even complained about the fact that she isn't playable yet in Valkenhayn's Help Me! Professor Kokonoe! segment.
    • Jubei is one of the most requested NPCs to be a playable character, and probably the most requested now that Makoto and Valkenhayn are playable. It helps that he's now the only one of the Six Heroes who's still alive that hasn't been confirmed as a playable character.
    • Relius, with the wake of the anti-Hazama protests (that Hazama becomes too oversaturated and nearing Villain Sue territory), becomes one, thanks to not yet being oversaturated. As well as his Astral and jokes about him being a "family man".
    • Azrael is the most well-received character out of all the Chrono Phantasma newcomers, due to possibly being even more Rated M for Manly than Bang, and the fact that his Japanese voice actor's previous role was a certain six-armed god killer gives him even more popularity points.
    • Speaking of, this rendition of Bullet in a Ragna-inspired outfit has gotten a surprising amount of attention—and fanart—from people. She just can't help but look good in that Badass Longcoat.
    • More bizzarely, 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. And now it has its own DDR-style game. Hilarity Ensues.
  • 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 separated, recently their popularity was 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.
  • 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; the latter was sustained in the world because of Ragna's hatred towards him, though it's primarily applies only to Terumi. The very latter 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 before Hazama. 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.
  • 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).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: 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).
    • Jubei is significantly more popular in the west, where he is the most requested character to be playable, than in Japan, where fans are mostly neutral towards him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The franchise was originally envisioned as a Role-Playing Game. The mobile Spin-Off, Blazblue: Revolution Reburning, is an Action RPG.
  • Incest Yay Shipping:
    • Ragna and his brother Jin, especially on the latter's end. While in the story proper it's just him being (really) obsessed to kill Ragna, the gag reels turns it into a more comical homoerotic urgings at Ragna's expense.
    • The fans aren't gonna stop shipping Ragna and Noel even if she's a clone of his sister. Likewise with Nu for the same reasons.
  • 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. Except without the destruction of most of Kagutsuchi.
  • 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.
    • Kokonoe has been skirting this line since the first game, but after Jin lessened his jerk qualities, she took on the trope full time. Basically, she's an extremely amoral Mad Scientist and has a lot of untamed selfish qualities, and her social skills are really not one to be talked about. She tends to use extremist method with zero regards of others' life that even Ragna was baffled and Rachel worries about her sanity. Before the last reset of Central Fiction, she was unreasonably hostile with Bullet when trying to pry on her 'secrets' that might have something to do with Tager, to the point of ordering him to kill her, or ordering Kagura to imprison her and make sure she'll never get in touch with Tager. And lastly, she took no responsibility on the dilemma of her so-called 'favorite student' Litchi, leaving her in the dark in the whole 'observing' Roy, leading her to join the villains out of desperation, all which could have been prevented if she wasn't being so cryptic and ignorant. All these, and she's usually hailed as the best character ever, because with her jackass attitude comes a very hilariously potty mouth that makes people laugh and forget her mean nature.
      • That said, Kokonoe does at least have redeeming features. She exercises more self-control than the majority of the cast (many of them would use her nukes without question if given the chance), and is shown in multiple occasions to care about the people she works with. She keeps her more insane and risky experiments to herselfnote  and does help Litchi after being hunted down and asked directly (though going just as far as "No, it's impossible, deal with it.", and also at first said she didn't even care about her getting arrested and trialed by Sector Seven, until a last-minute change of mind), until it's implied that the Sector Seven story experienced another timeline reset. She's blunt and her methods can be harsh, but she usually means well.
  • 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 (which is mainly applied to Hazama more than Terumi).
  • Magnificent Bastard: Both Hazama (and by proxy Terumi) 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. However, the irony is that he was more of a troll when he was within Hazama's body; now that the two are separated as of Central Fiction, Hazama seems to troll more than Terumi would.
  • 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. Even moreso after in CP she helped out Relius carry out his borderline-omnicidal plan, which causes some to completely forget about her past kindness and her actual misery on doing it even if she's not showing it clearly.
    • 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.
  • Nightmare Retardant: As evil as Terumi is, the horror for his actions easily loses impact due to his inability to resist cracking a joke at almost every chance he can, even his sense of humor serves to further drive in how evil he is.
  • The Scrappy: While it's very hard to see anyone as Scrappies, there aren't many fans of Luna (not Platinum as whole). She'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). The two other souls found within Platinum however include Sena who's much less rude than Luna and Trinity, one of the Six Heroes.
  • Play the Game, Skip the Story: The status quo of a LOT of BlazBlue fans out there. To many of its fans, the poor writing resulting in the story of this game can leave one being confused, mystified, and seeking answers to plotholes that'll never get explained, as well as having disturbing fanart, ships, and subtext to offer. You're better off getting to the core of the game—the fighting itself.
    • Enjoy the Story, Skip the Game: On the other hand, you'd be surprised how many people who generally don't like fighting games got into the series specifically because of the insane story and ridiculous but lovable cast. This is probably the reason for Stylish Mode to exist, to let people get through fights easily if they just want the story.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Tsubaki gets this is a number of quarters. While she has topped popularity polls in Japan, and is in many respects one of the nicer characters in the franchise, particularly in the West her detractors refuse to forgive her actions during Continuum Shift, even if she attempts to make up for it in Central Fiction. She also gets in the way of the Incest Yay shippers pairing her crush Jin with either Ragna or Noel. Observe the Flanderisation as her good traits get neglected in favour of the whole Yandere thing.
    • Litchi gets this treatment somewhat too. Substitute Jin with Arakune and Tsubaki's "Notice me, Sempai!" with Litchi's guilt trip and several ill-informed decisions she makes as a result, and the effect is the same.
  • Shipping Goggles: A few people who read the Remix Heart manga toyed 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.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Izanami. Fighting her almost makes you want to re-evaluate your life choices up to this point.
  • Superlative Dubbing: One of the most commonly-praised aspects of the franchise is that the English dubs of the games tend to be regarded as this, if not Better Than Canon. Heck, it's to the point where Central Fiction suffering from No Dub for You was a massive source of controversy.
  • 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.
    • Remember the rather grim discussion between Litchi and the Kaka village elder regarding the Kaka clan's future and livelihood? Cast it out your mind, it's of no importance now!
  • Toy Ship: There are viewers whom viewed many of Rachel's interactions with Carl as a potential ship, and 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.
  • Values Dissonance: There's a lot of this in this franchise, but the easier one to spot is probably about Litchi's dilemma. Do you see her devotion to Arakune - to the point that she makes questionable decisions (i.e helping the bad guys) for saving him - as goodnote , or too overdonenote ? Do you see her not telling everyone her problems as a way of sparing them from the potential harm, or as a sign of her not trusting people that may be able to help her? In short, do you see Litchi's actions as unavoidable or unforgivable? It's up to your values. This is also why what is meant as a tragic story for Litchi, in Japanese, is instead overshadowed with the crime of 'helping evil for pursuing one selfish goal'. by some people overseas.
  • 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.
  • 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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