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Playable Characters: Calamity Trigger (Part 1 | Part 2) | Continuum Shift | ChronoPhantasma | Central Fiction
Others: Non-Player Characters | Remix Heart | Light Novel Characters | XBlaze (Code: Embryo | Lost: Memories) | Alternative: Dark War
Spin-offs: Cross Tag Battle (BlazBlue | Persona 4: Arena | Under Night In-Birth | RWBY)
Individual Characters: Ragna the Bloodedge | Jin Kisaragi | Noel Vermillion | Rachel Alucard | Litchi Faye-Ling | Bang Shishigami | Hakumen | Tsubaki Yayoi | Hazama | Makoto Nanaya | Yuuki Terumi | Nine the Phantom | Izanami


Here's the character sheet for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

For more tropes pertaining to these characters, check their respective series' pages: here for BlazBlue, here for Persona 4 Arena, here for Under Night In-Birth, here for RWBY, here for Arcana Heart, here for Senran Kagura and here for Akatsuki Blitzkampf.

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Arcana Heart Characters

    Heart Aino (DLC Character Pack Vol.7) 
Arcana: Partinias
Weapon: Iron Fist of Love!
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Japanese), Kira Buckland (English)

Love always prevails. Always!
Awfully cheerful and innocent, Heart is a type of person who believes that there is no such thing as a truly evil person. Having grown up watching every TV superhero show possible, she has desire to spread LOVE and justice where she can, even where she isn't wanted. She is also a Maiden, a person who can see and interact with Elementals called Arcanas, and generally can get along with many of them. Because of this, she is considered special among other Maidens, which has drawn the attention of many people.

As a novice fighter, she pours her emotions into every punch she throws out. Having made a contract with Partinias, the Arcana of Love, she can channel light that Partinias' love generates to fire off projectiles.

Heart is a versatile rushdown character afforded fantastic mobility and pressure by her unique Homing Dash Cancel mechanic, letting her cross the screen quickly and giving her some of the best air mobility of all the cast. As she fights with her fists, she has limited reach on her normals, and overuse of her Homing Dash can burn through her meter very quickly.

Her Distortion Skills are Iron Fist Punch of Love, a powerful wind-up punch, Amazing Heartful Punch, a multi-hitting uppercut and Amazing Special Kick, a powered-up dive kick. Her Astral Heat is Super Amazing Iron Fist of Love, where she hits the opponent with two diagonal punches, followed up with her summoning Partinias who summons a giant energy ball which Heart drops at the opponent.
  • Affectionate Nickname: She likes to call Partinias "Party". Also, when she's partnered with Ruby and calls her for an assist, she calls her "Ruby-Ruby".
  • All-Loving Hero: Heart's main motivation in life is to help those in need and protect her friends with The Power of Love.
  • Attack Reflector: Charging up her standing or crouching B attack not only blocks projectiles, but transforms them into Roz Sfaira projectiles.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Her Astral Heat is her original Critical Heart and Partinias' Arcana Blaze, Ílios Sfaira, combined into a single move.
  • Idiot Hair: Has a heart-shaped ahoge, representing her utmost devotion to love and how much of an airhead she can be as a result.
  • Leitmotif: Heartful!
  • Love Freak: She is powered by The Power of Love and talks a lot about love and justice to people.
  • Pink Heroine: She is the main character of her own series while also having pink hair and her attacks have a pink effect to them.
  • The Power of Love: Her attacks are enhanced by Partinias, who is the Arcana of Love.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: An incredibly cheerful and kindhearted girl with pink hair.
  • Shotoclone: Her Iron Fist Punch act as a Hurricane Kick, her Heartful Punch acts as a Shoryuken (while also being multi-hitting and having a follow-up attack) and Roz Sfaira acts as a Hadouken (while also being a homing projectile).
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Being a novice fighter doesn't make her any less formidible.
  • Video Game Dashing: Heart has the ability to Homing Dash/Homing Cancel, a mechanic carried over from the Arcana Heart series. By pressing the C button while in midair, Heart can perform a special air-dash that targets the opponent. You can influence flight path with up and down inputs, and you can integrate Homing Cancels into combos at the expense of one Skill Gauge.


Senran Kagura Characters

    Yumi (Ver 2. 0 Expansion Pack) 
Weapon: Pair of hand fans
Voiced by: Yumi Hara (Japanese), Megan Taylor Harvey (English)

As a shinobi, and as an agent of justice, I cannot afford to be defeated here.

Leader of the the elite class of students in Gessen Girls School, a prestige school for good shinobi. After her parents were killed by evil shinobi, she was adopted by her grandfather Kurokage who was a renegade shinobi due to his beliefs. Yumi ended up adopting her grandfather's vision of the world, wanting to eradicate all evil shinobi from the world and anyone associated with them. However, interactions with other good shinobi such as Asuka and seeing the so-called evil shinobi caused her sense of justice to mellow down, now wanting to be the Moon's judgment against those who lurk in the dark.

Thanks to being trained by her grandfather, Yumi combines traditional Japanese dancing with pair of hand fans with the ability to manipulate ice to fight evildoers by creating icy winds and chunks of ice.

Her Distortion Skills are Secret Ninja Art: Black Ice, a large icicle projectile, and Secret Ninja Art: Ice Pillar Fan, an icy tornado created around her by her dancing. Her Astral Heat Ultimate Secret Ninja Art: Ice Queen has her activate her Ice Queen form, sliding through the ice and strking her opponent twice with her ice sword.

  • Dance Battler: Her fighting style incorporates traditional Japanese dancing to perform string of attacks.
  • An Ice Person: She specializes in ice-based ninja arts.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Yumi's kimono hangs very loosely off her shoulders in a way that even by Senran Kagura standards is rather gratuitous.
  • Leitmotif: Fascinating Gessen Girls Academy. Also a Bootstrapped Theme, since the theme was originally used for the Gessen Girls' School stage in Estival Versus with Yumi's own theme, My Grandfather's Wish, is used as her Astral Heat theme. There's also a general theme Summer on the Shinobi Beach!
  • Video Game Dashing: If Yumi connects with specific attacks that launch the opponent, her unique "Aerial Rave" mechanic kicks in and causes her to automatically dash towards the airborne target. She can then follow up with air combos.

Akatsuki Blitzkampf Characters

    Akatsuki (Ver 2. 0 Expansion Pack) 
EXS Ability: Blitz Motor
Weapon: Taktischeblitzanzug
Voiced by: Shinobu Matsumoto (Japanese), Kaiji Tang (English)

Let sorrows pile upon me. I will face them all to the fullest extent!

Akatsuki was a high-class technical officer in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II who was believed to have died while transporting an allied enemy unit across the Arctic Ocean. Over fifty years later, however, he has reappeared, having never aged a day and gifted with immense strength and control over the forces of electricity, thanks to the mysterious "Blitz Motor". With these new powers, he seeks to finish the mission he undertook long ago.

Akatsuki fights with his own unique style of military-based martial arts, with no weapon to speak of besides his military suit, Taktischeblitzanzug, and the powers he obtained via the Blitz Motor. Using the Blitz Motor, Akatsuki can use electricity in a number of ways, including shooting balls of lightning or imbibing electricity into his own punches or grabs.

His Distortions, Kamikaze (Divine Wind) are a series of rapid strikes with the finisher being an explosive Blitz Shot; and the other being Thunderbolt, which is a very hard hitting Armor Piercing Kick. His Astral Heat, Ouka-Kai (Cherry Blossom Revised), is a single punch that calls down a bolt of lightning to finish his opponent.

  • Badass Boast: "I am the indomitable God of Thunder!"
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Even in comparison to other martial artists in the roster like Makoto, Chie, Akihiko, and Yang, Akatsuki exemplifies this, being the only member of the roster to completely forego weapons and use martial arts to fight. The only other member of the roster to fight without a weapon is Azrael.
  • Close-Range Combatant: Akatsuki's reach isn't the best and he has to get to close quarters to apply any sort of pressure.
  • The Comically Serious: His Fish out of Water status is exaggerated in this game.
    "Ah, a sword-wielding cat...I'm clearly delirious."
  • Composite Character: Although he represents his home series in this game, his sprites are taken from Under Night In-Birth. He even retains his animated cut-in from UNIST when activating his Astral Heat.
  • Counter-Attack: The Reflector, a universal mechanic in Akatsuki Blitzkampf, makes a return here. Much like it did in his original game and Under Night In-Birth, he'll either retaliate with a punch if it catches the point character's melee attacks or simply ignore everything if it blocks a projectile or the opponent's assist. As an added bonus, Akatsuki no longer needs to anticipate lows, as Reflector blocks any attack height in this game.
  • Humble Hero: He's polite and honorable to all of his teammates.
  • Leitmotif: Awakening. This marks a return to his original theme after Under Night gave him a remix of Open War, the opening of Akatsuki Blitzkampf. Ironically, Another Dawn of War is a selectable track as well, though labeled as an Under Night track. But also, the original version of Dawn of War as yet another selectable track.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: When he connects with his Kamikaze (Divine Wind) Distortion Skill.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Zig-zagged. He asks Hilda to put on something more modest in his team win quote with her, and yet Makoto does not invoke this reaction.note 
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Whenever his eyes are concealed by shadows, a menacing red glow can be seen where his pupils would be.
  • Shock and Awe: Thanks to the Blitz Motor, Akatsuki's martial arts pack an electrifying punch.
  • Shoto Clone: Has ground and air versions of his Blitz Shot (Fireball) and Armor Pierce Kick (Hurricane Kick) specials. His Human Cannon special (Dragon Punch) is not in his main movelist, serving as his anti-air assist instead.

    Blitztank (Denkosensha) (Ver 2. 0 Expansion Pack) 
Weapon: Itself
Voiced by: None

Gashunk! Gashunk!

An electrical tank, presumably powered by a Blitz Motor, and implied to have been developed by the secret military group "Gessellschaft". Though it started out as a mindless Mecha-Mook, an encounter with Akatsuki caused it to start developing rational thought... or more accurately, remember that it once had rational thought.

Though as slow as it is large, Blitztank contains an arsenal within its mechanical body, firing out bullets, lasers, flames, bombs, and mines, keeping opponents at bay with projectile-based mixups.

Blitztank's Distortions Gjallarhorn fires a massive beam onto its opponent; while Blitzlauf rams the opponent at high speed. Blitztank's Astral Heat, Ragnarok, is a devastating Wave-Motion Gun that first strikes the opponent into a rush, makes a 180 turn, then shoots blitz mines and then fires a massive beam of violet electricity to vaporize its target.

  • Acrofatic: Despite how ridiculous it looks, yes, this tank can actually jump.
  • Art Evolution: Blitztank's sprites have some noticeable extra polish to them compared to his home game. Its face and rear carriage have changed the most, having facial expressions when getting hit and no longer looking like a flat polygonal box, respectively.
  • Car Fu: As a living combat vehicle, it's safe to say it's a practitioner. Its front treads are even articulated so it can punch people with them.
  • Counter-Attack: Much like Akatsuki, Blitztank carries over the Reflector from his home game as his Reversal Action. The attack causes him to project an energy shield that auto-counters physical attacks or allows him to instantly act out of counter state if hit by a projectile.
  • Dash Attack: Blitztank is unique in that his dash is an actual attack where he rams into the opponent in full speed.
  • Disintegrator Ray: Its Astral Heat, Ragnarok, has Blitztank firing a super-powered version of Gjallarhorn that outright vaporizes the opponent.
  • Dub Name Change: Blitztank is referred to as 'Denkosensha' in Japanese.
  • Energy Weapon: Blitztank's other main form of attack besides electric mines. They're relatively fast compared to his other attacks and can be used to extend his otherwise weak combo game.
  • Eye Beam: Its skull fires a purple beam of energy.
  • Fire-Breathing Weapon: Among its other weapons, it also has a flamethrower. Because at this point, why not?
  • Ground Pound: His Jump C has him hammer the ground. While it's slow to start (like the rest of his kit), it's both fullscreen and unblockable against all grounded opponents, giving you an easy out to a defensive opponent if you use it at the right time.
  • Leitmotif: Iron Horse.
  • Lethal Joke Character: You may think a tank in a fighting game is funny, but it's still a Tank.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Ironically for its massive size, it's a zoner-style character. It has a variety of powerful ranged projectile attacks to go along with its long-ranged tread-punches, which is offset by its rather weak combo potential.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Blitztank is the only character whose ground dash can actually hit and deal damage to its opponent.
  • Mighty Glacier: Understandably, it has quite a bit of HP to go along with its massive hurtbox, as well as attacks with crushing amounts of damage and increased resistance to hitstun. This offsets its low mobility and weakness to close-range fighters.
  • Multi-Track Drifting: Blitztank's Astral Heat, should it connect, starts off with it dramatically drifting (complete with trails coming from its tail lights) before firing its Disintegrator Ray.
  • The Speechless: Obviously, given that its a tank. Though it can be quite expressive with the sounds it makes in the Extra story.
  • Tank Goodness: It's a tank. That fights people hand-to-tread. ...Don't question it.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Its Gjallarhorn Distortion Skill and Ragnarok Astral Heat has it fire one of these.

Original Characters

    The Final Boss (SPOILERS) 

System No. XX

Ability: Cross-Dimensional Observation
Weapon: Collected data from observed universes
Voiced by: Mitsuki Nakae (Japanese), Carrie Keranen (English)

The boss of the game. This is the true identity of the robotic voice depicted within the prologue. She is a machine constructed by Rachel's father Clavis Alucard with the intent of creating new possibilities. Unfortunately, its design would unintentionally cause the invasion of the worlds it observed, and create new possibilities by using the world it invaded as a base. Because he did not want worlds to be destroyed in the process of creating new ones, Clavis sealed it away using the power of the Keystones, which had been linked to each of the four universes - the blue one representing the world of BlazBlue, the yellow one representing the world of Persona, the purple one representing the world of Under Night In-Birth, and the red one representing the world of RWBY. Unfortunately, Rachel accidentally undoes the seal one day, causing it to activate and create the Cross Tag Battle tournament as a means to fulfill its function.

  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects: She's clearly not a sprite but a 3D model, like the backgrounds.
  • All Your Powers Combined: In the true ending of Episode BlazBlue, she utilizes the powers of all four universes, using attacks from all four of her previous forms fought in the story and summoning assist constructs of every character in the base game.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: With her being a machine created by Clavis Alucard and her being the Big Bad of the game, she becomes this trope.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the UNiB and P4A episodes, she was successful in creating a new world.
  • Big Bad: She is the main reason why the tag tournament ended up happening.
  • Composite Character: Can be considered this to the antagonistic forces of the four main universes.
    • BlazBlue: She is a godlike machine entity like Takamagahara that is designed to manipulate causality phenomena and traps the cast in another world like Izanami.
    • Persona 4 Arena: She acts like a wacky tournament host like Shadow Labrys and collects data from the cast in much the same way Hi-no-Kagutsuchi (and Sho Minazuki before him) did.
    • Under Night In-Birth: She wants to transcend her current state and will stop at nothing to achieve her goal, no matter how much of a bad idea it may be, much like Hilda.
    • RWBY: She manipulates events from behind the scenes and forces the cast to dance in the palm of her hand, manipulating them so they'll fight each other instead of banding together, like Salem.
  • Consummate Liar: She directly gives the other teams misleading information to make sure the tag tournament ended up happening.
  • Cosmic Retcon: Her motive in a nutshell, wanting to create a new world.
  • Faux Affably Evil: She acts and speaks like a demented referee, and none of her friendliness is sincere. In the Episode RWBY ending, she drops the "Faux" and "Evil" parts...until you realize that wanting to examine the world of Remnant is exactly what she was designed to do, and Ruby just gave her the go ahead to fulfill her plan and start the whole scenario over again.
  • Hazy-Feel Turn: The events of Episode Extra show that she is still very much committed to her directive of creating new possibilities, but instead of being the Big Bad this time, she now takes the role of Big Good, since she doesn't want the copy of Susanoo to be set loose as it has the power to override her abilities and twist them into destroying all possibilities.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: She returns in Episode Extra, only for it to be revealed that it's not her, but Hazama who's actually behind everything, and that she has been forced into cooperation with him out of necessity.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": The credits reveal that her name actually is System. In Episode Extra,
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: In Episode RWBY's ending, she winds up powerless and trapped in Remnant in the form of the red Keystone. RWBY, reasoning that she seems sincere when she says she's seen the error of her ways and that she can't do much if they keep an eye on her, decide to keep her as a kind-of pet. Happens again in Episode Extra, except this time it's NOT Played for Laughs and her being severely weakened from the previous story causes her to be powerless to stop the true threat from taking center stage: a copy of Susanoo.
  • Jackass Genie: When Ragna and Waldstein defeat Azrael and Kanji, the latter two are teleported out, leading to Ragna complaining that she's pulling the strings behind the whole tournament; she responds by teleporting at least Azrael back, whereupon Ragna proceeds to fuck right off.
  • Large Ham: When she's acting as the announcer, she milks almost every single line like she wants to start her own dairy brand.
  • Laughably Evil: Extremely dangerous, but she's so goofy and hammy in her interactions with the cast and her general commentary that she provides a lot of the comedy in the story.
  • Leitmotif: "System". In the true ending, the fight track against her is the version of "Crossing Fate" representing the partner Ragna chooses to fight alongside him.
  • Load-Bearing Boss: Her defeat triggers the collapse of the Phantom Field. In the BlazBlue and RWBY campaigns, the universes are un-merged, while the field is reformatted according to the Persona and Under Night universes in their endings.
  • Manipulative Bitch: She tells the teams that collecting the Keystones while defending their own are the key to getting back home. In truth, the Keystones are recording devices for combat data, and she's pitting the heroes against each other so she can break through to their worlds and conquer them.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: More or less. Her primary function is to create new possibilities by observing other universes and building new worlds using one as a base. In a sense, she "invades" the worlds she gathers data from and begins merging and overwriting things from there, effectively turning the world she uses as a base into her own.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: The System is relying on people it abducts not knowing the nature of the place it summons them to to get what it wants, so it tends not to tell them anything, as demonstrated in the opening with Ragna in the BlazBlue part of the story mode. To help deflect his questions, the System summons Noel to impress the importance of the tag battle rules. After the warmup fight, Noel - one of a series of dimension control androids - offers to use her Eye of the Azure to determine the properties of the dimension they occupy to give them so leads. The System immediately realizes what a colossal mistake it just made and resorts to teleporting Noel into the middle of nowhere, which only ends up reinforcing Ragna's feelings of being suspicious of absolutely everything that's going on.
  • No Name Given: She does not have a displayed name in the game proper, and Rachel only calls her "System". It's revealed in the credits that "System" is her actual name. She finally goes by her name proper in Episode Extra.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Her final boss form is polygonal as opposed to sprite-based, in a similar vein to Highlander: Takemikazuchi.
  • Not Me This Time: The events in Episode Extra are not caused by her but, rather, by Hazama instead.
  • One-Winged Angel: Its form in the cooperative ending combines attacks from all four routes.
  • Oh, Crap!: It's reaction when it realized Noel can use her Eye of the Azure to determine the properties of the dimension they occupy to give them some answers. Then immediately teleports her away to who knows where, which ends up giving Ragna full certainty of his suspicions about absolutely everything that's going on about the whole fiasco.
  • Shipper on Deck: Part of the course of her trolling, she teases multiple people in the story mode in a shippy way, including Jin and Weiss or Naoto and Yumi.
  • Troll: She really enjoys messing with the people she's forcing to fight.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She only wants to fulfill the directions she was given: create new possibilities. Unfortunately, doing so effectively involves conquering, merging, and rewriting entire universes.

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