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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 the arcade version of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift. Due the sheer amount of trope presented, the page had to be split. To see characters introduced in the console release and later iterations, refer to BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Additional Characters. 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 Calamity Trigger, 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.

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    Lambda -No.11-
If you know what's good for you, don't hurt Ragna when she's around.
  • Height: 155cm (5'1")
  • Weight: 45kg (99.2 lbs)
  • Blood type: Unknown
  • Date of Birth: September 1
  • Birthplace: Ibukido
  • Hobbies: Observing Tartar
  • Values: None
  • Likes: None
  • Dislikes: None

"O' silver blade forged in the depths of the beyond, hear my summons and purge those who stand in my way. Lay waste."

Voiced by: Kanako Kondo (Japanese) / Cristina Valenzuela (Continuum Shift-Chronophantasma) (English)

After Nu's apparent death, Kokonoe has Tager salvage the 11th Prime Field Device from Ikaruga, and then plucks Nu's soul from the Boundary, erases her memories, and implants her within her predecessor's body. She is now completely subservient to Kokonoe and is used as another tool in her plan to get revenge on Terumi. As she inhabits the body of her predecessor, she is not the juggernaut she was before. This is manifested gameplay-wise in the form of loads of balance changes.

Her Arcade mode playthroughs are named, in second and third game respectively: The Numbers and Departure. Her story mode playthrough in the second game is named lacrima No-11.

In Chronophantasma, Lambda disappears to make way for the return of Nu. However, in CPEX, Lambda is added again to the roster on October 9, 2014. She will be based on Nu's current Luna Form stance. To further differentiate herself from Nu, the swords that Lambda summons are brand-new and she has a green, ethereal aura surrounding her. Her Drive has been renamed Sword Summoner II. The swords that she summons have shorter range but bigger hitbox than Nu's. Her playstyle is also different from Nu's, while still mostly a zoning character, Lambda focuses more on getting up close to her opponent and using her melee attacks. Her Overdrive, Elysium, increases the size and damage of her Drive attacks and grants them new properties.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Duo Cultus has her stun the foe with her swords. Then she proceeds to do multiple somersault kicks a'la Guile's Flash Explosion. Her Astral is the same as Nu's.

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Played for Laughs in CF. Lambda is normally subservient to Kokonoe...except whenever Ragna is involved, something that Kokonoe is extremely annoyed with.
  • And I Must Scream: Poor, poor Lambda... The original one, that is. We see what her life was like before she died, and it makes her younger sisters look positively blessed by comparison.
    • It doesn't get much better after Kokonoe revives her. Lambda's worst fear- and primary source of trauma- was being treated like a doll instead of an actual being that could think and feel. This is exactly what Kokonoe does to her, effectively mercy-killing the last remnants of Lambda by erasing her memories, and Lambda was aware but unable to say or do anything to prevent it.
  • Artificial Human: She is a Murakumo Unit.
  • Back from the Dead: Returns in Chronophantasma Extend. Exactly how she pulled this off is a matter of some speculation.
  • Badass Adorable: She's a Murakumo Unit and is about as dangerous as either of her "sisters". And thanks to her expanded characterization from the anime and beyond, when she's not in combat she's usually freaking adorable.
  • Battle Aura: In CPEX she's constantly being enveloped in a green aura for some reason.
  • Become A Real Girl: Her story arc during the latter half of the series.
  • Become Your Weapon: She's normally separated from her weapon. In order to access her battle form, she merges with it, shown as a special sequence in her Battle Intro.
  • BFS: Much like her sisters, the Murakumo. Although what she has is an imitation by Kokonoe. Nevertheless, she can still summon one in her Calamity Sword DD and Astral Heat. Her Overdrive can also turn her Drive swords into these.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Just like the other Murakumos, courtesy of being a Saya clone. Curiously, she doesn't interact with Jin much, so they don't have much of a relationship either way (although Hakumen, being a time-displaced Jin, considers her just as much a threat as Nu), and Ragna's not quite sure what to make of her from the time they spent together to date in CS. Her more important relationships are with her genetic sisters - Noel, as of CPEX, genuinely loves Lambda & fully accepts as a sister, sees a lot of her own former situation in Lambda and wants to help Lambda grow into a complete person, while Nu absolutely despises Lambda because Lambda is another threat to Nu's plans for Ragna and intends to stop Nu from hurting him.
  • Blank Slate: Kokonoe was going to bring her back with the memories, but when Lambda started to have a complete breakdown upon reliving her past experiences, she was forced to erase them to spare her the pain. She slowly gets better, especially when Nu's memories start to come back.
  • Bootstrapped Leitmotif: In that the vocal editions of the first Awakening the Chaos, in particular, seem to fit Lambda much better than they do Nu now. As much as they can get rather nonsensical, the lyrics to the L.A. version in particular seem to allude heavily to her Central Fiction plot.
  • Break the Cutie: Her opening scene from her Continuum Shift path has her painfully experimented on and begging for the pain to stop. And that's only the start of her problems...
  • But Not Too Foreign: Being that she's a clone of Saya/Noel, who was born from the 5th Prime Field Device, implied to be based off of Saya Terumi, who is Japanese.
  • Call-Back: Lambda's commentary with Makoto in Chronophantasma causes her to glitch out and recall her "gag reel" from Continuum Shift.
    "Squirrel beastkin. Incoming memories from separate phenomenon. Ta-ta...?"
  • Characterization Marches On: She was originally just a Suspiciously Similar Substitute for Nu and didn't really have any distinct traits of her own. But ever since her appearance in the anime, she's been given more distinct traits, being more like a curious child compared to Nu's more aggressive nature.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Offhandedly mentioned in Calamity Trigger's Story Mode opening.
  • Clones Are People, Too: Noel treats her as a sister instead of a copy, and Kokonoe really dislikes forcing her into action. Her personality and individuality are still developing, but they're definitely present.
  • Cloning Blues: Just like Nu and Noel.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Gets tangled in some bedsheets during the epilogue.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Only when she dons her facial mask though, unlike Nu she has use of both her eyes without it.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: Not very dark but her chibi-fied self appearing in her "Help me, Professor Kokonoe"-segment has noticable darker skin than the other characters. Her portrait and game sprites have bright skin, though, but with a slightly darker shade than Noel's (and "normal human" compared to Nu's blatant albinism).
  • Dash Attack: Her Act Parcer Zwei moves that ends with different attacks per version. In the fourth game, her new Act Parser Tri can lead to even more combinations.
  • Declaration of Protection: Twice in CF arcade, she has said this. The first in her Act 1 arcade when fighting Hakumen, the second in her Act 2 arcade when fighting Nu. Both of them having her saying that she's gonna protect Ragna.
  • Determinator: Her CF arcade shows her to be this - she was beaten quite hard by Hakumen and yet choosing to keep going, even ignoring her innate self-preservation programming (and, later, Relius' restrains on her). All because she wants to meet Ragna. Hakumen and Nine naturally lampshade this.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Originally designed as a re-balanced Palette Swap of Nu, her appearance in the Chronophantasma Extend update has seen her fighting style change to be more aggressive and her personality is nothing like Nu's (and in fact she is quite dead-set on stopping her "sister" from killing/merging with Ragna).
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Much like Nu, when she isn't wearing the full Murakumo armor she tends to caper around barefoot. This is on particular display in episode 8 of the Alter Memory anime, which did a lot to cement the "adorable" side of her Badass Adorable status.
  • Downer Ending: Her joke ending, which ends with the pet insect she adopted being thrown in the trash by an unknowing Kokonoe. Possibly the only depressing Gag Reel in the game.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After having suffered through eons of time loops and possibilities, Lambda survives the events of CF and is shown in the epilogue to be living a peaceful life with her sisters as nuns.
  • Emotionless Girl: Much moreso than Nu or Mu (especially once Noel gains full control of her Mu side). She's beginning to develop emotions in CPEX and beyond, a trait Noel wishes to encourage.
  • Empty Shell: What Kokonoe thinks she is, but does grow a degree of sentience as the series goes on.
  • Enemy Within: In Lambda's Story Mode in CS , she's occasionally plagued by Nu's conscience inside her. And due to some magical heebie-jeebies by Hazama and Phantom, she is forced to fight against Nu in the climax.
  • Ethereal Choir: The song has one for an ominous feel, similar to Nu.
  • Fetal Position Rebirth: When she was done being rejuvenated by Kokonoe in her People Jars, she was first shown (in CS) floating on this pose.
  • Flawed Prototype: Though her decrepit, cobbled-together state probably doesn't help, either.
  • Flying Firepower: Downplayed in both accounts: She just floats, and her projectiles doesn't reach as far as Nu's.
  • Flying Weapon/Razor Wings: Same deal as Nu's.
  • Fragile Speedster: She has fast dashes, but only has 10,000 health.
  • Glass Cannon: She can dish out some good damage without using her Distortion moves, as well as having a solid corner pressure, but only has 10,000 health. Slightly mitigated in Centralfiction, but she is still fragile.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: Where she was built, and later rediscovered.
  • Go Out with a Smile: She dies with a smile on her face after saving Ragna in CS.
  • Gratuitous German: When you're comboing with her swords, she counts the hits in German for no apparent reason.
    "Eins, Zwei, Drei, Vier, Fünf, Sechs, Sieben,..."
  • Gravity Master: Her Gravity Seed special puts a gravity circle at a certain point on the floor. She can't spam it as easily as Nu, however, as she needs a gauge to charge first (like Tager's Spark Bolt gauge).
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a blade-shaped hairpin at the end of her Braids of Action.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: After her Character Development, she's as much of an absolute sweetheart as Noel.
  • Healing Vat: At the start of her story in CS, she was rejuvenated in a vat of water and being watched by Kokonoe, because she was in a pretty bad shape when she was rescued in Ibukido (by Tager). She also regularly goes back into it for maintenance.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: At the very end of CS Nu's soul resurfaces, she regains Nu's memories, and takes not one, but two killing blows from Terumi's Ouroboros to the back that were meant for Ragna. She then gives Ragna the power from her Idea Engine to unlock his Azure Grimoire allowing him to defeat Terumi and turn Mu back into Noel shortly after. Parts from Lambda's regeneration chamber are later used to make Ragna's new left arm.
  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: The official CF site describes her playstyle as "hit and away".
  • Homing Projectile: The new version of Calamity Sword in CPEX automatically targets the opponent's position.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: At least, the ones who created Lambda and the other Murakumo units certainly were.
  • Human Weapon: Same as her sisters.
  • Identity Amnesia: Has no memory of who or what she is in Chronophantasma Extend. Rachel and Noel help her regain her memories so that she can be truly reborn into the world.
  • I Will Find You: At the end of her CPEX arcade run, she resolves to find Ragna. In CF, despite being controlled by Kokonoe, she still tries to find Ragna and will try to eliminate any perceived threat towards him. In her Act 3 arcade play, when she finally meets Ragna, she's happy enough (as much as a girl like her can be "happy") that she's okay with Ragna telling her that he's going to erase her memories.
  • Leitmotif: Awakening the Chaos, notably she keeps this as her theme when she's brought back in Chronophantasma Extend while Nu has its remix as her theme.
  • Lethal Chef: Averted. To establish that she's becoming an independent being, she does not have the same terrible cooking skills as Noel and Izanami.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Downplayed; she has similar long range capabilities as Nu, but she also has some close-ranged tactics with her unique specials.
  • Machine Monotone: As is the standard for the Murakumo Units, although hers is quite a bit more prominent, and from CPEX on, only begins to slip if she think's Ragna's in danger.
    • She also does it to shoot down Noel's attempts to cook, which makes it even funnier.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: No likes, no dislikes, no values....yet. She does list 'Watching Tartars' among her hobbies.
  • "No. Just... No" Reaction: At Noel's offers to cook.
  • Palette Swap: Her battle armor, to Nu's.
    • Their non-battle outfits kind of avoid this: she was never actually shown outside of her armor in Continuum Shift or its expansions themselves, but starting in Alter Memory, she was shown as wearing a much different, longer cloak than Nu's in her white-gold-black colors, which has been carried over into Chrono Phantasma Extend and Central Fiction. They do retain matching bodysuits, but that seems to be the undersuit of the Murakumo armor itself.
  • Pick Your Human Half: Of the "looks human, acts robotic" type.
  • Rapunzel Hair: If we were to unbraid that ponytail of hers, her hair would easily clear her knees.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever she's without her visor, she's shown to have these. It's subverted though, because her personality is easily the least aggressive of all of the Murakumo Units, though it doesn't stop her from being any less capable in combat.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Not her, but the insectoid pet she gets in her gag reel. Not to say that she isn't cute herself.
  • Robo Speak: Even more than Nu; once CPEX rolls around, this is adjusted upwards for her and Nu is actually made a little less robotic, just to make the distinction clearer.
    • As an example, at one point in CPEX, she begins reporting hard disk errors when trying to access her amnesiac memory. Not even Nu in CT got that robotic.
  • Robot Girl: The eleventh Prime Field Device. In CPEX and beyond, she becomes a more Data-like or Yuki Nagato-like "Robot Girl Classic" example, to contrast with Mu's "Accepted My Humanity" variant and Nu's "Psychotic Malfunction".
  • Signature Move: Much like Nu, her Drive moves and Legacy Edge.
  • Soul Fragment: Just like her "sisters", it's implied that she carries a part of Saya's soul and some of her memories. The end of her CPEX Arcade mode shows it; she certainly has no other reason to think of that specific field of grass and flowers in conjunction with a smiling Ragna...
  • Space Master: Much like Nu, she can manipulate space to summon swords.
  • Supreme Chef: If Noel is to be believed Lambda is a very good cook. It only makes sense in the ending of Centralfiction that she's the one to cook the meals at the new church, seeing as Noel is the only alternative.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Gameplay-wise she was created as a substitute for the then-deceased Nu, to the point that her Unlimited form in Continuum Shift was Nu.
  • Storm of Blades: Much like Nu.
  • Taking the Veil: Joins Noel in becoming a nun in the epilogue.
  • Theme Naming: Same as Nu, i.e. swords and bladed weapons. And brand names of cars.
  • Vocal Evolution: After her appearance in the Anime, her voice has changed somewhat to differentiate her from her sisters. Lambda's speech is more softspoken and subtle compared to Nu's higher pitched Yandere voice and Mu's more confident and authoritative tone.
  • When She Smiles: Comes with being the resident Emotionless Girl; while she has an identical face to Noel, who smiles quite often, the rarity of Lambda's smiles makes it all the sweeter when she does. It was first showcased in Alter Memory, and got more exposure in Chronophantasma Extend as a part of her Character Development.
  • White Sheep: Of the Murakumo Units. She is by far the least dangerous of themnote , only attacking on the orders of Kokonoe and even sacrifices herself to protect Ragna. And unlike her younger sister, she's not a Yandere around the guy either.
    • Lampshaded by Ragna in one of the Chronophantasma Extend Gag Reels, where he is dating Noel, and Lambda and Nu are her sisters. Ragna notes that Lambda is the most stable out of all three of them.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Lambda's "bad" ending after losing a Battle in the Center of the Mind leaves her alone in a hallucinated space. Suddenly, an image of Ragna appears, tells her she did well and Kokonoe is proud of her, and they can both rest now. Lambda is overjoyed to see him, and happily lies down to take a nap with her beloved Ragna. When Kokonoe re-establishes contact with her body, Lambda is lying in a garden staring up at the sky, her mind shattered... but a smile on her face.
    • Her joke ending also has her clumsily become friends with Makoto and explore a few minute facets of individuality... it lasts up until Kokonoe drops Lambda's pet insect down the waste disposal by accident.
  • You Are Number 6: Is designated Boundary Interface Prime Field Device –No.11-.
  • Younger Than They Look: As with the other Murakumos, she's much younger than she looks, with her current body being, at most, seven years old.

    Tsubaki Yayoi
  • Height: 160cm (5'3")
  • Weight: 47kg (103.6 lbs)
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: March 14
  • Birthplace: Naobi
  • Hobbies: Painting, singing
  • Likes: Historical dramas
  • Dislikes: War

"White feathers for innocence, black feathers for darkest sin. We are the messengers and hammers of God, come to deliver righteous justice. Let sinners be punished! Let justice be done!"

Voiced by: Asami Imai (Japanese) / Julie Ann Taylor (English)

A fellow classmate of Jin, Noel, and Makoto from the Academy. Tsubaki comes from the noble Yayoi family. She's also Jin's childhood friend and has harboured a secret crush on him since they were young. After graduation, she served under the Zero Squadron/Wings of Justice, whose duty is to punish those who rebel against NOL. After the True Ending of the first game she was given orders by Hazama to execute Jin and Noel for knowing about his plans. And so she is sent out to Kagutsuchi to accomplish her mission, armed with an Armagus called Izayoi which steals light and uses it as a weapon. Later story developments will have her learning some awful truths which makes her go down the dark path, and her friends must save her.

Her canon path reveals much of her family's history. The Yayoi family is one of the oldest members of the Duodecim - the twelve noble families who helped form the original NOL. Her house and the Kisaragi house, which Jin belongs to, have very close relations with one another. Both families are quite famous, but also infamous within the NOL. Both families have very strange ethics, which causes them to be seen disdainfully in the eyes of the other families. In the Kisaragi's case, they take in children from all around the world due to their talents, and are seen as mercenaries. In the Yayoi's case, however, they are the opposite - family is the most important thing. So important, in fact, that when children began exhibiting weaker ars magus aptitude were born, members started resorting to incest and inbreeding in the mad delusion they would get stronger. Tsubaki is not the first-born child of her family - she is the first to survive. The day she met Jin, however, was like meeting a long-lost relative to her, and the two became close friends throughout their childhood.

Her Arcade mode playthroughs are named, in second and third game respectively: ARCH ENEMY and Never Break Your Heart. Her story mode playthrough in the second game is named regret sin.

Her Drive, Install, fills a meter that increases the power of her attacks. In Chronophantasma, her Overdrive is Second Install, which causes her charge gauge to automatically regenerate.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Shinbatsu: Mei wo Iru Ikazuchinote  / Macto Lux Kyrie has her stun her opponent with the Izayoi book. Then she turns her blade into a bow of light and then fires a multitude of laser arrows at the opponent. Her Astral, Shinsei: Hito wo Sabaku Kami note  / Requiem Aeternam, has her using Izayoi's power to turn her into an angel and bind the opponent in place as a statue of a goddess (the same one seen in the background of Jin's stage) finishes the opponent off by impaling them with its massive spear. In Chronophantasma, the statue has been recolored black.

  • A-Cup Angst: While not as obsessed as other characters, she doesn't react well to Taokaka fondling her breasts and deeming them as 'average'.
  • Action Girl: A cross between this and Lady of War.
  • Adorkable: Not usually, but bring up Jin or, and in fact especially, period pieces, and hoo boy does she qualify.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: As shown in her concept art, Tsubaki was going to have black hair, and her personality would definitely make her play this straight.
  • Ambiguous Situation: The ending of Central Fiction shows her meeting with Noel, Makoto, and Lambda and enjoying her time with them. Some time later, she is shown brandishing Ookami from behind Rachel but is not shown. What this means about her fate remains unclear.
  • Ancestral Weapon: As seen in the Phase Shift novels, the Izayoi was first wielded by Tsubaki's ancestor.
  • Anti-Villain: After she defects to the Imperator's side in Continuum Shift's True ending, and for most of Chronophantasma Tsubaki does truly have a good heart and wants what's best for everyone, but her upbringing and extremely rigid attitude are what drives her to oppose the protagonists.
  • Ascended Extra: She only appeared in flashbacks of Jin & Noel's stories in Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift makes her playable, and a part of central conflict, particularly as Hazama's Unwitting Pawn for Noel, and now arguably as prominent as the three main protagonists, being the point of motivation for two of them in Chronophantasma. Lampshaded in her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment.
    • Looks to reach Tritagonist status in any potential sequel; she Took a Level in Badass and can fight with the strongest in the story on an equal footing. Furthermore, Jin gets seriously hurt after Ragna's Power Incontinence episode, with Noel getting less severely injured. Tsubaki, by now herself again and having made up with the two of them and Makoto, has put Ragna, who she already hates, at the top of her shit-list, as well as being one of the few who can actually stop him now after unlocking Izayoi's full power. Rachel also asked both her and Jin to kill Ragna before he dies normally; and if that fails, Rachel also asked her to kill her with Immortal Breaker.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Being a Six Heroes fan is part of the reason she joined the NOL in the first place; to be like them. It shows when she runs into Hakumen, who was her favourite and main inspiration, and she can't stop herself from babbling on.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of the weapons she can summon from her book in some of her specials.
  • The Atoner: For her actions in Continuum Shift and Chronophantasma, by the time of Central Fiction Tsubaki has become a bodyguard of sorts for Noel, determined to stop anyone who would do her harm, including Jin and Hakumen.
  • Badass Bookworm: That huge buckler thing? It's actually a book. She's also into historical dramas.
  • Badass Cape: A part of her main outfit.
  • Badass Creed: Her Astral quote, depicted above, as well as the same creed the rest of the NOL share. As of Chronophantasma, she, along with Hazama, are the only two who still recite the creed during battle intros with other NOL Personnel, after the others defected during the True Ending of Continuum Shift
    "Dispatched in mankind's darkest hour, we are Knights of the Blue Flame!"
  • Beat the Curse Out of Him: Or her in this case. The focus of Jin and Noel in the third game is to try to break the Mind Eater curse on her. After some dedicated work to figure out how they do it, they make a plan along with Makoto, Kagura and Kokonoe; they first trap her along with Jin, Noel and Makoto in a special field made by Kokonoe, then Makoto beats her up, Noel (as Mu) tries to invoke her Izayoi form, and Jin does the rest. Ultimately, what they do is urging her to break it from the inside, which she manages to do... but not before she attacked Jin with her Immortal Breaker. Thankfully, as the user of Power of Order, Jin is immune to it.
  • Beneath the Mask: While naturally prim, polite and dutiful, she harbors feelings for Jin that are quite unhealthy.
  • Berserk Button: She doesn't like it when people make moves on Jin in front of her. Hazama's spiel drives it Up to Eleven.
  • Betty and Veronica: Jin and Hakumen respectively, for her. Jin is her Childhood Friend whom she looks up to a lot, and she desires to be his assistant. Hakumen is one of the Six Heroes of legend whom she idolizes, and he has acknowledged it; he even shows his softer side to her. The irony is that Jin and Hakumen are the same person. Well, okay, Hakumen being an alternate timeline Jin who's more mature and experienced than the current, but still.
  • Black and White Insanity: Really kicks in after she's brainwashed where she's willing to kill the aforementioned Jin and Noel, as well as Makoto if they don't return to the NOL. And then she defects too, though by the end she returns to her post (as does Jin) when Homura is made Imperator. And in the end she's the only one still convinced that Ragna is "pure evil" and never knows that he's more than he looks (especially as he becomes more morally upright), Black Beast or no.
  • Black and White Morality: In her eyes, anyone who opposes the NOL is evil and unforgivable; despite the fact that most of the cast have very justifiable reasons for opposing them, and the fact that the NOL themselves aren't that pure. Notably, at first she hates Ragna for being indirectly responsible for causing Jin and Noel to defect, despite the fact that she's never met the guy and she hasn't learn of the relationship between the three till much later. Although she changes her stance in Chronophantasma's epilogue; she still has a grudge against Ragna, especially for hurting Jin and Noel (he lost control of his body due to the Imperator's influence and forced to attack them), but vows to kill him due to the danger he poses.
  • Blessed with Suck: In her story mode, using a Distortion or Astral Heat as the killing move leads to her bad ending because her Armagus "Izayoi" draws the light from her eyes and energy from her life, and the Drives speed up the process. Jin told her to get rid of it already, and Ragna offers the favor of destroying it for her (before Hakumen interferes anyway).
  • Blind Justice: In both the literal and figurative sense.
  • Blind Mistake: In one of CP's gag reels, she shouts at Kokonoe that the latter was already being suspicious when she entered the place... while Tsubaki is facing at a wall. Ragna says that she should get rid of Izayoi already.
  • Blind Obedience: Tsubaki was raised to believe anything the NOL did was righteous and for the benefit of everyone, and to never question their rule.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Tsubaki hesitates to fight Jin and tries to spare her friends even after Terumi tells her about how Noel replaced her. Then Terumi's failsafe kicks in, and Tsubaki switches into a haughty, ultra-lawful persona.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • This happens when Hazama comes at her and trolls her about her blindness, as well as saying that how Noel stole her chance of being Jin's secretary. She got broken further when the Imperator's influence starts to get into her.
    • The Anime decided to take it Up to Eleven and throw her completely over the Despair Event Horizon. After fighting both Noel and Jin and failing to defeat either of them, she finds out they don't care for her concept of justice or the NOL she was led to believe were so righteous, with the latter in particular completely breaking it down. She's so broken up by these turn of events, she nearly offs herself before the Imperator intervened. Goddamnit Tsubaki.
    • Even among the fans, her being seemingly rooted in the lower tiers of competitive play has turned her into a Butt-Monkey, with her constantly bemoaning her fate.
  • Breakout Character: She was voted the most popular character in an official poll (as shown in Bururaji W's live recording special) ran by Arc System Works themselves, beating out all three of the primary main characters. She's been steadily getting a larger role with every subsequent game after her debut as a result.
  • Canada, Eh?: Born in Naobi, located in Canada.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: It's downplayed in the main series where she's fairly modest with her feelings towards Jin, but Remix Heart takes it up to levels not uncommon in other Anime.
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: In her Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment, she instantly changes her academy uniform into her usual white getup with the hat at a blink of an eye.
    Kokonoe: What, no Transformation Sequence?
    Tsubaki: Due to unforeseen circumstances, it had to be cut.
  • Character Development: In CP, to a lesser extent (when compared to the main characters); her experiences on battling her friends and later Hakumen has made her slowly changing and improving her stance regarding justice.
  • Charged Attack: She can charge her Sanctus Decus special to increase its damage and give it different properties.
  • Chekhov's Gun: An offhand comment by Kokonoe and Tager in CS sets up Tsubaki's transformation in Chronophantasma.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tsubaki appeared as an NPC in Calamity Trigger flashbacks.
  • Childhood Friends: With Jin.
  • Childhood Marriage Promise: When she and Jin were children, they said that if they ever broke a promise they'd have to "stick a needle in their eye", though Tsubaki seems take it more seriously than Jin, or so it seemed until he put his own life on the line to keep said promise in Chronophantasma.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Beneath the dutiful heiress to House Yayoi lay feelings of jealousy in regards to Jin. In Continuum Shift proper, Hazama pulls her strings by convincing her Noel "stole" her place with Jin. In Wheel of Fortune, a flash memory of Jin playing with his sister Saya leaves her screaming for the latter to get away from him.
    Tsubaki: I'm the one who should be with Jin. Noel... Noel took that away from me!
  • Closet Geek: Her HMPK segment and some gag reels reveal that she's one for historical dramas.
  • The Coats Are Off: She sometimes starts off as wearing her Zero Squadron cloak with a Cool Mask, which she then discards in her Battle Intro.
  • Containment Field: With Izayoi, she can project one called Zanki Barrier, which, aside from being physically impenetrable, can block attempts of observations and phenomenon interventions.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: She has them on their boots.
  • Cultured Badass: A requirement for every member of the 12 Families of the Duodecim. For example, she enjoys singing, reading and painting.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Normally not, but when she's being mind-controlled she's given matching red eyes for her red hair.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: The Wheel of Fortune reveals that she was this in the time loop Hakumen is from.
  • Dark Chick: The main one of the NOL Five-Man Band. She did share with Litchi though. Both jump ship.
  • Dash Attack: Her Sanctus Aequum special has her dashing forward, smashing her foe with her book.
  • Death from Above: Her new Distortion Drive as her Unlimited self in CP has her summon many falling spheres of light.
  • Defector from Decadence: Leaves the NOL after Mind Eater is broken during her fight with Makoto; after Saya is ousted and Homura is given his rightful place as Imperator, she is reinstated as First Lieutenant of Zero Squadron, her old unit and her old rank (she was only major because Terumi needed a figurehead).
  • Demonic Possession: In Chronophantasma, during her final battle with Noel, Makoto and Jin, Tsubaki is now fully under the control of Mind Eater and the Imperator uses her voice to speak her own words. She breaks it eventually.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After she's rejected by both Jin and Noel in Continuum Shift.
  • Driven by Envy: In CS Hazama exploits her lingering jealousy for Noel as a way to pit them together as part of his plans, and it drives her to try to kill Noel.
  • Driven to Suicide: In the Anime after she realizes she can't beat Jin or Noel, and the former spits on her idea of "justice" and loyalty to NOL. She would have done it had it not been for the Imperator's intervention.
  • Enemy Mine: in Central Fiction, she and Ragna share scenes with Jin and Noel and are not trying to kill each other, and capable of putting aside their differences. It helps that they share a goal in protecting Noel. Not that this changes her attitude toward him at all.
  • Energy Ball: two of her specials involve her shooting a light ball, with one being the midair version of the other.
  • Everyone Can See It: In Remix Heart, she always tries to deny being romantically interested in Jin when someone teases her about it. Her friends all just go "Yeah, sure" behind her back and giggling. Taken Up to Eleven by the end: with a few exceptions, every member of the cast is a Shipper on Deck for them, even Ragna!
  • Evil Costume Switch: After her Face–Heel Turn she starts wearing a black version of her uniform. It also appears as a special Story-exclusive color palette in Jin's story that cannot be used, and returns in Chronophantasma as her default look. It returns to its Continuum Shift colour scheme by the end after her she's back on the heroes` side, which carries over to her appearance in Central Fiction.
  • Evil Counterpart: Chronophantasma makes her this to Noel by giving her a Mu-esque alternate form in Izayoi. Subverted at the end as they finally come together on the same side.
  • Evolving Attack: Her Drive allows her to do improved versions of her specials, using the meter that is filled by holding the Drive button.
  • Expressive Accessory: While it's only a joke, this trope applies to the hat of the Super-Deformed Tsubaki seen in her "Help Me Professor Kokonoe" segment and the BlazBlue Radio show.
  • EX Special Attack: Her Drive lets her fill up a special gauge and spend it to perform enhanced special attacks.
  • Eye Color Change: Her eyes turn red after she's been successfully mind-controlled.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: For some reason, her book, blade and hat have eyes on them.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Becomes more ruthless at the end of Continuum Shift, and opts to kill her friends. Don't worry, it doesn't stick.
  • Fangirl: As shown in Remix Heart, she behaves this way towards Jin, as well (if not more) and is heavily implied to be the reason why she's so madly in-love with him. Also of historical adventure pieces, to the point of being extremely Genre Savvy in some of the gag reels. In fact, it was her love of these pieces that inspire her hammy battle cries.
  • Fatal Flaw: Jealousy. Her possessiveness towards Jin, and her difficulty in seeing him with any other girl, makes her very easy to manipulate by both friend and foe. And in several timelines, Wheel Of Fortune and Continuum Shift the most notable, it has gotten her killed.
  • Feather Motif: Pointed out in her Astral Heat. She herself also has white Perpetual Molt applied to many of her attacks, and it turns black as she turns heel in CP.
  • Fiery Redhead: Tsubaki tends to act calm and controlled, but if Jin is involved (especially if you're between him and her), look out. During the Academy days, she ran the Brainy Brunette archetype instead and was likely holding the hellfire in (however well that worked out).
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Of her group of friends, she's The Mage, with her need to use her drive to charge her powers to really bring the pain. Subverted in her Unlimited mode as she is the most resilient of the three.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Despite being under the Imperator's curse for most of third game, Tsubaki has shown signs of resistance from time, mostly in Jin's presence. This is what clues Kagura in that the real Tsubaki was still around.
  • Flawed Prototype: It's offhandedly mentioned during Tager's story mode in Continuum Shift that Izayoi is actually a prototype for Lux Sanctus Murakumo. It is unclear how a sword, book and hat can be a prototype to a suit of armor, but...
    • Phase Shift novels also reveals that the thing has been made centuries ago and that Nine creates Ars Armagus based on Izayoi, so the weapon is effectively the prototype to all Armagus (and possibly Nox Nyctores) in existence.note 
  • Flower Motifs: The camellia, as her name gives it away (it means "camellia"). Particularly red, yellow and white camellias (as they correspond to her main colorization) mean "in love", "longing" and "waiting" respectively, symbolizing what she was especially during CS. Camellias also symbolize "refinement" and "excellence", something that she always strives to show.
  • For Great Justice / For Happiness: The former to begin with. She was taught from birth that everything the NOL did was good, just and right, and had a Black and White Morality view of the world as a result, which combined with her other issues made her very easy for Hazama to screw with. After her recovery in CP, she realises just how flawed the NOL really is, and prioritises the well being and happiness of her loved ones over the law, thus embodying the latter.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Her dilemma in Central Fiction. She finds herself in trouble of choosing whether to go with Jin and Hakumen, her idols, for killing Noel, or to protect Noel, her friend. She chooses Noel in the end.
  • Grapple Move: She gains one in CP that also helps her fill her Install gauge.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Her specials were given Latin names in the English localisation.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Hazama explains that Noel's existence in the canon timelinenote  has essentially replaced Tsubaki's "intended" position; Noel became Jin's "secretary" instead of her despite inferior qualifications in every respect, meaning Tsubaki fades into obscurity, is denied the man she loves, and cannot prevent his mad pursuit of Ragna, though Wheel Of Fortune shows she couldn't have stopped him anyway. Naturally this fuels her Face–Heel Turn later.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a hairband during her time in the Military Academy. Also the pair of hair tubes on the sides of her head.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: She denies having any sort of romantic feelings for Jin whenever the subject surfaces, she's a pretty bad liar though so nobody believes her.
  • Hero-Worshipper: CS reveals that she's a huge fangirl of the Six Heroes, owns all the books and movies about. In particular, she seems to idolize Hakumen the most.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In Hakumen's backstory, as expanded in the drama CD Wheel of Fortune, she died taking Nu's stabs meant for Jin.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Noel and Makoto since their academy days (though subverted back when she was first conceptualized, as she was originally meant to be a Lipstick Lesbian with a thing for Noel).
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Subverted. She knows something is up about Hazama, but doesn't act on her instincts due to her loyalty to the NOL. This proved very bad for her.
  • The Idealist: Believes in a peaceful world where everything's pleasant.
  • Identical Granddaughter / Generation Xerox: To her ancestor Ayame Yayoi, who fought alongside The Six Heroes. There is a strong physical resemblance, and a similar personality. The main difference being, Ayame was Happily Married with children, while Tsubaki Cannot Spit It Out to her Love Interest Jin.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Condemnation Wings" called "Condemnation Wings ~Cry Camellia~". She also has a collective one with Noel's voice actor, for their vs. theme "Memory of Tears" called "Don't Look Back".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The end result of Nu's retaliation in Wheel of Fortune because she thinks Ragna is cheating on her - never mind that she was trying to help Jin.
    • And of course, her Astral Heat ends with this.
  • Implied Love Interest: For Jin. A large part of his Character Development actually revolves around her and various characters play Shipper on Deck for them. They're as close as you can get to being an Official Couple without actually being one. What makes it even more confusing is how Jin refers to their relationship as Like Brother and Sister during an extremely intense moment in Chronophantasma. Considering how Jin treats his actual siblings...
  • Incest Is Relative: Members of the Yayoi family breed with strong users of Ars Magus to keep their family strong. When there became a shortage of such people, they resorted to inbreeding which, over time, served to weaken the family. Tsubaki, it turns out, is not the first daughter of her parents; she's the first one to survive.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Back when she was first conceptualized, she was originally meant to be a Lipstick Lesbian with a thing for Noel. Presumably, Noel would still be straight.
  • Internal Reveal: After four games of being Locked Out of the Loop, Tsubaki finally learns that Ragna and Jin are brothers after the latter reveals their backstory together, and Hakumen's identity in Act 3 of Central Fiction's arcade.
  • In the Hood: Her Zero Squadron coat has a big hood, which is used in conjunction of a white mask.
  • Invocation: During her Astral Finish: "White feathers for innocence, black feathers for darkest sin. We are the messengers and hammers of God, come to deliver righteous justice! Let sinners be punished! Let justice be done!"
  • Irony: Noel's short story from one of the materials collections reveals that she specifically sought to avoid military work, but the intelligence department posted her under Jin against her will, implicitly using the fate of the Vermillions to force her into it. Effectively, when Hazama asks whose fault the screwing over of Tsubaki is, he's refusing to give the answer himself because it's probably his own - and he may well have set it all up to have Tsubaki for use as a pawn against Hakumen.
    • The truth is uglier still. In Wheel of Fortune, she tried stopping Jin from going to the Kagutsuchi cauldron but he dismissed her; then after witnessing him getting beaten by Ragna, she tried to take on the latter by herself to no avail. Then Nu came down, thinking that Tsubaki is messing with "her" Ragna; when an angered Jin screamed at Nu to go away from Ragna, she responded by throwing her sword at him; Tsubaki shielded him from it and later got Legacy Edged. Long story short, she'll die if she stayed being Jin's secretary; Noel (after several time loops later) taking her place has indirectly saved Tsubaki from her original fate.
    • Negated by Central Fiction; it may be an effect of the Embryo, but as Izayoi, she states in her pre-fight intro with Ragna that she's in 4th (Jin's) division, so she got her wish eventually. Furthermore, in the epilogue, she's wearing the standard female NOL uniform (like the one Noel used to wear), not the outfit we've seen her in all series. The implication is that her desire (as shown in her CF arcade) has finally become a possibility that she can reach due to Ragna's machinations.
    • She used to call Jin "Jin-nii-sama". By the time her best friend Noel, who she spent most of CS trying to kill, reabsorbs all of Saya's soul, she starts calling him the exact same thing. Subverted because she actually is his sister, Tsubaki isn't.
    • In Wheel Of Fortune, she died Taking the Bullet for Jin from Nu-13. In CF Jin, as Hakumen, pays Nu back by curbstomping her, although he does die... by Terumi instead of Nu.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Her evaluation in Remix Heart states that she's above average in all categories, but nothing in particular stands out. It also translates to gameplay where her defense, mobility and offense are average, and her attacks are quite intuitive.
  • Justice Will Prevail: Pretty much her central theme. This gets discussed a lot, particularly in Chronophantasma.
  • Lady of War: Very dignified with a graceful moveset.
  • Lag Cancel: somewhat like Hakumen, she can freely cancel her specials into another. She can also cancel the delay of her normal attacks by using her Drive.
  • Lap Pillow: She has an exhausted Jin sleeping on her lap in Remix Heart's Beach Episode. Makoto and Kajun then takes a photo of the two.
  • Large Ham: See Invocation above. The fact she Thinks Like a Romance Novel makes this even better.
  • Leitmotif: Condemnation Wings
  • Light 'em Up: Izayoi works by manipulating light around her to attack her foes.
  • Light Is Not Good: Izayoi, her Armagus, is designed to "steal the light" from people and areas. It has a side effect: it makes the user blind over time.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Her relationship with Jin seems to flicker between this and Ship Tease.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: The original version of Tsubaki has explicitly stated to have been a lesbian and in love with Noel. This was changed when the writers realized they couldn't make it work, so her affections were switched to Jin, and Makoto was created to fill in the gap in Les Yay.
  • Love Makes You Evil: She is tricked by Hazama to believe that her old school friend Noel stole away her chance to be with her Love Interest Jin. She ends up performing a Face–Heel Turn (and More Than Mind Control) and attempting to kill Noel.
  • Madness Mantra: after she's defeated by Ragna in CP chapter 7, she starts saying "Noel, Makoto, Jin (nii-sama)" over and over as she blamed Ragna because he (indirectly) causes the three to defect from the NOL.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Tsubaki means "Camellia" in Japanese. Hakumen named his special move "Camellia" after her. Moreover, Tsubaki's surname and weapon name refer to the moon.note 
    • Tsubaki was originally going to be called Lenka, which has two meanings. "Lotus flower" in Japanese (Tsubaki means camellia, another flowering plant) and "to illuminate" in Russian, the latter of which is a reference Izayoi’s light stealing power.
  • Mercury's Wings: She grows a pair of wings on her head during her Astral.
  • Morality Pet: to Jin (one of two). Also to Hakumen. Both are alternate timeline versions of each other, you see.
  • More Than Mind Control: Really, Terumi orchestrated the perfect environment to plant the seeds of discord between her, Jin, and Noel; he put Noel under Jin's command knowing full well Tsubaki wanted that position and assigned the latter to one of the NOL's lesser squads. From that point it just took a bit of prodding and Nine's Mind Eater spell to convince her to perform a Face–Heel Turn. Fortunately, her friends manage to bring her back with The Power of Love.
  • Ms. Imagination: One of the drama tracks is dedicated to her rather...warped daydreams, which misinterprets the other characters to a glorious extent.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: What Terumi convinces her to do to Noel so she can take her spot alongside Jin. She can't go through with it though, well before Mind Eater kicked in anyway...
  • Nice Gal: She's pretty nice and polite, and all-around good citizen. Although her duty as part of the Zero Squadron would make her do some questionable acts, and as she's Brainwashed and Crazy in CP she becomes more hostile.
  • Nice Hat: In the radio show, it's even voiced by (Tomokazu Sugita's brilliant impression of) Norio Wakamoto!
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: When she was a student council member in the Academy, she often acts as this for her group, Remix Heart. She will try to remind them of the rules and call them out whenever they're acting suspicious, although she can relent at times.
  • The Ojou: Sorta gives off this vibe, being from a high ranking family and maintaining a dignified and graceful appearance.
  • Only Sane Woman: Relative to her best friends Makoto and Noel, she's the one trying to keep their antics in check.
    • Reversed in Bururaji; it's Noel trying to keep her (and Ragna) in check.
  • Overranked Soldier: Promoted to Major for her "exploits" against Ragna the Bloodedge as of Chronophantasma. Terumi needs a new figurehead hero, since Jin chose to defect. She's back at 1st LT by the end.
  • Perpetual Molt: Her Astral Heat gives her wings, which naturally drop feathers everywhere.
  • Phrase-Catcher: In CP she's told to "open your eyes" a lot.
  • Powerful Pick: She gains a new special in CF, Agnus Dei (replacing Sanctus Decus) where she transforms her blade and book into a big pickaxe and slams the foe with it.
  • Power Gives You Wings: She gains angelic wings when activating her Astral, and dons said wings all throughout her Astral.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: The only one of the main cast to wear a long skirt as part of her academy uniform, and on leg shots she's wearing tights.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: When she turns heel, she becomes this; red hair & eyes + black clothing. Her wing attacks also gives off a blood-red color.
  • Religious Bruiser: A number of her win quotes and her Astral spiel (in the dub at least) allude to sin and forgiveness. She evens outright name-drops God during her Astral. May also tie into her being the Token Wholesome and Reluctant Fanservice Girl.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: She really has it out for Ragna, and at the end of Chronophantasma she decides to go after him to kill him due to the threat he poses, citing him as the "source of all evil in the world". While she's right about the fact that he's a threat to the world and perfectly justified in going after him, she is completely unaware of his Hidden Depths and lacks any understanding of the man himself. By Chronophantasma's end she's about the only main protagonist that doesn't know that Ragna is not the bad person he's been made out to be with her opinions of him mostly based on the fact that he's battled and beaten Jin multiple times. Rachel makes a subtle jab at her for this during true ending of story mode and in her arcade mode she outright calls Tsubaki out on it.
    Rachel: You're looking for him, are you not? I wonder what he looks like through those clouded eyes of yours.
    Tsubaki: *Over images of the Black Beast and Ragna battling Jin* ...Evil. Ragna the Bloodedge stands for all that is evil in this world.
    Rachel: *Over her own memories of Ragna* How arrogant. Is that really something for YOU to decide?
  • Rival Turned Evil: Towards Noel until she got better in Chronophantasma.
  • Royally Screwed Up: House Yayoi continued their mad incest policy despite protests from the rest of the Duodecim. Given Tsubaki's the sole remaining heir, it can't hope to end fast enough.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Her weapon can manipulate light and give it a form to attack her opponents, such as wings, blades, axes...
  • She's Got Legs: According to Litchi at least. A fair sum of official and fan art also has a tendency to see to it that she's not wearing pants and in at least once case adjusting her panties as well. It often overlaps with a view from behind or her bending over to draw attention to her ass as well.
  • Ship Tease: With Jin. A lot of it. They would be an Official Couple if it wasn't for all of the alternate timeline... stuff.
  • Shipper on Deck: In Bang's gag ending, Tsubaki sees Bang peeking into Litchi's window in Orient Town, and assumes he is a peeping tom. As she's about to arrest him, Bang avoids being arrested by telling Tsubaki that Litchi is his girlfriend. Tsubaki believes him, and gets the idea that he's going to propose marriage. Upon coming to this conclusion, she gleefully insists that Bang propose to Litchi right that instant. Bang is less than pleased, given Tsubaki's... forcefulness.
  • Shoryuken: Her Benedictus Rex special, done with her blade. It's also cancellable to 2 of her midair specials, that ends with her foe being knocked back to the ground.
  • Shotoclone: It's not until CP where she gains a ground projectile move, in addition to her uppercut and rushing specials she already has.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She knows full-well that Jin is not the "Jin-niisama" she once knew and adored long ago. But despite this, she still loves him deeply in her heart, and doesn't show particular interest in anyone except him.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: How she views Ragna by CF. She understands they're on the same side and that he's not a bad person, but she's still pretty vocal in how much she dislikes him.
  • Situational Damage Attack: Her Confutatis Maledictis DD will deal higher damage the more Install stocks you charged beforehand.
  • SNK Boss: All unlimited characters have some level of this, but Tsubaki's appearance in the middle of Jin's CS story deserves special mention for forcing the player to fight with only half a moveset.
  • The Spock: To Noel's Kirk and Makoto's McCoy. Between Jin and Makoto, however, she serves as The Kirk to Jin's Spock and Makoto's McCoy.
  • Storm of Blades: Gains one in CP as her new Distortion Drive.
  • The Straight Man: In the chibi segments; to Makoto in "Teach Me, Miss Litchi" and to Ragna on Blue Radio. Noel is the tagalong for both.
  • Subordinate Excuse: She only has simple desires of being under Jin's orders, assisting him in his duties. Lampshaded mercilessly by Hazama in the Wheel of Fortune.
  • Super Mode: Much like Hakumen's Mugen, Tsubaki's Macto Maledictis gives her unlimited use of her Install gauge for the duration, which depends on how much it had been filled beforehand. The duration becomes longer in Overdrive.
  • Sweet Tooth: In Wheel of Fortune she likes chocolate a lot.
  • Sympathy for the Hero: In CF, Nine sympathizes with how badly the universe has treated her, much like Nine herself.
  • Theme Naming: In Japanese version, her special moves, DD's and Astral Heat have epic-sounding names in Japanese, all referencing justice in some way. In the overseas version, they have holy-sounding names in Latin.
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Particularly in Bang's Gag reel in Continuum Shift.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: She says this to Ragna in her winquote against him because she blames him for what happened to Jin and Noel.
  • Three Strike Combo: She can chain Sanctus Aequum -> Sanctus Veritas -> Sanctus Decus and Benedictus Rex -> Aequum Eleison -> Lux Aeterna specials. Her Confutatis Maledictis DD also becomes like this in Overdrive.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Izayoi. Aside from Tsubaki bashing her foe with it, she can also command the light through it to attack for her, and uses it to charge her Install gauge.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: A significant point of her character is when her sense of justice conflicts with her personal feelings. In Continuum Shift, she's charged with killing Jin and Noel, something she's clearly uncomfortable with and doesn't want to do, but her sense of loyalty to the NOL causes her to adhere to her orders. She tries to follow her orders, but ultimately can't bring herself to fight either of them so Nine casts Mind Eater on her so that she fully adheres to her sense of justice becoming a Lawful Evil Knight Templar in the process. In Chronophantasma thanks to the efforts of her friends, she's freed from the Mind Eater spell and works to use her power for her friends while maintaining her justice. She's firmly on the good end of the scale by Central Fiction she's horrified at Izanami's idea of killing Noel for the sake of her desires, and actively protects her from those who wish to cause her harm, even against Jin and Hakumen, the two people she admires more than anyone.
  • Token Wholesome: Wears a full-body uniform that hides most of her figure, while most others are decidedly fanservice-y in different ways.
  • Tragic Hero: She lost her siblings, have to kill one of her friends and got brainwashed by Hazama/Yuuki Terumi.
  • Transformation Sequence: She has one in the CS story where her outfit becomes dark due to the Imperator's influence.
  • Unknown Rival: She has an intense grudge against Ragna for being the cause of Noel and Jin's defection from the NOL. Ragna barely knows who she is, and when they finally do meet face-to-face in Chronophantasma, he hardly cares.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She's used as a pawn by Hazama many, many times over. As of now, he's used her to obstruct Takagamagara's surveilance by using Izayoi, capture Noel OR die fighting, allowing Hazama to snatch her during the distraction, follow the NOL's orders blindly by feeding her half truths (and inferred Mind Control when that didn't look like it was going to work), all the while using her as a giant "screw you" to Hakumen, who was Jin Kisaragi in a previous timeline and still holds some feelings for her after witnessing his Tsubaki die.
  • Valkyries: She has a very Valkyrie-esque design, from the winged helmet, armor, and sword and shield fighting style.
  • Whip Sword: One of her normal attacks turns her dagger into one that looks extremely similar to Ivy's.
  • White Mask of Doom: Whenever she wears her hood, she also has a one-eyed white mask.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: As seen in her gag ending; she hates pandas with a passion. Litchi lampshades the contrast with Noel, whose spare uniform she'd just been cosplaying in as an apology for stepping on her Peking Duck...
  • Winged Humanoid: Temporarily turns into one during one of her specials, as well as her Astral Finish. Many of her moves also has her sprouting wings at different points of her body.
  • Woman in White: Her outfit in Centralfiction is notably whiter than its original beige color.
  • Woman Scorned: She wasn't happy to say the least when she was told that Noel stole her chance at being Jin's secretary.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Played for Laughs, many a Gag Reel where she shows up has her giving into her fetish for romantic heroic stories. She starts calling out how a character normally would or should act in such a situation, completely unaware that they don't work that way in real life.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She's very beautiful, polite, mature and intelligent. She comes from an extremely traditionalist family, and extremely loyal to them and the Librarium. She only has eyes for one man and is very submissive to the idea of assisting him in his duties as his secretary (Though she didn't in the current timeline), and determined to the point of even killing her best friend. She was also shown to have an intimidating temper when annoyed or angered as shown in Remix Heart. And she's a Lady of War. She bullseye's every category.
    • Also doubles as a deconstruction. Her origins and limited romantic interests instill rather malignant tendencies (as already mentioned), and her ivory-tower upbringing leave her woefully susceptible to manipulation, which Hazama exploits like it's going out of style. It leads to the trope directly below.
  • Yandere: Subverted. While she would do anything to be at Jin's side, she's reluctant to kill her best friend (who has said position) to do so. This vanishes quickly after she's brainwashed however, and she becomes a straight example but for the Imperator instead.

    Hazama Honoka
  • Height: 183 cm (6'0")
  • Weight: 61 kg (134.5 lbs)
  • Blood type: AB
  • Date of Birth: April 29
  • Birthplace: Unknown
  • Hobbies: Collecting silver accessories
  • Likes: Boiled eggs
  • Dislikes: Cats

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura (Japanese) / Erik Davies (Calamity Trigger-Continuum Shift II), Doug Erholtz (Continuum Shift Extend onward), Spike Spencer (during Extra Arcade Scene in Continuum Shift II) (English)

Hazama is a Captain within the NOL's Intelligence Department. He claims to dislike physical labor and appears to be quite personable at first, but his true motives are veiled behind his false, foxy smile. Throughout the story of Calamity Trigger he appears to assist Noel, and appears in a few other characters' stories as well, for seemingly no reason...until the True Ending where all is revealed.

In reality, he is the vessel for Yuuki Terumi, one of the Six Heroes who defeated the Black Beast 90 years prior to the game's story, the Final Boss of Continuum Shift, and one of the masterminds behind every single event that happens in the story thus far. In Calamity Trigger's true ending he drops his amiable personality and reveals himself to be the exact opposite: delighting in the suffering and pain of others. Terumi's true form is actually that of a ghost, due to injuries sustained from fighting the Beast.

In the past, after Takamagahara released him (see Terumi's entry), he cut off Ragna's arm and absconded with his sister Saya to use as the template for the Murakumo Units. He now seeks to revert Noel back into her original Murakumo unit form and use her to destroy the Amaterasu unit, stating that the world is nothing but lies and vowing to plunge it into eternal despair. He uses knives as his specialty weapons.

His story in Continuum Shift reveals that he was the one responsible for the disappearances of the many NOL soldiers during Calamity Trigger - their souls were used to fuel the cauldron that would soon be used to temper Mu into Noel. In the True Ending, he kills Nu, who has resurfaced within Lambda, only to be beaten by Ragna after he gains the Idea Engine. Offscreen, he has Relius kill his body so that his ghost can enter Takamagahara and upload a special virus created by Phantom that destroys them.

His Arcade mode playthroughs are named, in second and third game respectively: re-Play and Hundred Years Visitor. His story mode playthrough in the second game is named Advent Sword.

His Nox Nyctores/Drive is Geminus Anguium: Ouroboros, which allows him to summon chains that hang in the air and can be used to swing him back and forth or attack his opponents. In Chronophantasma, his Overdrive is Jormungand, which not only strengthens his Drive attacks, but also grants him his infamous life steal ring/aura from his Unlimited Mode.

In the fourth game, his Exceed Accel Meija Gekkouga/Glimmering Fang of the Basilisk has him stunning his foe with a kick. He then does some more kicks, ending with Serpent's Infernal Rapture, then he catches the launched foe with Ouroboros and slams them back to the ground, and finishes it with a slash of his knife covered in dark energy. His Astral, Senkon Meiraku/Hungry Darkness of 1000 Souls, has Hazama forming a portal beneath his feet that summons multiple Ouroboros chains from the ground to launch the opponent into the air. He then drops into his Terumi persona and summons thousands of serpentine spirits which coalese into a monstorous snake that devours the opponent. Hazama then takes off his tie and holds it over his opponent's lifelss corpse. In the fourth game, this has been changed so that Terumi no longer takes over.

It has been revealed that Terumi will become a separate character from Hazama for the console release of Chronophantasma, and will have a completely different moveset. For more information, see the character page for Chronophantasma

If you prefer to read this, told by Terumi himself, go here.

  • Achilles' Heel/Kryptonite Factor: As Hazama is an Artificial Human created from an Azure Grimiore, Celica's natural ability to nullify seithr, and by extension shut down Azure Grimiores, has a near-crippling effect on him. Just being in her presence will render him powerless.
  • Actually a Doombot: In Hakumen's CP Arcade, Hazama uses a barrier, Eternal Labyrinth, to create his fake to delay him and the other Six Heroes.
  • All According to Plan: Everything he did in Continuum Shift was completely orchestrated, just to infiltrate Takamagahara.
  • Ambiguously Evil: After separating from Terumi, Hazama's moral standing is dubious at best. He's nowhere near the scumbag as Terumi is, but he has his own hidden agenda as well. Even more so in Act 2 where he is pretty much a Wild Card at this point.
  • Amnesiac Dissonance: In CF, the amnesiac Hazama is quite different than in the previous games - he really is a polite gentleman instead of being a man of slyness under a polite facade. Or not. Act 2 reveals that he's still as much of a master actor as he used to be.
  • Animal Motifs: The snake. Case in point, all of his Drives have snake names, his crest (and thus Animal Battle Aura) goes with the Ouroboros theme, he enjoys boiled eggs, he has snake-like eyes and he despises cats.
  • Arbitrary Minimum Range: His Eternal Coils of the Dragon Serpent cannot target opponents at melee range.
  • Arch-Enemy: Mostly by virtue of housing the real person that everyone hates, but subverted after Terumi is separated and most of the cast just leave him be, though are still weary of him.
  • The Artifact: Since Terumi is a separate playable character now, Hazama has kind of lost most of his ties to people directly related to Terumi. Despite this though, he still has Nightmare Fiction/II in matches against Ragna in Central Fiction, despite the two lacking any of their Ham-to-Ham Combat associated with their matches since Continuum Shift as a result of both of their memories being tampered with, resulting in the lack of animosity both had for each other in previous titles.
  • Artifact of Doom: In addition to possessing his own Nox Nyctores, he also possesses his own Azure Grimoire. In fact, he created it and knows how to shut down others, like Ragna's. Notably, despite Terumi being its creator, his Azure is also a counterfeit like Ragna's.
    • Living MacGuffin: As revealed in Chronophantasma, he literally is his own Azure Grimoire.
  • Artificial Human/Soul Jar: Hazama is, in actuality, a host body for Terumi created from an Azure Grimoire.
  • Audible Sharpness: Pokes fun at this by actually saying "SHING!" when he attacks with his knives.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He is a captain in the NOL's Intelligence Department and one of the most powerful villains in the series.
  • Ax-Crazy: Mainly applies to Terumi though. Otherwise without him Hazama is more sane.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: As the Arcade Mode boss in CS, he always wins his battles, with the exception of Jin and Relius.
  • Badass Bookworm: His intelligence is what really makes him dangerous.
  • Badass Creed: Shared with Jin, Tsubaki, Noel and Makoto in CS. Unlike his fellow NOL members, who recite it enthusiastically, Hazama says it with bored sarcasm. As of Chronophantasma, he, along with Tsubaki, are the only two who still recite the creed during battle intros with other NOL Personnel, after the others defected during the True Ending of Continuum Shift.
    "Dispatched... in mankind's darkest hour, we... are Knights of the Blue Flame."
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: And damaging it is a good way to piss him off.
  • Badass Longcoat: A very stylish one, to boot.
  • Bad Samaritan: He was actually refused by Litchi on the first attempt to had her join NOL... until he says "We can save Arakune!" Just the thing she wanted. While he planned to backstab her at some point, Hakumen frags him before he could.
  • Bait the Dog: CT establishes him as a good mild-mannered guy who doesn't like fighting... but then in the ending he reveals his true colors, i.e a major villain. In CS onward he stops doing it.
  • Bastard Understudy: Hinted at in Chronophantasma, and finally brought to light in Central Fiction. After being separated from Terumi, Hazama doesn't want to be his vessel anymore, instead wanting to find the Azure and destroy Amaterasu for his own reasons which, as per usual with him, he has yet to specify.
  • The Battle Didn't Count: After the boss fight with him, he writes it off as just a warm up, even if you Perfect'd it and sealed the deal with an Astral Finish... Somehow.
  • Beating A Dead Player: In Tsubaki's bad ending, after she's died from overuse of the Izayoi, Hazama kicks her corpse as he taunts her.
  • Beauty Is Bad: He's quite a handsome guy, but is also one of the nastiest villain in the game.
  • Become a Real Boy: His plan in Central Fiction is revealed to be this. Hazama is a sort of "reverse-Nu" in that he's a body without a heart who can't feel emotions and wants to fuse with Noel in order to become "whole". He mentions that when Trinity stabbed him during the end of Chronophantasma's story mode, he felt pain for the first time, and he never felt more alive. And now that he's no longer Terumi's puppet, he wants to complete that sensation.
  • Benevolent Boss: He can put up an act of this, where he treated both Noel and Tsubaki with respect.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: After Ragna and Naoto manage to rescue Rachel from his clutches, Hazama knows he's beaten and decides to jump in the Cauldron to avoid being "saved" by Ragna. Played with in that he saw a "future" he can go to before he jumped in, and Naoto suggests that he might still be alive.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He might act like a polite chap... but all of it is just to mask his slyness and danger.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Yes, he's funny with his crass personality, constant references and endless stream of hilarious lines, but this is also a sadistic and dangerous psychopath who should not be underestimated and approached with extreme caution.
  • Bishie Sparkle: In his gag ending while he's having a bath. At the time, he didn't know about the catnip.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Pretends to be a harmless and polite NOL officer to save face in public, but by Continuum Shift you can tell he's letting some things slip on purpose.
  • Blade Spam: His j.C is him slashing with his knives up to 5 times in the air. He does it much faster in his Eternal Coils of the Dragon Serpent DD.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • In CT, he says he's not that good at fighting... he doesn't even look that suspicious. But he's actually best at trolling.
      • He tries this with Tsubaki in Slight Hope. Makoto was not having it.
    • He was also forced to lie to Jin when he was caught in his assassination attempt on Makoto, claiming it was to "educate" her. While he doesn't explain, Jin doesn't buy it either way.
    • There's even a scene in CS when he claims to feel bad for Lambda. Obviously he couldn't care less.
  • Body Horror: He has a large hole in his torso from where Trinity stabbed him in the ending of CP. A large gaping hole with nothing in it, and it's flaking.
  • Break the Cutie: By far his greatest asset. No one is safe from his ginormous mental penis. He'll troll and break anyone for no reason other than his own enjoyment if it doesn't have anything to do with his plans. The only time someone survived this was Makoto, and Relius broke her pretty easily.
  • Break the Haughty: In Chronophantasma a number of arcade endings have karma biting him back.
    • Also earlier in his Help Me, Professor Kokonoe segment, he has to cease his usual temperament during the show... and when he starts getting at it again when the show's about to close, Kokonoe snaps and then threatens him to send him into the Boundary, and he's suitably terrified.
    • Also in his gag reel where Kokonoe pretty much trolls him about his cat allergy.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Possibly during the Arcade endings in Continuum Shift.
    "Now I've learned of another possibility! Great moves out there, bud! But really, I owe you thanks. All of the possibilities of this world... the continuum shift... I will make it MINE!"
  • Break Them by Talking: Not only is he an absolute master of it, but it's actually his hobby. He can, and will, do it to people for no other reason but for his own enjoyment at their mental suffering. Tsubaki being his favorite due to all her bottled-up emotions making her easy to break with the right string of words.
  • Breakout Villain: Mori stated that when he designed Hazama and characterized him, he wanted Hazama to be an unlikable antagonist with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. When a popularity pool occurred in a Blazblue festival all the voice actor participants were in complete and utter shock when Hazama came in 3rd place, surpassing both the main character and his former host themselves, but only to be beaten only by Noel and Tsubaki. As the series went on, Divergent Character Evolution took place and Hazama became more distinct from Terumi. Terumi retained the irredeemable factor, while Hazama became more intriguing while still retaining his charm.
  • Bullying a Dragon: He really loves taunting Rachel, even though she's at least strong enough to keep up with him.
  • The Caligula: When someone as deranged as he is is the captain of an organization, that is not a good sign.
  • Can't Live Without You / Gemini Destruction Law: He has a "life-link" with Noel where, if he dies, he'll come back to life as long as Noel lives, and vise-versa.
  • Casting a Shadow: Attacks with serpentine apparitions composed of dark energy.
  • Characterization Marches On: Hazama and Terumi were virtually indistinguishable from each other initially, to the point where many fans assumed the former was simply an alias for the latter. After Trinity separates them and Terumi becomes his own separate character, Hazama began to diverge in characterization a bit. This becomes even more present in Central Fiction. According to story details, both of them remain separated from each other, with Hazama being affected by the memory loss caused by Nine's Lotus-Eater Machine. He actually believes he's a Captain in the NOL and upon meeting Terumi again decides to work with him in order to recover his lost memories, in much the same way Kazuma Kvar did in the novel Phase Shift 1. A big tell that Hazama is now his own character is the fact that he does not have a special intro with Ragna or Valkenhayn anymore, where Terumi is in control and his voice set switches to a special C-type, which is his Unlimited form's voice. Also, when using his Astral Heat, Hazama doesn't transform into Terumi anymore. In his ending, it's shown that he has different desires from Terumi, and Nine offers to grant his wish if he defeats Izanami. The Six Heroes theme also doesn't play when he faces off against Hakumen, Nine, Valkenhayn, or Terumi. Act 2 plays with this.
    • Character Rerailment: Played with in Act 2. Hazama was actually not affected by the Embryo, and still knows about his connection to Terumi. He was just screwing with everyone for shits and giggles. His true intentions, however, are still different than Terumi's.
  • Charged Attack: His Serpent's Benediction special is a stance where he'll do different attacks depending on the button pressed. If you delay the followup, the followup will become more powerful, indicated by a green aura.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Was an NPC in Calamity Trigger. And appeared only once in the opening.
  • The Chessmaster: Hazama manages to juggle every single member of the cast in a way that makes it almost completely impossible for his plans to ever fail. The loss of the timeline resets he so despised actually ends up being his downfall in this regard, as he can no longer predict his opposition's every move.
  • Classic Villain: Embodies Ambition, Pride, and Wrath. Though the latter two are more for Terumi's, and after their split Hazama only has the ambition.
  • Coldblooded Torture: Near CF climax, he tortured Rachel to see how much pain she can show and endure before she dies. He also casually mentions that Saya broke after around tens of tortures. Right in front of Ragna.
  • Confusion Fu: Hazama packs a very solid mixup game, especially since his unique overheads and lows tend to lead into very rewarding combos on hit. He also has his Drive for some varying degrees of mobility for even more ways to mixup or run away from his opponent. Too bad he needs to get in close to be able to touch his opponent as he has to deal with short range on most of his moves and his overall slow movement speed outside of using Ouroboros.
  • Consummate Liar: Subverted... usually. He doesn't usually even try to hide the truth unless it has to do with his plans.
  • The Coats Are Off: Inverted, one of his Battle Intro has him coatless, then he dons it before the battle starts.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Deconstructed. Hazama is quite successful at first, but that's mainly because he has knowledge of every iteration of the time loop and continuum shift to fall back upon to set up his plans, and for little other reason. Strip him of that, and he becomes far less effective.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: For once has this turned on him in The Wheel of Fortune where a super-pissed Hakumen beats him and Ignis into submission at the same time.
    • Also in CS proper; After Ragna manages to activate his Azure Grimoire, bypassing Terumi's manipulation of it, Ragna soundly beats him. Although it turns out it is part of his plan anyway.
  • Dance Battler: A lot of his attacks seem to gracefully be so. A lot of them focus on quite a few nimble movements. Then again, considering his nature, it wouldn't be out of place for him to "dance around his his opponent" just for the hell of it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. In particular, while Jin, Noel, and Tsubaki resolutely state the NOL's Badass Creed, Hazama snarks his way through it.
    (to Izanami) My wish? If I had to explain, it was something like "Please disappear, you're in the way."
    (to Terumi) ...Did you say similar things to your previous vessel as well? What a poor guy. I get it already. You're a serious slavedriver.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: Subverted, as very few of the characters trust him, or think that he's up to any sort of good. Those who don't even know who he is get uneasy just being around him.
    • In The Wheel of Fortune, Makoto is able to tell from the first time she meets him that he's a bastard, that his polite attitude is his way of mocking people, and that "his smile is a lie." Too bad Tsubaki didn't catch this. It would have saved Jin and Noel a metric ton of trouble if she had seen Hazama beyond the lies and the occasional half-truth.
      • In Slight Hope, a flashback shows Makoto didn't need to wait that long to find him fishy.
      "There's just one downer. My direct superior's gonna be this guy, Hazama. I got a hunch I'm not gonna be too crazy about him."
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Very powerful pressure and mixup that can troll his opponents for days, and very rewarding said mixup tools that can lead into some crazy combos, not to mention his chains can easily make him zip around like crazy in one instant, as well as being used for combos. However, he has to deal with his short range on several of his moves, and outside of his chains he as one of the slowest walking speeds of the cast with only a Capcom fighter-styled dash which doesn't cover much distance at all. Also, several of his bread-n-butter combos are usually chock-full of Some Dexterity Required, while his primary mixup command normals require meter to cancel them.
    • Continuum Shift II takes this to ridiculous levels. His old bread 'n' butter combos are gone, and the majority of his new ones require canceling his C moves from his aforementioned odd, sliding dash.
    • It gets even better with Continuum Shift Extend. Even more of his combos no longer work, and the ones that still do deal much less damage in comparison. The CPU doesn't really abide by this, making him the ideal boss character. Though he does get a new loop unveiled in that game which actually works in all versions of Continuum Shift.
  • Disaster Dominoes: In the grand scheme of things, one can attribute Makoto's mission to Ibukido in Slight Hope as the origin of Hazama and Relius's downfall - the more she got involved in the plot, the more their plans fell apart.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He Mind Rapes a few characters with a simple smile on his face, but it's subverted when Terumi takes over, as he starts throwing out more obvious Slasher Smiles.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Both Hazama and Terumi use Ouroboros as a part of their playstyle, but Hazama is more well-rounded, using it for both offensive and defensive capabilities as well as for general movement. Terumi uses it primarily for more offensive purposes. Also Hazama's style is more graceful and dance-like with also utilising confusing tactics, while Terumi is more brutal and head-on, relying on pressuring his opponent relentlessly.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A lot of his poses and positioning of his snake-like projectiles. Then the Anime decided to push all the subtlety out the window and go all the way on his already blatant Memetic Molester status.
    • And as if he wasn't enough of a Memetic Molester, Chronophantasma takes it even further. Read this exchange between him and Litchi and tell me there was nothing sexual about it. And the fact that it sounds like he's actually molesting her doesn't help.
    Hazama: Well if it isn't Professor Litchi Faye-Ling. Stunning, as always. (Litchi tries to move past him only for him to grab her) Now that's just rude, ignoring someone like that.
    Litchi: Don't touch me.
    Hazama: What a shame, to see you wasted on such garbage.
    Litchi: Let go of me.
    Hazama: I can help you forget if you like.
    Litchi: I'll pass. Now if you don't mind, I'm in a hurry. Would you please let go of me?
    Hazama: I promise after I'm done you'll have no memories of that failure. No more moping around. You'll finally be free of him. That's what you want, after all.
    Litchi: Mind Eater. You won't enjoy my memories, I assure you. Or do you intend to brainwash me and have me submit that way? Like that girl?
  • The Dragon: To Izanami, with Relius; though Hazama is more of this to Terumi.
    • Dragon with an Agenda: He is now this as of Central Fiction. In Act 1, he meets up with Terumi again and is trying to find a way to merge with him again. Except that's a lie, and he's actually not interested in being Terumi's meat puppet anymore. Hazama's true goal remains unknown, with the only hint about it being Nine's remarks that it's "interesting", causing her to erupt with amused laughter.
  • Emotion Eater: He (or rather, Terumi) feeds on the hatred of others.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Whether or not he has actual standards is a debatable subject, but even he didn't think anyone was insane enough to resort to copying Celica's soul from the past solely for the purpose of killing him like Kokonoe did. Also, he of all people thinks Relius' interest in Makoto is "random and untoward".
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: He spins at least ten times while cutting his opponent during his Distortion Drive, Eternal Coils of the Dragon Serpent. He will also occasionally twirl his fedora hat around his finger in one of his victory animations.
  • Evil All Along: What was thought as a good-mannered gentleman who doesn't like fighting turns out to be such a sociopathic Troll.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Fitting his nature as a sociopath, Hazama only sees virtues such as friendship and trust as ideals to be mocked or tools to be manipulated. Despite his alchemic and tactical genius, he is incapable of understanding these things on anything more than an intellectual manner. It's this crutch, among others that ultimately saw his plans in Slight Hope shatter to pieces.
  • Evil Counterpart: For Ragna. He has the power of the Azure Grimoire and has a powerful lady backing him, just like Ragna.
  • Evil Feels Good: He gets his laughs from screwing people over.
  • Evil Is Hammy: The crazier he behaves, the hammier he gets.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: He and Relius learned the hard way that trying to manipulate the Goddess of Death was a bad idea.
  • Evil Laugh: Usually the signal that he's about to troll you into oblivion, or reveal himself (punctuated by his portrait changing to reveal his eyes and show Hazama grinning), or his Ouroboros snakes creating an aura around him, blowing away his hat and tie and spiking his hair up Super Saiyan-style in Story Mode. It's especially unsettling on the Japanese audio track and arguably the most iconic thing about him.
    • Once Centralficiton rolls around and he's become his own person he stands out with his own more subdued, but still evil laugh in it's own way. In Act 3 of arcade mode he shares a laugh alongside Terumi and the sound of them laughing like madmen together is incredibly unsettling.
  • Evil Wears Black: He wears a mostly black 3-piece suit with a black hat, and boy is he a sly person.
  • Expressive Hair: When his cover is blown completely, he takes off his hat and it stands up straight. Although, that's generally a sign that it's no longer Hazama talking but Terumi.
  • Eye-Obscuring Hat: He often tilts his hat in this manner. Most of the characters (and audience) can tell he's up to no good thanks to this.
  • Eyes Always Shut: As Hazama, most of the time. Whenever he opens them, Yuuki Terumi takes over and either trolling, general bastardry, asskicking or all of the above ensue.
  • Faking Amnesia: In Central Fiction, he only pretended to have amnesia and knew about his connection with Terumi. The truth is he has his own goals, while in Act 1 when Hazama and Terumi encounter each other with the former humbly asking who the latter is, Terumi applauds Hazama for "telling an interesting joke" in their unique battle intro for that said Act.
  • Fantastic Racism: Though this mainly applies more to Terumi compared to Hazama, as he really hates that "shitty vampire" Rachel, her pet "Old Yeller" note , and those cats Jubei, Kokonoe and Taokaka (especially in Hazama's case in Weaksauce Weakness as seen below). While he hates Makoto for a more practical reason, some of his comments to or about her, especially her Arcade ending, seethe with this as well.
    Makoto: Does screwing with peoples' lives get you off that-
    Hazama: "Lives?!" *laugh* What are you, a drooling idiot?! Dolls don't have lives - they got jack-shit! ... Soul or not, if it was made by human hands, then obviously it was meant to be used as a tool by humans. I mean, seriously! ... Wait a second... I guess that would make beastkin tools too, huh?
    Makoto: Shut the hell up! We were never tools, you stupid asshole!
    • Even after splitting from Terumi in Central Fiction, Hazama still shows some animosity towards Makoto in a very subtle manner in their normal match interactions with each other.
  • Faux Affably Evil: At first glance Hazama looks like a friendly, polite, and affable gentleman. And though he does seem creepy, he doesn't look outwardly malicious. But none of it is real and only serves to save face in public. When he drops the act, he's outright terrifying.
    • He akin to Rachel refers to himself with the very humble "watakushi" (sometimes just "watashi"), calls everybody else "anata" even if they piss him off, and speaks to everyone with a creepily sweet voice to add even more to this. However, the ending of his Act 1 arcade run in Centralfiction has him use "boku" at one point.
    • Affably Evil: However without his memories and/or Terumi's influence in Central Fiction, he actually is legitimately polite and amiable. That said, he's still as shady as ever and will kick your ass if provoked.
  • Fedora of Asskicking: Villainous example. He himself apparently knows how awesome it is, since after every fight where he loses it in the anime, he conjures a new one out of thin air.
  • Final Boss: In Continuum Shift, he serves as the Arcade boss.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Wears brown ones. Strangely they also don't cover the bottom of his palms.
  • Foreshadowing: Around the climax of CS, he (technically Terumi) tells a story to Noel about a Prime Field Device who got in touch with the Master Unit and gained the power of the Eye, but then got locked in the Boundary by the humans who sent her because she gained sentience. Then they decided to make more weaponized Prime Field Devices, with their sentience stunted as well. At first it sounds like the tale is connected Noel being a Prime Field Device, but actually this refers to the Prime Field War, a war that gets detailed in CF which serves as the backstory of "The Origin", i.e that very first Prime Field Device that he referred to. It's also how The Origin became the "god" of the verse. It also hints at Terumi's true persona, i.e Susano'o, who naturally will know well of the true history of the world.
  • Force and Finesse: The Finesse to Teurmi's force - Terumi fights with a brutal, roughneck style of fighting fitting his sadism, gameplay-wise he plays pretty straightforward and very meter-reliant (with his drive named Force Eater to drive the point home, which helps with meter gain), while Hazama fights stylishly with his dance-esque moves and is suited with playing mind-games with confusing mix-ups and complex maneuvers with his Ouroboros.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego to Terumi's Id and Kazuma's Superego, being the middle ground to balance them out.
  • Fusion Dance: In CF, after being separated from Terumi, the latter tried this with him. It failed repeatedly. At least in Act 3, they manage to merge, with Hazama being in charge, until Terumi gets himself out later.
  • Gambit Index: Practically all the major stuff on this list applies to Terumi in spades.
    • Batman Gambit: His fight with Ragna. After Ragna powers up the Azure Grimoire. He's banking heavily on the fact that if he loses Ragna won't kill him because of his life link to Noel. And if that works he's still counting on the Observers to be distracted for a brief instant so he can kill them all.
    • Clock King: Much of what Terumi knows about most of the cast is due to repeating "that worthless comedy show" so many times and seeing every possibility of the continuum shift. Not only did Makoto refuse to play to his schedule, but being overreliant on Takamagahara's observations left him unable to adapt to reality after Continuum Shift, leaving him in the dust regarding the plans of his opposition.
    • Gambit Roulette: It seems like he's playing this game, as his plans come together a little too perfectly and rely on the independent actions of over fifteen people. Massively subverted. Thanks to the magic of Phantom, he's been able to observe every single possibility of every single timeline of the continuum shift. The reason he always seems to know what will happen is because he does.
    • Out-Gambitted: In Chronophantasma, by Izanami.
    • Thanatos Gambit: How Terumi got inside Takamagahara to deliver Phantom's virus. He had Relius kill Hazama, who weakened from his fight with Ragna. Having already been life-linked to Noel (as Mu), Hazama would come back to life while Terumi was off disabling Takamagahara.
    • Xanatos Speed Chess: Makoto's friendship with Noel and Tsubaki was a potential boobytrap that could have violently imploded his plans for the two of them. To make certain she's out of the way, he patches a request to her indirectly (she doesn't trust him — see Devil in Plain Sight above) to get her as far away from Kagutsuchi as possible, and when she does come back midway through his plot, the first thing he tries to do when he catches her chatting with Jin is attempt to kill her. Key word being "try" — the attack is parried.
      • Uriah Gambit: Said mission to get her away from Kagutsuchi involved a trip to the cauldron in Ibukido — while he wanted her job to dead-end, choking on seithr or a cauldron timescrew is welcome, too. Put short, it backfired.
  • Game Face: Normally looking normal with Eyes Always Shut, if Terumi breaks out from the inside, his hair spikes up and his eyes open.
  • Game-Over Man: He's one in Carl, Valkenhayn and Platinum's CS storyline. Normally Relius is the Game-Over Man, but those three have issues directly with Relius, so Hazama took his place there.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Unless you're jerking around with his Unlimited Mode, winning with Hazama demands heavy use of baiting, fly-over cross-ups, space control, and more mind games than most fighting game characters. Yes, even his play style is focused around trolling.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: He's heavily implied to be one of the most powerful characters by a ridiculous margin, even causing Rachel to lose her composure when he's around. You may have just killed him with an Astral during the match, but afterward your character is tired and trying to catch their breath while Hazama just got a nice warm-up exercise. The only exceptions are Jin, where in his story mode after fighting Jin (win or lose) he is impressed by the "power of order" and retreats, and the true ending, after Ragna receives Lambda's Idea Engine and proceeds to beat the crap out of Hazama.
  • Green and Mean: Green being his main color scheme... and is pretty rude and foul-mouthed. Downplayed for the times he has to save face and keep up a polite façade.
  • Glacier Waif: In gameplay, he may seem very nimble with a lot of quick combos that involve shredding his foes with his knives and smacking them around with dance moves, but his slow walking speed and sliding dash gives him notably poor mobility options should his Ouroboros be unavailable somehow at some point.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser:
    • He appears in Teach Me Ms. Litchi Reloaded Episode 3, alongside Jin and Noel, to teach Taokaka about their organization. And no, he doesn't try to kill everyone or anyone; he teaches and trolls.
    • He, like everyone else, appears in the Gag Reels of characters. This includes his own, Noel's (as one of three survivors of her cooking, even going as her as to enjoy it), Makoto's (as the MOM in a re-enactment of Makoto's family life), and Relius'.
    • And, while more on the side of "evil", he has a bad ending and thus has a meeting with Kokonoe.
  • Grapple Move: His Bloody Fangs special is one; it doesn't do damage, but it opens combo possibilities. Also another of his special named Snake Bite, an anti-air version done with Ouroboros; when it his the enemy, Hazama then throws them to the opposite wall.
    • He gains a new DD in CP named Serpent's Unholy Wrath. After he grabs his foe, he kicks them to the ground and then stomp them several times before kicking them away.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Ouroboros can be used this way.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Rachel's Normal Ending implies at least part of the reason of he hates Ragna may be jealousy.
  • Gut Feeling: The main reason everyone can tell he's evil is because they just sense it.
  • Half Truth: Likes giving off one.
    • He told Tsubaki that Noel stole her rightful position of Jin's secretary and indirectly caused all of Tsubaki's troubles... omitting that (A) Jin would have found out about Ragna and run off regardless of Noel and Tsubaki's roles, which led to Tsubaki transferring to Zero, and (b) if Noel didn't steal it, Tsubaki would have died.
    • He told Litchi he knew Kokonoe... missing out that "knowing" here actually means Kokonoe utterly hates him and considers him her worst enemy. And he loves trolling her.
  • Hates Being Touched: His grapple cancel quotes when in his Unlimited form (or actually by Terumi) give off this impression, and also gives the impression on how much humans or other creatures disgust him so much, showing off his/Terumi's gigantic ego. Of course, Hazama himself subverts this by Centralfiction as he's no longer in sync with Terumi.
    • In Alter Memory episode 10, he becomes extremely violent after Noel and Makoto manage to land a couple of blows on him.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: No matter who it is, Hazama (or more so Terumi) will show some scorn towards him/her at some point. He also likes to throw racist insults towards any kind of being, especially when they pissed him off. He's pretty much being petty.
    • However, Terumi seems to display much more of this while Hazama's cares are much more ambiguous, to say the least.
  • Hate Sink: Both in and out of universe. Mostly everyone in the game either doesn't trust him or outright loathes him. Word of God even admitted that he was designed to have absolutely no redeemable qualitiesnote .
  • Hazy Feel Turn: He breaks away from Terumi in the fourth game because he likes his newfound freedom, but that doesn't mean he's suddenly one of the good guys as he still enjoys being The Gadfly and watching the rest of the cast scrambling around him.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: He claims he wants to show the world the "true meaning of despair". What that entails no one knows. This continues in CF, where after being separated from Terumi, he goes off with his own thing; it's rather scarcely hinted (if at all) on his motives, unlike Terumi (who still has Omnicidal Maniac as his schtick).
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the long run, ending the time-loops in Continuum Shift was the catalyst for his (temporary) defeat in Chronophantasma.
  • Hope Crusher: Because he thinks the only truth is despair, everything else needs to be cut down. Including (and especially) hope.
  • The Hyena: As soon as he doesn't have to play innocent, he will start cackling like a madman.
  • Hypocrite: VERY MUCH SO, even after splitting from Terumi.
    • As much as he claims to hate lies and that the world is nothing but lies, if it keeps his plans from being compromised, he will lie his ass off.
    • Also in CS, he calls Kokonoe out for having bad language.
    • Hazama is an artificial body of Relius' design that Terumi is merged with, and the latter ejected himself from Susano'o to get out of being a servant of the Master Unit. Knowing this, read the spoilered quote under Fantastic Racism again. And the lines below get to emphasize even more of this point of hypocrisy.
    • He accuses Jin of being selfish. Yes, he's right, but coming from someone who thinks he's the greatest thing ever and a gigantic, unabashed bastard on his own, every semblance of meaning and point is lost.
    • He refers to the Black Beast as a failed experiment on numerous occasions, detailing in Valkenhayn's CS Arcade ending "What good is a monster you can't control?" He tried to recreate the experiment using himself in Ibukido, but the remnants in Saya's consciousness in Number Twelve wanted none of it. Take-Mikazuchi obliged and blew up the facility in response.
  • Identical Stranger: To Another Hazama from Naoto’s timeline. The only difference is that the Hazama from Bloodedge Experience looks younger. Naoto assumes that they are the same person but Hazama doesn’t know him and Relius says that no one named Hazama appeared in the main timeline version of Naoto’s story.
    • Kazuma Kval looks exactly like him, minus the fact that Hazama's eyes are actually visible. But this is justified, as they are both specifically made to be vessels for Terumi.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: In CP, when Litchi works for NOL, there's a scene where he sexually harasses her, latching and groping Litchi while promising her to make her forget all about Roy, much to the lady's distaste and disgust.
  • Implied Death Threat: Delivers one to Makoto in his CP Arcade.
    Hazama: If you see [Tsubaki], would you let me know? I think it would be best if she... disappeared permanently.
    Makoto: Wh-Wha-?! Why would you think I'd let you hurt any more of my friends?!
    Hazama: Sheesh... you just had to remind me exactly how much of a nuisance you can be! Perhaps you should share Tsubaki's fate.
  • Insane Troll Logic: To Rachel in her CS bad ending. But it does fit, given how much of a Troll he is.
    Hazama: "Note to self: tea makes you a drooling idiot."
  • Invincible Villain: Continuum Shift is him getting one over the entire cast. Even if you beat him in game, he acts like nothing even happened and calls it a "warm up". Chronophantasma subverts this though by having Hakumen finally do him in.
  • Irony: He is reliant on the timeline resets to predict his opponent's every move, so when the timeline resets are stopped in the True Ending of Continuum Shift, He ends up losing much of ability to play Xanatos Speed Chess and Terumi nearly gets offed by Hakumen.
  • Jerkass: Yea, even without Terumi he's still a pretty unpleasant person overall, he just hides it a lot better than his former partner.
  • Joker Immunity: Despite his fate in the third game i.e being drown on a lake after stabbing Trinity, he reappears in CF and looks to be quite well. Granted, see Uncertain Doom below.
  • Kick the Dog: Constantly. Terumi feeds on people's (mainly Ragna's) hatred towards him, so kicking dogs is pretty helpful to him.
  • Kick Them While They're Down: He gains a new Distortion Drive in Chronophantasma named Serpent's Unholy Wrath/Orochi Burensou.
  • Knife Nut: Not only does he fight with his butterfly knives, but one of his moves has him throwing three other knives at his opponent.
  • Knight of Cerebus: For the whole series. Though already pretty dark, Calamity Trigger started off pretty light hearted, with copious amounts of humor. Once he starts being active, however, everything gets dead serious.
  • Lack of Empathy: Hazama's empathy for others is virtually nonexistent. CF's Story Mode deconstructs this. It's revealed that Hazama is a vessel without a heart and thus cannot feel emotions and he hates every second of it. When Trinity stabbed him in CP and left a giant hole in his chest, the pain he felt made him feel alive for the first time in his life and makes it his goal to understand the concept of pain.
  • Large Ham: Oh yes. When Terumi takes over, he even out-hams Bang.
    "This world is nothing but LIES LIES LIES LIES!!!!!!"
  • Laughably Evil: Yes, he's a horrible, horrible human being (even though he's not actually human at this point), but his extremely crass personality, constant references and hobby of Mind Raping people for the fun of it makes him a constant source of hilarious lines that all but force you to like him.
  • Laughing Mad: More so than Arakune and Jin when Terumi is in control. Just listen to it. Taken Up to Eleven in the anime.
  • Lean and Mean: Quite tall, lean and a major villain. He does present a mask of politeness, but it only serves to underscore his poison tongue and sly personality.
    • If you crunch the numbers, his BMI is 18.2. Clinically Underweight.
  • Leitmotif: Gluttony Fang, a rather trolltastic piano peace. Like Ragna, he also has a boss theme for his Unlimited Form, Endless Despair for when he really wants to lay down the pain.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: He becomes this whenever Terumi takes control of him.
  • Life Drain: His Unlimited self is surrounded by a green ring that will drain the life of the opponent slowly should they come close to him. His normal self's Overdrive also has it. The drain stops if he gets hit-stunned, though.
  • Loose Lips: It's because of his comment towards Makoto (about Relius having some weird interest on her) that she (through Bang) managed to slip through his plans and uncover some truth that she can use to mend the relationships between her, Noel and Tsubaki. Unfortunately for her, Tsubaki has already been Brainwashed and Crazy and her chances are put on hold until the next game.
  • The Man Behind the Man: He and Relius are behind everything; it's not even worth putting a spoiler on. Even Saya, who was abducted as a child by Terumi, and used by him and Relius as a "vessel."
    • Inverted in Chronophantasma - they mistook Izanami pulling their strings for the reverse.
  • Manipulative Bastard: His method of coaxing Litchi to join NOL is to inform her that he knows a lot about Arakune, and the events surrounding him, then time it with the fact that Kokonoe is too busy hunting his ass to even help Litchi and her Boundary corruption is getting worse, prompting her to get desperate and join it. If that doesn't seem manipulative, remember that Litchi's corruption start acting up when she gets near the Azure Grimoire. Hazama is made from one, thus it can be concluded that Hazama purposely gets near her to have her corruption act up, putting her into desperation, and eventually joined NOL for the cure.
    • Even more so, his half-truth he feeds to Tsubaki, which drives her into wanting to kill Noel, her best friend. What he says afterwards just tacks on more total bastard points.
  • Mask of Sanity: He's quite capable of appearing to be calm and polite. In CF, though, without Terumi inside him, he really Became the Mask. At least until his Act 2 arcade play, where it's revealed that he applied Faking Amnesia for himself for shits and giggles.
  • Meaningful Name: "Hazama" means "gap" or "edge", i.e Edge of the Boundary.
  • Mind Rape: According to Word of God, this is the side effect of being hit with Ouroboros. It also happens to be a hobby of his, and he admits it. He'll do it to people for no reason other than he feels like it at the time. Just ask Tager.
    • He doesn't even use Ouroboros often, though; he usually does it by speaking. The few times he uses Ouroboros for it, he uses it as a failsafe method (see: Tsubaki).
  • Minored in Ass-Kicking: Claims to not like violence and unnecessary fights but being Terumi's vessel, he does possess some formidable combat ability.
  • Mr. Fanservice: A story mode illustration shows him in a bathtub, completely naked, although water works as a Censor Steam. Shiny sparkles included!
  • Mysterious Past: In Naoto's Act 3 Arcade, he encounter Hazama, but he didn't recognize Naoto. Then he ran into Relius and asked him a question about Hazama's past, but he doesn't know about Hazama's history either. Naoto apparently had encountered Hazama in the past, but it's hinted that it might not be the same Hazama as the one in the present.
  • Never Found the Body: According to Chronophantasma's Library Guide, both his and Platinum's bodies were never recovered.
  • Nice Hat: So nice that he can seemingly materialize one from nowhere in the anime, and catches in some his sprites if he's hit.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: In Noel's Gag Reel in Continuum Shift, while everyone else is knocked out cold by her spiced puffer fish, he manages to keep eating. Not only that, he loves it.
    • Since Hazama aka Terumi is sustained by hatred, it actually makes sense that he would enjoy a dish that embodies hate so well.
    • CF reveals that the only thing that makes him feel alive, other than screwing with people, is pain.
  • Obviously Evil: Less so in Calamity Trigger due to his limited amount of screen time. In Continuum Shift it's clear that Hazama isn't even trying to hide his evil intentions anymore. Subverted later on though, see Ambiguously Evil above.
  • Off-Model: Became infamous for this thanks to the story mode cutscenes. You can thank GONZO for that.
  • Oh, Crap!: He gets at least one moment like this near the end of his gag ending when Taokaka, Jubei, Kokonoe, and every single other Kaka and cat in Kagutsuchi start chasing after him in something similar to, like, a game of tag.
    • He didn't even know that he put on too much catnip while taking his bath, hence why the mating/courtship behavior in the feline characters around him was uncontrollable.
    • While the above example is in a more humorous vein, before things began getting outright silly he had a more serious "Oh crap" earlier in the gag reel when he was unwittingly backed into Jubei in the first place. It was one of the few moments in the game he showed genuine surprise, and perhaps even fear.
    • At the end of his CP Arcade run (Hundred Years Visitor), Terumi is outright mortified when Kokonoe evokes a Chronophantasma of Celica right next to him. This is justified as A.) Terumi's Azure Grimoire (and Ragna's) and Ouroboros shut down completely, B.) He was antagonizing Tager prior to the evocation and pissing him off even more would be... unwise, and finally C.) He'd JUST finished gloating to Ragna that, without naming any names, he'd killed Celica years ago and now there was no way for Ragna to activate Kushinada's Lynchpin.
    Hazama: *Utterly terrified* You've gotta be kidding me...There's no way I—Phantom! You're listening, right? Get me out of here now! YESTERDAY!
  • Only One Name: Is simply named "Hazama", but other material such as BlazBlue: Spiral Shift – Hero of the Ice Blade light novel had himself referred to as "Captain Honoka", which can be assumed that like with the name of his folder, "Hazama Honoka" is his actual full name.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Hazama usually speaks in a soft, somewhat high-pitch sarcastic tone and uses polite pronouns to most people as a way to show that he Hates Everyone Equally. However, as seen in this special intro, Makoto is the only one to whom he speaks with a deeper voice and refers to as a "sneaky little rat", showing that he really, really hates her.
  • Orochi: Some of his moves in Japanese has this in their names, mainly his "Serpent's Unholy Wrath" original name being "Orochi Burensou" (Great Serpent Martial Tempering Burial).
  • Perpetual Smiler: An evil example. Hazama almost always wears a smile, even when Terumi takes over. However, those smiles are usually signs of trouble. The smiles go away when things don't go his way.
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: He's the Polite Villain to Ragna's Rude Hero.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He likes insulting Beastkins and Prime-Fields for being "dolls".
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: Dude's responsible for 60% of the game's shout-outs, everything from Star Wars to various anime.
  • The Power of Hate: He or rather Terumi inside him relies on this trope.
  • Psychotic Smirk: When Hazama is in control, he tends to give off these a lot. Terumi skips the subtlety and goes full blown Slasher Smile.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: A favorite subject for his breaking speeches, these invariably go on for several text boxes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Relius's blue. Hazama is the Blue to Terumi's Red.
  • Regenerating Mana: His Unlimited self in CP is able to regenerate MP if he uses Overdrive.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: Not only has he apparently retained his memories from each and every time loop, but it's heavily implied to be the cause of his insanity; he's been living through time loops longer than anyone (even Rachel), and after the millionth or so loop, he couldn't take it anymore and set out to end the loops and let the world die for good. CF answers some of these questions; during that period, he had Terumi inside him, who is actually Susanoo, and he was always an Omnicidal Maniac, so the time loops have little to do with it. Being the will of a Sankishin Unit, it's only natural that he'd be immune to forgetting everything that has happened in previous time loops.
  • Sadist: One of his defining traits is that he loves seeing others suffer, carrying all the requirements of a physical and psychological sadist. This aspect of him plays a key part in his story in Central Fiction. Pain is the only thing that truly makes him feel alive, but he doesn't know why, which is the reason he wants to merge with Noel, who he still has a life-link with.
    • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He talks to his victims in a calm and collected manner. CF shows that this aspect is what makes his sadism distinct from Terumi's. While Terumi makes others suffer out of pure malice and to satisfy his own ego, Hazama makes others suffer out of curiosity and because it's the only thing that makes him feel alive.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Hazama does this whenever he loses a match due to a Time Up.
    • Also in Jin's arcade ending.
  • Sarcasm Mode:
    • His recital of the NOL's Badass Creed.
    • At the end of CS he claims he thought the heroes would be happy to see him.
    • "That hurt me Noel, right here."
  • Say My Name: AMATERASUUUUUUU!!!!!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His final appearance in Centralfiction involves him jumping into a Cauldron, saying that there seems to be a "future" he can go into. It's implied that that's how he appears in Naoto's time.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted. Hazama's outfit is incredibly reserved, while Makoto's is so skimpy it can barely be acknowledged as clothing.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: His attacks are often accompanied by darkness that takes form of serpents.
  • Sharing a Body: Hazama is his own living entity made by Relius, while Terumi is a ghost inhabiting Hazama's body.
    • Chronophantasma deconstructs this. It is revealed that because of residual side effects of the Mind Eater curse on Terumi in the past, Hazama and Terumi's merge was incomplete, forcing them to remain as two separate identities inhabiting the same body and acting as one, Hazama being the dominant personality to save face in public and Terumi taking control when his cover has been blown, or when he wants to torture something (hence why they have two separate sets of story portraits). Rachel and the remaining Six Heroes take advantage of this by using Trinity's Muchorin to switch Terumi and Hazama's consciousness, forcing Terumi to the front side and Hazama to the backside to kill him directly. Not only do they manage to do that, but an unforeseen side effect incarnates Terumi into the physical world in a corporeal body of his own. (Hence why they appear as separate characters).
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit consists of a pimping suit almost as stylish as Valkenhayn's.
  • Shirtless Scene: This.
  • Shoryuken: His Rising Fang special is a kick version, not unlike Rugal's Genocide Cutter. His DD, Serpent's Infernal Rapture, is also one.
  • Sickly Green Glow: Ouroboros' and its energy projections have this going for them. Y'know, just in case you were uncertain if you could catch the incoming snake apparition with your face without having to suffer bodily harm.
  • Signature Move: His Drive moves, as well as his Serpent's Infernal Rapture DD.
  • Sincerity Mode: To Makoto at the end of Slight Hope, complete with Kubrick Stare.
    You're really starting to grate upon my nerves - sorry, but it's true. Relius was going to take care of you, but shit... I just don't think I can WAIT that long...
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Along with Ragna and Kokonoe. Oddly, however, it's what type of swear he uses that can indicate his mood. He throws out religious (damn, hell) and excretory (ass, shit, piss) swears like there's no tomorrow...
    • Precision F-Strike: ...but if he uses sexual swears or lingo, he's either pissed (prick, bitch, cockblock, FUBAR (fucked up beyond all recognition)) or disgusted (cock fight, circle jerk).
      • Oddly subverted with Hazama by himself without Terumi in his body; he still maintains his polite front.
  • Slasher Smile: Terumi's default expression when he takes over for Hazama.
    • He flashes a huge one in the True Ending of CS while in his ghost form.
  • Smug Snake: In almost every sense of the word. However, unlike the standard definition of this trope would imply, he's actually a lot more successful.
  • Smug Smiler: Has a condescending smirk at almost all times.
  • Snakes Are Evil: Gee, I never would've known.
  • SNK Boss: He makes v-13 look like a chump (no small feat). He's incredibly fast when fought as a boss, and his super meter and drive meter have auto-gain properties. Oh, and he can also drain your health if he gets close to you or attacks you. Plus a brutal sky-high kick Distortion Drive that knocks off a third of your life...which he uses with wild abandon. And this kick is so insanely fast the computer can and will counter anything and everything you throw at him with it.
  • The Sociopath: While he's not as blatantly open about it as Terumi is, especially when they're separated into independent beings, he still fits the mold. To Hazama, people are merely pawns to be manipulated and discarded when they aren't useful anymore. CF, however, shows that he's actually a Deconstruction of these types of characters. His condition is caused by him being an Artificial Human without a heart, and he hates every second of not being able to feel emotions. Pain is his only real source of stimulation, but he doesn't understand why.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: He has a polite manner of speech... but if he's pissed, he'll often couple it with insults and dirty words.
  • Spoiler Opening: Even before the big reveal at the end of Calamity Trigger's true ending, that close up of him in that game's opening made it clear that he would end up being a major player in the game's plot.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In Continuum Shift he makes the most appearances of any character. Not only is he the boss of Arcade Mode, he appears in every character's story mode in some shape or form, either in their main story or in their bad ending.
  • Stable Time Loop: Hazama's order to send Makoto to Ikaruga (direct or otherwise) is more than likely to keep her out of his hair while he mindrapes both Noel and Tsubaki. He learned about her dedication to her friends due to her interference with The Wheel of Fortune, which is a result of her detour into the Cauldron at, you guessed it, the ruins in Ikaruga! And on top of that, she learns about Relius' "random and untoward" interest in her and Tsubaki jumping to Zero to pursue Jin to Kagutsuchi and bring him back. Better pray she doesn't get the rest of the story from Hakumen...
  • Stealth Insult: He is known to drop these from time to time. His dialogue with Makoto in CS Arcade mode is utterly dripping with veiled contempt for her.
  • Stepford Smiler: Of the Unstable variety when possessed by Terumi. He always wears a permanent smile on his face, but he's a complete maniac. CF reveals that without Terumi, he's the Empty variation. Hazama's ever-present smile serves to hide the fact that he's an Artificial Human who can't feel any emotions outside of pain, and he hates every second of it.
  • Straw Nihilist: Claims that the world is a lie and that he will show it the truth of "despair." He thinks that has a nice ring to it.
  • Suicide by Cop: In the end of CS, a beat-up Terumi tells Relius to kill his Hazama body so he (as a ghost) can infiltrate Takamagahara and disable them from within. Then he commands Ignis to crush his throat.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When he opens them.
  • Synchronization: He is later hitched to Terumi, who was seperated from him in Chronophantasma, though this appears to be different then a life link. When Hakumen slays Terumi with Time Killer, Hazama loses his strength and falls into the lake below.
    • In Central Fiction, it seems Hazama and Terumi's connection was lost and that thanks to Trinity's spell, Terumi can no longer fuse with him which is fine with Hazama seeing as he dosen't want anything to do with Terumi anymore.
  • Taking You with Me: After Terumi gets hit by Time Killer, Hazama uses the last strength available to him to stab Trinity while she's distracted as one last screw you.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Even though he's technically a part of the NOL (as Hazama), he doesn't seem to like working with them. Likely because Phantom and Relius often show up to remind him of the important work that needs to be done while he's in the middle of tormenting people. Coupled with that, when the Imperator gives him orders, he flat-out ignores them, and will yell at her ("don't "cease" me!").
    • Relius' Arcade ending confirms that they are both quite cooperative. Terumi had planned for Hazama to die at Relius' hand, at the exact moment Takamagahara was vulnerable. This also makes Relius' Arcade ending the only canon Arcade mode ending besides Noel and Ragna/Hazama's endings. In fact, much of the additional content in Extend reveals that the two of them are practically villainous best buddies. Even when fighting each other, their in-fight dialogue indicates that neither of them want to fight the other, and find the match pointless.
      Hazama: This is dumb, can we stop?
    • Their battle quotes in Chronophantasma paint a different picture; each only saw the other as an ally of convenience, and secretly harbored hatred for the other. In fact, Relius' world and Terumi's were incompatible with Izanami's "world of death" as well as each other's, meaning that their alliances were going to crumble sooner or later. Izanami was in the better position by the end, and the rest is history.
  • Tempting Fate: "I'm going to need Major Garbage to keep Hakumen off my ass at a crucial moment. Oh, I know - I'll let her wander around Ikaruga without supervision, even though Major Pain-in-the-ass, First Lieutenant Defect, and the thrice-damned squirrel would be out looking for her. What's the worst that can happen?" The list starts at the squirrel, goes around the block, and ends with Trinity and Hakumen. It's been fun. Don't come back.
  • Terms of Endangerment: He calls Ragna "little puppy" and "Rags"(Ragna-kun) when in conversation with him.
  • Theme Naming: Most of the names of his special moves not counting his Astral Finish usually have something to do with snakes or venom (or also sickles in the Japanese version). Some examples include: Venom Sword/Jabaki ("Snake Blade Fang"), Wind Serpent's Fang/Hirentotsu ("Flying Sickle Thrust"), Serpent's Benediction/Jasetsu ("Snake Temple"), and Serpent's Infernal Rapture/Jayoku Houtenjin ("Snake Wing Crumbling Heaven Blade").
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Boiled eggs. To the point that Alter Memory features an over one minute-long scene of Hazama eating five boiled eggs and nothing else while making phone calls. And of course he also eats them by swallowing them whole, just like how a snake eats their eggs.
  • The Trickster: Likes playing with people's emotions and tricking them.
  • Troll: A prime example. Terumi/Hazama's such a troll, having tons of traits that could be seen in internet trolls, though it's likely he'll be deposed in light of the events of Chronophantasma. Since he is sustained by people hating him, trolling people is actually a survival tactic for Hazama/Terumi.
    • Ironically, both Hazama and Terumi remaining separate shows quite the stark contrast between the two in that Hazama's much more of a troll than Terumi is; the latter even says at some point in Centralfiction that he himself can't even trust Hazama when he's left to his own devices.
  • Uncertain Doom: When Terumi was hit by Hakumen's Time Killer in the True Ending of Chronophantasma and presumed dead, Hazama was still unaccounted for. Come Central Fiction, it's revealed he's still very much alive.
  • Variable-Length Chain: His Nox Nyctores: Ouroboros. In gameplay, it has a unique touch in that when it hits his opponent at certain lengths for each version of his D moves, it'll do less damage via a "marked dead zone".
  • Villain Decay: Goes through this throughout Chronophantasma. Without his (clearly more competent) cohorts to bail him out and clean up his mess, he quickly loses his Boring Invincible Villain aura. His Kick the Dog traits begin to seriously get in the way of his mission, and because the good guys have stopped fighting among themselves and unite to take him out, he can no longer easily play Divide and Conquer like in Continuum Shift. Due to losing his ability to know everything in advance, he is no longer Crazy-Prepared and the good guys pull several fast ones on him, proving Rachel is better at thinking on the fly, and results in him getting ambushed by The Six Heroes, then getting split apart from Terumi, and Hakumen nearly taking him out permanently. It shows in CF in that, while still an enigmatic guy with hidden agenda who likes to toy with people's minds, he doesn't play big like other villains and especially Terumi.
  • Villain Episode: His Continuum Shift Story Mode.
  • Villain Protagonist: He's this during his story mode, just like Relius.
  • Villainous Breakdown: If his fun is interrupted or his plans go awry beyond recovery in an iteration, his temper disintegrates, but he can recompose himself after the incident is resolved. The infamous ending of Slight Hope has permanently diminished his tolerance of Makoto, however.
  • Villainous Valour: Technically many of the characters can actually defeat him. Hazama/Terumi is frequently pitted against characters who are equally strong or even stronger than he is, but he still manages to win due to his wits and cunning. Hakumen (at full power) is far more powerful than he is, Ragna beats him at the end of CS, Rachel was more powerful than him in CT and can still hold her own when he gets his strength back in CS (thanks to a stronger link to the world, and his Azure Grimoire), Jin nearly came close to beating him only for Hazama/Terumi to retreat at the last second, Makoto has been shown to be able to hold her own against him though she has no way of defeating him. If it wasn't for those gambits, his Azure Grimiore, his revolving door of Observers and life-links, and Phantom being his exit bus, he probably wouldn't even be so successful - and CP proves it, see Villain Decay above.
  • Villains Never Lie: Most of the time.
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: It's only after him (or rather Terumi inside him) starting to reveal himself and act as the villain in the end of CT (and then in CS) that other characters start going against him, when they previously have their own businesses.
  • Villains With Good Publicity: As much good publicity as a member of the intel unit can be, at least.
  • Villain Team-Up: After their fight in Hazama's CF act 3 arcade play, Terumi found out that Hazama was faking his amnesia and he broke into laughter. He's decided to team up with him, but only with Hazama in charge.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: His joke ending reduces him to a sneezing, suffering plaything for the Kaka cats, due to his allergies. They're not significant enough to paralyze him against Tao alone, but prolonged exposure to her, two Kaka kittens, Jubei, and Kokonoe all at once leave him a wreck. That's what he gets for bathing in catnip.
    • This comes back to haunt him in Bang's CP gag reel, where Round 3 of the "King of Men" competition involves Kaka tickle torture.
    • Gets even worse in Acts 1 and 3 of Centralfiction, which goes to show that it's only Hazama that happens to have this issue and not Terumi. In his Act 1 arcade, he encounters Taokaka, causing his allergies to flare up. He fights her and drives her off. In Tao's Act 3 arcade, he had defeated Ragna and was about to finish him off until Tao appears, causing his allergies to flare up once again and giving Ragna a chance to escape. Tao then fights off Hazama, causing him to retreat when his cat allergies become too unbearable.
  • Weapon Twirling: As expected of a Butterfly Knife user, he does this a number of times in his animations.
  • Wham Line: When confronted by Ragna in Continuum Shift, he reveals he has his own Azure Grimoire.
    Hazama: Restriction 666 released...
  • Wild Card: As of CF, it's hard to tell what Hazama wants at this point. He has no desire to be Terumi's vessel/host anymore, but he still enjoys trolling the cast as always. The story mode reveals that ever since Terumi left his body and Trinity gave him a hole on his chest, he recognizes himself as a being capable of pain, and he gains a desire: to see how people would look like when they're in pain.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Trinity stabbing him at the end of CP was the first time he ever really experienced pain and he wants to explore how others feel pain as well and he does so by torturing Rachel above the Boundary.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's highly allergic to cats. This is pretty much a source of hilarity in the gag reels. Exploited in Taokaka's Act 3 CF arcade, where she helps Ragna escape from Hazama and his allergy allows her to overpower him.
  • Why Won't You Die?/Prepare to Die: "DIE ALREADY!!"
  • Would Hit a Girl: He actually seems to derive some sick pleasure from hurting women in particular. Just ask Rachel, Tsubaki and Makoto. This is to make us hate him all the more.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Yet another reason to hate him. While he doesn't get off on hurting kids as much as he does hurting women, he won't hesitate to do so if he feels like it.
    • In Carl's CS Bad Ending, Carl stumbles onto his plot by accident and Hazama flips out, butchering Ada and breaking Carl completely, only killing him after he was done with him.
    • In Platinum's CS Bad Ending, after Platinum fights Carl, Hazama decides to use both her and Carl as the catalyst for Kusanagi.
    • In Chronophantasma's True Ending, after Hakumen strikes Terumi with Time Killer, Hazama uses the last of his fading strength to stab Platinum while she's distracted in one final, twisted act of revenge, causing the two of them to fall off a cliff.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has green hair just like his host, Terumi, and his fellow vessel, Kazuma.
  • You're Insane!: Anyone could say this to him, and most likely it has happened on a few occasions. But oddly enough, he asks Jubei if he's completely insane in his gag ending when Jubei says he just wants to smell him until he's completely satisfied. And what makes it played for even more laughs is when he asks why they can't just fight or something and can't even finish saying that he thought he hated him because Jubei's too busy smelling him. He's not too happy about that. "Can't you wait until I'm finished TALKING?!"


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