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Nine the Phantom (ナイン=ザ=ファントム)

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  • Height: 171cm
  • Weight: 56kg
  • Blood type: AB
  • Date of Birth: April 30
  • Birthplace: Unknown (presumably Ishana)
  • Hobbies: Unknown
  • Likes: Celica & Family (Jubei and Kokonoe)
  • Dislikes: Shiitake mushrooms

"Just so you know...there is no such thing as the 'truth' in this world. Just illusions..."

Voiced by: Ayumi Fujimura (Japanese, Chronophantasma-Cross Tag Battle (Season 1); relinquished), Rie Tanaka (Japanese, Cross Tag Battle (Season 2); current) / Amanda Céline Miller (English, Chronophantasma and Cross Tag Battle)

Real name Konoe A. Mercury. Another one of the Six Heroes, "Nine" (as she prefers to be called) is the one who taught humans how to use magic. She's Jubei's wife and Kokonoe's mother. Her sister Celica ran the orphanage where Ragna, Jin, and Saya lived. Additionally, she used human transmutation to create the Nox Nyctores. She died at the hands of Terumi after the Dark War. This was his revenge for being strong-armed into working with the other heroes and was also done to prevent Nine from releasing the souls that powered his Nox Nyctores. Sometime after this event, she was reanimated as his puppet, the mysterious Phantom. After the events of Chronophantasma, Nine ends up freed from her enslavement by the Imperator, and is now putting into motion a plan of her own. She becomes a playable character in Central Fiction, serving as the boss of Act I of the game's Arcade Mode story, titled "Phantom of Labyrinth".

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Nine's "ability" is called The Abyss Diver, but is not a Drive per se but rather magic attacks, which depend upon a stock system similar to Platinum. Certain moves will cause one of three kinds of ribbon-esque rings to appear around Nine, each one color-coded to a specific element (red = fire, blue = water, green = wind). She can only stock up to three elements at a time, and by using each combination she can use a wide variety of special moves, giving her the largest move-list of the entire roster. Her Overdrive is called Burning Red, and makes it so that all of her moves build elemental rings even when whiffed, in addition to adding automatic elemental buff whenever she uses a spell.

Her Exceed Accel Scarlet Vein has her knock the foe upward, then commands a demon named Hi-no-Kagutsuchi to crush the foe between its fists. Her Astral, Colorless Void, involves her trapping the opponent in a raised crevice from the earth as it transforms into Hi-no-Kagutsuchi which swallows them whole and envelops them in a circle of fire. She then rises up, creates a giant portal with a pentagram symbol, and rains dozens of meteors upon the opponent.

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For info about her younger self, Me, see XBlaze Lost: Memories.


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    # - C 
  • The Ace: Magic, real magic, is considered an incredible Story-Breaker Power in the BlazBlue universe, and she's one of the finest mages in the series. That said, she's not exactly sane (even when not under Terumi's control).
  • Action Mom: She doesn't become a mom until the end of the Dark War... and after being a mom, she doesn't become an "action" one until she becomes Phantom, and even more in CF.
  • Actually a Doombot: In Terumi's CF arcade ending, it's revealed that he has been fighting a "phantom" of Nine all along. Terumi actually is aware of it, saying "are you happy now that I've played around?" She also creates phantoms of other characters in others' arcade routes, such as Ragna's and Hakumen's.
  • Aerith and Bob: She has a Japanese name and her sister... has a Portuguese one. Then again, it is implied that they came from a mixed marriage family.
  • Alliterative Name: The English names of her spells are named in this fashion such as Coral of Catastrophe, Garnet of Gall, and Rubellite of Rage.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Apparently holds this belief considering she nearly roasted Bloodedge alive when she thought he was trying to make a move on Celica. She also attempts to instill this belief in Celica as well, but it always fails because Celica is too damn nice.
    Nine: Listen, Celica. I'm going to explain this to you one more time. Any man who acts nicely around a cute and innocent little girl like you probably has one thing on their mind. And this pathetic excuse for a man is no exception. It would be best for society if I just took him out of the gene pool right here.
  • Always Accurate Attack: A number of her spells, as well as her Navy Pressure special, automatically tracks the enemy's position. Note that some of them have delayed activation so as to give the opponent a dodging, blocking or preventing chance.
  • And Then What?: Near the end of the trailer for Central Fiction, she pretty much says this word-for-word to Rachel. Even if Izanami is stopped, what will humanity do once it discovers the unchangeable truth (the titular Central Fiction)?
  • Anti-Air: Aside from her Shoryuken special, her 6A/6B/6C normal moves are also used to cover vertical range. Also with her spell Celestite of the Covenant, which brings airborne opponent to the ground.
  • Anti-Villain: See Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds below for why.
  • Arch-Enemy: Considers Terumi and Imperator this, as they've been using her and now she wants payback after she's free.
  • The Archmage: Is hailed by many as the greatest magic user in the world. And Central Fiction gives her the opportunity to prove it.
  • Ascended Extra: After three games of sitting on the sidelines, Nine finally gets to throw down with the rest of the cast as the boss of Act I with a very big role in the fourth game.
  • Assist Character: The demon Hi-no-Kagutsuchi will assist her in some attacks. There's also her spell Taaffeite of Temptation, which has her summon a small fairy that does 3 attacks on the opponent to assist her.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Her demon, Hi-no-Kagutsuchi, is huge, so much so that only half of its body is shown during one of her intros. Also, Nine never fully summons the demon, just uses its limbs to attack enemies.
  • Badass Bookworm: A powerful sorceress and one of the Six Heroes who created the Nox Nyctores and taught humanity everything about magic and Ars Magus.
  • Badass Cape: Her CF appearance has her wearing a long purple cape. She's able to block attacks with it, bring it to life, and change its shape at will.
  • Bastard Understudy: It turns out that she is this to Izanami as of Central Fiction. With her limiters released at the end of Chronophantasma and Terumi temporarily out of commission, she is no longer under anyone's control and is now enacting her own plan to change the world through destruction and recreation.
  • Battle Couple: With Jubei.
  • Beating A Dead Player: Ironically taking a page from Terumi's playbook, one of her winposes has her grind her heels onto the unconscious opponent's head.
  • Berserk Button:
    Nine: Let me help you remember by beating it back into you! No one fools around with my kid sister! When I'm done with you, your limbs may no longer be attached to your body!
    • Also, referring to her age in any way is very ill-advised unless you wish to stand in the heat of an inferno. Nu learned this the hard way.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: She went with what is basically the equivalent of a Funny Animal for her husband.
  • Big Sister Instinct:
    • Really. Harming Celica is basically telling Nine "I want to die in the most horrifying manner available."
    • Act 2, however, reveals that this aspect of her is played extremely darkly. Celica is about the brightest spot of her otherwise bleak life, so Nine treasures her so much that she's willing to end the world for her sake, and remake it so that the two of them can find happiness, while leaving everyone else to their fates and likely making them all disappear if the world is remade per her plans. And considering Celica's protests and Nine's treatment, it seems that Celica isn't allowed to have a say about it.
  • Black Cloak: A variant. Her Phantom form acts as one, though it's more of a big, dark purple Robe and Wizard Hat that conceals her entire body. One of her intro poses involves her burning it off.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy: Her Central Fiction artwork shows that the irises of her eyes are still amber-colored, but the sclera are completely black. While originally believed to be Mind-Control Eyes, it's actually the result of her resurrection.
  • Bonus Boss: In Act 3, if you defeat every arcade opponent with Perfects, Overdrive, Distortion Drive, and Astral finishes, you'll be transported to the Purgatorium stage for a 9th fight with Nine in her Unlimited form.
  • Bound and Gagged: In Terumi's CF ending, he ties her like this with his Ouroboros and taunts her. Though it turns out to be a phantom of her.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: She goes by either Nine or Phantom. Her playable appearance decides to just put them together.
  • Breath Weapon: Her standard attack has her blowing a gust of wind at her opponent. The Overdrive version of her DD Flame Punisher has Kagutsuchi breathing a powerful torrent of fire from its mouth.
  • Broken Bird:
    • Beneath this snarky, hot-tempered witch is a woman whose life has been torn apart by parental abandonment and betrayal, all because of certain individuals' mad obsession with killing an artificial god - and, if she's to be believed, the "god" itself.
    • And then Act 2 reveals exactly just how broken she really is. She's willing to end the world, and everyone else she knew, friend and foe alike, all to create a world where she and Celica can be happy.
  • The Bully: Gives off this impression most of the time. Especially evident in Phase Shift 1 given the way she treats Kazuma. Hell, if Trinity wasn't befriending him, she probably wouldn't give the guy the time of day. In Hazama's CF arcade, she fights him not just to see what his desire is, but also because he reminds her of Kazuma, who she really doesn't like.
    Nine: I didn't mean to spoil the fun, but seeing your face again... I couldn't stand idly by. This is just like back then, when we were staring into each other's eyes. Ah yes. The sheer thought of it makes me sick!
    Nine: (winquote vs. Hazama) That face of yours... It never fails to get on my nerves. I'll smash you to pieces, and you'll be FUBARed for good.
  • Call-Back:
    • When she teleports Naoto to her location, he says that a teleportation magic or Phenomenon Intervention has occurred; Nine remarks at how he knows difficult words for a stranger. This is a reference to how she says the similar thing to Bloodedge in the past, where, despite his amnesia, he blurts out words like Ars Magus or Six Heroes.
    • Her Overdrive is Burning Red, the alternate name for the Crimson Grimoire, an ultimate Grimoire she previously researched that could grant anyone immense magical power. Since Hazama obtained it at the end of Remix Heart, it's possible Nine is currently using it. Mai's winquote against her also references this.
    Mai: (winquote vs Nine) Real magic... It's so powerful. One of the Six Heroes who created the Burning Red...!
    • The Story Mode has her do a Heroic Sacrifice by trying to hold back Izanami and the Doomsday for a week, and Jubei helping the others escape so Ragna and others can find a way to defeat Izanami in a week's time. It's a call back to the Phase 0 novel where Bloodedge holds the Black Beast for a year with Jubei helping Celica, Trinity and Nine escape so they can find a way to defeat it in a year.
  • Came Back Strong: Played with. Nine was already strong to begin with, but after the limiters imposed upon her by Terumi and Izanami are unsealed she now always fights at full power.
  • Cape Wings: Her cape can occasionally turn into a pair of wings, most notable in her Astral.
  • Captain Morgan Pose: She does this in her winning animation, by using the body of her defeated opponent as her footstool.
  • Casting a Shadow: A lot of her attacks involve dark magic. Her Everlasting Schrol has her thrusting a blade of dark energy forward, her Andradite of Accord has her firing a black and red Energy Ball that explodes in a + shape, her Nephrite of Nullification has her summoning pillars of dark energy after a countdown, her DD Flame Punisher has her shooting 2 beams of dark energy, and her other DD Azurite Inferno has her firing spears of dark energy and on Overdrive, summoning pillars of dark energy to finish the opponent off.
  • Character Tic: Is often seen holding the rim of her hat, twirling her hat on her finger, or holding an ember of fire in her hand.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her not having a Drive is important to the story. With her never using a Drive, she doesn't get her soul sucked into the Boundary unlike other Entitled, thus staying strong.
  • Cleavage Window: Her outfit in CF gives a clear view of her cleavage.
  • Clothing Combat: She will use her cloak as a weapon in some attacks, mostly to block attacks and turning it into large hands to grab and throw opponents.
  • The Coats Are Off: In the Chronophantasma True Ending, Izanami removes the cloak that obscured her body, which apparently doubled as a Power Limiter. She then proceeds to engage her former lover in battle.
  • Color-Coded Elements: in gameplay, she'll gain colored tags as she uses her normals: Water Is Blue, Wind Is Green and Fire Is Red. The same element will also paint her cape with - and give her a Battle Aura of - one of the three colors as you use Flax Nurture.
  • Combat Stilettos: And if she thinks you're trying to hurt Celica (or make a move on her), she'll grind them into your skull. This is used to a greater effect in CF.
  • Computer Virus: In CS, she uses one created by magic to disable Takamagahara.
  • Confusion Fu: Her special moves relies on combining 3 elemental signs together. What she decides to throw at you depends on what sign she stocked, which you really have to memorize right because she has around 20 combinations of them.
  • Contralto of Danger: If you're wondering where her daughter got her voice from, Nine has a low and powerful voice, which serves to highlight her aggressive personality, on top of being a powerful witch.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: In her last fight with Ragna in story mode, she's got an edge, and she's about to launch a strong attack where she glances at Celica and she sees an image of younger Celica saying "Sis". This stops Nine for a moment, allowing Ragna to do a decisive strike on her and then finish her with a Dead Spike.
  • Cool Big Sis: Despite her temper, she's very caring on Celica and would even give her Marshmallow Hell.
  • Critical Hesitation Blunder: During her final fight with Ragna, just when she is about to finish him off she looks over at Celica and sees her as her younger self Little Sister, causing her to hesitate and giving Ragna the opening to mortally wound her.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Fights with her usually end in a draw or with her utterly humiliating the opponent. Her first fight with Ragna in the Story Mode quite literally ends with her foot on the back of his neck.

    D - N 
  • Dark Is Evil: She's a witch (both figuratively and literally), wears dark clothes, and uses a lot of dark-based attacks, and is also among the antagonists of CF.
  • Dash Attack: Her special Crimson Raider has her dashing forward while being Wreathed in Flames, releasing an explosion on contact.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Another trait Kokonoe inherited from her.
    Nine: Oh? For someone who'd come up with such an obvious lie, like amnesia, you actually have a pretty solid perspective of the world. If only the higher-ups of this world felt the same way you did...
    Bloodedge: Yeah, yeah, yeah, obvious lie, I get it.
    Nine: Yes, well... Stupidity is worthless here.
    Bloodedge: Why you...
  • Death Equals Redemption: After Ragna fatally wounds her, she denies Celica healing her and realizes that she needs to put her faith in Ragna as well. She sacrifices the little life she has left to give the heroes a week to find out how to defeat Izanami and activates Requiem, happy seeing Jubei protecting her (from Nu) one last time.
  • Death from Above: Like her daughter Kokonoe, Nine's Astral involves her summoning a meteor to crash down upon the opponent (after first incapacitating them like Kokonoe's). However, she one-ups her daughter by raining dozens of them. Also, 2 of her spells drop small meteors and a big rock respectively onto the opponent, while her special Navy Pressure has her summon a demonic fist that slams down directly above the foe.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Act 2 implies that Nine crossed this a long time ago. After being shown the truth of the world, she went insane and decided to cling to Celica as the only way she could retain some sense of mental clarity. Unfortunately, Nine has deluded herself into thinking that only her and Celica's happiness matters, and that everyone else can be thrown away like trash if it means destroying Amaterasu and remaking the world as she sees fit.
  • Disappeared Dad: Her father, Shuichiro Ayatsuki, left her and Celica to continue his research. She's hated him for it ever since.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Quite literally, in fact. She is the final boss of the first Act of the game's arcade story, fittingly titled "Phantom of Labyrinth". She is also this in Central Fiction's story mode proper, being the first of the three primary villains to be defeated (the other two being Izanami and Terumi).
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Because of her volatile temper, Nine's responses to most things are... Rather extreme.
    • Nine thinks Bloodedge's trying to make a move on Celica. Nine's response? Try to blow up Bloodedge with fireballs.
    • In CF, Nine is utterly pissed that Kokonoe resurrected Celica in her plot to kill Terumi and then attacks her. Her rage is justified as Kokonoe attempted to do the one thing Nine wouldn't do: sacrifice Celica for Kushinada's Lynchpin, but the response was completely uncalled for. Made worse by the fact that Nine is fully aware that Kokonoe doesn't even remember doing that thanks to the amnesia effects of the Embryo.
    • Likewise, in her Act 2 arcade mode. After defeating Ragna, Nine flies into a rage, blaming him for everything bad that's happened, and proceeds to deliver a vicious No-Holds-Barred Beatdown consisting of three Navy Pressures and finally a violent stomp on the back of his head.
  • Does Not Like Men: Ultimately despises men due to her neglectful relationship with her father as a child. In the light novel Phase 0, Nine almost kills Bloodedge and violently beats him for speaking his opinion due to believing that he deceived her sister Celica. Trinity also states that she dislikes her real name and prefers her title, and her hatred of men men most likely was the reason she started a relationship with Jubei, a two-tailed cat-man.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Hates shiitake mushrooms.
  • The Dog Bites Back: How she was killed, as revealed in Phase 4 — she attempted to control Terumi, but then Terumi regained his sentience (thanks to Kazuma's manipulation on Trinity) and killed her. Ironically, since she used to be Terumi's dog upon resurrection, she can now do this to him in Central Fiction, and she is quite pleased at the opportunity.
  • Domain Holder:
    • She currently manages the Lotus-Eater Machine inside of the Embryo and has her thoughts locked into every playable characters at the same time. Also it's shown that Noel, with her Eye of the Azure, has been able to subconsciously affect the domain in her own way, and as Relius' arcade shows, it's prone to influences and changes both from inside and outside. And she claims that there will be a "god of the Embryo" who has been decided from the beginning.
    • There's also the Phantom Field, which is linked to the Embryo and is the place where Nine observes everything unfolding in the Embryo. She either pulls people to the field, or they find their way to it themselves (such as Azrael, Izayoi, Hakumen and Relius) for the boss fight.
  • The Dragon: Initially one for Terumi and Relius, then to Izanami, but...
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Various characters' Central Fiction arcade mode stories show that, like Hazama, Terumi and Relius, Nine isn't loyal to Izanami either. In fact, Nine wants the current world to end so that changes can be made, but in order to do that, Izanami must be defeated. To that end, she has almost everyone playing into her plans one way or another, mostly with her telling them to defeat Izanami.
  • Elemental Powers: Her playstyle revolves around three, "Fire", "Water", and "Wind". She can stack up to 3 signs of elements at once, including the same element and combine them for additional effects. That being said, she has access to other elements such as gravity, lightning, nature, ice, and dark magic, though she seems to prefer fire magic.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Phase 0 reveals she dislikes her given name which is why she goes by Nine.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite her willingness to do pretty much anything to defeat the Black Beast so that Celica is not used to activate Kushinada's Lynchpin, she considers Take-Mikazuchi to be too dangerous for humans to ever use, even against the Black Beast. Which makes it rather jarring now that CF reveals that she intends to end the world by using the Nox Nyctores to complete Take-Mikazuchi. The story mode, however, double-subverts this; it turns out she still has standards, and that the Take-Mikazuchi she intends to summon is not the real one, but an 11th Nox Nyctores that she wishes to use to create Phenomenon Interventions on the scale of what Amaterasu can do, but without someone with a selfish will at its "helm".
  • Evil Costume Switch: As Phantom, her outfit is changed into an armless cloak with a High Collar of Doom that conceals her face, along with a different witch hat. Her Central Fiction look (which has the cloak opened) seems like a corrupted version of her old Ten Sages outfit. Her special intro with Celica and Kokonoe has her briefly dressed in her old Ten Sages outfit before switching to her current look.
  • Evil Genius: In Chronophantasma. Even more so in Central Fiction.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: She unsealed Yuuki Terumi from the Boundary after Clavis, Valkenhayn, and Jubei sealed him in, placing him under a mind-control spell that forced him to work for her and ignoring the massive threat he posed. She ended up paying for it with her life.
  • Evil Laugh: She's quite prone to these, particularly in Hazama's CF arcade ending & Carl's Act 3 Arcade.
  • Evil Matriarch: Oh yea. Not quite as evil as initially thought though, but still pretty far on the extremist end of Well-Intentioned Extremist.
  • Exact Words: She is very particular in saying that her goal is not to destroy the world, but rather to end it. Her actual plan is to end the God's dream and create a world without a will controlling everything like the Master Unit does.
  • The Faceless: As Phantom, until her face appeared in the shadow on Chronophantasma story mode. Later fully appeared, revealing her Black Eyes of Crazy.
  • The Fair Folk: Her Taaffeite of Temptation spell has her summon a fairy to bombard opponents with dark energy bolts.
  • Fallen Heroine: She was one of the six individuals to bring peace back to the world, but after being thrown into the Boundary she saw the "truth" of the world and now seeks out to destroy the Master Unit and take revenge on Terumi and the Imperator for using her. Act 2 reveals her goal for wanting to destroy the Amaterasu Unit: the world she wants to create is one where only she and Celica are happy. Everyone else is just in the way, regardless of whether they were once her comrades.
  • Family Theme Naming: As Jubei's wife, Nine is named after someone associated with Yagyu Jubei, Jushiro Konoe. (See Named After Someone Famous below.) Her daughter's name is a two-way pun to Nine's/Konoe's own name, extending the association with Yagyu Jubei.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Played with. The cover of CF portrays her with fangs, complete with Maniac Tongue.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Not her, but her demon Hi-no-Kagutsuchi, has one of its horns broken.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Nine attempted to make Terumi her bitch, and now as Phantom, first Terumi and Relius's bitch. The ending of CP made it seem like she would become Izanami's, but CF subverts it.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her current look sports these. Relius' Astral, however, reveals that they are actually black, clawed gloves.
  • Fiery Redhead: Pink is still a shade of red after all, but from the novels of Phase 0 and Phase 1, Nine had quite the temper... which Kokonoe inherited as well.
  • Finger Snap Lighter: In one of her story poses she holds fire on her open palm. This also appears in her official art.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: Her left eye releases a glowing purple flame when she uses her Astral. This implies that she is using her XBlaze.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: How she and Jubei first met, as revealed in Phase 0. Nine and Jubei (who called himself Mitsuyoshi at the time), fought over the use of Kushinada's Lynchpin. Jubei wanted to use it to stop the Black Beast, but Nine refused to as doing so would mean sacrificing Celica. With some help from Bloodedge, the two managed to get over their differences. And from there, the two eventually fell in love.
  • Flaming Skulls: three of her spells create this.
  • Foil: To Ragna. They're both older siblings that have led incredibly bleak lives and both would do anything for their younger siblings, to the point that both sought power so they’d be able to protect what’s important to them. Both wanted to recreate a world with possibility for everyone, however, Ragna was willing to sacrifice himself to achieve it and won't kill anyone even Amaterasu Unit, while Nine was ready to beat up whoever stands on her way and was willing to destroy the Amaterasu Unit and replace it with Requiem. To drive it further, they both have supernaturally induced heterochromia; Ragna's red right eye a result of his Azure Grimoire, Nine's X-shaped red pupil in her left eye, hidden by her Peek-a-Bangs, a result of her imitation Origin of the Grimoire.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Nine in her Act 2 arcade gets angry at Ragna as she blames him for everything that's wrong with the world. She's not exactly wrong; even disregarding him being (or used to be, in a way) the Black Beast, he's also revealed as the Central Fiction, the focus of The Origin (the girl in Master Unit)'s plays of the world (or the "wretched puppet show" as Nine puts it); The Origin basically repeats the world's times and tragedies, never allowing the world to advance, just so she can somehow meet Ragna. Nine is implied to know all of it.
    • Kokonoe's Act 3 arcade has her battling Nine as her final opponent; Kokonoe talks something about what Nine's doing with "that replica" and Nine is amused that her daughter can figure that out. As story mode revealed, they're talking about Requiem, a new Nox Nyctores made as a replica of Take-mikazuchi, located in Nine's secret hiding place, and Kokonoe also figures its whereabouts.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: The fact that she does not have a Drive like other characters becomes important since the Embryo sucks in the souls of people who use Drives, making them weaker. Since Nine doesn't use a Drive she remains incredibly strong.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: Yet another trait Kokonoe inherited from her. She even admits that sweets are a way for her to clear her head.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: Her Navy Pressure, Mauvette Roar, and Scarlet Vein attacks have her using Kagutsuchi's limbs to attack opponents, similarly to Bayonetta's Wicked Weaves.
  • Glacier Waif: Similarly to Hazama, she has poor ground mobility and is tied with Kokonoe for having the lowest health among the cast. That said, her arsenal of powerful, screen-filling, long distance spells makes getting close enough to hit her a challenge.
  • Glass Cannon: Nine has incredible damage potential, but is tied with Kokonoe for the second lowest health among the cast (10500). Surprisingly, this carries over into the story mode. During her last fight with Ragna, she manages to hold her own quite well, but once he manages to land a hit on her note , she goes down quite quickly. Seems all that time in the Boundary didn't do much for her endurance.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: During her time in the Boundary, she found out the "truth of the world" and the fact that the world has repeated itself and its tragedies over this. This drives her to stop all of this "wretched puppet show". CF story mode details that what she saw was the Prime Field War and how "The Origin" has repeated the world over and over. She wants for their efforts to have meaning and for them (i.e her and those she cares about) to live meaningful lives, and the Master Unit impeded her from those.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Yeah, despite being hailed as a legendary hero, she's rather temperamental and hostile towards strangers, especially if she feels they're threatening her sister.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In her last moments, after she sacrifices her life to power up Requiem for one last time, she sees Jubei trying to hold Nu back from attacking her. She's happy that her husband protects her one last time before she passes away.
  • Gravity Master: Knows a spell named "Infinite Gravity". With it, she can compress the souls and seithr she needed to be used to power Nox Nyctores. Also, one of her gameplay spells, Celestite of the Covenant, has her create a field of gravity on the ground under the opponent. In that field, the opponent won't be able to jump.
  • Green Thumb: Her spell Morganite of Malice has her planting a seed to the ground, which grows into roots that attack the opponent.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: If you're wondering where Kokonoe got it from, look no further. Underneath the sass and snark is a ticking time bomb of Unstoppable Rage that will explode at even the smallest provocation or for no reason at all. And she can be a nightmare when she flies off the handle. Taken further in CF where some of her arcade interactions with other characters have her literally exploding with anger.
  • Having a Blast: Given her preference for fire magic, it's only natural that many of her attacks result in Stuff Blowing Up. Her Crimson Raider special has her charge at an opponent while Wreathed in Flames, causing an explosion on impact. Her Air Throw has her grab the opponent with her cape and detonating an explosion to throw them to the ground. The Active Flow version of her Scarlet Vein Exceed Accel has Kagutsuchi's fists causing a small explosion on impact. And her DD Cardinal Nova has her creating a localized explosion in front of her, with the Overdrive version adding more explosions that carry the opponent into the air.
  • Heel–Face Brainwashing: She did this on Terumi in the past because his expertise was needed in fighting the Black Beast and he's, well, not exactly a cooperative person. Unfortunately for her, he exploited the fact that he's inside a self-aware vessel (Kazuma) who he specifically influenced to go with his will, so while Terumi is brainwashed, Kazuma is not. This is what allowed him to break the brainwashing, by having Kazuma manipulate Trinity to lift Nine's spell on him.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Outside of her family, Nine also deeply cares for one more individual - Trinity Glassfille, her best friend. Trinity is perhaps the only person that Nine will ever listen to, and at times, will even concede her own will to Trinity's. Throughout their friendship, Nine and Trinity have protected one another, but in recent years, this friendship has ended because of Nine's willingness to burn down the world for her family.
  • Hey, That's My Line!: In Hakumen's CF Act 1 arcade.
    Hakumen: What could you possibly do under the Imperator's spell?
    Nine: Imbecile. That's my line. What could YOU possibly do?
    • Also in her Act 2 arcade.
    Hakumen: Before the world ends, I'll make sure to end you — Phantom.
    Nine: That's my line, "Mr. Hero."
  • Hijacking Cthulhu: Act 3 reveals that this is her plan. By collecting all 9 of the Nox Nyctores, she will be able to power up Take-Mikazuchi to completely destroy the world in an instant. Played with in that when she calls it forth, she is going to call it forth in a completely berserk state, and she knows it. Story Mode, however, reveals this is a subversion. She's not hijacking Take-Mikazuchi - she's making a new one.
  • Hot-Blooded: Appropriately enough. She's impulsive, short-tempered, reckless, and uses fire magic.
  • Hot Witch: Her coat is slipping off her shoulders, helping show her slim figure. In CF, she becomes even hotter, figuratively and literally.
  • Human Popsicle: 3 of her spells can encase the foe on ice, much like Jin's Drive.
  • Hypocrite: She once considered Take-Mikazuchi too dangerous for humans to ever use. Her Evil Plan in CF has her using the Nox Nyctores to complete Take-Mikazuchinote  to completely destroy the world. Later subverted in Story Mode when we find out that the Take-Mikazuchi in question isn't actually the original one at all, and serves a different function.
  • I Have No Son!: She really hates her father and refuses to acknowledge him as such due to her believing him to be the one behind the Black Beast's appearance. In Phase Shift 1 when Kazuma brings out the subject, this gets her into an argument with Celica due to the latter still loving her father no matter what.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: Her outfit in Central Fiction.
  • Insufferable Genius: she was hailed as the genius mage of the Ten Sages, who created Ars Magus for the whole humanity to use and is given the most authority regading the Black Beast's matter. Naturally she talks in a condescending manner because of it.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Jubei.
  • In the Blood: She's Kokonoe's mother alright; her daughter inherited her hair color, her attitude, her affinity for sweets and even her affinity for magic (though Kokonoe prefers not to use it and rely on science instead). This even extends into their gameplay in CF. Both of their walking animations are a Sexy Walk, both of their fighting styles involve using the elements (Though Kokonoe uses elemental gadgets while Nine uses elemental magic), both of their Distortion Drives involve firing large beams of energy, and both of their Astral Heats involve trapping the opponent and raining down meteors upon them. She also mentions in her Act 2 arcade play that the two are more alike than it's comfortable for her to be.
    Kokonoe: (Winquote vs Nine) Do you think I've been a bad daughter? If that's the case, I probably took after you, mother.
  • Invulnerable Attack: Her special Flux Nurture and DD Azurite Inferno makes her invincible during execution.
  • Irony:
    • Though Nine would loathe to admit it, she and Terumi have become much alike. Both are extremely powerful and nihilistic individuals who seek to destroy Amaterasu in order to bring about change in the world. She even starts to imitate some of Terumi's traits such as stomping on her opponent's head and being more prone to taunts, Evil Laughs and Slasher Smiles. She also has picked up his habit of using malicious nicknames for other characters, calling Azrael "Little Puppy" and calling Nu "Little Doll". She also twirls her hat like Hazama.
    • A Meta example. In the Phase Shift novels and CP, Nine is shown to be an extremely prudish person, having an ingrained belief that All Men Are Perverts out to take advantage of her sister Celica and even scolding Celica for revealing herself. Come CF, her appearance and character have been heavily sexualized to such a degree that her pre-Dark War self would be appalled. She now has a Cleavage Window, talks in a mostly seductive tone, her breasts jiggle, she lifts her leg and shows off her black panties during some attacks, she lies in a seductive pose when defeated, and being caught by Relius' Astral has her taking a bath in a witch's cauldron.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: In Carl's Act 1 arcade, she reveals she doesn't like being called a "witch".
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Granted, trying to fry an innocent person alive wasn't the best way to solve it, but Nine does have a point when she criticizes Celica for being too trusting.
    • In Hibiki's Act 1 arcade, she tells him that underneath the mask of the humble, mild-mannered servant, he secretly desires to kill Kagura and become a truly emotionless killer. And Act 3 proves she may have been right as his words and actions become progressively more insane and homicidal.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Like daughter, like mother. She's a stubborn, abrasive, and foul-tempered hardass, but she genuinely cares for others, especially Celica, even if you have to literally dig to see the heart of gold. Even after her resurrection, she still has good intentions... even if her methods are a tad too extreme. Ragna says it best:
    Ragna: She's nagging, and scary, and always kicking people. She's really strong, though. She kept a ridiculous promise with me, and saved the world. She's someone her sister stands proud of and always boasts of. She's a brave woman.
  • Jiggle Physics: In CF, her breasts tend to jiggle a lot during gameplay.
  • Kick Chick: Her legs are registered as lethal weapons. Naturally, this translates into gameplay as most of her physical attacks are kicks. Taken to extremes with her DD Flame Punisher, which has her firing a Wave-Motion Gun with her foot.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother:
    • Nobody touches or harms Celica in front of her. Bloodedge got blasted and beaten to near death when she got the wrong idea about him. And the reason she opted to use the souls from half of Take-Mikazuchi's core to create other Nox Nyctores, letting the war drag on much longer and sacrificing many? Because the other alternative was to plug Celica into the Kushinada's Lynchpin, which would surely kill her. She still felt bad about the sacrificed souls, though, and had planned to release them all.
    • If her winquote against Celica is any indications, she plans to save only her, likely leaving everyone else to their fates. Her whole plan, even if well-meaning, also disregards people in the current time, that others protest to her that the current world should be left to the current people.
    • Also summed up in Celica's Act 3 arcade final fight against her:
    Nine: This world has again and again continuing to repeat the same mistakes! And every time that happens the history is being rewind... And we have to repeat that hell again! Lots of people dying... And you’ll have to carry the same pain again! Saving the world? Don’t screw around... I’ve had enough with going along the god’s nightmare! For that, the world needs to be destroyed once. For you, Celica, not needing to be in pain again... Please, understand.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Sans the personality, until Central Fiction.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Surprisingly averted in contrast to Kokonoe, who has pretty much said every swear word in the english dictionary. Nine is surprisingly clean of tongue. Played Straight in CF, where she curses more often.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Especially in matters where Celica is involved. Her motto is shoot first and screw the questions. One example, aside from the aforementioned spat with Bloodedge, is in Phase Shift 1 when Celica leaves the island, she immediately suspects Kazuma had something to do with it and storms to his room to flat out interrogate him, nearly strangling the boy had Trinity not been there to stop her.
  • Leitmotif: Has one in CF fittingly titled Walpurgisnacht. note 
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Nine is a Fallen Heroine with some omnicidal designs for the world, but given that her targets, Terumi and Izanami, have made her life a living hell and have far worse motives than hers, it's easy to sympathize with her.
  • Long-Range Fighter: Fights mainly at long range with her spells. That being said, she can definitely handle herself up close with physical attacks thanks to her demon's assistance.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The world within the Embryo is one created by Nine to test the strength of the main characters by brutally deconstructing them and their desires in order for them to face the truth of the world.
  • Love Makes You Evil: This is the real extent of how far Nine has fallen, as revealed in Act 2. The world she wants to create is one where only Celica and her will find happiness, while everyone else is just in the way and can kill themselves for all she cares, regardless of previous alliances. And it doesn't seem to matter what Celica has to say about it. Nine has become so insane since her resurrection that she's now an extremely Knight Templar Big Sister.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Her spell Heliodor of Humility creates a shield in form of a goat head in front of her that automatically guards against one hit.
  • Ma'am Shock: Nu calls her "Oba-san" during the Arcade fight with Nine. (She also calls Nine this if she's set as the announcer voice.) She's not amused. Nu still calls her "Oba-san" if Nu's voice is set as the game's system voice.
    Nu: (selecting Nine the Phantom on the character select screen) "Oba-san."
    Nu: (battle ends) "Oba-san. Win./Lose."
  • Magic Mirror: Her spell Citrine of Change creates a mirror that will block attacks for her, as well as reflecting projectiles.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In a variant, if she's knocked to the ground, she'll simply lie down with a look, not giving a damn. A carryover from Slayer.
  • Male Gaze: The Story Mode artworks for Nine’s debut scene against Ragna have suggestive angles in them, both stances of her stomping Ragna under her heel give great focus on her voluptuous breasts.
  • Meaningful Name: Hi-no-Kagutsuchi is the name of the Japanese god of fire, a fitting name for a fire-breathing demon.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Nine is the first character in BlazBlue history to not have a Drive. Instead, her D button attacks rely on certain types of elemental magic she can stockpile up to 3 times.
  • Mind Manipulation: She has the Mind Eater, a spell that can be used to control the mind of another person. It is first seen used on Terumi. The advanced form, Ruby: Mind Eater, is even worse - it lets the user impose their will upon others, making the victim lose themselves to be controlled. She has done so on Tsubaki, and then gives the "steer wheel" to the Imperator.
  • Morality Pet: Celica is one for her. Though she heavily downplays it - Celica does keep her from totally turning over the edge, but what Nine planned to do for her sake is questionable at best, even for Celica. See Love Makes You Crazy above for more. This becomes her downfall during her last fight with Ragna in the story mode. For the most part, she has Ragna on the ropes and is about to finish him off with a large fireball, but a vision of Celica's younger self causes her to hesitate... giving Ragna an opening to slice her in half with Blood-Scythe, then finish her off with a Dead Spike.
  • More Than Mind Control: It's implied in the trailer for Central Fiction that by being shown the "truth" of the world by Izanami, her spirit became broken, allowing her to become corrupted into what is now Phantom. Hakumen still believes that she's still under Izanami's control as of the fourth game.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The closest one there is for the Six Heroes. Played completely straight with playable outfit in Central Fiction however. And then there's Relius' Astral, which has her taking a bath in a cauldronnote .
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: She makes it perfectly and painfully clear that you do not mess with her kid sister.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Her first name comes from Jushiro Konoe, the actor who portrayed Yagyu Jubei in the Yagyu Chronicles film series which consisted of nine movies.
  • Nice Hat: A stereotypical witch hat. She takes it off when performing her DD Flame Punisher.
  • Nightmare Face: In Hazama's, Hakumen's, Amane's, Arakune's, and Nu's Act 1 arcade endings, Nine's emotionless gaze is replaced with an absolutely unnerving Slasher Smile, complete with the black sclera in her eye turning a bright crimson red.
  • No Sense of Direction: Though not as bad as Celica, Nine shows that poor navigational skills run in the family. Naturally, Bloodedge lampshades this.
    Nine: Ugh, the last thing we need is for you to become lost here of all places.
    Bloodedge: Looks like you have a pretty tough time with that, too.
    Nine: Oh, you're asking to die, huh? Stop being so familiar.
  • Not Quite Dead: Turns out she didn't die when Terumi threw her into the boundary. Her soul was extracted and put into the "vessel" known as Phantom.
  • Not So Different:
    • In her CF Act 2 arcade play, in the fight against Kokonoe, she remarks how she inherits her father's insolence and ego, and that Kokonoe had done the same too. She also says how they're both the same in how they will use any means necessary to achieve their goals.
    • As well as with Ragna, since they're both a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, both have siblings that they're willing to go through hell to protect and are Cosmic Playthings to the world at large. This is exactly the reason why Ragna feels he has to be the one to stop her crazy plans and even says that he understands her grief more than anyone else.
  • Not So Stoic:
    • In CF she mostly talks with a calm, condescending tone, without raising her tone much even when she's angry (like in Terumi's arcade)... but in Celica's arcade play, naturally, she sounds more distressed, especially at the prospect of meeting her and and her being involved in the whole mess. She even furiously shouts curses at Amaterasu for making Celica involved. Also shown in her Act 2 arcade play, when she encounters Celica.
    • Also in Hazama's arcade, after the boss fight, she sounds happier than usual, even offering her hand on realizing his wish.
  • Numerical Theme Naming: One of the Ten Sages, the leaders of the Magic Guild in Ishana, the City of Magic and magic capital of the world. So far, only six other Sages have been revealed: One,note  Two, Three note , Four, Seven note , and Eight. XBlaze introduces the group's predecessors, with Ringo Akagi being Nine's probable ancestor and holder of the title of Zwei, Marcelyn F. Mercury.
    • The number nine has two connections to Jubei. Since Jubei is a cat, it's a reference to the famous mythos of cats having nine lives. And because her husband is named after Yagyu Jubei, her first name is based of Jushiro Konoe, an actor who played Yagyu Jubei in a nine-part movie series.

    O - Z 
  • Older Than They Look: She looks like she's in her twenties, but she's actually much older due to being imprisoned in the Boundary for so long.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Played With. While Nine herself is pretty famous for her exploits as one of the Six Heroes, the fact that true magic (i.e not Ars Magus) is such a rarity in the Blazblue setting gives her an edge over most of the cast as very few have experience dealing with magic. That she doesn't possess a Drive like the rest of the cast also gives her an edge in the fabricated world of the Embryo as it allows her to fight at full strength while the others have their souls pulled into the Boundary.
  • Panty Shot: Shown in her Azurite Inferno DD where she lifts his leg up high, showing her black panties.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Her left eye is covered by a really long bang of hair. It hides the imitation Origin of the Grimoire in her eye.
  • Personality Powers: A Hot Witch with a fiery temper and the fire magic to match.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Her Astral summons a meteor shower that turns the battlefield into an ocean of flames. That's all that needs to be said.
  • Pet the Dog: As Phantom not once but twice she saved a victim of Terumi's beating without his consent by teleporting them away, first Valkenhayn then Platinum. In Central Fiction, she urges Ragna to defeat Izanami, but since it's Nine we're talking about here, it involves fighting him to see if he is truly ready to do what needs to be done.
  • Player-Guided Missile: Her spell Andradite of Accord has her deploying an Energy Ball that can be moved around by holding D; releasing the button (or having the opponent attack it) will make it explode into a + shape.
  • Playing with Fire: While Nine is a master of all manner of elemental magic, fire is her go-to type of magic. This is best reflected in her gameplay as most of her attacks involve fire and the names of her Overdrive and Distortion Drives reference fire. Her idle pose and official art have her holding an ember of flame in her hand, and two of her battle intros have her engulfed in flames when she transforms into Phantom. And her stage, Purgatorium, resembles Hell. Naturally, she often threatens to burn her opponent to ashes.
    Nine: I'll burn you down until not even ashes remain.
  • Power Glows: The red parts of her outfit glow constantly during gameplay.
  • The Promise: Makes one with Bloodedge. In exchange for Bloodedge confronting the Black Beast and buying time for the world to prepare for a counterattack, Nine would, within the one year that Bloodedge created for humanity, create a weapon powerful enough to defeat the Black Beast. Ragna in the third game revealed that it was all so Celica wouldn't have to sacrifice herself with Kushinada's Lynchpin.
  • Promoted to Playable: The fourth membernote  of the Six Heroes to make their playable debut.
  • Purple Is Powerful: Decked mainly in purple and is a powerful magic user.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Her vendetta against Amaterasu goes like this. The thing is implied to have made her live a life filled with tragedy and she sees the whole world as a lie because of this.
  • Random Effect Spell: The D button for her has her perform a magic spell. The effect will be various, depending on what elemental signs you have collected. Her DD Azurite Inferno also has the same varying effect. Her DD Cardinal Nova also puts random 3-element spells to both her active and stock slots.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair is quite long.
  • Reality Warper: With the 11th Nox Nyctores, Corpus Sepulcro: Requiem, she is able to perform Phenomenon Interventions on the same level as the Master Unit.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: At the end of Hazama's, Nu's, Amane's, Arakune's and Hakumen's arcade endings, the black sclera in her eye is replaced with red. Whether this is intentional or an error is rather ambiguous. Also, the seed she uses for her Morganite of Malice spell has a red eye on it.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Trinity and Celica's Blue.
  • Restart the World: During her talk with Hakumen in her Act 2 arcade play, she says that the world is so rotten that there's no other way to correct it but to let it die once. In her Act 3 play she details her plans: namely she's going to gather the Nox Nyctores to complete Take-Mikazuchi and then let it loose to destroy the world and Master Unit, then she plans to create a system that creates a new world and new god (Requiem) that isn't affected by emotions, again using the Nox Nyctores and a whole lot of seithr.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: She's got the hat, but the "robe" is worn more like a Badass Cape that compliments a military-like uniform. She gets a more traditional robe as Phantom which also serves as a sort of armored cloak to hide her identity, and in Central Fiction, we finally get to see her revealed form underneath the cloak that was hidden by shadow in the climax of Chronophantasma.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Part of Phantom's outfit is two halves of a floating, tattered white scarf. She loses this as Nine the Phantom, however.
  • Secret Test of Character: It turns out that the events transpiring presently are going on within the Embryo itself. It's a dream world that she concocted in order to find someone who could truly defeat Izanami. It's actually intended for Ragna, but she also does this to everyone else as well, testing their beliefs and brutally deconstructing them and their desires one by one.
  • Secret Weapon: CF revealed that she has created a new Nox Nyctores, Gaisou (Corpus Sepulcro): Requiem, a device resembling Take-mikazuchi that lets her do powerful Phenomenon Interventions on par with the Master Unit; she plans for it to replace the Master Unit in her planned new world. It's still in an incomplete state in the story. Its usage come at a price: It shaves off her life force whenever she uses it, and for the last time she used it, she gave her life to make the weapon stall Izanami and the Doomsday for a week so Ragna can find a better way to stop Izanami.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her outfit in CF exposes her back, though you don't see it often.
  • Sexy Walk: Her walking animations, pretty much.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Her Everlasting Schrol spell and her DD Azurite Inferno have her shape darkness into spears. By the same token, many of her other spells give unique forms to the attack.
  • She Knows Too Much: The reason Terumi killed her. Well, aside from getting back at her for using him.
  • She's Got Legs: Her most noticeable feature as emphasized in the Phase 0 novel. And she knows how to use them.
  • Shock and Awe: What she uses in an attempt to destroy Kushinada's Lynchpin. One of her gameplay spells, Amethyst of Annihilation, creates a ball of lightning and sends it forward.
  • Shoryuken: A kick version with her special, Mauvette Roar.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: She couldn't be more of Celica's opposite if she tried. Celica is a Cute Witch with an average figure and is an all around Nice Girl who specializes in healing magic. Nine is a Hot Witch and very buxom with a very violent temperament and tends to use her magic more offensively. This even extends to gameplay, where Celica is a Skill Gate Character with a simple and straightforward moveset, whereas Nine is Difficult, but Awesome with a very complex moveset.
  • Signature Move: Her Kunzite of Keep Breaker spell (2 fire + 1 water signs) has quickly become this for many players. And it seems the game is aware of this as Nine's act 3 arcade fight with Carl has her tossing three Kunzites at Carl. Her Navy Pressure special closely follows.
  • Slasher Smile: In contrast to the emotionless look she gives at the end of most arcade endings, Hazama's, Hakumen's, Nu's, Amane's, Arakune's endings, and the cutscene where Izayoi defeats Ragna have her sporting a downright disturbing Slasher Smile. The red sclera in her eye doesn't help. Seems being around Terumi for so long has started to rub off on her.
  • The Smart Girl: Of the Six Heroes. She's a powerful sorceress and the creator of the Nox Nyctores, and was the one who taught humanity to use Ars Magus. She also was appointed as one of the Ten Sages despite still being a student at the time.
  • Smug Smiler: If she's not being a Perpetual Frowner, then she has either a Psychotic Smirk or a full blown Slasher Smile. Either one practically oozes condescension.
  • Smug Super: Nine is one of the most arrogant and smug characters in the series and has all the magical power to back up her ego. This trait truly shines in Central Fiction, where she is this in spades. Everything she does drips with condescension and arrogance, even in gameplay. She laughs off attacks like they were nothing, Relius' Astral has her calmly taking a bath in a cauldron, her win pose has her stomping on the opponent's head, her winquotes are incredibly smug and arrogant and her defeated pose, like Rachel, Slayer, and Elizabeth before her, is simply her laying down casually on the ground, not giving a damn.
  • Sour Prude: Comes off as this with her All Men Are Perverts mentality. One has to wonder how she ended up marrying Jubei with that mindset...
  • Spanner in the Works: She considers Naoto and Relius to be interfering with her plans in different ways. Technically she doesn't expect and want Celica to be involved as well, but then Nine chooses to make her a part of the whole plan under the premise of trying to make Celica's desired world come true.
  • Spell Levels: Her "stack 2/3" spells are basically stronger versions of the spells with less tags. Such as Coral of Catastrophe (1 fire) -> Garnet of Gall (2 fire) -> Rubellite of Rage (3 fire).
  • Status Buff: Her special Flax Nurture gives her a buff on her normal attacks. The buff depends on, and affects, the elements you put into the active slot. Aside from strengthening the normal element attack of choice, it also increases the damage of spells done with the particular element.
  • Stealth Pun: She has Jubei, a cat, as her husband. It means she has a "cat o' nine".
  • Straw Nihilist: Her quote above says it all. The fact that she has been badly treated by the "god" of the verse and is implied to have seen what's behind the scenes may very well be the explanation.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Like daughter, like mother, the ice part is very prevalent.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: She has gold eyes and she's a powerful sorceress. They get even more supernatural in Central Fiction where she gains black or occasionally red sclera. Her demon, Hi-no-Kagutsuchi also has four yellow eyes.
  • Superpower Lottery: Considering that she is one of the most powerful magic users in the world, this is a given. In addition to possessing all manner of elemental magic, Nine can combine her elemental magic together to form a variety of powerful spells for various purposes. She also knows other powerful spells such as Mind Eater and Ruby: Mind Eater which can control a person's mind, she can create weapons powered by souls with her Infinite Gravity, she can manipulate the world within the Embryo in various ways such as creating phantoms of other characters and erasing their memories, her gameplay has her summoning creatures to assist her in battle, she can fly and teleport herself and others anywhere she wants, and on top of her magical prowess, she is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. Suddenly not having a Drive doesn't seem like a problem for her. The fact that she doesn't have a drive also gives her an edge within the Embryo's fabricated world as she's one of the few people who can fight with all of her strength while everyone else's souls are being pulled into the boundary. Ragna pretty much lampshades this during their first fight in the Story Mode.
    Ragna: Your magic is as overpowered as ever.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Ragna admits he respects Nine for her attempts to save her sister. As an older sibling himself, he can understand what she's trying to do.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: She can use teleport spells. In gameplay, her dash move is a teleport.
  • Theme Naming: Her specials are named after colors, while her spells are named after various gemstones and negative emotions and actions, beffiting Nine's nihilistic mindset. Also, the names of her Overdrive and Distortion Drives reference fire in addition to colors. Her Astral Heat is unique in that it's called "colorless".
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Her pre-battle quote against Terumi. Also in her Act 2 arcade play, she claimed that she can't forgive her daughter for making "that girl" involved (heavily hinted to be Celica).
  • Three-Strike Combo: If her Flame Punisher DD is done in Overdrive, after the 2 lasers, Kagutsuchi will add a fiery breath move to finish off the foe.
  • Too Important to Walk: One of her intros has her demon, Hi-no-Kagutsuchi, literally carrying her into battle, highlighting her Smug Super nature.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: There is a very subtle one between her portrayals in arcade mode and story mode of Central Fiction. In arcade mode it's implied she will completely destroy the world to create a world only for Celica, anyone else be damned. However in story mode, we learn that her wish extends to freeing all of her loved ones, including her husband, daughter and friends, from Amaterasu's grasp and she doesn't want to destroy anything, merely replace the Master Unit with Requiem, which will run the world without any outside will imposing on it.
  • Tornado Move: 3 of her spells makes her blow a horizontal tornado forward.
  • Tragic Hero: Was once revered as one of the legendary Six Heroes only to be betrayed by one of her comrades. Her past is also quite unpleasant if XBlaze: Lost Memories and Phase Shift novels is anything to go. Now she's become nothing more than a vengeful revenant who seeks to end the world. Or so it looked like, turns out she does have good intentions, they're just very extreme.
  • Transformation Sequence: done in 2 of her Battle Intro: one where she wears the Phantom robe and one where she has the old Phase Shift look (when against Celica or Kokonoe). Both times, she sets herself on fire, which burns those clothes and revealing her current one.
  • Tsundere: Type A - abrasive to everyone, but shows her sweet side only to Celica, Trinity, and later Jubei.
  • The Unfettered: Nine will remake this world into the paradise she and Celica deserve. And no one, friend, family, foe, or even Celica herself, will stand in her way.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She was thrown into the Boundary and came back as Phantom, have soul corrupted and become a brainwashed puppet to both Terumi and Relius, and then to the Imperator.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: As Phantom she is responsible for this; specifically, she teleports her allies out of the place if they're losing.
  • Villain Team-Up: Discussed. In her Act 3 Arcade, she forms an alliance with Relius to use Take-Mikazuchi to destroy the world. Even then, she notes that if their plans reach completion, they'll become enemies. So, seeing that this is probably her last chance to, in her words, beat the shit out of him, she and Relius decide to have one last "friendly" competition to decide who's more fit to change the world.
  • Villain Teleportation: This is usually how Phantom arrives on the scene, and she is usually transporting another villain with her. Terumi relies on Phantom to pull him out of really bad spots, contributing to his unbeatable status.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Her relationship with Bloodedge. While the two bicker and snark at each other, they do eventually respect each other.
  • The Voiceless: Her cloaked appearances prior to CP's ending. Even though Phantom appeared in the anime, up until her guest appearance in Buluraji, her seiyuu wasn't aware that there even was a BlazBlue anime because she wasn't in it and Phantom had no lines.
  • Wave-Motion Gun: Her DD Flame Punisher has her firing 2 purple beams, one after another. The Overdrive version has Kagutsuchi join in by finishing the opponent off with a blast of fire from its mouth.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Story Mode fully cements her as this. It turns out that the reason why she wants to start everything over again under her will is because of not only the suffering of herself and her family, but also the suffering of the entire cast. All that time spent in Act 1 was her getting to know the entire cast's innermost desires, and she intended to make them reality. To do this, she intends to activate a secret 11th Nox Nyctores she created, known as Gaisou: Requiem, to replace Amaterasu as the god of the world. It's a machine that uses her life force to create Phenomenon Interventions on the same scale as the Master Unit. This puts her at odds with Ragna, who intends to devour everyone's wishes, including Amaterasu's, because it's holding them back and not allowing them to move forward. Nine was so determined to succeed that she resorted to antagonizing the people she loved and cared for, refusing to allow even the people she intended to save interfere with her plans.
  • Why Am I Ticking?: Her spell Nephrite of Nullification has her put a countdown on his opponent. If the opponent fails to hit her before the countdown ends, the opponent will be engulfed in a massive, unblockable Pillar of Light.
  • A Wizard Did It: Her role in the plot is almost entirely to allow Relius and Hazama to Hand Wave things with "magic did it." At least while she's still under them.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Life (technically, Amaterasu) hasn't been kind to her. Her mother died after giving birth to her sister (although she doesn't hate her sister for this), her father left the two for his scientific works, and eventually working with Relius and Terumi and (indirectly) releasing the Black Beast upon the world, she found out that he survived Black Beast's onslaught but had been driven insane and she has to end his life, she had to endure the mayhem that is the Dark War, and later she got dunked to the Boundary by Terumi after he was released from Nine's curse by her own friend. Then it gets worse: she found out in her time in the Boundary that Master Unit Amaterasu has been deciding the life for everyone by its own whims, and she curses her for making her, her comrades and her family suffer just for "the dream that God observes"; the experiences also did some damage on her sanity. Then she got salvaged by Terumi and the Imperator to be used as their mindless tool, making her face her old comrades as enemies. When she's finally freed from Imperator's control, she aims to destroy her and Terumi for using her, but she also has the same plan as the two: Destroy Amaterasu. Celica's Arcade Mode ending in CF (both in Act 1 and 3) show this.
    Nine: Why must Celica go to such lengths?! What is it that "you" wish to make her do — Master Unit Amaterasu?!
  • World's Best Warrior: She's one of the Ten Sages, and by that she's one of the most powerful witches of her time and one of the most powerful sorcerers on history.
  • Would Hurt a Child: While she herself says she doesn't like hurting kids, she has no problems fighting some of the younger members of the cast. In her fight with Carl in her Act 3 arcade, she outright threatens to kill him.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Kokonoe gets her pink hair from her.
  • You Know the One: Before her real identity was revealed, this is how everyone who knew her identity referred to her as.
  • Young Future Famous People: In-universe example. She and Celica appear in XBlaze: Lost Memories as children, with Nine being referred to as Me and Celica referred to as Little Sister.
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