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* SpeedSmartsAndStrength Among the "3 Stooges of Torifune", Noel emphasizes speedy attacks and unpredictability, Tsubaki the book smart uses her special tome "Izayoi" to store power, and Makoto uses her sheer strength to deliver hard punches.

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* SpeedSmartsAndStrength SpeedSmartsAndStrength: Among the "3 Stooges of Torifune", Noel emphasizes speedy attacks and unpredictability, Tsubaki the book smart BadassBookworm uses her special tome "Izayoi" to store power, and Makoto uses her sheer strength to deliver hard punches.

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* SpeedSmartsAndStrength Among the "3 Stooges of Torifune", Noel emphasizes speedy attacks and unpredictability, Tsubaki the book smart uses her special tome "Izayoi" to store power, and Makoto uses her sheer strength to deliver hard punches.


* TooDesperateToBePicky: This very trope leads to Litchi making one of her hardest decisions in the game's story. His friend, Arakune, was mutated from the effects of the [[EldritchLocation Boundary]] and becomes an EldritchAbomination, and as a doctor, she tried everything she can to find a way to cure him, including giving herself some Boundary corruption in order to understand his condition more. But that gets her mind slowly being deteriorated, with the risk of becoming just like her friend; she tried finding help from her old colleague Kokonoe, but the latter refuses, saying that Arakune's condition is basically irreversible and Litchi shouldn't corrupt herself in the first place. This gets [[BadSamaritan Hazama]]'s attention, who tempts her with a potential cure within the NOL's technology, in exchange of joining his side. As she's out of options, she reluctantly takes his offer, even with her knowing that Hazama is hardly trustworthy. This makes her part of the antagonist side, which continues to the third game; she does, at least, seem to be better off condition-wise, but Arakune's problems remain even then.

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* TooDesperateToBePicky: This very trope leads to Litchi making one of her hardest decisions in the game's story. His Her friend, Arakune, was mutated from the effects of the [[EldritchLocation Boundary]] and becomes an EldritchAbomination, and as a doctor, she tried everything she can to find a way to cure him, including giving herself some Boundary corruption in order to understand his condition more. But that gets her mind slowly being deteriorated, with the risk of becoming just like her friend; she tried finding help from her old colleague Kokonoe, but the latter refuses, saying that Arakune's condition is basically irreversible and Litchi shouldn't corrupt herself in the first place. This gets [[BadSamaritan Hazama]]'s attention, who tempts her with a potential cure within the NOL's technology, in exchange of joining his side. As she's out of options, she reluctantly takes his offer, even with her knowing that Hazama is hardly trustworthy. This makes her part of the antagonist side, which continues to the third game; she does, at least, seem to be better off condition-wise, but Arakune's problems remain even then.


** [[OfficialCouple Jin's birthday is Feb 14 (Valentine's Day), coupled with Tsubaki being born on March 14 (White Day)]]; [[spoiler:the same is true for their alter-egos, Hakumen and Izayoi respectively]].

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** [[OfficialCouple Jin's birthday is Feb 14 (Valentine's Day), coupled with Tsubaki being born on March 14 (White Day)]]; [[spoiler:the same is true for their alter-egos, Hakumen and Izayoi respectively]].Tsubaki's alter-ego Izayoi]].



** IdiotHero Taokaka is Feb 22 (World Thinking Day and Cat's Day in Japan).

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** IdiotHero Taokaka is Feb 22 (World ([[TheDitz World Thinking Day Day]] and Cat's Day in Japan).

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', as a 2D fighting game set in a bizarre post-apocalyptic {{Magitek}} future Earth, with anime-style graphics, an ear-thumping heavy rock[=/=]metal soundtrack, and an ensemble cast of insanely wacky characters with unique abilities and [[TooManyBelts lots of belts]] headed by a red-clad and foul-mouthed AntiHero who fights with an angular sword and oozes snark and angst. Notably ''Blazblue'' was very poorly received by ''Guilty Gear'' fans initially and it took a long time for the game to establish its own identity.


* FighterMageThief: While none fit the trope fully, Makoto is undoubtedly the fighter with the greatest offensive potential, Tsubaki fits the mage best, though her Unlimited version is the toughest of the three (15,000 HP to the other two's 14,000HP according to TheOtherWiki; in normal mode they all get 11,000 according to Dustloop), and Noel the thief noted for her speed, though her reliance on her magic guns leans towards the mage a little.

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* FighterMageThief: While none fit the trope fully, Makoto is undoubtedly the fighter with the greatest offensive potential, Tsubaki fits the mage best, though her Unlimited version is the toughest of the three (15,000 HP to the other two's 14,000HP according to TheOtherWiki; Wiki/TheOtherWiki; in normal mode they all get 11,000 according to Dustloop), and Noel the thief noted for her speed, though her reliance on her magic guns leans towards the mage a little.


* BeastMan: Aside from [[CatFolk the Kaka Clan]], there's also other kinds of beastkins such as Jubei, Makoto and Valkenhayn.



* PettingZooPeople: Aside from [[CatFolk the Kaka Clan]], there's also other kinds of beastkins such as Jubei, Makoto and Valkenhayn. Though Jubei is closer to being a FunnyAnimal.


* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: '''[[color:red:High.]]''' Terumi and Relius are borderline infinite-level with the amount of victories they've achieved, but ''Chronophantasma'' started slowly bucking the trend, as [[spoiler:Terumi was nearly killed by Hakumen, and then Saya, revealed as possessed by Izanami, ditches him and Relius while only taking Phantom, meaning that even alive, Relius will already lose access to a large reason for his effectiveness (including the NOL now currently being run by the good guys.). ''Central Fiction'' has a more balanced level as well. [[spoiler:While all of the villains are defeated, several of them get '''very''' close to succeeding in their goals (especially Terumi who was one fight away from absolute power). Relius also gets exactly what he wants without any repercussion]].

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* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: '''[[color:red:High.]]''' Terumi and Relius are borderline infinite-level with the amount of victories they've achieved, but ''Chronophantasma'' started slowly bucking the trend, as [[spoiler:Terumi was nearly killed by Hakumen, and then Saya, revealed as possessed by Izanami, ditches him and Relius while only taking Phantom, meaning that even alive, Relius will already lose access to a large reason for his effectiveness (including the NOL now currently being run by the good guys.). guys).]] ''Central Fiction'' has a more balanced level as well. [[spoiler:While all of the villains are defeated, several of them get '''very''' close to succeeding in their goals (especially Terumi who was one fight away from absolute power). Relius also gets exactly what he wants without any repercussion]].


* CharacterDevelopment: Quite a bit of it too, particularly in Continuum Shift and Chronophantasma. CP in particular is a good source for this for most of the cast. Ragna becomes more heroic, vowing to find a way to use his Azure to protect people as opposed to using it to destroy as well as be less reliant on a power that isn't his own [[spoiler:(Which makes what happens to him at the end even more tragic)]], Jin is less of a {{jerkass}} to others (Even around Noel he's simmered down a bit) as well as move past his desire to kill his brother, and Noel herself is far more confident than before, even being able to harness her Mu-12 form at will. Even Hakumen seems to have cooled down as he speaks less harshly to others, and isn't as hostile to Ragna as he was before.

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* CharacterDevelopment: Quite a bit of it too, particularly in Continuum Shift and Chronophantasma. CP in particular is a good source for this for most of the cast. Ragna becomes more heroic, vowing to find a way to use his Azure to protect people as opposed to using it to destroy as well as be less reliant on a power that isn't his own [[spoiler:(Which makes what happens to him at the end even more tragic)]], Jin is becomes less of a {{jerkass}} to others (Even around Noel he's simmered down a bit) as well as move past his desire to kill his brother, and Noel herself is far more confident than before, even being able to harness her Mu-12 form at will. Even Hakumen seems to have cooled down as he speaks less harshly to others, and isn't as hostile to Ragna as he was before.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Pretty damn cynical. The characters all live in a CrapsackWorld ruled by an oppressive government, the only person who can actually get any shit done about it accomplishes this by slaughtering almost all of the government employees he sees (and yes, he's the good guy; this is a CrapsackWorld), and the most idealistic characters either exist for mockery or have [[BreakTheCutie so much piled on them]] [[TheWoobie that they can barely function]]. Bastards abound and always get the upper hand (for now). Bits of idealism occasionally shimmer through here and there via the characters' true/joke endings. However, Chronophantasma has some of good guys (mostly Ragna, Jin, and Noel plus their allies) [[CharacterDevelopment get better and more heroic]] thanks to Kagura and Celica inspiring them to shift to BlackAndWhiteMorality.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Pretty damn cynical. The characters all live in a CrapsackWorld ruled by an oppressive government, the only person who can actually get any shit done about it accomplishes this by slaughtering almost all of the government employees he sees (and yes, he's the good guy; this is a CrapsackWorld), and the most idealistic characters either exist for mockery or have [[BreakTheCutie so much piled on them]] [[TheWoobie that they can barely function]]. Bastards abound and always get the upper hand (for now).for much of the series. Bits of idealism occasionally shimmer through here and there via the characters' true/joke endings. However, Chronophantasma has some of good guys (mostly Ragna, Jin, and Noel plus their allies) [[CharacterDevelopment get better and more heroic]] thanks to Kagura and Celica inspiring them to shift to BlackAndWhiteMorality.BlackAndWhiteMorality, and Centralfiction ends with them finally defeating Izanami and Terumi for good.



* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: '''[[color:red:High.]]''' Terumi and Relius are borderline infinite-level with the amount of victories they've achieved. And it is ''not going down anytime soon.''
** ''Chronophantasma'' had this actually wane a little, as [[spoiler:Terumi was nearly killed by Hakumen, and then Saya, revealed as possessed by Izanami, ditches him and Relius while only taking Phantom, meaning that even alive, Relius will already lose access to a large reason for his effectiveness (including the NOL now currently being run by the good guys.) Why a little? Because Izanami is a frikkin' Goddess and probably can be more effective than Terumi and Relius ''combined''. She's even got the single most effective character on her team: ''Phantom''. Only time will tell if she lives up to her words.]]
** ''Central Fiction'' has a more balanced level as well. [[spoiler:While all of the villains are defeated, several of them get '''very''' close to succeeding in their goals (especially Terumi who was one fight away from absolute power). Relius also gets exactly what he wants without any repercussion]].

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* SlidingScaleOfVillainEffectiveness: '''[[color:red:High.]]''' Terumi and Relius are borderline infinite-level with the amount of victories they've achieved. And it is ''not going down anytime soon.''
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achieved, but ''Chronophantasma'' had this actually wane a little, started slowly bucking the trend, as [[spoiler:Terumi was nearly killed by Hakumen, and then Saya, revealed as possessed by Izanami, ditches him and Relius while only taking Phantom, meaning that even alive, Relius will already lose access to a large reason for his effectiveness (including the NOL now currently being run by the good guys.) Why a little? Because Izanami is a frikkin' Goddess and probably can be more effective than Terumi and Relius ''combined''. She's even got the single most effective character on her team: ''Phantom''. Only time will tell if she lives up to her words.]]
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). ''Central Fiction'' has a more balanced level as well. [[spoiler:While all of the villains are defeated, several of them get '''very''' close to succeeding in their goals (especially Terumi who was one fight away from absolute power). Relius also gets exactly what he wants without any repercussion]].



* WorldOfJerkass: It's easy to count the characters who ''aren't'' jerks on a single hand, and they're often {{Butt Monkey}}s who suffer constant abuse, whether it's played for laughs or for drama. Hell, even Ragna, the resident JerkWithAHeartOfGold, gets kicked around by characters worse than he is.

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* WorldOfJerkass: It's easy to count the There's not too many characters who ''aren't'' aren't jerks on a single hand, or self-interested, and more often than not they're often {{Butt Monkey}}s who suffer constant abuse, whether it's [[BlackComedy played for laughs laughs]] or for drama. Hell, even Ragna, the resident JerkWithAHeartOfGold, gets kicked around by characters worse than he is.


* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to it's predecessor series, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ([[UpToEleven which itself was on the darker end of fighting games to begin with]]), [=BlazBlue=] is '''way''' more cynical in tone, to the point of being full-on grimdark. To put things into perspective, the world is a [[CrapsackWorld near-complete Hell-hole being oppressed by a corrupt world government]], most of the "heroes" are either {{anti hero}}es driven by {{revenge}} or other obsessions at their absolute best, or extremists who are [[NotSoDifferent almost as bad]] as said corrupt world government and are willing to resort to pretty disturbing means to accomplish their goals at their worst; with the only reason they can claim the moral high-ground is because the villains they're against are ''[[ForTheEvulz that]]'' '''[[TheSociopath bad]]'''. Whatever clear-cut good guys there are usually are either A.) [[ButtMonkey mocked and belittled]], B.) [[BrokenHero have so much baggage that it's a miracle they can still function]], or C.) both at the same time.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to it's predecessor series, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ([[UpToEleven which itself was on the darker end of fighting games to begin with]]), [=BlazBlue=] ''[=BlazBlue=]'' is '''way''' more cynical in tone, to the point of being full-on grimdark. To put things into perspective, the world is a [[CrapsackWorld near-complete Hell-hole being oppressed by a corrupt world government]], most of the "heroes" are either {{anti hero}}es driven by {{revenge}} or other obsessions at their absolute best, or extremists who are [[NotSoDifferent almost as bad]] as said corrupt world government and are willing to resort to pretty disturbing means to accomplish their goals at their worst; with the only reason they can claim the moral high-ground is because the villains they're against are ''[[ForTheEvulz that]]'' '''[[TheSociopath bad]]'''. Whatever clear-cut good guys there are usually are either A.) [[ButtMonkey mocked and belittled]], B.) [[BrokenHero have so much baggage that it's a miracle they can still function]], or C.) both at the same time.


* FantasyKitchenSink: Just looking at the playable characters, we have [[BadassNormal normal humans]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], a {{cyborg}}, [[FunctionalMagic magic-wielding]] [[RobotGirl robot girls]], an insect-filled EldritchAbomination, a [[CatGirl cat girl]], a [[PettingZooPeople squirrel girl]], a HighlyVisibleNinja, a MagicalGirl with 3 personalities inhabiting one body, a {{samurai}} whose sword is [[{{BFS}} longer than is physically possible to unsheath]], and a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf butler]].

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* FantasyKitchenSink: Just looking at the playable characters, we have [[BadassNormal normal humans]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], a {{cyborg}}, [[FunctionalMagic magic-wielding]] [[RobotGirl robot girls]], an insect-filled EldritchAbomination, a [[CatGirl cat girl]], a [[PettingZooPeople squirrel girl]], girl, a HighlyVisibleNinja, a MagicalGirl with 3 personalities inhabiting one body, a {{samurai}} whose sword is [[{{BFS}} longer than is physically possible to unsheath]], and a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf butler]].


* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to it's predecessor series, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ([[UpToEleven which itself was on the darker end of fighting games to begin with]]), [=BlazBlue=] is '''way''' more cynical in tone, to the point of being full-on grimdark. To put things into perspective, the world is a [[CrapsackWorld near-complete Hell-hole being oppressed by a corrupt world government]], most of the "heroes" are either {{anti hero}}es driven by {{revenge}} or other obsessions at their absolute best, or extremists who are [[NotSoDifferent almost as bad]] as said corrupt world government and are willing to resort to pretty disturbing means to accomplish their goals at their worst; with the only reason they can claim the moral high-ground is because the villains they're against are ''[[MoralEventHorizon that]]'' '''[[TheSociopath bad]]'''. Whatever clear-cut good guys there are usually are either A.) [[ButtMonkey mocked and belittled]], B.) [[BrokenHero have so much baggage that it's a miracle they can still function]], or C.) both at the same time.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to it's predecessor series, ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' ([[UpToEleven which itself was on the darker end of fighting games to begin with]]), [=BlazBlue=] is '''way''' more cynical in tone, to the point of being full-on grimdark. To put things into perspective, the world is a [[CrapsackWorld near-complete Hell-hole being oppressed by a corrupt world government]], most of the "heroes" are either {{anti hero}}es driven by {{revenge}} or other obsessions at their absolute best, or extremists who are [[NotSoDifferent almost as bad]] as said corrupt world government and are willing to resort to pretty disturbing means to accomplish their goals at their worst; with the only reason they can claim the moral high-ground is because the villains they're against are ''[[MoralEventHorizon ''[[ForTheEvulz that]]'' '''[[TheSociopath bad]]'''. Whatever clear-cut good guys there are usually are either A.) [[ButtMonkey mocked and belittled]], B.) [[BrokenHero have so much baggage that it's a miracle they can still function]], or C.) both at the same time.

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* ArrangeMode: The "Abyss Mode", debuting in the handheld port of ''Continuum Shift II'', is a special mode where you fight opponents and descend down "depths", where the enemies will be stronger. As you go down the depths, you can acquire different items that can enhance your character so that you can fight enemies easier.


* CriticalHitClass: Hitting the opponent with Azrael's Drive attacks exposes [[AttackItsWeakPoint weakpoints]] on their person, either high or low depending on the attack. If Azrael hits the opponent with a corresponding Drive attack (or certain special attacks) while these weak-points are exposed, it becomes a critical attack with different properties, such as causing a ground-bounce or being unblockable. One of Azrael's [[LimitBreak Distortion Drives]], as well as his [[SuperMode Overdrive]], make these weakpoints permanently exposed for a set amount of time.

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* CriticalHitClass: Hitting the opponent with Azrael's Drive attacks exposes [[AttackItsWeakPoint weakpoints]] on their person, either high or low depending on the attack. If Azrael hits the opponent with a corresponding Drive attack (or certain special attacks) while these weak-points are exposed, it becomes a critical attack with different properties, such as causing a ground-bounce or being unblockable. One of Azrael's [[LimitBreak Distortion Drives]], as well as his [[SuperMode Overdrive]], make these weakpoints weak-points permanently exposed for a set amount of time.



* DivineChessboard: Everyone seems controlled by Jubei and Rachel (and Kokonoe to a smaller extent) on the protagonists' side. Just about everything else in the story is being controlled by [[spoiler:Hazama and Relius]]. Except [[spoiler:Saya, or rather Izanami.]]

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* DivineChessboard: Everyone seems controlled by Jubei and Rachel (and Kokonoe to a smaller extent) on the protagonists' side. Just about everything else in the story is being controlled by [[spoiler:Hazama and Relius]]. Except [[spoiler:Saya, or rather Izanami.Izanami, is actually controlling everything, until it's revealed that Terumi, aka ''Susano'o'', is the true mastermind.]]


* CriticalHitClass: Hitting the opponent with Azrael's Drive attacks exposes [[AttackItsWeakPoint weakpoints]] on their person, either high or low depending on the attack. If Azrael hits the opponent with a corresponding Drive attack (or certain special attacks) while these weakpoints are exposed, it becomes a critical attack with different properties, such as causing a groundbounce or being unblockable. One of Azrael's [[LimitBreak Distortion Drives]], as well as his [[SuperMode Overdrive]], make these weakpoints permanently exposed for a set amount of time.

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* CriticalHitClass: Hitting the opponent with Azrael's Drive attacks exposes [[AttackItsWeakPoint weakpoints]] on their person, either high or low depending on the attack. If Azrael hits the opponent with a corresponding Drive attack (or certain special attacks) while these weakpoints weak-points are exposed, it becomes a critical attack with different properties, such as causing a groundbounce ground-bounce or being unblockable. One of Azrael's [[LimitBreak Distortion Drives]], as well as his [[SuperMode Overdrive]], make these weakpoints permanently exposed for a set amount of time.



* CrypticBackgroundReference: A lot of it since the first game and continues onwards, such as the identities of the Six Heroes and what they are like (this one eventually gets delved into in ''Phase Shift'' novel series), the past [[ArtificialHuman Prime Field Devices]], the Master Unit (which only shows itself in ''CP''), and so on.

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* CrypticBackgroundReference: A lot of it since the first game and continues onwards, onward, such as the identities of the Six Heroes and what they are like (this one eventually gets delved into in ''Phase Shift'' novel series), the past [[ArtificialHuman Prime Field Devices]], the Master Unit (which only shows itself in ''CP''), and so on.

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