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Code of Princess CharactersTropes for them include the following:
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They were this in their original game, so they'd apply here. It's somewhat downplayed, as only three of them (and Liongate) actually appear here.
The main heroine of Code of Princess. Solange is the princess of the DeLuxia Kingdom. When the monstrous Distron Army invaded her kingdom, she took up her family's sacred sword, the DeLuxcalibur, and fought back in the defense of her homeland.
- BFS: Her DeLuxcalibur.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Final Boss: If the player's using Lina in the story mode.
- Gold and White Are Divine
- The Heroine: The intro presents her as one for this game. The five unlockable campaigns establish her as the canonical winner of the tournament to become the next Blade Stranger, but she fails to defeat Lina in all campaigns except her own.
- Stripperiffic: Just look at her! She actually got mistaken for a prostitute in her home game at one point. Even Noko calls her out on it in her match against her. And then there's the ever so innocent Emiko, who wonders if she's too poor to afford clothes, nevermind that she's royalty.
- Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth: Apparently she was a bit too much for Lina and Devian to stomach after she had eaten the recreations of the other Blade Stranger candidates, leading her to collapse into a world-deleting implosion.
A character from Code of Princess. Once the leader of a band of thieves, Ali would be betrayed and ousted by her lieutenant and trusted friend, Baku Jupponogi. Now a drifting loner, she would go on to join Princess Solange in protecting the DeLuxia Kingdom, lending her blade to the cause.
- A-Cup Angst: Doesn't really take Helen saying that her breasts have room to grow pretty well...
- Fragile Speedster: She served this role in her home game, so it's only natural that she'd be the same here.
- I Meant to Do That: Says this word for word if she flubs an attack.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Throws a bomb at her opponent in one of her attacks.
A character from Code of Princess. With his identity concealed behind a mask, Liongate fights for the Distron Army invading the DeLuxia Kingdom. Talented in swordsmanship and magic in equal measure, Liongate's motives are shrouded in mystery.
- Animal Motifs: Lions, unsurprisingly.
- BFS: Wields a large sword called the Eclipse Calibur.
- Composite Character: Has his Liongate appearance and characterization, although he also has some of Schwartz' from near the end of his game, particularly in his interactions with Solange. This is actually a plot point in his storyline.
- Ignore The Fanservice: Is clearly unfazed by Solange's Stripperiffic getup, which is something that he mocks her for. Of course, the fact that he's also her brother may have something to do with this.Liongate: "Ha ha ha! You can try to hypnotize your opponents with those "weapons", but they won't work on your brother!"
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: In the original game, the reveal that Liongate was in fact Solange's long-lost brother Schwartz brainwashed into fighting for the Distron Army (although it's a bit more complicated than that) was a pretty big plot twist. Here, both characters acknowledge that they are indeed siblings.
- Magic Knight: Is proficient with both his sword and magic.
- Mask of Power
- Playing with Fire: Most of his attacks are fire-based.
- Social Darwinist: Some of his win quotes paint him in this manner, such as one where he says that weakness is a sin.
- Split Personality: The main crux of his story is his inner conflict between his Liongate and Schwartz personalities, with the latter ultimately winning out thanks to Exiva's help.
- Token Evil Teammate: Plays this role as he's shown to be more ruthless compared to his fellow Blade Strangers. Then again, he's pretty much an angel compared to Lina. He however drops this trope in his storyline after becoming Schwartz.
A character from Code of Princess. Master T is a master of the UMA martial arts whose fighting prowess is augmented by the spirits of animals he calls upon. Although he appears intimidating, he is a kind-hearted man who joins Princess Solange's cause when he feels drawn to her DeLuxcalibur.
- Animal Motifs: Most of his attacks are named after various animals.
- In addition, he also sports a tiger-themed chestplate on himself.
- Bare-Fisted Monk
- Braids of Action: Has his hair tied into a braid.
- Cuteness Proximity: Good God, his interactions with Emiko and Shakemaru have to be seen to be believed. And then there's his obsession with the Mimigas that he got from Curly.
- Gentle Giant: He might look intimidating, but he's actually a big softie with a love for animals.
Cave Story CharactersTropes for them include the following:
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Both characters are a pair of robots, and yet they pretty much behave the same way as other people.
- True Companions: These two are a pair of Platonic Life-Partners in the the most integral way; in each's story the most impactful moment is when the presence of the other manifests for them in some regard.
- Walking Armory: Both characters carry quite a lot of weapons on them including a sword, a machine gun and even a rocket launcher.
A supporting character from Cave Story. Curly is a robot girl who awoke without her memories on Mimiga Island, surrounded by orphans whom she took under her care. She would go on to encounter Quote, another amnesiac robot whom she would join in his efforts to thwart the villainous Doctor.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Curly has more normal human proportions in this game, resulting in her appearing more conventionally attractive.
- Armor-Piercing Slap: How she sets off her secondary Ultra.
- BFG: Most of her weapons are this, but special mention should to her super where she whips out a rocket launcher and blasts her opponent with it.
- Fanservice Pack: Curly's more normal proportions in this game come along with more emphasized curves to her chest and hips, and a noticeably toned stomach.
- Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Played with between her and Quote. Downplayed as well, in that both of them do plenty of shooting — but the difference is in their primary firearm. Curly has the long-range semiautomatic Machine Gun, while Quote has the short-range Polar Star, so while Curly plays to a predominate strength in range, Quote has alternative movements based on closing the distance to deliver some Gun Kata.
- Keet: In her home game, Curly was either this or a Stepford Smiler when left alone to her thoughts. Thankfully, no subject of her preexisting hangups or worries are present, so she's left with her natural spunky attitude.
- Retraux: One of her supers sees her transform into her original sprite from her game and start shooting her opponent with her gun. Not only does it transport both her and her foe into a retro version of the current stage, it even includes the Mimigas and her game's enemies in their original sprites!
- Robot Girl
- Say My Name: In her story mode, after Lina infects the world Exiva and the Motes run, Curly is subjected to reliving her experience in the Waterway of the Island, dragged under without her air tank and fearing she was about to die. Prompted to remember her most cherished bond, one she can vividly feel even when apart, Curly cries out for Quote, giving her the will to snap out of it and get back in the game.
- Shout-Out: One of her alternate colours makes her resemble Kula Diamond.
The protagonist of Cave Story. Quote is one of several robots that had been sent to subjugate Mimiga Island, only to lose his memory. He would go on to fight for the Mimigas and protect them from the Doctor, a mad scientist hoping to exploit the island's dark secrets to conquer the world.
- Adaptational Badass: In his original game, Quote used King's sword mainly by throwing it at people. Here, he's a skilled swordsman who fights with both the sword and his gun.
- Gun Kata: Some of his attacks with the Polar Star are fired in this manner.
- The Hero: Not so much of the game overall, but Quote is promotionally and in the opening given this treatment among his own group of the guest fighters.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Quote's name is plainly written out like it's nothing. In the original game, his name was only revealed on the path to the Golden Ending. It's clear that Nicalis no longer considers it a spoiler.
- Master Swordsman: Is shown to be very skilled with his sword, which is quite a contrast to how he used it in his game.
- Reverse Grip: Quote can't devote both his hands to use of the Blade, so he uses this style of wielding it for quick underhand slashes, in a way that he can speedily sheath it again and follow up with his firearm.
- The Speechless: His mid-fight dialogue consists only of punctuation marks.
- Sword and Gun: Fights primarily using King's sword and the Polar Star blaster.
- Wave Motion Gun: The final hit from Quote's super combo is a powerful laser fired from his Spur, the upgraded version of the Polar Star.
- When He Smiles: Quote is by and large stoic and unconcerned with everything going on around him — but when he runs into Curly in the penultimate fight of his story mode, he gives the biggest and most cheerful smile you could imagine at seeing her again.
- You Will Not Evade Me: Quote has a solid movement option to deal with pesky opponents looking to keep just out of the Polar Star's limited range in the form of a swift roll-in, bypassing non-ground projectiles and capping off with a crouching shot to open them up.
Umihara Kawase CharactersTropes for them include the following:
- Adaptation Expansion: Their games didn't exactly have much in the way of plot. Here, they actually get expanded backstories explaining who they are and why they're doing their thing.
- Adaptational Badass: Their games don't really involve much violence (well, other than reeling in large fish on legs). Here, they can handle their own against the other characters
The eponymous protagonist of the Umihara Kawase series. Kawase is a young girl with a passion for fishing, who travels to bizarre realms to test her athleticism and creativity.
- Badass Normal: Unlike the other characters who rely on firearms, magic, oversized cats and shovels, Kawase doesn't have any special powers or abilities. Doesn't stop her from kicking ass all the same.
- Buxom Is Better: Has quite an impressive rack on her. In fact, even the Motes themselves comment on it.
- Chef of Iron: If the English version of her home game is any indication, she's a wandering sushi chef which means she pretty much fits this trope here.
- Grappling Hook Rod: Like Hazama before her, she can use her rod to reel herself around the arena.
- Identical Stranger: Emiko doesn't seem to recognize her even though the opposite is true for Kawase. Then again, this is justified, as the Kawase that she knew was the same age as her and the one in front of her is much older-looking.
- Improbable Weapon User: Her aforementioned fishing rod. She can also use her backpack to smack her opponent about in some of her attacks.
- Is It Something You Eat?: Assumes Mimigas are something to be cooked and eaten and even starts drooling at the thought, much to Curly's disgust.
- Knife Nut: Uses a pair of sushi knives in one super, and boy is she handy with them. This actually gets taken to nightmarish levels if she uses two super stocks instead of one.
- Mythology Gag: Her second colour palette gives her blue hair, just like she had in her manga adaptation.
- Rod And Reel Repurposed: Her main weapon.
- Stepford Smiler: Summer Kawase calls her this, saying that she's basically hiding all her pain behind a smile.
- Summon Bigger Fish: A rather literal example, one of her supers has her summon a giant legged tadpole to attack her opponent.
- Whip It Good: She can also use her fishing rod as a whip.
- You Will Not Evade Me: She can pull her opponents in with her fishing rod.
A character from Sayonara Umihara Kawase. Noko is a time-traveling police officer and a distant descendant of Kawase.
- Kid from the Future: She's a descendant of Kawase from the future.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Turns out her motivation for joining the Time Police was to try and save her father during his ill-fated Christmas Day case. It takes a meeting with him in a Lotus-Eater Machine to give her the will to move on from the past.
- Shout-Out: Her intro is pretty much taken from the Terminator movies.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Her weapon, an oversized tonfa, can transform into a rail gun-esque rifle in one of her supers.
- Time Master: One of her supers has her stop time for a moment before pulverizing her opponent.
- Time Police: What she's a member of.
- Time Stands Still: As mentioned above, her super has her stop time for a while before assaulting her foe.
A character from Sayonara Umihara Kawase. Emiko is a little girl who is close friends with Kawase, who fights on the back of her massive cat Shakemaru.
- Big Ball of Violence: One of her supers has Shakemaru do this to her opponent while she gets thrown off for the duration of the attack.
- Home Run Hitter: Does this at the end of one super (specifically, the one where Shakemaru launches the opponent up into the air). If two super stocks are used, then Shakemaru will jump up and do a painful-looking belly flop on the opponent.
- Improbable Weapon User: Tosses out a soccer ball as a projectile in one attack (or a watermelon in its EX version).
- Mega Neko: Emiko fights on the back of Shakemaru, a cat that is about as large as a bear. Apparently, it wasn't always that huge (official art for Sayonara Umihara Kawase had it at a more realistic size◊). It actually gets lampshaded by Kawase when she sees it. Turns out, this was due to a bug that occurred when the Motes transferred her and Shakemaru over.
- Token Mini-Moe: Of the whole cast.
An alternate version of Kawase in a swimsuit, she's mostly the same as the original except with a different moveset. However, it's revealed in the story that she's in fact a personification of how people see Kawase split off from the original due to a bug when she was transferred.
- Alternate Self: Like Evil Ryu, Order Sol and the absolute glut of Gokus before her, she's a different version of the original Kawase.
- Cloning Blues: Originated from a bug that occurred when the original Kawase was brought over and wishes to defeat her, seeing her as her "darkness".
- Enemy Without: What she ultimately is in the story.
- Stripperiffic: Wears a bikini, shorts, sandals and nothing else.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Her desire to defeat the original Kawase leads to the Motes being deprived of their Blade Stranger, basically leading to Lina having her way with the world.
Other CharactersTropes for them include the following:
- The Ace: Along with Quote, the foursome are considered special cases in-story, as they're already Blade Stranger qualified without any awakening needed. Their fights are effectively just to make sure they're warmed up for the task of taking down Lina.
- The Cavalry: They, alongside Quote, play this role in the extended opening when they show up to help Solange against Lina. In addition, they also serve as the Motes' back-up plan just in case the chosen Blade Stranger fails to defeat Lina.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: These guys are the only ones who consist of a single character per represented game as opposed to the others (who consist of four for Code of Princess, three for Umihara Kawasenote and two for Cave Story), not counting the Original Generation ones.
The eponymous protagonist of Shovel Knight. When the wicked Enchantress abducts his beloved Shield Knight, Shovel Knight takes his weapon, the Shovel Blade, and does battle against the forces of darkness to climb the Tower of Fates and rescue his lover and comrade.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Shovel Knight's trips into other games continue to show how hulking big he actually is.
- Butt-Monkey: Even though he was qualified to be a Blade Stranger without having to go through the awakening process, dude still doesn't get much respect. One instance would be when Kawase states that the smell of fish is coming from him. His response?Shovel Knight: "...I see. That would make sense, since I did go fishing earlier."
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Even in his home title, Shovel Knight got flack from unknowing warriors about his choice in weapon. That has not changed a bit here.
- Goomba Stomp: His good ol' signature Shovel Drop.
- Guest Fighter: One of two characters not from Nicalis' library (he's from Yacht Club Games).
- Improbable Weapon User: His signature weapon is a shovel, hence his name. Even the Motes question why he uses such a weapon as opposed to, you know, a SWORD.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: One of his supers has him pull out his War Horn and blow into it, damaging his foe from the sheer loudness of it.
- Shovel Strike: But of course.
- Summon Bigger Fish: In a rather literal example of this trope, one of his supers has him summon the Troupple King to attack the opponent in a tidal wave.
The protagonist of Azure Striker Gunvolt. An "adept" with the power to control lightning, Gunvolt is a mercenary who uses his skills and powers to protect the world from the notorious Sumeragi Group.
- Adaptational Badass: Gunvolt's games were primarily run and gun. Here, he gets to show off his hand-to-hand combat prowess.
- Bare Your Midriff: His coat leaves a small area around his navel exposed.
- Badass Longcoat: Part of his outfit.
- BFS: His Level 2 super is Spark Calibur/Luxcalibur, a colossal blade of electricity.
- Braids of Action: Has his hair tied into a single braid.
- Chain Pain: Voltic Chain. Unlike his home series, where Voltic Chain deals full-screen unavoidable damage to all targets on-screen, Voltic Chain in this game temporarily immobilizes the target, allowing Gunvolt to rack up free damage on them.
- Dub Name Change: His Offensive Skills in the localization, consistent with his home series.
- Glass Cannon: Is very nimble on his feet, too bad that he has the lowest HP out of the roster (9,500). That said, he's also able to replenish his super meter at will if given the opportunity, meaning he's able to use his special attacks more often than any other character, on top of his powerful lockdowns and hit confirms.
- Guest Fighter: Another character not from Nicalis (he's from Inti Creates).
- Informed Attribute: Despite being based on his Gunvolt 2 incarnation, who is accompanied by Joule and thus has access to limitless Septimal power via Joule's Septima, The Muse, none of the power he was bestowed with at the end of the first game is ever mentioned or used. This is partially justified as this power itself verges on a Story-Breaker Power.
- Invocation: Like his home series, an invocation for each Offensive Skill flashes briefly onscreen before they activate.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Gunvolt cannot gain meter by attacking like everyone else can, but he has a special move that allows him to instantly gain a half bar of meter if executed successfully.
- Shock and Awe: The clue is in the name. Many of his combos end with a jolt of electricity being delivered to his opponent.
- Sphere of Destruction: His Lightning Sphere/Astrasphere.
- Super Move Portrait Attack: As in his home series. Each of his supers is accompanied by a full screen image of him, with a haiku specific to each attack.
- Tron Lines: Has a few blue ones on his outfit.
- Younger Than He Looks: While his art makes him look like a young adult, he's actually only 14. When he meets Noko Yokoyama in his campaign, she initially assumes that he's a child in need of protection, instead of an opponent to be beaten.
The eponymous protagonist of The Binding of Isaac. Abused by his religiously fanatical mother, poor Isaac found himself in the unenviable position of fighting for his life when she claims to receive a vision from God dictating she sacrifice her son. Isaac runs into the basement of his house, where he must contend with the nightmarish creatures dwelling within while evading his murderous mother.
- Abnormal Ammo: Like in his original game, Isaac can fire his tears at his opponent to damage them.
- Adaptational Badass: In his original game, Isaac was constantly scared. Not so much here since, while he is still crying, they're Berserker Tears. This is something the Motes also acknowledge in his own story, that his tears aren't strictly out of fear, so much as being overwhelmed with emotion in either direction.
- Ass Kicks You: One of his basic attacks.
- Badass Armfold: He dons this in the extended opening.
- Berserker Tears: As mentioned above, he's always crying even when he's delivering a Curb-Stomp Battle on his opponents.
- Corner of Woe: His crouching animation has him do this.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Issac can summon his mother to stomp on his opponents.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Subverted. All he ever says is "Wahhhhhh!", one mote asks translation from the others and they answer..."Wahhhh!". Turns out that, no, it's not another language unique to him, he's just crying.
- Knife Nut: One attack sees him attack his opponent with Mom's knife.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Looks pretty much the same as he does in his source game, which really makes him stand out alongside the rest of the cast, who have more standard anime designs and humanoid proportions.
- Ocular Gushers: One of his crouching attacks has him do this.
- Power Gives You Wings: One of Isaac's supers has him grow wings, either turning him into an Archangel and launching a bright Kamehame Hadoken (possibly a reference to a rare item in his home game, Crack The Sky, which drops damaging beams of light on enemies) or turning into a demon and firing red lasers everwhere.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: Like Ali, Isaac can use bombs to attack his opponent.
- Troubled Fetal Position: Does this in his intro.
- Use Your Head: His throw has him headbutt his opponent.
The protagonist of 1001 Spikes. Being constantly outdone by his father, Aban Hawkins desperately wants his approval as someone in the field of research and archaeology, but he also can't stand him due to his stubbornness and attitude. When he receives a letter from said father claiming that he died, as well as mocking and challenging him to search the lost ruins of Ukampa, Aban immediately springs into action just so he can find the treasure and rub it in his father's grave.
A character from Doki Doki Poyatchio, she served as one of the potential bachelorettes that the protagonist Raidou can date.
- Bare Your Midriff: She wears pink harem pants and a shirt that cuts all the way to her underboob, leaving her entire belly exposed.
- Dimensional Traveller: Like Lina, she too is one after getting ejected from her own world, and is currently trying to get enough mana to find a way home.
- Good Is Not Nice: While she's not really evil and does ultimately help the Motes in the end in exchange for finding a way home, she's still not a very nice person, belittling her opponents and demanding that the Motes call her "Lord Piaa".
- Heroic Neutral: Unlike the other charactersnote , she's not really affiliated with the Blade Strangers or Motes, but she will help them if needed in exchange for finding a way home.
- Power Parasite: She takes mana from whoever she's defeated in order to build up her own.
- Shock and Awe: She utilizes lightning magic in her moveset.
Original Generation CharactersTropes for them include the following:
- Original Generation: These two were made for this game.
An original character in Blade Strangers, Helen is a Greek warrior who fights with a small sword and shield in order to track down a mysterious organization known as the Foundation in revenge for what they did to her.
- Counter Attack: One of her supers allows her to do that, and if the opponent unwisely hits her while it's still active then she'll summon a huge skull to chomp on them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Apparently, she suffered through some rather nasty moments from the Foundation in her backstory.
- Expy: A female Greek warrior who fights with a short sword and small shield. Are we talking about Helen or Sophitia?
- She also has some Pyrrha Nikos going on, since both characters are Greek-themed and also use a small sword and shield, although the similarities end here since Pyrrha can change her weapon into different forms unlike Helen.
- Gold and White Are Divine: Well, that's what she wears, so...
- Gory Discretion Shot: The end result of one super, where she slashes her sword across her foe and blood splatters all over the place. Weirdly, this also applies to Quote and Curly (who are both robots) and Lina (who's more of a data being).
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Wields a small shield with her short sword.
- Revenge: Her primary motivation for going after the Foundation. Her storyline has her grow out of this in favour of protecting other people from them, though.
- Shield Bash: One of her attacks has her tackle her opponent with her shield like Captain America in the Marvel VS Capcom games.
The primary villain of Blade Strangers, Lina is a mysterious and dangerous foe who showed up one day and started devouring data wherever she went, forcing the motes to get their act together. In battle she fights with her cybernetic partner Devian who can take on various forms depending on the situation.
- Amusing Injuries: Winds up with a comically-oversized band-aid◊ on her head after her defeat.
- An Axe to Grind: She can turn Devian into one and slam it onto her opponent in her Super Geyser super, damaging them with a pillar of energy.
- Attack Drone: Her weapon Devian is this.
- Ax-Crazy: Some of her animations and artwork (and the intro) really drive this point home.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In her story, though not in the way she had intended.
- Played straight in Summer Kawase's ending, no thanks to the latter interfering.
- Badass Adorable: Looks adorable, and is more than capable of wiping out any army that dares take her on.
- Big Bad
- Blood Knight: Whoo boy, she really likes fighting and devouring her opponents, doesn't she? In fact, she's like a Moe Mecha Musume version of Azrael.
- Blush Sticker: Sports a noticeable pair on her face.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She's not exactly the most mature of the bunch...
- Crosshair Aware: One of her special moves, Giga Mine, has her turn Devian into a sort of sniper rifle which can be aimed at the opponent via crosshairs to damage them.
- Cute and Psycho: She may look cute and innocent, but don't let that fool you; she's got a mean streak on her. Think Iris from Rosenkreuzstilette and you might get the idea.
- Death by Gluttony: Her ultimate fate in her story. Hey, eating a bunch of clones and a recently-awoken Blade Stranger can have that effect on you.
- Equippable Ally: Her signature weapon, Devian, is also apparently a character of its own.
- Evil Counterpart: Is revealed to be this to Exiva. While Exiva is responsible for creating and monitoring the worlds, Lina opts to just eat them up. In fact, if the former is the setting's equivalent of God, then Lina would be the analogue to Satan.
- She could also be seen as this to Piaa, on the grounds of both of them being Dimensional Travellers unaffiliated with the Blade Strangers, although there are some differencesnote .
- Expy: Seems to be one to Android 21, as both are female Humanoid Abominations who delight at the prospect of devouring their victims.
- Failure Is the Only Option: After defeating and eating Solange in her story, Lina gears up to devour the motes and then the entire world the game takes place in...before her binge causes her to overload and take the world with her, literally blue-screening the game.
- Final Boss: Plays this role in the story and arcade modes. If you're playing as her however, then Solange will fit the role.
- Future Spandex: Wears a skin-tight spandex suit that doesn't really leave much to the imagination.
- Giggling Villain: Giggles quite a lot in some of her attacks.
- Idiot Hair: Has a rather large one on her head.
- I'm a Humanitarian: Though it's implied there's some conversion of material, Lina straights up eats every one of her opponents in her story as she defeats them. Thankfully, most of them are only clones of the originals, as Solange has already beaten them...save for Solange herself, at the end. And no matter who you fight her with, Lina boasts that she's eaten countless Blade Strangers before them.
- Kamehame Hadoken: Her Final Laser super is basically her firing a massive laser beam at her enemy for massive damage.
- Killer Rabbit: She looks adorable, and is capable of killing you painfully but swiftly if you get on her bad side.
- Long-Range Fighter: She can be played this way with some of her attacks.
- Mecha Musume: Well, she certainly gives off the appearance of one.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Has a bad habit of destroying everything wherever she goes.
- One-Man Army: In the intro, it's stated that she's fought hordes of Blade Strangers and devoured them all all by herself.
- Power Floats: The only character who actually floats in her animations, and probably the most powerful of the roster.
- Prehensile Tail: Sports a fancy USB cable-esque tail that she can use to attack and grab her foes.
- Pyrrhic Villainy: So she's finally defeated Solange and made a meal out of her. Too bad for her that she then promptly implodes on herself and crashes the world before she even got a chance to get at the motes.
- Red Baron: Is referred to as the "Stranger Buster" by the Motes for being able to defeat their champions.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Sinister Scythe: Devian can transform into one in her Karma Flash attack.
- Slasher Smile: Loves to throw these out. In fact her character select icon, super portrait and appearance in the intro all have her grinning maniacally.
- Storm of Blades: One of her heavy attacks has her rapidly impaling her foe with Devian in its sword form.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Her weapon/partner, Devian, can change between a BFS, a rifle and a drill, amongst others.
- This Is a Drill: One of her specials, aptly named Drill Smash, has her turn Devian into a drill to skewer her enemies.
- Teleport Spam: Her Teleportation special allows her to do just that.
- This Cannot Be!: Though she doesn't really say it, the look on her face◊ after she's defeated pretty much screams this trope.
- Tom the Dark Lord: She's a malevolent force bent on devouring data everywhere... and her name's Lina.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She has some shades of this, as she tends to laugh off any small attack that hits her. That, or just get annoyed from them.
- Trap Master: She can take on this role as an alternative to sniping her foes with Giga Mine if used as a heavy/EX attack.
- Tron Lines: Sports a good few green-glowing marks all over her body, including one in the shape of a power symbol. They certainly stand out in the intro when she's first shown.
- The Unintelligible: Not herself, but rather her partner Devian, who only speaks in computer-esque sounds. We do get a translation of what he says in her story mode... and it's not pretty.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: If she uses a heavy or EX version of her Giga Mine attack, then she can set up a small black hole to act as a trap for her opponent to wander into. She can also turn her Final Laser super into an even bigger hole if she uses two super stocks instead of one.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or in this case, green.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Uploading all of the candidates at once allows Lina to locate the pocket universe in which they're hiding. They're forced to sacrifice several of the candidates to her as a delaying tactic.
- Non-Action Guy: Since their physical forms are effectively just desktop computers on legs, they are unable to fight directly.
- Time for Plan B: The characters like Shovel Knight, Gunvolt, and Isaac were summoned as a Plan B in case Exiva's Blade Stranger failed due to them already being fully awakened and capable of facing Lina.
- Verbal Tic: Prone to repeating short phrases a few times. Occasionally, the last repeat will have different punctuation.
- Disappeared Dad: He vanished on an ill-fated Christmas Day when he was investigating a case.
- Cuteness Proximity: Goes gaga over seeing Shakemaru, even going as far as calling it "Minnie".
- Fairy Companion: She plays this role towards Gunvolt in his story. Bonus points for also looking like an actual fairy.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The beginning of Gunvolt's Story Mode flat out spoils the true ending of Azure Striker Gunvolt, in which Joule died and merged with Gunvolt, becoming a spirit housed within his body while at the same time becoming an extension of his own Septima. The fact that Joule has Lumen's appearance but is still called Joule is also a dead giveaway.
- Big Damn Heroes: When Lina shows up and starts infecting the place, Exiva arrives to give the Motes and the player character the help needed to stop her.
- Big Good: Plays this role in the setting.
- The Chooser of The One: She plays this role alongside the motes in choosing the next Blade Stranger to bring Lina down.
- Future Spandex: Like Lina, she too wears a skin-tight cybernetic spandex suit.
- Tron Lines: Like Lina, she too has several on her, including one shaped like a power symbol on her forehead.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or green, like Lina.