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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


Tsubaki Yayoi (ツバキ=ヤヨイ)

Click to see her outfit in Continuum Shift. 
Click to see her outfit in Chrono Phantasma. 

  • 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:
JP: Asami Imai
EN: Julie Ann Taylor

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 Kisaragis' case, they take in children from all around the world due to their talents and are seen as mercenaries. In the Yayois' 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 the 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.

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    # - C 
  • 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.
  • 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. Dark War ultimately reveals the person to be an entirely different character: White Justice/Tokiwa Camellia
  • 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.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Even though she threatens to kill Noel if she doesn't return to her post at first, Tsubaki surprisingly ends up holding back and even begs for forgiveness whether she wins or loses. She also forgives her for the trouble she got her into since Noel is her friend and therefore she knows that she didn't want to fight against her.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: ... Eh, sort of. Her polite, prim and dutiful nature is genuine, but she secretly harbours an unhealthy attraction to Jin and it occasionally leads to some startling behaviour. She's too three-dimensional to openly call her a bitch or a nice gal, but she has qualities of both.
  • 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: Tsubaki plays with this. She has a bit of an overexaggerated sense of justice due to being a fangirl of historical dramas. While she means well, she's also loyal to the NOL, which has tasked her with the execution of Jin (her crush) and Noel (her friend). Additionally, her Ars Armagus Izayoi "steals the light from the user's eyes," which will eventually cause Tsubaki to go blind. As of the end of Continuum Shift, Tsubaki has also made a Face–Heel Turn due to Hazama spoon-feeding her half-truths about Noel stealing Tsubaki's place as Jin's secretary in the current timeline (he intentionally left out that the Jin of that timeline—who went on to become Hakumen—still neglected Tsubaki and Tsubaki ultimately died Taking the Bullet for Jin), which brings out Tsubaki's darker side.
  • 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 a notch 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.
  • 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.

    D - N 
  • 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.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Tsubaki deconstucts The Ojou and Yamato Nadeshiko. She's very beautiful, polite, mature and intelligent, from an extremely traditionalist family, and not to mention extremely loyal to them and the Librarium. She only has eyes for one man, Jin Kisaragi, and is very enamoured with the idea of assisting him in his duties as his secretary. She's also shown to be very intimidating when annoyed or angered, as shown in Remix Heart. And she's a Lady of War, too. The problem is that underneath this 'perfect girl' facade there's a deeply insecure and troubled young woman whose sincere but obsessive love for Jin and extemely muddled origins bring out the absolute worst in her, and her ivory-tower upbringing leave her woefully susceptible to manipulation, which Hazama exploits like it's going out of style, completely screwing her and others over.
  • 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.
  • Double Consciousness: Diligent student. Loyal friend. Composed advisor. Tsubaki was destined to develop a Double Consciousness the moment a certain character ordered her to execute her best friends for the crime of treason. While the series is ongoing, she seems to be slowly Becoming the Mask, burying all the sensitivity she exhibited in the first game under a frantic fighting style at odds with her personality.
  • 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 a notch 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: When she equips the Izayoi in Continuum Shift she has an eyball on her hat, and eyeball on her book, and an eyeball on the handle of her sword. Ironically, she goes blind in the second game, but gets better after her Face–Heel Turn in Chronophantasma and Heel–Face Turn in Central Fiction.
  • 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: When Tsubaki finally got around to becoming a playable character, her English battle cries were all of this form, owing to her love of historical dramas and Lawful Good self-image. Her moves include "Lux Aeterna" ("Eternal Light") and "Benedictus Rex" ("Blessed King").
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Inspector Javert: She actively hates Ragna since she (wrongly) believes that he's the cause of all her friends' suffering. Unlike Noel, Tsubaki refuses to view Ragna as anything more than a criminal.
  • 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.
  • Knightly Sword and Shield: Tsubaki puts her own spin on the theme, with her special weapon set called Izayoi in form of a Spell Book used as a buckler and a short sword shaped like a quill. She also works in the NOL's special "Wings of Justice" unit, and she herself has an idealized view of justice and heroes thereof.
  • 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: Tsubaki is the Morality Pet of both Jin Kisaragi and Hakumen. The former is an Ax-Crazy Yandere Jerkass with ice powers (though he begins to thaw out from Continuum Shift onward), and the latter is a vaguely Knight Templar-ish Hero Antagonist who exemplifies Good Is Not Nice. However, both of them are extremely warm and friendly to her, and woe betide the man who harms her in any way, for they will hunt him down. Hakumen can be seen giving Tsubaki heartfelt advice during a moment of uncertainty in CS, and Jin even puts his incredibly violent Sibling Rivalry with Ragna on hold during the third game so he can aid the heroes' plan to snap Tsubaki out the Mind Control spell she's under. This makes sense, as Jin and Hakumen are the same person. In fact, Hakumen takes this further than the Childhood Marriage Promise between Jin and Tsubaki, as the Tsubaki of his timeline perished in a Heroic Sacrifice and became his Lost Lenore.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite her calm attitude, Tsubaki has an excitable side. She becomes easily flustered and angry when pressed about her feelings for Jin, and is shown to be passionate about historical dramas and the Six Heroes, particularly Hakumen, to the point she's read all the books and seen all the movies based on them.

    O - Y 
  • Oblivious to Her Own Description: After listening to Hakumen's story about a woman he cared for long ago that inspired him at the cost of her life, Tsubaki remarks that she'd be happy to become a woman like that someday. She doesn't know that Hakumen is the alternate timeline counterpart of her love interest Jin, and the woman in question is that timeline's version of herself.
  • 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.
  • Paint It Black: Tsubaki changes into a black costume with red eyes after her Mind Rape-induced Face–Heel Turn during the story of Continuum Shift. To drive this home, in the third game Chrono Phantasma the black costume is her default one, and once she recovers she goes back to her white costume in Central Fiction.
  • 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.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Makoto's Red. Being calm and reserved while Makoto is eager and energetic.
  • 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. Thanks to a certain Manipulative Bastard, Tsubaki grew to resent Noel for having the position as the secretary of her Love Interest. To twist it even further, she finds out that in another timeline, she would have had said position if Noel never existed. Thankfully, they resolve their issues by the time of the third game and reconcile.
  • Pseudo-Romantic Friendship: Three-way example with Noel Vermillion and Makoto Nanaya. They met in the military academy and watched out for each other, becoming fast friends and helping each other with quite severe issues. The all ended up joining different branches of the NOL and don't get the chance to see each other much anymore, but enjoy spending time with each other. Noel and Makoto's main motivation in Chronophantasma is trying to get Tsubaki back after she was manipulated by Terumi. Notably, Noel and Tsubaki were originally planned to be a lesbian couple and Makoto has been confirmed to be bi (and felt up Tsubaki's chest in a gag reel). However, Tsubaki only has eyes for Jin.
  • Royal Inbreeding: 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.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The Yayoi family where she came from, one of the twelve ruling families of the Duodecim. They rarely show up directly, but they are pretty messed up from what we know. Members of the Yayoi family would only have children with those who had strong Ars Magus potential. Eventually they started inbreeding due to considering themselves the only ones strong enough. The current heir, Tsubaki herself, is not the firstborn child; she's the first one that survived. She's strong and nice, but she's not quite right and ends up manipulated.
  • 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.
  • Sole Survivor: She the only surviving member of her family's current generation, due to all the health problems caused by the Yayoi family's inbreeding.
  • 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: Which makes the circumstances of her More Than Mind Control and Mind Rape induced Face–Heel Turn all the more tragic. This is clearest (and funniest) in Bang Shishigami's joke ending, when she ends up "helping" him propose to Litchi... via trying to stage a Shotgun Wedding, which makes Bang himself go all "WTF?!"
  • 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.
  • Unwilling Suspension: If Tsubaki is hit by Relius's Astral Heat, she's shown in this position and with her back turned as well as her butt at the viewer.
  • 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 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.

Izayoi (イザヨイ)
What happens when Tsubaki watches too much Gundam.
  • Height: 160cm
  • Weight: 47kg
  • Blood type: A
  • Date of Birth: March 14
  • Birthplace: Naobi
  • Hobbies: Painting, singing
  • Likes: Historical dramas
  • Dislikes: War

With the blade of retribution and scales of judgment, I come to deliver righteous justice! Atone for your sins!

Voiced by:
JP: Asami Imai
EN: Julie Ann Taylor

This is the true form of Tsubaki Yayoi's Armagus, the Sealed Weapon: Izayoi.

Through the Imperator's mind control spell, Tsubaki is forced into unleashing the full powers of Izayoi in order to accomplish her idol's goal of upholding the law of the NOL. Her profile, however, indicates that she will be freed from the effects of Mind Eater, and will seek the meaning of "true justice." Indeed, her arcade play takes place after she's freshly released from the Imperator's curse, and she's going around seeking answers for herself.

Her arcade playthrough is named The Awakening.

Her Drive, Scarlet Justice, lets her switch between her normal mode and Gain Art Mode, used for offensive attacks, much like Aigis in Persona 4: Arena. Her playstyle revolves around building the Zero Weave Gauge by using specials in normal mode, then using the gauge for her Gain Art Mode-specific moves. Her Overdrive is Freedom Justice, which continually builds up the Zero Weave Gauge.

In the fourth game, her Exceed Accel Banshee Lancer has her stun the foe with her sword. Then her Attack Drones start attacking the restrained foe multiple times, ending with a big cross-slash. Her Astral, Judge of Destiny, is very similar to her old one, but with a new animation: she transforms into a valkyrie with a shield and lance, as well as a different outfit than her original Astral. She then combines the shield and lance into a giant energy sword with angelic wings and feathers, before sending it rocketing towards her foe, impaling and disintegrating them.

    Tropes involving Izayoi 
  • Attack Drone: Her Slaver Trans-AM DD has her summoning 2 drones to assist her in attacks.
  • Battle Ballgown: Looks pretty similar to Saber's, which is fitting considering she has her palette as an option.
  • Become Your Weapon: In the same way as the Murakumo Units; the unsealed Zero-type Izayoi takes form of a lance and shield that then forms her armor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: She and Makoto later come to rescue Bang, Ragna and co. from Relius, Carl and Litchi and then try to hold them off.
  • BFS: Of the Laser Blade kind, no less.
  • Cry Cute: After she breaks out of her brainwashing and reunite herself with Noel and Makoto, she does this.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Red hair and eyes.
  • Chekhov's Gun: A single line in Tager's Story Mode for Continuum Shift revealed that Izayoi was a prototype for the Murakumo Units. And look at what that line has become...
    • Ragna says the same thing to her in his Arcade Mode and rather bluntly states she can't beat him with it. Considering he's dealt with Nu and Mu, everyone knows that he's not lying either.
  • Cultured Badass: Same as Tsubaki.
  • Dash Attack: Her Gain Art-only special move has her dashing towards the foe and then does a quick slash through them.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Izayoi is extremely technical to use efficiently; playing her requires great understanding of both her normal and "Gain Art" modes, the latter giving her almost an entirely different moveset. Once mastered however, she becomes one of the best characters in the game with solid movement, offense, and having a reversal on defense.
  • Evil Laugh: She does this under the control of Izanami in front of Jin.
  • Evolving Attack: Just like Tsubaki, she can expend the Zero Weave Gauge to enhance her Sonic Saber to either shoot out extra swords after the foe is hit (in the third game) or shoot out more swords in a Spread Shot (fourth game) by using D instead of A for the special's command.
  • Fighting from the Inside: In the story mode she shows signs of resisting from time to time.
  • Final Boss: In CP Arcade Mode for certain characters. Characters known to fight Izayoi include Jin, Rachel, and Makoto.
  • For Great Justice: Even moreso than when she was regular Tsubaki. Her clash with Hakumen is basically them talking about this.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In Episode 14 of the Chronophantasma story mode after being freed of the Imperator's control.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: Many of her special moves involve her doing a long-ranged slash to a direction and then quickly pulling back.
  • Image Song: Her voice actress sings a vocal version of her theme "Justice Sword" called "Recta Ratio".
  • Immortal Breaker: Izayoi's primary function is to kill Observers. It's the first weapon explicitly stated to be capable of doing so (it's later revealed Mai's Outseal also has this function). Doesn't work so well on those, like Jin and Hakumen, who possess the Power of Order; she attempted to use Immortal Breaker on Jin, and he willingly tanked it. Rachel has asked, if things go From Bad to Worse, that Tsubaki be the one to put her out of her misery.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Much like Tsubaki's own, Izayoi's Astral ends with this. Also her Justice Phorizor DD.
  • Invulnerable Attack: One of her normal moves can guard her for one hit.
  • I Will Find You: In her CF arcade, she's going after Ragna... and wants to kill him. When she meets and fights him, she almost succeeds... but then Nine interrupted, not wanting Ragna to die yet.
  • Jet Pack: The two floating shield-like thing around her skirt can be used as this. They can also be used as cutting weapons with the light emitted from their booster parts.
  • Jousting Lance: The true form of the weapon Izayoi is this, along with a shield. She uses this for her Astral.
  • Knight Templar: When she was still Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Lady of War: A trait she carries over from Tsubaki
  • Lag Cancel: She can cancel all of her long-ranged saber attacks into a teleport, or instead feint them, making her recover quickly and can potentially extend combos. In Gain Art, they can also be cancelled into a Gain Art-only special move.
  • Large Ham: About as much as Tsubaki herself.
  • Leitmotif: Justice Sword
  • Light Is Good/Light Is Not Good: When she first appears as the Imperator's thrall, it's the latter. After her Heel–Face Turn, it's the former.
  • Mental Fusion: Due to the effects of Phantom's Ruby: Mind Eater spell, her mind and will are slowly beginning to be overwritten by that of the Imperator's. By the time she fights Jin, it's progressed so far that she even starts talking exactly like the Imperator. In the Japanese voice track, her voice is a mixture of Tsubaki's and the Imperator's in a Voice of the Legion.
  • Mercury's Wings: Much like Tsubaki, she gains wing-like accessory on her head during her Astral.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During her final fight with Jin, she, under the Imperator's influence, hits him with Immortal Breaker. The shock breaks the Mind Eater and leaves her horrified at what she's just done, certain she's killed him. And though she accepts it as her punishment for everything she's done it doesn't lessen the trauma or the emotional breakdown that follows. Thankfully, as a wielder of the Power of Order, her blade couldn't even pierce Jin.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: In her CF arcade play, against Ragna:
    "I'm from the Fourth Squadron of the NOL, First Lieutenant Tsubaki Yayoi. In the name of justice, Grim Reaper - no, Ragna the Bloodedge, I shall condemn you.
  • One-Winged Angel/Super Mode: For Tsubaki.
  • The Power of Love: This is how she finally turns back good: by realizing the love for her idol Hakumen, her best friends Noel and Makoto, and finally her Love Interest, Jin, inside the darkness in her heart.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Mixed with Supernatural Gold Eyes. After regaining control of herself and powering down, they go back to their natural blue. In the sequel she still has this while normal Tsubaki still has her natural blue, so it's implied that her red eyes come from the weapon's effect.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her Zero-Type Izayoi form leaves the top of her back completely exposed.
  • Shotoclone: Just like Jin, she has a normal projectile and a quick upwards slash for an anti-air.
  • Signature Move: Her "quick slash" specials, as well as her teleports and Justice Phorizor DD.
  • Slasher Smile: She pulls an unsettling one during the opening of CPEX, due to being under control of the Imperator. But at the last second, her eyes can be seen tearing up, showing how she is Fighting from the Inside.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: She loses her ponytail during her Astral.
  • Stance System: Her Drive is basically her changing modes. In normal mode she can gain stocks on the Zero Weave Gauge by attacking her foe with special moves. In Gain Art mode, her dash is changed into a hover-dash with her boosters, her special moves become quicker, her C normals are upgraded, and she can use Gain Art-only special moves that uses the Zero Weave Gauge.
  • Super Prototype: Of the Murakumo series. She's Number Zero to be precise. While her capabilities aren't the same as the Murakumos, she can do one thing they can't do: killing immortal beings through its Immortal Breaker technique. The number 00 can even be seen on its portable form and her armor.
  • Sword Pointing: She does this for her taunt. It also does a silver of damage.
    • In CF, when she defeats Ragna, she points her sword at his head.
  • Sword/Shield Contrast: More like "pike and shield", but as Hakumen explains, the weapon's sealed form (as used by normal Tsubaki) acts as a "shield" that prevents attempts of observations and phenomenon interventions (with its unique function, Zanki Barrier), while the released form (as used by Izayoi) acts as a "pike" that can kill observers and other similar beings with its Immortal Breaker technique. Aside from that, the sealed form takes form of a sword and shield and its released form uses a pike and shield (as seen in her Astral Heat).
  • Teleport Spam: She'd make Vergil proud.
  • Theme Naming: All of her attacks are references to machines or concepts from Gundam SEED, SEED Destiny, 00, and Full Metal Panic!.
  • They Call Him "Sword": She's named after the weapon she merges with.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Her Sonic Saber special move has her throw a sword made of light. The powered-up version of it will bombard the foe with more swords after the first one hits.
  • Token Human: To the Murakumo series, which are Artificial Humans compared to Izayoi being human. That's because Izayoi's user is human.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Using Izayoi makes her a match for all but the strongest characters in the game, what with her ability to kill Observers. In her CF arcade, she even beats Ragna(albeit while he had amnesia) with it and would've gone through with slaying him were it not for Nine's intervention.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer for Nu and Mu shows off a scene of Izayoi fighting Noel, and they chat casually as though they are still best friends. That, and her profile gives away the fact that she will eventually be freed from the Imperator's control and her Arcade story is apparently her asking people like Hakumen what she should do and eventually vowing to protect the ones she loves.
  • Transformation Sequence: She has two: Either she starts off armorless and then summons the Zero-type Izayoi to turn into her armor, or she starts as normal Tsubaki and then uses her book to transform into Izayoi.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: Her, the wielder of the Murakumo Unit Prototype, vs. Mu, the upgraded version of the Murakumo Unit named Kusanagi. In Izayoi's Arcade run, she fights Mu in the end, which leads to this.
  • Voice of the Legion: Her initial appearance within the story mode, but only in the Japanese voice track.
  • The Worf Barrage: While the Immortal Breaker is supposedly an insanely powerful weapon, able to kill even immortal beings like Observers, it has not worked even once. Jin is able to simply ignore it by willing himself to override its effect via the Power of Order while Izanami is death itself and thus has no real death to recognize.