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Spin-offs: Cross Tag Battle (BlazBlue | Persona 4: Arena | Under Night In-Birth | RWBY)
Individual Characters: Ragna the Bloodedge | Jin Kisaragi | Noel Vermillion | Rachel Alucard | Litchi Faye-Ling | Bang Shishigami | Hakumen | Tsubaki Yayoi | Hazama | Makoto Nanaya | Yuuki Terumi | Nine the Phantom | Izanami

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BlazBlue, much like Guilty Gear, has plenty of Rummage Sale Rejects to go around. This is a list of the playable characters who were introduced in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. Voice actors are listed as Japanese/English.

It may also contain unmarked spoilers. You may wish to finish the game's story modes before reading. Go here for characters introduced in Continuum Shift, here for characters introduced in Chronophantasma, here for characters introduced in Central Fiction, here for non-player characters, here for light novel characters and here for manga characters.

Shout Outs, Captain Ersatz, Expy, "No Celebrities Were Harmed", Continuity Nods and Mythology Gags regarding to specific characters should go to the game's own Shout Out page. This is also true for memes, which go here.

WARNING: Some arts that are linked here (Canon or Fanon) are maybe NSFW. Some also contain spoilers.

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    Ragna the Bloodedge 
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  • Height: 185cm (6'0.8")
  • Weight: 78kg (172 lbs)
  • Blood type: B
  • Date of Birth: March 3
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Cooking (meat especially)
  • Values: His silver bracelet
  • Likes: Tentama udon
  • Dislikes: Ghosts, the Novus Orbis Librarium
"I'll show you fear. There is no Hell. Just darkness."

"Take a good look. THIS is the Azure!"

Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (Teenage-Adult), Rina Sato (Child)(Japanese)/ Patrick Seitz (Teenage-Adult, Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma), Caitlin Glass (Child, Alter Memory only) (English)

The protagonist of the series. A rebel outlaw with a bad attitude, a short temper, and an axe to grind with the Librarium, the international government. After destroying a branch of the Library and having a colossal bounty put on his head, he sets out for the city of Kagutsuchi in order to destroy the last "Cauldron" and prevent the resurrection of the Black Beast. As the story goes, he becomes more heroic and uses his power towards beating the genuine villains.

He's Jin Kisaragi's older brother. Their rivalry stems from when they were younger, when Jin used to bully their sickly sister Saya. One day, Ragna noticed that the church the three of them lived in was set on fire. When he entered, he was ambushed by Terumi, who took over Jin's mind, cut Ragna's arm off, and left him to die inside the burning building. A combination of the trauma and the Azure being implanted in him caused one of his eyes to turn red and his hair to turn white. He was then taken in and trained by his master Jubei, who gave him his signature coat and sword, as well as the title of "Bloodedge."

His arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: The end of time, CONTINUUMSHIFT and nemesishorizon. His story playthroughs are named, in the first two gamesnote : Grim Reaper and stray sheep.

His Drive ability, Soul Eater, drains his opponent's health, adding it to his own. He can also activate the Azure Grimoire in his right arm to strengthen this ability, at the expense of his own health. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Blood Kain Idea, a former super move of his that grants him extra strength on his attacks and life-draining abilities. It used to drain his own life as well, but this is no longer the case in Chronophantasma. It also doubles the now-reduced damage of his Devoured by Darkness super.

His Exceed Accel (in BBCF), Seed of Tartarus, has him attack his foe with a chop of his sword. If it hits, he then turns his sword into a scythe and charges a powerful slash. His Astral Finish, Black Onslaught has him using the fullest might of the Azure Grimoire and turn his blade into a scythe as he proceeds to repeatedly slash his opponent with it, using Soul Eater to empower it. He then transforms into... something, and unleashes a final strike that completely erases the opponent from existence.

For more, see his character page here.

    Jin Kisaragi 
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  • Height: 178cm (5'10.1")
  • Weight: 61kg (134.5 lbs)
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: February 14
  • Birthplace: United Kingdom
  • Hobbies: Collecting vintage motorcycles
  • Values: None
  • Likes: None
  • Dislikes: Weakness, meat dishes

You had good determination, I'll give you that.

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Teenage-Adult), Mitsuki Nakae (Child) (Japanese) / David Vincent (Teenage-Adult, Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma), Wendee Lee (Child, Continuum Shift, Alter Memory) (English)

The Rival and the secondary male protagonist of the series. Major Jin Kisaragi is one of the elite commanding officers of the NOL. Known famously as the "Hero of Ikaruga", Jin is aloof, cold, arrogant, borderline sociopathic, and teeters on the edge of insanity, with a disturbing and almost incestuous fixation upon his brother. Despite all this, he genuinely earned his status, and is respected among the NOL's ranks, even though his own opinion of the organization is dubious at best. Jin also has an irrational hatred for his subordinate, Noel Vermillion. His sword, Mucro Algesco: Yukianesa, is a katana with a blade made of pure ice; it's one of the Nox Nyctores, an Evil Weapon that both rekindles his lost memories, turning him insane and inspires homicidal fury around Ragna and Noel.

Ragna got fed up with his especially needy attitude as a kid, and when Ragna ignored him in favor of Saya (whom Noel resembles, which is why he hates her), Jin's slow path to insanity began. He apparently began having visions of the future, which may or may not have been induced by Terumi or Yukianesa, and as Terumi assaulted the church, he possessed Jin, told him that Ragna will be responsible of the world's destruction, and made Jin cut off Ragna's arm. Terumi then ran off with Saya and Jin, wiped Jin's memory of the incident, and Jin never saw Saya again. He was later adopted into the noble Kisaragi house, joined the academy, and quickly rose up the ranks; after graduating, he's quickly appointed to the fields to deal with Ikaruga Civil War, and afterwards was given the Major rank. When he heard Ragna had been sighted in Kagutsuchi, he actively disobeys the Library's orders and hunts him down by himself. Ultimately becoming a Fallen Hero as seen by many, although in terms of the story (particularly the sequels) he's slowly becoming a true hero.

His arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Impossible meeting, Resume and Determination. His story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: False hero and Decision.

His Drive, Reitou/Frost Bite, freezes his opponents. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Zettou/Frost End, which enhances his freezing abilities by causing every attack involving his sword Yukianesa to re-freeze the opponent.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel Kokuujin Ougi: Gekka Hyourou/Empty Sky True Form: Crystal Moonstorm (Empty Air Blade Secret Skill: Ice Tower Under the Moon) has him doing a quick upward slash. If it hits, he then freezes his enemy in midair, then slashing them multiple times, ending with a powerful slash. His Astral Finish, Rengoku Hyōya/Arctic Dungeon, involves him firing a small but fast wave of ice on the ground that is unblockable. If it connects, the opponent is frozen along with the background, then shattered.

For more, see his character page here.

    Noel Vermillion 
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The Eye of the Azure. Flat as a board and needs a screw.
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  • Height: 157cm (5'1.8")
  • Weight: 48kg (105.8 lbs)
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: December 25, 2194
  • Birthplace: Switzerland (raised in)
  • Hobbies: Shopping via the Internet (so she does not have to meet people), writing poems (never shows them to anyone)
  • Values: Parents
  • Likes: Cute things
  • Dislikes: Insects, especially ones with lots of legs

"...still wanna fight?"

Voiced by: Kanako Kondo (Japanese) / Cristina Valenzuela, Laura Bailey (CS2, Arcade Mode) (English, Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma)

A hapless Lieutenant in the NOL serving under Jin Kisaragi. She trained at the academy along with Jin, Tsubaki Yayoi, Makoto Nanaya, and Carl Clover. When Jin rushes off to hunt down Ragna without permission, Noel is assigned to stop him and bring him back to The Library. The guns she wields are the Arcus Diabolus: Bolverk, and are also a Nox Nyctores. She suffers from amnesia; over the course of the games, she discovers who she truly is, and the truth has changed her life ever since.

Her arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Sleeping Beauty, The Pain and accept one's portion. Her story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Lost child and Desperation.

Her drive ability, Chain Revolver, lets her perform a multitude of chain combos with her guns. Her Overdrive is Chain Quasar, which increases the speed of her Drive attacks.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Zero-Gun: Sleipnir has her stun her opponent with a poke of her gun, then fires a Thor missile at them that launches her foe away. Then she transforms her gun into a giant railgun and fires a shot at the faraway opponent. If done in Active Flow, she does the Chamber Shot and Fenrir before the Thor missile, which leads to the railgun as well. Her Astral Finish, Valkyrie Veil, has her creating a magical seal around her opponent and shooting them repeatedly with her guns. She then detonates the seal from within by clashing the butts of the guns together. In CP, however, it is now a Counter-Attack, and the animations where she shoots the opponent are done in an anime-style sequence as she creates a different seal from her old one. Otherwise, it is the same as before.

For more, see her character page here.

    Rachel Alucard 
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  • Height: 145cm (4'9")
  • Weight: 31kg (68.3 lbs)
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: October 31
  • Birthplace: Transylvania
  • Hobbies: Teatime (her favorite pastries are milk crepes and financiers)
  • Values: Time, Meissen teacup
  • Likes: Mill Crêpe
  • Dislikes: Boredom, bell peppers

"It's such a pain, but I'll play with you."

Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese) / Mela Lee, Laura Bailey (CS2, Arcade Mode) (English, Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma)

Vampiric Badass Gothic Lolita. Rachel is the rightful heir to the Alucard house. She hates being bored, so she heads out to the real world with her familiars Nago and Gii in tow to view the current state of events. She's also Ragna's Stalker with a Crush, although she would never admit it is anything more than a mix of concern and boredom.

It's stated in her ending that she hates her vampiric impulses, but had no choice in using them in one timeline. By doing so, she ended up biting a young boy with jade-colored eyes, Ragna. She also seems to care for him and the other characters, in a thoroughly backwards fashion. She also knows about the instabilities in the space time continuum, which caused her boredom in the first place, and is attempting to Set Right What Once Went Wrong. She becomes increasingly more active in the sequels, waging a Cosmic Chess Game with the main villains.

Her arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Crime and Punishment, Reverse and CHRONOPHANTASMA. Her story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Bystander and lie to myself.

Her Drive ability, Silpheed, allows her to control the wind and change the trajectory of her movements. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Elfried, which increases the recovery rate of her Silpheed gauge.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel is named Gerbela Lute where she first knocks up her foe, then summons a large tornado to blow them upwards. Her Astral Finish, Clownish Calendula, lifts the opponent above a large crucifix as a thunderbolt strikes them dead.

For more, see her character page here.

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    Taokaka 
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  • Height: 165cm (5'5")
  • Weight: 42kg (92.6 lbs)
  • Blood type: O
  • Date of Birth: February 22
  • Birthplace: Kagutsuchi
  • Hobbies: Taking naps, boiled rice (she loves steamed meat buns)
  • Values: Friends
  • Likes: Steamed meat buns
  • Dislikes: Squiggly (Arakune)

"Meow? Oh! Hey, let's play!"

Voiced by: Chiwa Saito (Japanese) / Philece Sampler (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma; deceased)(English)

The resident Cloudcuckoolander. Tao is a member of a tribe of cat-people living in a small village underneath Kagutsuchi, and is next in line to become the village's protector. To that end, she is training to become a vigilante. Unfortunately... she's incredibly dim and doesn't even realize that the person she's been traveling with (Ragna) is the most wanted criminal in the world. Her species are actually genetically-engineered clones of Jubei, the original Grimalkin. Can be bribed to do ANYTHING if food is involved, and is good friends with Litchi Faye-Ling, whom she also considers as a teacher.

Her arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: afternoon sunbathe, Deja vu and Growth. Her story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Innocent heart and Journey.

Her Drive ability, Dancing Edge, lets her perform more confusing maneuvers to attack. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Almost Becoming Two!, a former super of hers which produces a shadow image of herself that doubles the number of hits her attacks dish out.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel is named Kaka Clan's Hospitality! where she summons multiple Kaka Kittens to carry the opponent off-screen... who then proceeds to violate the opponent before a big cat head falls in front of her, which opens and reveals the opponent. Her Astral Finish, Attack Meow Pow! involves her bouncing off of the walls while slashing her opponent, then performing a drill uppercut, which misses due to Jubeinote  coming in from the left-field and being a sneaky badass.

  • Adaptational Badass: Minor case, but in the second manga she helps Ragna fight off the group of bounty hunters at the restaurant instead of being carried away by a fleeing Ragna.
  • Airplane Arms: Her forward dash.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Her fixation on boobs notwithstanding, artwork from the BlazBlue Material Collection shows her getting awfully... cuddly with Litchi Faye-Ling in a hot-spring. It could just be her childlike innocence though. In addition, Central Fiction shows her being affected by the Spectacles of Eros, but thanks to that gag reel being non-canon, it makes a case of her being Ambiguously Bi as well.
  • Animal Battle Aura: Her crest (which appears during her Distortion Drives/Astral Heat) resembles that of a cat's face.
  • Ascended Meme: "Don't want" (presumably the voice actor ad-libbing a more memetic "do not want") and "*nom nom nom* " appear in her English script.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Especially when food is involved.
  • Audience Surrogate: She becomes this in Teach Me Ms. Litchi! where she asks about what the various things in the story are, from Sector Seven to Ars Magus.
  • Big Ball of Violence: One of her Distortions, which is appropriately named "I'm Gonna Beat the Crap Outta You!"
  • Big Eater: Thinks about food pretty much all the time. In fact she's almost always hungry, to the point of emptying someone else's wallet due to a high tab, or she can be bribed into doing anything in exchange for food. Borderlines on Extreme Omnivore: In Story Mode, where (given the player's choice) she will even try to eat someone (Ragna and Bang can fall victim to this). And even in Arcade Mode, when fighting Litchi, will cause the latter to rant about not eating her steamed buns.
    • She even thinks that little girls are food.
    • Cat Spirit Encore, a move introduced in Chronophantasma has her swiping an item that the opponent drops and eating it, not caring if the item is even food. She does show if the item isn't edible (or is a chili pepper from Bullet or a rotten octopus from Arakune) by being disgusted by what she just ate.
  • Blood Knight: With the sort of innocent enthusiasm that only a childlike, nigh-invulnerable Super Soldier can properly muster.
  • Bouncing Battler: Her new "Aerial Dancing Edge!!" DD in CP has her bouncing and flying around the screen as she slashes the midair enemy multiple times. Inverted with her Astral which has the opponent bouncing around as she warps all over the place to knock the foe over and over.
  • Braids of Action: Those dangling rope-like things under her hood? Those are really long braids.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Mostly during the Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! segments, but she also looks up close into the TV screen during one of her entrances and if you hold down crouch. One of her intro poses has her sticking her face to the screen.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She doesn't so much name her attacks, but loves to provide verbal sound effects for them.
    • Unless she's facing Arakune, in which most cases she has several new names for her attacks, mostly containing "squiggly" as part of them.
  • Cat Girl: She is a Kaka, a race of Beastkin cloned from Jubei and thus has more catlike traits than Kokonoe.
  • Cat Ninja: She becomes an actual ninja (Bang's apprentice to be exact) in some joke endings.
  • Cat Smile: When she's not grinning, she often sports one of these, especially if she's being coy.
  • Character Development: Tao seems to have acquired a bit of an intelligence boost for Continuum Shift, even going as far as reciting a medical fact she "remembered" to Bang in his Arcade story. And let's not forget how you can make her remember things in the new Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments.
  • Charged Attack: A few of her normals can be charged for more damage and greater hitstun.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Pretty much her default expression.
  • Clone Degeneration: One possible explanation for the generalized senility of the Kaka. Notice how the Elder seems to be still put together - she was the last surviving member of the Kakas' very first generation.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Mostly fights at close range, aided by her high speed.
  • Cloudcuckooland: The... place that Taokaka's Astral takes place in is... very strange. White, fluffy clouds, giant fish flying through the sky, randomly appearing Chibikaka... you just have to question whether this is supposed to be some place for real, or you've been trapped in the kitten's dream world or something.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: So much of one that she causes Nu to have a BSOD when she tries to comprehend Tao with logic.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Ragna or Litchi usually do this job for her. As do Torakaka and Jubei, though less frequently.
  • Cool Big Sis: Torakaka is this to her.
  • Covert Pervert: Taokaka shows signs of this. Her primary target, Litchi, seems completely oblivious, though.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She has claws, glowing red eyes, a dark silhouetted face, and a Cheshire Cat Grin, but despite her frightening appearance, she's one of the nicest characters in the games.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Like all the Kakas, she has noticeably dark skin.
  • Deadly Lunge: Her Drive is pretty much this.
  • Demoted to Extra: While she's still playable, she gets less and less spotlight over time. Especially glaring in CP story mode where she's never fought nor playable, and disappears entirely near the climax and ending.
  • Developers' Foresight: Jubei used to make a cameo in her Astral Heat, but when he was finally made playable, he was replaced with Torakaka as the one who takes out the foe before Tao hits them.
  • The Ditz: She has the "special ability" to forget anything she does... in three steps or seconds, whichever comes first. CS reveals this includes meeting Ragna as a child. That said, she does seem to be getting better.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: One of her Distortion Drives has her making a copy of herself that copies her attacks. In CP, it's her Overdrive.
  • Dumb Blonde: Up to Eleven! She is the dumbest character in the entire series by a huge margin.
  • Dumb Is Good: Definitely not one of the smarter members of the cast, but still one of its nicest...as long as you feed her that is.
  • The Faceless: Possibly subverted: she presumably has a face, but it's... well... always covered with shadow. Her face and Cheshire Cat Grin can at least be seen through the shadow.
    • Confirmed to be wearing a mask in Calamity Trigger's "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi!" segments and later by the developers.
  • Fastball Special: Kitty Litter Special throws random objects, including a very surprised Kaka kitten.
  • Foreshadowing: Her joke ending in Calamity Trigger, a trailer for a fake movie, "revealed" that Litchi would become a villain. Guess what happened in Continuum Shift...
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Same deal as Ragna, except she never realizes the guy she met before and "good guy" are one in the same
  • Fragile Speedster: She has two very fast command jumps (including a Wall Jump), her Drive offers a lot of mobility options, and she's the only character (other than Bang) with a triple jump. However, she's tied with Carl for the lowest health in the game, so she can be taken out fairly quickly once she's caught.
  • Fun Personified: Even Ragna can't help but smile around her.
  • Genki Girl: Always energetic, and often drags poor Ragna with her.
  • Grapple Move: One of her Distortion Drives is this, that leads to the Big Ball of Violence.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Always carries a plate with her in case she comes across food, as well as other things such as fishbones, baseballs, bombs, pillows, apple cores, bowling balls, and even kaka kittens, which she can throw at her opponents.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: In Continuum Shift, whenever Tao fights Ragna, she proclaims that she's hungry and he says she eats way too much. Regardless of the outcome, Ragna has to pay.
    Taokaka (if she wins): "Lunch is on you, Good Guy!"
    Ragna (if Tao loses): "Alright, alright, I'll buy you some lunch."
  • Hidden Buxom: She's actually quite stacked underneath that hoodie, with Mori listing her as the fifth largest big-breasted girl in the franchise.
  • Idiot Hero: So, very, very, very much...
    • To the point that she doesn't realize the "good guy" she's hanging out with is the guy she's supposed to be hunting.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Her victory line against herself indicates she intends on eating her double's corpse.
  • Ingesting Knowledge: Parodied in one of Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments where Tsubaki suggests to make her eat a dictionary so she could get smarter. The result, is, well, just like you'd expect...
    Taokaka: Meow, this tastes horrible! Tao is very disappointed!
    Makoto: Yeah. I kinda suspected as much.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: There's only a slingshot bikini on beneath that coat, and a sizable chunk of Tao's screen time involves groping boobies without the target's permission. What keeps her from being the other trope is that she genuinely has no clue her conduct is inappropriate.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She never realizes that grabbing other females' "meat buns" is not a right thing to do.
  • In the Hood: She has her hood up at all times and her face is always obscured, although that effect is most likely a result of wearing a mask as opposed to this trope.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "In the name of... the big white thingy in the night sky! Tao shall punish you!"
  • Is It Something You Eat?: One of her first responses to any new concept.
  • Leitmotif: "Catus Carnival", which is pretty much her randomness in music form.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Word of God is that she's supposed be to the game's Dan, except she doesn't suck quite as badly; in fact, she's rather deadly.
    • Ironically, Bang is Calamity Trigger's Dan.
    • Tao's Unlimited form is one of the strongest out of everyone in CS. Even though it takes a second longer to charge up, 3 standard D attacks will finish off everyone except Tager (who requires 4).
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Tao will grope anyone with decent sized boobs, and give her (rather frank) opinion about her victim's chest. At one point, this resulted in her accidentally started feeling up the rock-hard chest of Bang Shishigami. She was, of course, looking for Litchi in her clinic, but Bang was the only one there.
    • Though, given her personality, it's probably not perverted or sexual in nature. She just finds them fun since they're bouncy and squishy.
  • Male Gaze: Her sprites in Continuum Shift have been modified with more well-developed boobs like Litchi, meaning she might be starting to grow up.
    • This official piece of art (one of the unlocked gallery pictures in CT) show that Tao has always had a bit of this going on even in the original. She just was wearing a pretty baggy coat this whole time.
  • Minion Master: As her Unlimited self she gains new Distortion Drives that make use of the Kaka kittens.
  • Mistaken for Object of Affection: In one part of CS, she comes to Litchi's clinic, expecting to grab her boobies as usual. She didn't realize for a moment that what she grabs now is the rock-hard chest of Bang.
  • Mixed Metaphor: In Episode 1 of "Teach Me, Ms. Litchi! <Reloaded>!":
    Tao (upon learning about the NOL Military Academy's entrance tests): "Tao's really good at beating up people meow! It's like the green grass that horses use to make silk purses on the other side of fence!"
    Litchi: "Huh? I think you're going for 'easy as pie.'"
  • Morality Pet: For an Anti-Hero rather than an outright villain, but in Continuum Shift she is the only person that Ragna seems to genuinely consider a friend; even promising to play with her some day and taking a nap with her. Everybody else falls between being tolerated and him just not caring about them.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: One of two discernible facial features of Taokaka is a mask with a mouth full of lots and lots of sharp, pointy teeth. And like Kamineko, she is still hilariously adorable.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: In one of the Teach Me, Miss Litchi segments in Continuum Shift, Tao explains that she remembers the general history of how Ars Magus came to be, but still doesn't know the real important stuff like Nox Nyctores. She says that she's close to finding the person who can properly teach her, because her spid... uhh Kaka senses are tingling.
  • Nice Girl: Simple minded as she may be, she's one of the nicer characters in the series.
  • The Nicknamer:
    • Since she can't remember anything for long she has a habit of giving other people nicknames right after meeting them, such as "Scruffy Man" for Bang or "Bunny Person" for Rachel. Some of her nicknames for other characters were even adopted by the fandom, the most well-known of which is probably "Boobie Lady" for Litchi.
    • Continuum Shift suggests that she does know peoples' names but prefers to call them by nicknames. By this point she's aware that "good guy" is actually Ragna and actually refers to him as such when someone asks her what she means by "good guy." She learns Tsubaki's name, but still insists on calling her "red lady" because of her hair color.
    • It repeats itself in Continuum Shift II; in Platinum's Arcade Mode, Tao is asked if she knows a man named Bang Shishigami, Tao replies with "Hmm, Bang Shishigami? Oh, you mean the Scruffy Man!" So it's pretty clear that she can keep up with the names, but she just likes the nicknames that much.
      • Sadly, she doesn't spell Bang's name correctly in the English dub of this scene.
    • Further explained in Makoto's CP Arcade Mode, where Taokaka states that Noel's nickname is partly because she doesn't like her given name, which may be the case for the others. Notably, she never gives Torakaka a nickname beyond "Tora".
    • As shown in her system voice lines for CF, she has one for every playable character (except herself, Platinum and Naoto). note 
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: "I'mma Beat The Crap Outta You!" is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
  • Nothing Up My Sleeve: Her long sleeves hide her claws, and she can also throw multiple random items from them.
  • Odd Friendship: Ragna is a wanted man who wants nothing to do with anyone, Tao is a ditzy Catgirl who only thinks about food. And yet, she's one of the few people Ragna can call a friend.
  • Only Sane Woman: She's this in CF. Like Ragna, she is one of the few in the cast who don't want the world change. Her desire is for the Kaka Clan to live in riches, but it won't be a village she'll be living in.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: She's either the giving or the receiving of jokes whenever she's involved, and she's almost always happy throughout it all.
  • Random Effect Spell: Visually, at least, her new Cat Spirit Encore move has her swiping different items from each opponent that she'll then eat.note 
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted; she's innocent and playful. If you make her angry, however, then the red eyes should tell you that she means business.
  • Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: In Continuum Shift, when planting her head on Litchi's boobies:
    "Boobies are fun! Boingboingboingboing!"
    • She also likes to say "Jump!" and "Leap" and the like whenever she's about to do so.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: In her section of Help Me, Professor Kokonoe, Taokaka suddenly talks like this after eating Kokonoe's silvervine candy. It's only temporary, though.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: Don't expect her to show up whenever the tone shifts to something more serious. Notably, she's absent in almost every True Ending of the series. Also a reason why she's quickly Out of Focus early at Chrono Phantasma.
  • Shotoclone: Her Drive moves have both "forward rush" and "anti-air" variants while her Kitty Litter Special acts as her variable projectile.
  • Snot Bubble: Can be seen during one of her intro poses, where she stars sleeping.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Tao's CP Arcade run, a brief "scuffle" with Lacking Lady sends the latter away from a Main Branch restraining squad sent to rein her in. Terumi is not a happy camper when he finds out.
  • Species Surname: A variation. Tao doesn’t have a last name, but the name of her species, Kaka, is a part of her full name, with Tao being a shortened version of it without the “kaka” part.
  • Split Second Blade Spam: She can do this with her claws.
  • Super Soldier: The original purpose of the Kaka Clan. It... didn't work out so well.
  • Theme Naming: Cats, for her special moves.
  • Third-Person Person: "Tao is Taokaka, meow!"
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Yep, you saw this coming. In her Calamity Trigger story mode, this is one the things you can choose to have her say to Rachel after the vampire steps on her tail.
    Taokaka: "I'll nyeeever forgive you! I'll turn you to rust on these claws!"
  • Too Dumb to Fool: She is the only character so far that Hazama has failed trolling.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In her Continnum Shift Story Mode, she tried to fight Hazama only to fail spectaculary. Her CP Arcade Mode has her unknowingly break Hazama's plans by luring Noel away from a trap he had laid out for her, as well as seeing her hold her own against him until he's forced to leave with Phantom, a spectacular improvement. Her Arcade Run isn't called Growth for nothing.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Meat buns.
  • Unblockable Attack: Unlimited Taokaka has one DD where she summons a Kaka Kitten to bring out a bomb. The bomb explodes in 10 seconds and its explosion is unblockable.
  • Use Your Head: Taokaka's front grab has her latch on to the opponent and reel them in for a headbutt.
  • Verbal Tic: Often edits words to sound like "meow" and tends to insert cat noises into her dialogue.
  • Wall Jump: Her Trick Edge special lets her do this. Meanwhile she can also do a Wall Cling with her Sticky Kitty special and then jump away from it.
  • Wolverine Claws: Her main weapon.
  • Wrap Around: If Tao throws a baseball that fails to connect with her opponent, it'll show up on the other side of the screen a few moments later and try again.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Her back throw is a bulldog.

    Iron Tager 
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  • Height: 240cm (7'10.5")
  • Weight: 550kg (1,212.5 lbs)
  • Blood type: Natural oil
  • Date of Birth: November 23
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Bottleships
  • Values: Kokonoe (creator)
  • Likes: Mystery novels
  • Dislikes: Salt water

"You're a second-rate soldier."

Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese) / Jamieson Price (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma) (English)

A giant man-cyborg on steroids. Tager was an Ikaruga Federation commander at one point until he suffered major injuries during the Ikaruga Civil War. He was modified and healed by Kokonoe with cybernetic implants and demon genes, and now works for a secret organization known as "Sector Seven." His main objective involves bringing Hakumen to Kokonoe. After succeeding, Tager is sent out to capture Noel in Continuum Shift.

His arcade playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Revival the One, Forget Past and INCEPTION. His story playthroughs are named, in the first 2 games: Blind warrior and loyalty.

His Drive ability, Voltic Battler, magnetizes the opponent and allows him to draw him/her closer with certain attacks. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Voltic Field, which places a magnetic field around the entire stage and forcing the opponent into a constant state of being magnetized.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel is Charged Lightning where he stuns the opponent with his fist, then grabs them and then emits electricity from his body that fries the opponent. His Astral Finish, King of Tager, makes him do a ridiculously exaggerated version of his Distortion Drive in which he lifts the opponent high into the sky and crashes them down into the Earth.

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Reddish-orange skin. Coupled with his high stature, musculature, and fangs, he looks like a traditional portrayal of a Japanese Oni. Amusingly, while he looks like a Red Oni, his personality is befitting of a Blue Oni.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Before his remodeling by Kokonoe.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: "You're within my estimates."
  • Badass Normal: In the past, before he became a cyborg. When he was the captain of Bullet’s mercenary squad he fought against Azrael. Despite being a normal soldier, potentially using Ars Magus, he was able to hold his own against Azrael for a long time and it is implied that he managed to wound Azrael’s arm and that this wound still causes him pain.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: In Hakumen's Continuum Shift Arcade Mode path, where Rachel makes way for him.
  • Belly Flop Crushing: He gains a new move in Chronophantasma where he smacks the airborne enemy to the ground and then crushes them under his weight. His Unlimited-only Distortion Drive takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Berserk Button: He really doesn't like it when people question his loyalty to Kokonoe. In CP, he's also angry when Bullet gets thrashed by Azrael, but he doesn't know why. It's because Bullet was his subordinate.
    • In CF, as now Bullet is his subordinate, he will exact punishment to anyone who threaten or hurt her in any way, as Kagura and Azrael show.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In his CF arcade, he saves Bullet from Kagura.
  • Big Red Devil: In looks only mind you.
  • Boring, but Practical: His Gadget Finger is a non-damaging move that merely resets the oppoent, and magnetizes them. As explained here, though, it's one of his best moves, regardless.
  • Brains and Brawn: With Kokonoe. Though since Tager is far from stupid, it's closer to Tager making up for Kokonoe's frailty.
  • Butt-Monkey: In several Help Me! Prof. Kokonoe! segments, especially in Arakune's, where Kokonoe dresses him up as a Meido... and then uses him as a vacuum cleaner to clean up the squiggly mess Arakune left behind... through his mouth
  • Calling Your Attacks: A big offender.
  • Censored for Comedy: In 'Teach Me, Ms. Litchi', he covered up Kokonoe dreaming up to put enhancement on his GIGANTIC TAGER!!!
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • In Continuum Shift, it was revealed that Tager had witnessed some kind of horrifying event that slaughtered countless people. In Continuum Shift II, we found out just what it was: the process of creating Ignis killed almost everybody in Sector Seven.
    • He also mentioned once that Tsubaki's weapon, the Sealed Weapon Izayoi, is a prototype to the Lux Sanctus Murakumo. In the third game, Tsubaki called upon the hidden power of her weapon and then it transforms into its true form: a set of pike and shield that then forms her armor, in a similar way to a Murakumo Unit.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Due to being a grappler character. He does have a projectile, but he can't use it nilly-willy due to it requiring to fill a gauge first. His magnetism ability really helps in this case.
  • The Comically Serious: One of the most "normal" characters in entire cast, which makes him hilarious in the gag scenarios.
  • Compensating for Something: Commented at by Rachel in one of her winquotes for him. Although we probably wouldn't know the truth.
    "That is quite an impressive body you've built. But I believe only 30% of it is truly necessary. Are you perhaps, compensating?"
  • Containment Field: Pre-installed by Kokonoe, he can project one named Eclipse Field. Aside from being physically impenetrable, it can also prevent observations or phenomenon interventions from the outside. It is used when Jin, Noel and Makoto start their plan on bringing Tsubaki back to her senses, to prevent the Imperator from interfering. It uses most of Tager's energy.
  • Crater Power: His Genesic Emerald Tager Buster creates quite a big crater as he slams his foe hard to the ground. His Astral Heat takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Cyborg: Tager was once a human but has been converted into an Artificial Causality Phenomenon Weapon and implanted with Demon Cells by Kokonoe.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: King of Tager is hold A+B+C and mash D in Calamity Trigger, 1080+D in Continuum Shift. If you like using it...
  • Deadly Lunge: One of his drive moves has him lunging forward, arms stretched and magnetized.
  • Energy Ball: His Spark Bolt move has him firing a very fast electric ball that has priority over other projectiles. It needs to be recharged after every shot, however.
  • Face of a Thug: Tager's appearance, as noted above, is reminiscent of a Japanese Oni, and he is indeed very intimidating looking, despite being really a nice guy who is just doing his job. Off-game, when the demo of Calamity Trigger revealed him as one of the playable characters, everyone almost immediately thought he would be a villain. In-Game, his menacing appearance makes him stand out like no other, and at least one person attacked him because of his looks. To be fair though, that person was Bang.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted; see Face of a Thug above.
  • A Father to His Men: As the captain of Bullet's former squad. He unhesitatingly engaged Azrael of all characters to ensure their safety, and if the latter's words are to be trusted, he gave him one hell of a fight too. In CF, when he meets Azrael again, he tries to hold him back from hurting Bullet. His desire is to be with his squad again.
  • First-Person Smartass: Read his thoughts in his Continuum Shift story mode. He has a surprising amount of snark in him.
  • Foreshadowing: It becomes increasingly obvious throughout all of Chronophantasma that he's the captain of Bullet's squad that was slaughtered by Azrael. Kokonoe knows too and she's trying to desperately keep it from getting out, especially because she was the one who modified Tager to begin with. Confirmed in his Arcade play in CF where Bullet calls him "Captain".
  • Genius Bruiser: He's highly analytical in battle and often assists Kokonoe in her research.
  • Gentle Giant: His hobby? Building ships in a bottle. He also avoids conflict if possible, and will only attack if provoked or ordered.
  • Golden Super Mode: Parodied in one of his gag reels, where, after he becomes a Humongous Mecha, he then becomes the more powerful Golden Tager X. Somewhat played straight in one of Kokonoe's DD, where, if done in Overdrive, she'll summon the Golden Tager instead of the regular Mecha Tager that deals heavier damage.
  • Grapple Move: He specializes in these.
  • The Grappler: He is a Mighty Glacier who uses magnetism to aid in grabbing, throwing, and slamming his opponents.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: with Kokonoe.
  • Human Hammer-Throw: He gains this move in the fourth game, called Wedge Catapult.
  • Human Weapon: It is mentioned that his cybernetic implants are artificial Causality Phenomenon Weapons.
  • The Igor: To Kokonoe.
  • In a Single Bound: During his Gigantic Tager Buster command grab, he jumps high enough to briefly jump off the screen. When using Genesic Emerald Tager Buster, he jumps really, really high. In King of Tager, he jumps out of the atmosphere.
  • Informed Ability: He is supposed to be around 550 kg, but everyone else can still toss him around like normal. Of course, this might just be Gameplay and Story Segregation.
  • "Instant Death" Radius: High-level AIs or skilled players will make his enemies regret getting into grab range.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Had some, gained more as part of Continuum Shift buffs.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Much like Ragna, he can pick up grounded opponents for further attacks. The move is also magnetized.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Completely fanboys Valkenhayn. Unsurprisingly, Kokonoe calls him out on it, but relents to letting Tager have a quick spar.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: CSII's extra scenario revealed that the injuries he sustained during the creation of Ignis erased most of his memory. Hazama temporarily unlocks it during Tager's story path via the power of Mind Rape.
  • Leave Him to Me!: In Kokonoe's arcade mode in CP, he asks her to leave Terumi to him, out of concern for her safety. While she'd love to, she also has something to "test" about with Terumi. Tager still insists though (with him claiming that he's under Kagura's orders), so Kokonoe had to put Tager down first. In the end Tager can only ask for her to come back safely, and she promises him she will.
  • Leitmotif: "MOTOR Head", with the slow build up depicting his massive size and ferocity.
  • Magnetism Manipulation: Pretty much what his Drive does.
  • Meido: He shows up in this outfit during Arakune's Help Me! Dr. Kokonoe! segment.
  • Meteor Move: The Gigantic Tager Driver and its stronger variants are this. And his Crimson Meteor air move from Chronophantasma. Doing these online will invoke many an Oh, Crap!/This Is Gonna Suck from your opponents.
  • Mighty Glacier: Being the quintessential grappler of the series, he's naturally a slow-moving but hard-hitting powerhouse. He's also the only character without a dash or even a step (outside of Unlimited anyway).
  • Mind Rape: Undergoes one in Continuum Shift, delivered by - surprise surprise - Terumi, who uses Ouroboros to mess with his emotions, which temporarily unlocks his memories from the Ikaruga Civil War.
  • Morality Pet: While Kokonoe often puts him in embarrassing position and/or forces him to do things that he doesn't like, it's shown that she really cares about him.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He often disagrees with many of the plans that Kokonoe is enacting, and even questions her on occasion, but can't do anything but obey her orders.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few genuinely nice people in the Blazblue world. Sadly, his jobs are the ones that involved turning people into mush.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: CSII revealed him to be a Part-Demon Cyborg.
  • Oh, Crap!: The prologue to Chronophantasma Extend has Tager (then captain of the merc squad) infiltrating Naobi with his group to seize Nirvana. When he arrives to claim it, he and his squad notice that everyone in the facility is gone or dead. It's when they are just about to claim Nirvana that they find out why.
    Azrael: "Let the hunt BEGIN!!"
  • Oni: Tager is called "Red Oni" in Japan because of his big red body and big fangs. Ironically enough, his personality is more that of a blue oni.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Litchi and Kokonoe are the only characters that call Tager by his name. Everyone else refers to him as "(The) Red Devil."
  • Only Sane Man: Tager is erudite and often baffled by the antics of other characters.
  • Power Fist: He can magnetize his forearms to do powerful punches or to drag enemies towards him.
  • Rated M for Manly: Second to only Bang. If they do not rate over to Bang, they rate on Tager. Could be a reason why he garners more popularity in the West (it also helps that he's voiced by Jamieson Price, premiere voice actor for Badass Baritone and this trope for the Western audience)
  • Red Baron: The Red Devil.
  • Red Right Hand: Subverted. He may have oni features but he's a rather Nice Guy.
  • Revenge: He really wants Azrael to pay back for slaughtering his subordinates. He's so angry about it that he even feels overwhelmed by his own anger.
  • Rocket Punch: In one of Teach Me Ms. Litchi! segments, Kokonoe reveals that his arm can do this. He can't do it in gameplay though.
  • Satellite Character: Subverted. Tager does have a lot of potential going on and it seems that Chronophantasma will put that in light. However, he's completely bound to Kokonoe, and since Kokonoe is pretty damn important story-wise, Tager is mostly used in the story as merely a medium for Kokonoe to interact with the world outside her lab, and Tager can't even do anything about it due to his programming.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: All the time.
  • Ship Tease: A noticeable amount, both ways, with Kokonoe.
  • Shotoclone: Somewhat. He has a normal projectile, but his "uppercut" move is instead an anti-air grab.
  • Signature Move: His Gigantic Tager Driver and its DD and Astral variants. Also to a smaller extent, his Gadget Finger and Spark Bolt.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Otherwise you wouldn't know this hulking mass of monstrosity is actually intelligent.
  • Spin Attack: His Magna Tech Wheel Distortion Drive is him spinning while his arms are covered in magnetic current. He can then continue it with a Megaton Punch.
  • Spock Speak: Often speaks like this. Gag reels has him break out of this on occasion. In one of Teach Me Ms. Litchi! segments, he's criticized for this as it makes Taokaka confused.
  • Talk to the Fist: In his joke ending, he punches Bang while the latter is calling an attack.
  • Theme Naming: Electricity, magnetism and technology for his moves.
  • Undying Loyalty: Kokonoe could be an Omnicidal Maniac for all he cared and he would still be loyal to her. Justified that he's specifically programmed to do so. He's taking Hakumen's warning about the nuke silo Kokonoe had, and while Tager is horrified, he knew that he has no place or ability to protest.
  • Use Your Head: One of his jumping attacks has him do this.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: Kokonoe did this to him in the past, when he was mortally wounded. She then fitted him with demon cells and cybernetic implants.
  • The Worf Effect: Tager is generally the character used to show off a character's strength; is used as a guinea pig for Relius to test out Ignis in his Continuum Shift Bad Ending, for Ragna in Chronophantasma, and Hazama in the Anime.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Being a grapple character he specializes in this, with several of his specials, most of his Distortion Drives and even his Astral Heat being based on wrestling throws.
  • Yes-Man: To go with his Undying Loyalty, a negative interpretation. Tager will do everything Kokonoe says without complaint, though he's programmed to do so.
  • You Are Number 6: His code name is TR-0009, though he's the only one who addresses himself as such in-game, and even then it's at the start of his missions.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Normal Tager cannot dash. He compensates by using his magnetism to draw his opponents to him.
  • Zipperiffic: While he only actually has two of them, the ones he does have are way too big. Presumably so he can operate them with his giant hands.

    Litchi Faye-Ling 
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  • Height: 170cm (5'7")
  • Weight: 58kg (127.9 lbs)
  • Blood type: AB
  • Date of Birth: July 7
  • Birthplace: Shanghai
  • Hobbies: Mahjong
  • Values: Her hair, Lao Jiu
  • Likes: Shōchū liquor
  • Dislikes: People with weak mind

"Did you need an examination?"

Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese) / Lauren Landa (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma)(English)

A renowned doctor living in Kagutsuchi. She was Kokonoe's assistant and Tager's co-worker in Sector Seven until her close friend Roy's mutation into Arakune, which caused her to go AWOL. She defends the local townspeople from Arakune and is trying to restore him to his former self by any means necessary, even through death. She also seems to respect Bang and even goes off apologizing if she ever beats him in combat. She gained her combat abilities from the Boundary in the same way Arakune did, through her panda "hairclip", Lao Jiu. Later on, throughout the story, she realizes the burden of her quest, but she keeps pressing forward undeterred, no matter how depressing the results may be.

The console versions have her host her own Fourth-Wall Mail Slot show called "Teach me, Ms. Litchi!"/"Tell me, Dr. Litchi!", drawn in Super-Deformed style where she asks various characters to explain the backstory to Taokaka. Every character in the story shows up except Arakune, Hakumen, and Nu, although some are less successful than others at teaching. Oddly, Litchi does very little teaching of her own.

Her arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Innocent World, Temptation to Force and Preceptor. Her story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: EXCUSE and erosion.

Her Drive ability, Mantenbo, levitates her staff and allows the player to control it as a separate entity. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Daisharin/The Great Wheel, a former super move of hers that allows her to manually control the direction in which her staff attacks.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Koukujaku/Crimson Peacock has her staff transform and do a Spin Attack on her opponent and launches them high to the air. Then both her and the staff do a flying kick from both sides of the opponent in midair. Her Astral Finish, Kyu Ren Hoto/Nine Gates Of Heaven, can be done while she's on top of her staff, or during Overdrive mode. She performs a diving kick, lifting them high into the air then performs a 99-hit bicycle kick in the opponent's face, then kicks them backwards.

For more, see her character page here

    Arakune 
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  • Height: 20~200cm (7.9" ~ 6'6.7")
  • Weight: 5~1000kg (11~2,2204.6 lbs)
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: April 1
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Unknown
  • Values: Knowledge
  • Likes: Knowledge
  • Dislikes: Ignorance

"In the end both you and I...are pointless Pointless POINTLESS, AHAHAHAH!!!"

Voiced by: Takashi Hikida (Japanese) / Spike Spencer (Calamity Trigger-Chronophantasma) (English)

Arakune was once a human scientist, real name Lotte "Roy" Carmine, who worked with Tager and Litchi to study the Boundary, a strange realm inaccessible normally to humans. After a horrible accident involving being exposed to seithr for too long, Arakune slowly transformed into the horrifying monster that he is now: a strange, black, blob-like creature that thrives on information. To sustain himself, he has no choice but to become a cannibal and devour the members of Taokaka's tribe, among others. He has also been driven completely insane by his transformation, which has eroded his mind and made his speech incomprehensible and fragmented. He now wants to find Ragna because of his Azure Grimoire, which he believes to be an immense source of life for him to devour. As the story goes, he seems to gain some amounts of coherency and sanity, but still too far from being saved.

His arcade mode playthroughs are named, in order of the game: Voicerecorder, Incomplete and to the madness. His story mode playthroughs are named, in the first two games: Solve equation and dilectus.

His Drive ability, Crimson, allows him to curse the opponent and activate "Fever Mode", letting him summon insects to attack them. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Crimson Depths, which extends the duration of his Fever Mode.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel is named n factorial where he stuns the foe, then devours them, "chews" them and then pukes them out. His Astral, N to Infinity has also been modified. Now when he hits the opponent, they are trapped in a giant spider web. Then, several giant eyes appear in the background as centipedes begin to fill the screen and close in on the opponent. When the screen is fully covered in centipedes, a horrible crunch sound is heard as the centipedes devour the opponent alive. The screen then begins to rain blood all over it until it fades.

  • And I Must Scream: Sums up what he really is. Subverted. Turns out Roy appears fine and content in researching the Boundary from afar.
  • Animal Motifs: Spiders. From his name, to his crest, to 2 of his specials, all of them shows it.
  • Apocalyptic Log: His arcade mode ending is an audio diary of his slow transformation into... that.
  • Ax-Crazy: His personality. Even as Relius fixed his speech coherency, he still is very crazy.
  • Badass Bookworm: Even after his transformation, he seeks information.
    • One of his entry poses even has him sitting amidst a pile of books, which he promptly absorbs.
  • Bee-Bee Gun: His B Curse bug in Calamity Trigger has him summoning a bee-like insect from top of the screen, and F of G Distortion Drive causes entire swarm of bees to come from the ground. And that is not accounting the other insects he can summon of spew out.
  • Berserk Button: Has a very nasty reaction to the name "Kokonoe". Ask Tager.
  • Blob Monster: He is a nearly mindless pile of liquid seithr.
  • Bowel-Breaking Bricks: During Arakune's "Help Me, Professor Kokonoe" segment, Kokonoe mentions how he had been toned down since the first game. She comments that "the other players always ended up shitting bricks whenever you showed up."
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: It is hinted in CP that he's Not Himself, presumably from Relius' modifications of him.
  • Break Her Heart to Save Her: After Litchi confronted him with what would be the definitive way to restore him, Roy instead tells her that he knew those methods already and prefers staying in this state near the Boundary, while telling her to destroy his vessel, Arakune, finally getting Litchi to commit herself to destroying Arakune for good even if her eyes are full of tears when that happens. It's not known if this is Roy's true feelings, but he probably knows that if he dissuades her the normal way like he did before, it will never get through her head and she'll continue her path of self-destruction.
  • Can't Catch Up: It is heavily implied that the reason Arakune sought the power of the Boundary was because he felt constantly overshadowed by Kokonoe.
  • The Casanova: The Irresistible Arakune, which is only seen in "Help me! Professor Kokonoe!", where he dons a 'handsome man' face and starts flirting with Anything That Moves. Even comes complete with Bishie Sparkle. Even Kokonoe, who's rather annoyed by him, admitted that he's "kinda.... cute."
  • Confusion Fu: Considering that he's a sentient, drippy blob, it's hard to read what he's going to do next. A lot of his attacks come from unexpected angles. Oh, and he can instantly teleport across the stage.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Many of his attacks deal a lot of weak hits. This is also his chief strategy with his Drive.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: If you turn on the option to display his text in full, you'll notice that a lot of his dialog is like this.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: He's got some unorthodox moves and maneuvers, lacking in defensive measures other than dodging, and his offensive power is not much. However, his Drive can help him deal a lot of damage once the Curse Gauge is full, provided that you know how each bug he summons works (which have different amounts of startup and hitstun). The Curse Gauge mechanic are also nerfed inbetween games, but a skilled Arakune is still fearsome because of that.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Continuous research and exposure to Boundary and seithr slowly turned him into one. Hazama, however, says that it's because Arakune is actually a failed attempt to recreate the Black Beast.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Dabbling with the sheer knowledge of the Boundary, for any reason, is not advised - Kokonoe, a Mad Scientist herself, even told him to not do it. Yet he goes on, and then becomes Arakune because of his corruption.
  • Expressive Mask: Go watch the opening to Continuum Shift II and look closely when Arakune and Bang look up the roof Litchi is on. Arakune's mask blinks.
  • Fan Boy: During the EX Story, it's safe to say that he 'idolizes' Relius for his achievements. Then again, this is Relius we're talking about - this pedestal came broken.
  • Fantastic Racism: Somewhat downplayed. His quotes against Makoto and past experiences with Kokonoe reflect his views and interests of beastkin in general.
    Arakune (after defeating Makoto in CS) "So you're a 'beastkin'...? I don't... have... good memories of... beast...kin creatures... Disappear!"
    Arakune (after defeating Makoto in CP) "Beastkin...you... Not interested...Not... Not... Get out of...way."
  • Foreshadowing: Word of God states that by deciphering what Arakune's cut-up unintelligible sentences mean, one can figure out "the secret behind the Boundary".
    • For example, some of his broken up lines when interacting with Hakumen, foreshadow the fact that Terumi was the original being inside the Susano'o unit.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Arakune is incapable of talking in coherent sentences like a normal person...except when fighting, when he talks coherently.
  • Giggling Villain: He's a monster who terrorizes citizens of Orient Town and murders members of the Kaka Clan, and he has that insane cackle he throws every now and then.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Figuratively. Despite his immense hatred of Kokonoe, his CS arcade conversation with Litchi has him beg for her to give up on him and get help from their old master so that she doesn't die from her exposure to the Boundary.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: All that wisdom he got from the Boundary turned him insane, and his transformation into...that, which took away his ability to speak, only furthered his insanity. It's gotten to the point where he has no reliable memory of anything anymore.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He wants to be the supreme scientist. Unfortunately, Kokonoe is way too superior, which irritates him. Compounded that in the EX Story, Relius considers him an imbecile, but when Kokonoe makes a reference to Litchi's work, Relius instead mentions that he thought Kokonoe enjoys a company of full imbeciles but he's wrong. Which... didn't sit well for Roy, considering that Litchi is much more junior than him as a researcher.
  • I Choose to Stay: In the Story Mode of Central Fiction and the third part of Litchi's arcade, he (Roy) reveals that he chooses to stay being Arakune, and after that, stay in the Boundary, so he can do more research, even if nobody would ever find out about his studies. He also tells Litchi to stop pursuing him and go back to her loved ones because they'll need her, and to kill his vessel.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Every time he fights Litchi, it becomes this. She never seem to succeed for long.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: But he won't eat Bang, because Bang "looks like an imbecile".
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: As a researcher, he harbored some ambition that he'd surpass his superior Kokonoe in scientific breakthrough, but for some reason, Kokonoe dismissed him that badly and even refused to support him in a particular research about seithr. Not knowing to give up and even dismissing the support of his partner Litchi, he went on through the research and ended up as Arakune. And even as Arakune, what remains of him was his hatred for Kokonoe's superiority and his desire to become supreme scientist.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: For some reason, neither Kokonoe or Hazama have any trouble understanding him.
    • It probably helps that both of them are fully aware of the subject matters he is spouting. Other characters wouldn't have the meta knowledge, or the desire to sit down and try to chat with him.
  • Invisibility: His "Equals 0" special turns him invisible.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: His bad ending in Continuum Shift, where he erases Litchi's memories of him so that she would stop hunting after him and eventually end up like him. The end result is similar to Litchi's own bad ending, except that he still lives, taking one last look at her from hiding before disappearing into the night.
    • This could end up as a Deconstruction if you keep your fridges in tact. As Litchi stated, Arakune's knowledge is jumbled thanks to the Boundary corruption. Thanks to that, eating Litchi's memories instead dooms her to at best a slow death, at worst turning into the next Arakune, since memories about him are what drove her to get better, as she's also plagued by Boundary problems. In short, he's instead making it worse.
      • Not quite. Litchi was already established as suffering from Boundary corruption, even if it wasn't visible yet. She was on a timer well before he did anything; all he did was remove the distraction that was preventing her from getting treatment.
  • Laughing Mad: Descends into this quite often, usually before a fight and after some incoherent rambling about the Azure.
  • Leitmotif: Thin Red Line, with a rather notable Scare Chord at the beginning.
  • Let Them Die Happy: That's what he actually thought, as someone who has been thrown into despair into thinking that there's no way out for people like him. Since he knew that it would be impossible for Litchi to get out of the situation, decided to at least give Litchi happiness before what he thought to be the inevitable end. But as said above, Litchi found out that that 'end' wasn't really inevitable for her and she refused to give in to his despair.
  • Long-Range Fighter: His Drive lets him be played this way with his curse bugs.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: He's more "crazy" than "malevolent", but still, his mask plays up his creepy factor.
  • Mask of Power: In a way. He created the mask he is wearing now so he could communicate with others... but it still doesn't work. In fact, it may have just made it worse.
    • "Of course if I don't have a face, I'll make one."
  • Meaningful Name: Arakune sounds similar to "arachnid", the family that includes spiders. On that note, "Arachne", pronounced much the same way, is a character from Greek mythology who was turned into a spider. Granted, that Arachne's female, but still.
    • Further, "Rot" (i.e how Lotte is pronounced) is German for "Red". "Carmine" is a shade of red. Considering his Drive ability is called "Crimson", his BGM is "Thin RED Line"... there's a trend here.
    • Speaking of "Thin RED Line", the expression "Red Line" usually refers to a point of no return, a line than can only be crossed once, which may or may not be an accurate description of Arakune's condition...
    • Also, "Rot" could refer to "decay", much as what has happened to his body, his memories, and his sanity. And it's only getting worse.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: Part of his insanity is attributed to acquiring too much knowledge from the Boundary. He might sometimes blabber about things that he knows but others unable to figure out, usually relating to the Azure. Interestingly, Mori has said that if one can make sense of what Arakune said, one can uncover some secrets of the Blazblue world.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Hakumen notes that Arakune has reached such a point that he could almost be a Sankishin like Hakumen and Rachel if he tried to. Of course, this would involve stepping back and generally staying out of everyone's business like them too. And we all know THAT'S gonna happen...
  • Oblivious to Love: In the Material Collection, in his diary, he wondered why Litchi was so nice to him. Now he can't even remember her most of the time, and is driven to confusion and frustration by this strange woman who won't leave him alone.
  • Power Degeneration: Continuous tapping into the boundary, again, but it's inferred that he doesn't even have his former body.
  • Rain of Blood: His Astral Heat in CP ends with this.
  • Rolling Attack: His "y, two dash" special is this, done in midair.
  • Sanity Slippage: His descent into madness and growing erratic behavior before he turned into a blob can be seen in flashbacks throughout the series.
  • Scare Chord: His Leitmotif begins with one. This being a Daisuke Ishiwatari composition, it naturally leads into a badass metal riff.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Being a Blob Monster he can freely shape himself into various things (commonly animal heads/appendages) as he attacks.
  • Signature Move: His curse clouds and curse bugs, natch.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: At least when he was human scientist, he wears a pair.
  • The Swarm: He can summon one in his "F of G" DD.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Has a teleport move as one of his specials.
  • Theme Naming: Zero Vector; If P, then Q; Y, Two Dash; Equals 0; F of G; F Inverse, and N to Infinity.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Post-modification with Relius, he is far more powerful and is capable of doing Relius' jobs well enough.
  • Trouble Magnet Gambit: Pretty much what his "curse" Drive works like.
  • Uncertain Doom: Unlike the other characters, he doesn't appear in the epilogue of CF with no reason. He was last seen fighting against Bang with the latter having full intent to kill him (after Litchi okays it). The outcome of their battle is not shown, but it's implied he turned into seithr like the others... but those who turned into seithr come back in the ending, except for him. Possible explanations include 1) his soul (Roy) was already in the Boundary and chooses to stay there, 2) Arakune's existence is already wonky to begin with. It is worth noting however, that before turning into seithr, Bang did manage to hit Arakune with Rettenjou, a weapon designed to destroy Nox Nyctores, while Arakune's body itself was said to be very similar to a Nox, possibly indicating he inflicted a fatal wound.
  • The Unintelligible: Other people have absolutely no clue what he's saying, but he feels that he's speaking coherent sentences.
    • Weirdly, Kokonoe somehow manages to have a lengthy conversation with him in Continuum Shift. Perhaps she has a translator.
    • Spike Spencer was literally only told 4 words of direction when he recorded the character. "Go Bat-Shit Crazy". Arakune's broken dialogue is NOT a result of technical editing. He really acted it out just as you hear him.
      • Word of God has revealed that Chronophantasma has granted him Character Development, and his speech is no longer randomly cut off. He can now speak coherent sentences, but is still very much batshit insane so no one will bother listening to him anyway.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He has been a puppet throughout series. Terumi corrupted Roy's mind about the Azure to become Arakune. In Continuum Shift, he was captured by Relius, then Hazama uses him to get Litchi to join the NOL, then in Chronophantasma, he became this again to Relius.
  • Voice of the Legion: Not as distorted as most, just with an echoed filter.
  • Was Once a Man: Was exposed to the boundary which drove him insane, and was pulled into the cauldron by Terumi resulting in his current form.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: He can fire a purple laser upward as one of his Distortion Drives.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Was this as Roy Carmine. When thousands of people died in the Ikaruga War, he didn't revel in the massacre, but he did consider it an acceptable loss considering all the scientific data Sector Seven gained from it.
  • White Mask of Doom: He wears one. It is the only part of him that is actually solid. He created it because he thought it would allow others to understand what he is saying, not realizing that his words are complete gibberish.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Was once overshadowed by Kokonoe and had his insecurities dragged out by Hazama and Relius. Subverted that in the end, it still garnered him not respect but instead ridicules and everyone else except Litchi still treat him like a pathetic monster or trash.
    • Becomes more of this trope once Relius modified him. He Took a Level in Badass and possibly can be as powerful as Ragna + Idea Engine.
  • The Worm That Walks: A variant; he houses various insectoid limbs inside his blob body.
  • You, Get Me Coffee: In the past, Kokonoe often orders him to make coffee for her.



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