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Here we're going to list the characters introduced in Guilty Gear XX and its Updated Rereleases.

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Playable Characters

    Bridget 
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"Um, can you still move? Roger says that he wants to use your body... Yeah..."

Voiced by: Hiroko Konishi (XX), Yukiko Kato (AC)
Roger voiced by: Akihiro Ishihara (XX-current)

Bridget is a (crossdressing) boy. In his hometown there is a superstition that if twins of the same gender are born, disaster will come. And because of that, baby Bridget was taken into the custody of the local convent's nun, then raised as a girl (well, it was that or having him killed off). He works as a bounty hunter to prove his manliness and that he isn't bad luck. Why he continues to dress like a girl when he wants to prove his manliness is unclear.

In-game, Bridget is a runaway fighter who excels at keeping his distance with extreme mobility and harassing opponents with his long-range pokes. He can deploy his Killer Yo-Yo, which can be manipulated to travel across the screen in order to force spacing. On the other hand, he has the lowest effective health among the cast (in games that he shows up) and overall low damage output.

  • Badass Adorable: He's one of the cutest characters on the roster, and will fight people with what amounts to toys.
  • Badass Normal: Probably the most normal cast member of them all, yet can easily stand his ground with every other character.
  • Bishōnen: In training.
  • Breakout Character: He was voted to be the most popular character in an official poll, beating Sol Badguy himself.
  • Chained by Fashion: Bridget wears what looks like a giant handcuff for a belt, to the mystery of anyone who sees him.
  • Crash-Into Hello: One of Bridget's Intro Animations has him accidentally tripping up and then stepping on his opponent, and then the fight begins.
  • Cross-Dressing Voice: Speaks very softly without a trace of normal male tenor/bass.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: He actually started having a high-pitched but bearable tone in the original XX series, but when Yukiko Kato took over in the Accent Core series, his voice got more high-pitched to the point where it became ear-grating.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: of course.
  • Fragile Speedster: Possesses among the fastest running speeds in the game, but at the same time he suffers from having among the lowest health of the cast.
  • Improbable Weapon User: A yo-yo. And for backup, a teddy bear named Roger that can spew flame and has a buzz-saw in his waist.
  • Joke Character: Bridget was conveived as "a cute character" by Daisuke Ishiwatari, who wanted to vary the games' cast, and storyline-wise, was rather weak. His XX, #Reload and Slash incarnations were decent-tiered gameplay-wise, however, with #Reload being the best-tiered. His Accent Core incarnation dumbed him down to the point of completely turning him into this.
  • Lethal Joke Character: His Accent Core Plus and Accent Core Plus R incarnations buffed the damage and overall effectiveness of his moves significantly to the point of turning him into this instead. In addition, rushdown attacks are simple to pull off (one of the best in-game), including Starship, as the move can deliver a good combo even during a Roger summon, can be used in midair, and is excellent for putting pressure on opponents; and his Me and My Killing Machine Overdrive is one of the best of its type that can be used as an anti-air move and can be used in almost any position of the screen (depending on the placement of the Yo Yo).
  • Modesty Shorts: Modest, up until the point he accidentally yanks his own dress up with his yo-yo.
  • Nun Too Holy: He wears a nun's habit.
  • One Twin Must Die: PlayedWith (and also kind of subverted). In the series, he was born male with a twin brother in a village where the birth of same-gender twins is considered bad luck; therefore, his family named and raised him as a girl. When Bridget grows up, he decides to prove himself as a bounty hunter.
  • Plucky Girl: Male version. Nothing keeps this kiddo down for long.
  • Put on a Bus: Was last seen in Guilty Gear Vastedge, a pachinko game, and was one of the few characters completely absent from Xrd.
  • Raised as the Opposite Gender: See his description.
  • Ship Tease: For a crossdressing young teen with a girl's name, Bridget is pretty popular with the girls in the series. XX Reload has him become friends with Dizzy in his Path 2 ending (as well as getting a Jellyfish Pirate hat from a girl that looks vaguely like Dizzy), as well as showing him and May acting friendly towards each other in her Path 2 ending. And Jam flirts with Bridget on at least one occasion, as well as having him become her waiter in her first Story Mode ending for Accent Core Plus.
  • Third Law of Gender Bending: For all his protests to the contrary, he definitely looks like a girl who was raised in a convent. Actually having a figure reminiscent of a petite woman doesn't help his case.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Male example, sharing the spot with May.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: The infamous former Trope Namer. Though despite what the Memetic Mutation would have you think, it only happens three times in the franchise.
  • Unwitting Pawn: I-No once used Bridget to distract the other characters by giving him a fake bounty list, with exaggerated descriptions of their previous deeds. Despite everything, Bridget is not very powerful in the scheme of things and only served as a distraction for his "targets".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Meme's there for a reason, people.

    Slayer 
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Slayer of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.

"A gentleman always exceeds expectations."

Voiced by: Iemasa Kayumi (XX-Xrd -SIGN-, JP), Takaya Hashi (-REVELATOR- onward, JP) / JB Blanc (EN)

A powerful Nightwalker who seems to be the only one who knows exactly what the hell is going on. He visits many characters and gives them valuable hints. He was the original founder of the Assassins' Guild, and his main objective is to disband it because it became corrupted from his original intentions. He is married to an immortal Lady in Red named Sharon, who is completely immune to anything, even parasites like Eddie (In fact, it is shown in Eddie's 1st ending in XX that upon making contact with her, he melts away into nothingness).

Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. One day, Slayer receives information from a confidante, who did not survive gathering their intel, regarding the Senate's involvement with Faust's past as Dr. Baldhead and the resurrection of Zato-1. His curiosity piqued, he once again makes his appearance in the human world to find out more.

In-game, Slayer fights exclusively at close quarters, jabbing away at the opponent with small pokes and mix-ups until he can punish mistakes with hard-hitting counter hits and combos. He has a unique Teleport Dash which moves him at set distances and his iconic Dandy Step, a unique move that slides him backward out of danger and can followup into one of several other attacks. He struggles against ranged opponents due to his non-standard movement and lack of true projectile attacks, along with having limited pressure which forces him to rely on very hard reads for effective punishes.

  • Badass Beard
  • Badass in a Nice Suit
  • Been There, Shaped History: Slayer once wrote a memoir under a pseudonym that chronicled the dawn of the age of magic and the history of the gears.
  • Classical Movie Vampire
  • Close-Range Combatant: Like Jam, he has no projectile moves and has to get up closer to deal damage.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses
  • Cultured Badass: For bonus points, he sounds like Sean Connery in the English dub of Xrd!
  • The Dandy: It's even a naming motif for two of his special moves.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Perfectly capable of it. It even reflects his fighting style, which has an emphasis on dodging and punishing attacks. From Slayer's XX story mode:
    I-no: What's an old geezer like you doing here?
    Slayer: I've come to watch.
    I-no: What?
    Slayer: It isn't That Man's style to cause this kind of random destruction. I assumed it had to be a clueless underling gone wild. I'm looking forward to seeing how he punishes you.
    I-no: That's it, you're dead! I'll burn you to ash, dissolve you into water, turn you into a mud pie, feed you to pigs, and turn you into excrement!
    Slayer: Well I must say, you're quite the hospitable one. But it'd be quite rude to bother a pig with all that. Don't you think?
    I-no: Shut up and die!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While not super evil, he still dislikes what has happened to the Assassins' Guild.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: With a healthy dose of Rocket Punch; Slayer's response to getting his arm cut off by Bedman is to have said severed arm fly at Bedman like a projectile and strike him in the face. He then regenerates a new arm.
  • Happily Married: He and Sharon.
  • High-Class Glass
  • Humanoid Abomination: It's never explained in the games exactly what Sharon is that grants her Complete Immortality, which is so powerful that even Eddie attempting to possess her in one of his XX endings causes him to melt away. Word of God revealed that she's human, but with some kind of unrevealed physical idiosyncrasy.
  • I Let You Win: Seeing as every fight against him is acknowledged as him not going all out, it's pretty obvious he does this. You can definitely see this in his knockdown sprite. Rather than lying unconscious, when Slayer is "knocked out", he merely lies on the ground with a miffed expression on his face, propped up on his arm.
  • Immortality: Besides being The Undead, his wife Sharon may have Complete Immortality. In one of Venom's endings, he finds that nothing he does can so much as hurt Slayer. He ends up settling for chaining Slayer into a coffin and chaining that to a wall.
  • Launcher Move: His classic grounded Dust has him even winding up his fist; Accent Core allowed him to be able to feint it. Also in the same iteration, his Big Bang Upper Force Break, and his classic All Dead Instant Kill.
  • Let's Fight Like Gentlemen
  • Lightning Bruiser: Slow walking speed aside, Slayer has high health, hard-hitting and fast attacks, and can teleport in an instant.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: His Instant Kill for Xrd has him recite a haiku after punching the oponent upward. There's a bunch of pre-recorded possibiliies for each third of the haiku and they are made up randomly, so he can end up poetically musing about loneliness and the universe... or rambling about getting naked with an alien.
  • Megaton Punch: His Instant Kill has him sending his opponent flying out of the galaxy with an uppercut.
    • Pile Bunker: The name of one of his followup moves from his signature Dandy Step move, where he slide-punches forward with a force akin to well, a pile bunker.
  • Nightmare Face: Once he starts fighting at 100% power his facial expressions become very deranged and unnerving.
  • Nice Guy: Extremely civil to pretty much everyone, even hands out hints to people for seemingly no reason than wanting to be helpful (like when he informs Ky Kiske something is seriously wrong with the bounty on Dizzy even though he has little reason to care).
  • Official Couple: Happily Married with Sharon.
  • Older Is Better
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Sunlight doesn't affect him. In Isuka's credits, it is shown that other traditional vampire weaknesses (a cross, garlic and a wooden stake) are merely amusing to him.
  • Really 700 Years Old
  • Retired Badass: Initially, he was this. After the events of XX, however, he's back in business and no longer appears to plan on retiring anytime soon.
  • Sexophone: His theme in Xrd, "Jack-a-Dandy", features a pretty wicked one.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Significant Anagram: The pseudonym he used to document the history post-1999 was "Eripmavs D. Yraid". Rearrange it slightly and you get "D. (The) Vampire's Diary".
  • Smoking Is Cool: Slayer can actually block attacks with smoke from his pipe.
  • Skill Gate Character: A Slayer via his confunding whiff-punish kit can easily destroy most lower-levels of players, but his more intricate problems (lack of pressure, vulnerable to good lows, bad frame data and need to get within a specific punishing range) can allow more higher-leveled players to halt most of his shenanigans and forcing him to rely on hard reads. It's mainly them that has to come to Slayer instead of the other way around to make him as effective as possible.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At 6'1".
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Slayer retired from the Assassins' Guild years ago when his protege Zato became the head. Hearing that Zato went insane and eventually died because of his obsession over Millia's betrayal, however, drove him out of retirement to disband the Guild. Venom had other plans, and the two clashed, with Slayer eventually approving of his actions. It finally looked like he was ready to settle down, until the events of Xrd. Come -REVELATOR- and it looks like he's back for good this time.
  • Warrior Poet: His Instant Kill includes haiku, come on!
  • Willfully Weak: One of the strongest characters in the series, although we never see him go all-out on That Man so we cannot say if he is the strongest.
  • The Worf Effect: Even if he's usually Willfully Weak, he's usually still capable of giving a major ass-kicking like yesterday against the majority of the cast. Then in Xrd, he's beaten off by Bedman even while having Millia and Venom by his side and only bailed out by Zato because the latter is more familiar with Bedman's style.

    Zappa 
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"Ack, my body's turning in strange directions again! M-My ears...! My arms! My legs! Even my NECK!...Neck?"

Voiced by: Yuji Ueda

A seemingly normal man who is actually possessed by several spirits. He seeks to find Faust so he can cure his ailment. In XX he finds Faust, who tells him that he doesn't know what to do about it and suggests that he train himself to control the blackouts. In Accent Core + , he encounters Faust again, who finally concludes that Zappa is possessed after seeing S-ko for the first time. Faust purges the ghosts from Zappa, and he thanks Faust for his help.

Zappa returns as a Story Mode NPC in -REVELATOR-, now sporting a brand-new look, as shown here. Apparently he has made peace with the spirits within him, and now works alongside Dr. Paradigm.

In games where he is playable, Zappa's game-play revolves around the use of several spirit summons, which he can (almost) randomly call one of them into himself and change his moveset. Each summon has a specific niche, meaning the player will practically have to learn several characters at once instead of just one, on top of having to deal with the inability to reliably pick which summon he gets. Landing a special attack with his summon out also nets Zappa an orb, which can be used to call down the very powerful summon Raoh for a period of time once he has 8 of them.

  • Awesome, but Impractical: Zappa is consistently a low ranked character. This is not because he is weak, but because when you play Zappa, you essentially play as five different characters at once and constantly (and randomly) change between them throughout the fight. That said, if you can get Raou out, Zappa becomes a Game-Breaker.
  • Ax-Crazy: When he's being possessed by 7 different ghosts, he becomes rather unstable and unhinged.
  • Bishounen: The reason why S-ko got attracted to him.
  • Blank White Eyes: When possessed by S-ko.
  • Blessed With Suck: Is a natural medium for spirits and doesn't know it... so this means that he's gotten possessed by an absolute mob of them, has no idea that he's got ghosts in his body in the first place, nor would he know how to exorcise them since he was never trained.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Not that he's aware of this, mind you. All he knows is he passes out randomly, and wakes up in a new area with fresh wounds on his body and someone possibly in a worse state next to him.
  • Character Development: -REVELATOR- shows that he's managed to utilize his experiences with the supernatural via his own condition to great benefit. During the 6-year Time Skip he developed his own thesis that supernatural occurrences were connected to the realm known as the Backyard, and it eventually got him a job as part of Illyria's R&D team. Over the course of the story, he plays an integral part in stopping Ariels' plans.
  • The Chew Toy: Poor, poor Zappa.
  • Confusion Fu: Seriously, he is able to randomly change his moveset while fighting. That said, all his moves on their own have very solid usage in mix-ups, pressure, frame-traps and the like.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being possessed by ghosts, every single one of them save for S-Ko feel very sorry for him and wish they could comfort him (seen in one of his story mode endings in the original XX games).
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Compare his usual attire to his clothes when working with Dr. Paradigm.
  • I Am Legion: Has an evil dog, a cursed sword, the "Three Stooges", Raou (No, not THAT Raoh), and S-ko living within him. And the centipedes that appear while the summoning attack and one of his Overdrives.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Deals the same amount of damage as Sol Badguy, but is faster and has higher survivability. His Raou summon takes this further and to literal levels.
  • Limp and Livid: His standard idle stance, except backwards.
  • Many Spirits Inside of One: Has about 8 ghosts that are using him as a home.
  • Motor Mouth: Not when he's himself, but during battle he just never shuts up. Justified as he has about 7 ghosts trying to talk all at once.
  • Not Himself: Whenever possessed by S-ko. In Story Mode this is indicated by his skin turning dark blue and Blank White Eyes until Accent Core Plus (which showed him bent over backwards like his fight pose). His voice is also distorted.
  • Powers via Possession: A key part of fighting with Zappa is recognizing what powers are available to you at any given point.
  • Primal Fear: His profile notes that he dislikes scary things. Look at his other tropes and then come back.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Even by the standards of a series whose character designs are the epitome of Costume Porn, Zappa takes this Up to Eleven, and even has it explained in his backstory as he treats his clothes as charms to ward away the ghosts; He wears a skintight bodysuit with ill-fitting cargo shorts adorned with a utility belt, two pairs of oversized hoop earrings (the second pair being around his hands like bracelets), a Heart Symbol headband to match the heart on his bodysuit, and heeled dress shoes fit for a runway model.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Indeed. And this is before S-Ko speaks through him, which involves Yuji Ueda shrieking like a madman.
  • Sole Survivor: Of After Story C, since he's the only one who did not fall victim to the curse.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: S-ko. Take a look at her and you'll know what her inspiration is.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: His return in -REVELATOR- gives him a surprisingly important role in the story. He's Dr. Paradigm's new assistant.
  • Unlucky Every Dude: Unlike almost everyone else on the roster, Zappa is just a normal human. He doesn't even willingly fight; he just passes out and then the supernatural stuff happens. The Three Stooges can also inflict this status on an opponent, causing random flower pots to fall from the sky and various other means of tripping them up.
  • Yandere: S-ko in temperament. She refuses to leave Zappa because she likes men with pretty faces. Most of the fights in his story mode is caused by the opponent saying something to set her off.

    I-No 
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I-No as of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.

"I won't break you. Yet. I haven't told you how unfortunate it is that you were born at all, right?"

Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue (JP), Tara Platt (EN)

The mysterious servant of That Man. Putting it simply, she is the embodiment of the word "bitch". And she loves it. As she serves That Man, she also knows Sol and she hates his guts, mostly because he's one of the few people able to defeat her. In XX, she goes around causing heaps of trouble for the other characters. In Accent Core + , after an encounter with Sol she transports him back in time to fight his past self, Order-Sol.

Confirmed as a returning character for Xrd. Some things never change, and I-no's love of causing mischief throughout time certainly has not. Time-jumping has given her knowledge of Ramlethal Valentine's appearance, and now with "That Man" being involved, her interests have been piqued, and she once again decides to take the stage.

I-no is a rushdown character centered around her excellent aerial mobility and mix-up game. Her unique hover-dash can get her airborne without needing to jump, and her varied moveset allows for highly oppressive fake-outs and pressure until the opponent fails to defend. However due to her mediocre normal attacks and non-standard movement, she has difficulty in getting past enemy neutral attacks and starting her offense.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Wears what amounts to just two strips of fabric draped over her bare breasts. Yet despite all the moving around during fights, nothing gets revealed... Except when she wins, if you actually fiddle around the sprites, you can actually see she's anatomically accurate. Although her nipple is a single pixel.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: When facing left, she holds her guitar like a lefty (and her guitar becomes a lefty-built as well)
  • Ax-Crazy
  • The Baroness: The Sexpot type appearance-wise but the Rosa Klebb type personality-wise.
  • Bullet Hell: Her infamous, boss version only Megalomania attack which will drain your entire tension meter if you block it in addition to some of your health. Xrd turns this into her new Instant Kill attack since she's no longer the game's final boss.
  • Character Development: A mild example. She's still a gigantic bitch, but seems to have learned her lesson with doing anything rash and doesn't go off on her own as much.
  • Cleavage Window: Occasionally combined with Jiggle Physics.
  • Co-Dragons: She and Raven are That Man's most trusted subordinates...but I-No has a problem of pulling crap that just causes a whole lot of trouble and then has to be put on a leash.
  • Combat Sadomasochist
  • Combat Stilettos
  • Confusion Fu: While she doesn't work this trope into unique game-play mechanic like Faust or Zappa, I-no players will come to rely on this tactic much more than the rest of the cast even in neutral phase due to most of her normal moves' hitbox being situational; using quick feints into low or overhead attacks, Antidepressant Scale projectiles (that can change in speed and vertical trajectory mid-flight) and her unique hover dash in order to trip the opponent up. Once she knocks the opponent down, this tropes comes into full effect as the opponent is forced to guess between her deceptive attacks on wake up and act accordingly.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Part of why I-no is hard to master; Her kit is all about Attack! Attack! Attack! (unlike fellow okizeme monster Millia Rage who can bait her foe with varied movement options) Most of her moves are good for one purpose and not so much in the others, due to either having narrow hitboxes or terrible frame data when not hit-confirmed. Her hover dash, which is key to some of her overhead mix-up, will temporary locks her in its dash animation. She also requires Tension meter to use both of her only reversal moves, on top of her low defense rating. Because of these reasons, playing as I-no requires intimate knowledge of her hitboxes and the opponent's.
  • Dark Action Girl
  • Dark Is Evil: Let's see, she's a witch who wears red with black details, uses Time Travel magic (which in the context of her use could be Black Magic), and wears a hat with a skull face on it. Pretty much spells out that she's clearly evil.
  • Demoted to Extra: The only time she appeared in Xrd is when she escorted Axl to That Man in what would be a filler-scene. She didn't even appear when That Man made Sol pull an Enemy Mine together. -REVELATOR- continues this, while she has had a big revelation about what she is. Her big contribution to the plot is to wake up Jack-O' and hint at future villainy with an evil smile at the end.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Strongly implied in the XX ending where she captures May.
  • Enigmatic Minion: Her profile in her story mode simply reads "UNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN..." Not so enigmatic after XX, as her cover is blown.
  • Evil Counterpart: Revealed in -REVELATOR- to be Axl's, both are beings that shouldn't exist from futures that could have been.
  • Evil Versus Oblivion: In Xrd she is trying to avoid the "dull grey world" that is the future, implying that it is a timeline where there are few or no people alive.
  • For the Evulz: Goes out of her way to be a complete and utter bitch to anyone she meets. Why? She finds it fun.
  • Fragile Speedster: I-No is fairly fast compared to other characters, but has below-average survivability.
  • Freak Out: I-No doesn't take it well when Jack-O' tells her that she isn't human and is just an abstract concept made manifest by the Backyard. She severs her ties with That Man, and rejects Raven's attempts to console her, deciding to go off on her own.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Almost all of EX I-no's win quotes in the arcade are sex-based. In Accent Core, they don't even try to hide it.
    (after defeating May): "Aren't you a little young to be around here? Go home and drink your daddy's milk.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: RED leather.
  • Improbable Weapon User: I-No uses a shapeshifting electric guitar. She can either smash people with it, or create cacophonic sounds to defeat her opponents.
  • Jerkass: She just loves being an obnoxious bitch, especially to Dizzy.
  • Kaleidoscope Eyes: Her bio states that her eyes change colors depending on the angle you look at them, and now in Xrd we can see it in action.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Her myriad fake-out options in her moveset also translate well into making opponent's life hell guessing her mix-up after they're knocked down.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She's a manipulative sadist, usually quite composed, and can use her electric guitar to cast sound wave spells. However, her crude cursing and way of talking make for quite a subversion.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Cannot stress this enough.
  • The Millstone: Inverted, kind of. She is an underling who probably does more to harm That Man than his actual opposition thanks to her pervasive Stupid Evil tendencies, but he makes a point of keeping her around largely because giving her a cause makes the messes that she creates far smaller in scale and significantly easier to clean up. Left to her own devices, she would likely be significantly more destructive.
  • Mind Hive: Revealed in Xrd -REVELATOR- to be this. Supposedly, during the Crusades, the hopes of the entire human race for a "brighter future" was made manifest into a living consciousness; I-No. Jack-O' explains that this is the reason why I-No is obsessed with a concept as abstract as a "brighter future".
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Musical Assassin: Her move names have musical traits, as do the actual moves themselves.
  • Nice Hat: It talks!
  • Not So Stoic: She usually maintains her composure, but I-no actually shows panic when overpowered by Dizzy or Baiken, or when she's on the receiving end of May or Faust's Instant Kills in Xrd. The former launches I-no out of a cannon into the sky, the latter approaches her with a scapel in hand, preparing to do terrible things to her face.
  • Orgasmic Combat: I-No sounds a little too excited while inflicting or taking pain.
  • Panty Shot: When she attacks you with "Chemical Love" you can see she's wearing a black thong.
  • Pet the Dog: In -REVELATOR-, I-No actually decides to have an honest conversation with Axl over his decision whether to erase the current timeline or erase his own where she legitimately tries to help him come to a decision about it. It's very different seeing her be so calm and and sympathetic.
  • The Power of Rock: Her Instant Kill, and her winpose in which she plays "One" by Metallica.
  • Psycho for Hire: She only goes to That Man so she can continue her Time-trolling antics.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: She wears red clothing with black details, and is outright villainous.
  • Smug Snake: Always very confident about how unbearable a bitch she's capable of being, which often comes back to bite her in the ass later on.
  • SNK Boss: Especially in Accent Core.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Ever since her debut in XX, several portions of I-No's dialogue has been censored. In the original Japanese version of XX, she had guitar feedback, while in all international versions the small portion of crude dialogue was muted. In Xrd subtitled, she uses a standard slashing sound effect, while the dub gives her a more traditional live TV style (BEEP).
  • Split Personality: On one hand, mysterious and sexy. On the other hand, you guessed it: ULTRA-BITCH.
  • Stable Time Loop: Her story in Xrd's arcade mode seems to indicate that she's caught in one of these and is trying to break out.
  • Stripperific: She even takes off her top in one of her win poses, though she turns her back to the camera so all we get is sideboob.
  • Stupid Evil: Most of what she does is done in the name of That Man. Almost none of what she does actually helps him and often actually hinders him, in addition to causing him to have to waste time cleaning up after her. It's strongly suggested that he keeps her around solely because he feels that it's better to have her on a leash so that the damage she causes is more manageable.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In Xrd she hates having to ally herself with Sol, but does so anyway as there are bigger issues at hand.
  • This Cannot Be!: She screams such a phrase when Dizzy obliterates her in one of her GGXX endings, all the while pleading for someone to help her get away from her massively overwhelming attack. She also says such a phrase after May kicks her ass.
  • Thong of Shielding: A black one.
  • Time Travel: Her magic ability. She states that it's not exactly easy to do, though.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Demonstrated in Xrd, when Faust hits her with his Shigekiteki Zetsumeiken overdrive. Whereas most characters will have a shocked or embarrassed expression on their faces, I-no's face seems to show that she's actually enjoying it quite a bit.
  • Troll: What she uses her Time Travel powers for and does for a living, much to That Man's detriment.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Claims to have been one in Axl's Revelator Episode Mode Ending. Before her Start of Darkness, she used to actually enjoy helping others and making people happy. Unfortunately, it's implied that her time manipulation powers also meant that she had to personally witness untold numbers of negative repercussions and time paradoxes due to her actions, turning her into a Knight in Sour Armor and eventually the Manipulative Bitch that she now is. In short, she's basically the entire plot of BlazBlue in a nutshell.
  • Vapor Wear: She wears no bra.
  • The Vamp
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: One of her XX #Reload endings shows her wearing one instead of her skirt.
  • Wild Card: By the end of Rev 2, I-no has severed her ties with That Man and all of her former associates, having decided to go off on her own. As we know from past experiences, an unchecked I-No is very bad, but given that she did receive Character Development in Xrd, only time will tell.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A.
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    Robo-Ky 
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Voiced by: Kantaro (XX#Reload Battle Voice), Takeshi Kusao (XX Story Voice), Takumi Inoue (AC), Shigeru Chiba (-REVELATOR-)
Robo-Ky Mk. II voiced by: Yutaka Terada

The robot impersonator of Ky created by the PWAB. There are several of these things floating around. Also has a MK-II version which copies his opponents' moves. One unique version appears in Accent Core with a lecherous personality.

The very last one returns as a Story Mode NPC in -REVELATOR-.

In games where he is playable, Roko-Ky is a versatile character held back by the need to constantly maintain two resources which replace the standard Tension meter: Heat and Power. Both of them are slowly generated by performing attacks and doing specific special moves respectively, both of which give Roko-Ky's attacks better properties at higher levels. But be warned; too much Heat will cause Robo-Ky to explode, harming himself and the opponent if they're too close.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: In the original XX's Story Mode, Robo-Ky often analyzes your character's techniques, becoming immune to damage from anything but overdrives.
  • Butt-Monkey: The last Robo-Ky gets a lot of fun poked at him in -REVELATOR- but he himself is far more serious than any of his predecessors.
  • Dark Reprise: His alternate theme, "Holy Orders?". Given that he is a robot version of Ky, it only makes sense that this theme be a robotic-toned version. The end result is that the song ends up sounding full of distortions and background sound effects and noise, randomly jumping up and down in pitch and volume at a moment's notice. You'd almost think that the band was drunk while performing it.
    • However, in the case of "Vortex Infinitum" in the Korean soundtrack, this version is instead more metal-rock-based with robotic tones and extra drums compared to its original version, "Pillars of the Underworld" (normal Ky's theme in the said soundtrack).
  • Dash Attack:
    • Is one of the few characters who has this with his Tsuu-KY-Geki (Pain-PLEASURE-Attack), where it's a mini-version of Ky's Ride The Lightning with high priority and will have Robo-Ky perform a unique taunt that fills his gauge up to full if uninterrupted.
    • Also has one with his KY-Genshou (MYSTERY-Phenomenon), a dash attack where he turns the lower half of his body into a horse to charge at foes with.
  • Do-Anything Robot: The only thing he doesn't do is emulate the person he impersonates properly. Also present in the MK-II version from Isuka.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was Ky's EX mode in X.
  • Easy Impersonation: In the first rendition of XX, when he was just a palette swap in-game. It easily fools Jam and Bridget. Starts to fail in Accent Core Plus.
  • Evil Twin: Robo-Ky, who literally was just an EX movelist Early-Bird Cameo for Ky in GGX and a palette swap of Ky in his first proper appearance (GGXX) with slightly different portraits. He came into his own with exclusive sprites and movesets starting with #RELOAD.
  • Famous Last Words: "Remember... You never laugh at another person's dreams. Words from the wise. If you follow this rule there's no need for such elaborate ideologies. People may disagree or even fight...but above all, they can connect. You just need to COOL OFF for a bit!" Thank god he got better.
  • Heroic BSoD: "ERROR!_CRITICAL ERROR!_BLUE_SCREEN_OF_DEATH!" *Earth-Shattering Kaboom*
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In REVELATOR the last Robo-Ky gives Bedman a speech how he could possibly defend people that mocked him the way they did, and self-destructs in his face leaving him vulnerable for Venom to strike him down with Terra Machina System. The stinger shows his head sprout a propeller and fly off with the unconscious Venom.
  • Hive Mind: Subverted because since all RKs have the same arrogant personality, each model is acting superior than the other. Once REVELATOR rolls around there's only one left, but this particular Robo-Ky has gone on to develop his own personality and a sense of individuality.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The Theme Naming of his special moves is a bunch of cringe-inducing puns on Ky's name. It varies via the original Japanese version or the localized version of Accent Core Plus R.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Robo-Ky is able to taunt when laying down, allowing him to delay his getup to mess with his foe's wakeup offense.
  • Last of His Kind: The Robo-Ky in REVELATOR was the only one of the bunch to avoid decommissioning. He now drifts on his own working as a mercenary who's taken about as seriously as you'd expect Robo-Ky to be.
  • Lethal Joke Character: Quite possibly the series' textbook example. Robo-Ky may seem silly at first glance, but if you make the mistake of underestimating him, joke's on you. This guy can completely force you on the defensive, locking you down with no chance of being able to attack, and utterly decimate your lifebar within mere seconds after the round starts.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Has the same level of mobility as Ky Kiske, but has higher health, weighs a lot more and deals high damage while also having a stronger zoning game.
  • Losing Your Head: After his fight with Bedman in Xrd, he has become a a disembodied head until Venom finds a way to get him a new body.
  • Mars Needs Women: He likes human women in general, desiring Millia, Jam and Baiken. He's also attracted to Dizzy.
  • Mecha-Mooks: There are many Robo-Kys and they are acting in separate missions that most of the time fail. In XX, his win quote on winning a Mirror Match is to ask the other one why it diverted from their programming.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter:
    • He has to manage two different meters: a thermostat and a battery gauge. The thermostat shows how hot (in the literal sense) he is at the moment. He can build up heat by attacking the opponent with some attacks (usually those that pressure the opponent) and reduce it by either doing a "vent" attack (his forward hard slash), doing one of his overdrives or simply doing nothing. The more heat you have, the stronger your normal attacks are (especially with his forward hard slash showing the visual differences); but when you max out heat, Robo-Ky will explode and lose some health.
    • The battery gauge is actually his Tension gauge. He cannot build up meter like the other characters and has to use his Zadan-KY (Conversation-MEETING) power mat (his crouching dust, as his sweep is actually his crouching slash), the aforementioned Tsuu-KY-Geki or his KY-Denpa (STRANGE-Electrical Wave) command throw to build up his meter. The more he has power/tension, more some of his special attacks are strengthened. All in all, his pressure and damage output is limited with how much heat and how much power he can manage and juggle with.
  • More Dakka: His forward punch command normal, which fires a small burst from his elbow. Can be fired three times in a row but builds up a lot of heat.
  • Necessary Drawback: His high health is mitigated by his tendency to explode and his damage output is limited from being a Mechanically Unusual Fighter.
  • Nice Guy: The last Robo-Ky in Xrd is just as nice of a person as the real Ky, just a bit more foul-mouthed. He WILL go out of his way to help someone in need, even if he complains about it.
  • Odd Friendship: With Venom post-Xrd.
  • Older and Wiser: The final Robo-Ky in REVELATOR is initially introduced arguing with and being bullied by bratty children while sitting on a street corner advertising his services for menial jobs, but eventually, he's hired by Venom, and as the two converse, it becomes clearer and clearer that he's developed an unbending moral code and a rustic sort of wisdom. He immediately sees through Bedman's egotistical facade, sympathizing and commiserating with him as they fight, attempting to talk him down the entire time. When Bedman attempts to murder the children from earlier to break Venom and Robo-Ky's offensive, Robo-Ky takes the shots for them without hesitation - and goes right back to patiently lecturing Bedman.
  • Playing with Fire: When his thermostat is at a high amount, his normal attacks have increased damage and hitstun while also setting his foe on fire.
  • Secret Character: In the original XX, where he was just a re-implemented version of Ky's EX version from X, commonly referred to as "Zombie Ky".
  • Slouch of Villainy: Has a fold-in throne.
  • SNK Boss: In the original GGXX, this guy, not I-No, was banned from competitive gameplay. Consider that in most characters' story modes, you must fight him while he doesn't take damage from anything but Overdrives... However, it's important to note that he was banned from competitive gameplay for the same reason Kliff and Justice were. It wasn't necessarily because he was overpowered, but rather because he was a console-only character that wasn't created with balance in regards to other characters in mind (although Kliff and Justice turned out to be legitimately overpowered). He became tournament legal starting in #Reload, where he was added to the default roster with his own unique moveset.
  • Spam Attack Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: One of his Overdrives, Dame na Yatsu wa Nani wo Yatte mo Dame! (Whatever is Done, A Fellow No Good is No Good!), which allows him to use a unique additional "headbutt" attack as a finisher (which only becomes its own command as of Slash). DAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEDAMEEE!!!
  • Sphere of Destruction: His Gen-KY Lovers (Li-MIT Lovers) Overdrive causes him to perform an animation similar to one of Robo-Ky's very old moves (his Ray Divider), making him press a big red button that puts him in a state that allows him to gain his meter very quickly and increases his movement speed...that is until the countdown starts and then ends, Robo-Ky will let loose a self-damaging explosion of electricity that's a sphere that can stay out for a while if it hits someone. The large amount of hits that said sphere does allows Robo-Ky to burst himself out of it to take advantage of for massive combo opportunities.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: The pre-Xrd model Robo-Kys were legitimate Jerkasses. The last Robo-Ky in Xrd is extremely compassionate to everyone he meets despite his occasional rude outbursts.

Non-playable Characters

    Sharon 
Voiced by: Megumi Han

Slayer's immortal wife who is always seen to be accompanying him. Apparently, she isn't a vampire.

  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Elphelt's victory quote and Bedman's Instant-Kill against Slayer make her out to be this.
  • Complete Immortality: Sharon simply cannot be killed by any means, be it by violence or disease. Slayer drains all her blood before entering battle and she does not mind it one bit, as she'll come back fine in a little while. Word of God has it that she's a normal human, but thanks to a bug in her information in the Backyard, she has physical idiosyncrasy, which allows her to never age and regenerate from damn near anything.
  • Happily Married: To Slayer.
  • Paper People: When Slayer sucks her blood in his Xrd intro animation, she's turned completely flat and soars away thanks to the wind.
  • She's Got Legs
  • The Speechless: She never spoke, despite Slayer always conversing with her. However...
  • Suddenly Voiced: She finally talks with Slayer during the intro to his arcade mode in Xrd.

    Crow Kuwubara 
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Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto

An amoral scientist who works for the PWAB. He has a connection with Johnny. He meddles with many of the characters by making Justice clones and having them fight. He is apparently a traitor to the Japanese people according to Anji, Baiken and Faust.


    That Man 
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"Long time no see, Frederick..."

Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (XX, JP), Tomokazu Sugita (Overture-current, JP) / Yuri Lowenthal (Overture, EN) Derek Stephen Prince (Xrd, EN)

One of the lead scientists on the Gear Project alongside Sol Badguy / Frederick Bulsara and a female researcher named Aria Hale. Like Sol, he wishes to atone for the gears he created going on a Kill All Humans rampage. But unlike Sol, who decided to hunt down the gears, he chose to pursue another, mysterious goal by manipulating events from the shadows.

As the one of the co-creators of the Gears, he has a deep connection with Sol and Justice, and has become a target of multiple other characters in the series like Baiken, Anji, and Axl Low for the destruction his creations wrought. He also has multiple agents carrying out his various agendas, including the immortal Raven, the witch I-no, and the gear Jack-O'.

He is first mentioned in Missing Link, where Justice reveals to Ky that "Even if I die, the Gears will not! As long as that man... still... lives..." However, he only appears in earnest in XX, where he reveals himself to Sol after I-no's defeat, invites Anji to join him in "the betterment of the world", and other cryptic actions.

Overture and Xrd however reveal his true name and motives: The Gear Maker, a.k.a. Asuka R. Kreutz, had in fact lost control of his creations to a third party that dubbed itself "The Universal Will". Seeking to destroy humanity for their perceived imperfections, the Will brainwashed the gears to serve as its puppets, leading to the destruction of Japan and the century long Crusades. Asuka, meanwhile, has made it his life mission to release the gears from other's control, and create a world where humans and gears can at last co-exist as equals, no matter what methods he must resort to.
  • Affably Evil: For a major antagonist, he's shockingly polite, and most of his subordinates seem to genuinely like him. Axl even points out (and I-no agrees) he expected the guy to be someone more... villainous.
  • Anti-Villain: Despite being antagonistic towards a lot of characters, he ultimately wants to bring about a peaceful world where gears and humans can live side by side.
  • The Atoner: He repeatedly comments that he deserves every bit of Sol's hatred, blaming himself for not being able to cure Aria / Justice's brainwashing into a mindless ruthless weapon out to destroy all of humanity. He even explicitly creates Jack-O' in hopes she'll be able to restore Justice into Aria in Revelator.
  • Big Bad: He's one of the creators of the Gears, which directly led to the Crusades, and manipulates and targets the rest of the cast at regular intervals to further his Evil Plan. Subverted in Xrd, where he's revealed to actually be Good All Along, trying to stop the Omnicidal Maniac Universal Will, who was behind Justice and the rest of the Gears going insane, from wiping out humanity for good.
  • Big Good: Xrd -Sign- reveals he's been orchestrating the efforts to stop the Kill All Humans plan of the real Greater-Scope Villain of the series, and imprisoned and experimented on Justice in an attempt to save her from said villain's brainwashing.
  • Bishōnen: When unmasked in Revelator, he's shown to be a svelte pretty boy with Mystical White Hair and attractive features.
  • Breaking Speech: Serveral times gives monologues deconstructing Sol's motivations and actions.
  • The Chessmaster: He's orchestrating the action of multiple characters throughout the series, with a number of them even serving as his personal agents.
  • Dark Messiah: Wants to bring peaceful coexistence between humans and gears, even if it means using any and all questionable means possible to get there.
  • Distressed Dude: Ends up captured by Bedman and Ariels after his attempt to stop Justice's revival fails in Xrd.
  • Enemy Mine: Joins forces with Sol, who for years considered That Man to be his Arch-Enemy, to take on their mutual enemy and destroy the Cradle's shield in Xrd.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: For all his cruel actions, he really does care for Aria and Sol, as well as the peaceful co-existence of humans and gears like Ky and Dizzy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Despite being a criminal and terrorist who created what amount to magical bio-weapons, he was utterly horrified to see the gears being used as puppets and tools of war. It's to the point his central motivation has become to make sure the gears become a true sapient race and no one can ever control them again.
  • Evil Plan: Subverted. Despite the underhanded means he resorts to and sending his agents out to fight multiple members of the cast on a regular basis, All he wants is to allow Gears and any other sentient beings on Earth co-exist with humanity just like Dizzy and Ky, rather than being a mindless weapon like how the Conclaive and Ariels wanted. And free his friend Aria from her current fate as one such mindless weapon.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Played with. He turned both Frederick and later Aria into gears without their consent, in the first case to extend their lifespan and the second case to save their life.
  • Evil vs. Evil: In Xrd he's fighting against the equally antagonistic Conclave and Ariels. Subverted when it turns out Ariels is the Greater-Scope Villain of the series and Asuka was actually the Big Good fighting her the entire time.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Has a wing-shaped eyepatch over one of his eyes in Xrd to visually illustrate his growth from a mere scientist in flashbacks to a powerful magic user now.
  • The Faceless: We never get to see what he looks like under his hood in XX, with his full in-game appearance only being revealed years later in the Xrd series.
  • Fountain of Youth: A very strange, self-inflicted case. In order to be able to exist within the Backyard, That Man had to reverse his aging process using magic. In XX and Accent Core, he appears just as he did years ago, but in Overture his body has de-aged to that of a teenager. By Xrd he's practically a child.
  • Friendly Rivalry: By the end of Xrd -REVELATOR-, Sol declares that his battle against That Man isn't over. However, now that Sol knows the truth behind Asuka's actions and Aria has been revived, he doesn't have the same animosity he once had, turning their battle into more of a rivalry.
  • Freudian Excuse: The real reason he's so antagonistic towards Sol? He's pissed Sol killed Justice, a.k.a. his friend and Sol's spouse Aria, in Missing Link, even though he knows Aria was so Brainwashed and Crazy she would have hurt countless people if she was allowed to escape again. It's notable that after realizing there's a chance to revive Aria in Xrd, his relationship with Sol becomes considerably less strained.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His real name, Asuka, is typically a girl's name, despite him being male.
  • Good All Along: Despite his antagonistic actions in the previous games, in Xrd he's revealed to have been trying to stop the actual Greater-Scope Villain who made Justice and the Gears go crazy and try to Kill All Humans in the series's backstory, is still working to stop this enemy, genuinely cares about Sol and Aria despite his strained relationship with Sol, and wants Gears to be able to peacefully coexist with humans.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Not a hint about his true motives has been revealed in any of the games. We only know that everyone in the cast is affected by his machinations. Becomes a heroic example, as he just wants to revive his friend Aria, and make a world where gears and humans can live side by side, even seeing Dizzy as a symbol of hope for a better world.
  • Honor Before Reason: In the end of -REVELATOR- he's nearly reconciled with Sol, but desires a final battle anyway.
  • I Did What I Had to Do:
    • Though he regrets it, he justifies forcing Justice to fire on Japan in order to prevent something far worse namely the Universal Will's invasion of reality using humans it infected with Gear Cells.
    • He also justifies turning Sol into the first gear as being the only way to make sure Sol would still be alive when a cure was found to Aria's disease and she could finally be unfrozen.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Despite how deeply he clearly cared for Aria, going full Evilutionary Biologist for the sake of her health and happiness, he still wanted her to be with Frederick, as he knew Frederick was the one that truly made her happy.
  • Magi Babble: Despite being a scientist, he's prone to devolving into meaningless jargon and allusions that mean little to nothing regarding magic and magical constructs.
  • Merlin Sickness: A rare, self-inflicted version. The reason he's been alive for over 100 years is because he's been using magic to reverse his aging.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has been influencing the majority of the cast since X through his agents and giving them cryptic hints to accomplish his goals. Becomes a heroic example in the end of Overture, where it's revealed his goal is to stop the series's Greater-Scope Villain from turning gears into her puppets and wiping out mankind.
  • No Name Given: In his introduction in X and multiple games afterwards, he's simply known as "That Man" or "The Gear Maker", with his actual name never brought up. Subverted as of REVELATOR. His name is Asuka R. Kreuz.
  • No-Sell: Near the climax of Xrd Bedman gets the drop on That Man and pulls him into Nightmare Theater. That Man turns out to be completely immune to its effects, but it still makes an excellent prison that as of -REVELATOR- That Man is finding troublesome to get out of.
  • Older Is Better: An over century old magic user who is considered the most powerful user of magic in the world and quite possibly the most dangerous human on the planet.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Talks about vague things with his minions every game.
  • Only Friend: In After Story A, after years of serving him as a well, servant, That Man AKA Asuka starts to consider Raven as this, and going as far as to feel guilty about treating him as a pawn. Raven complies with revealing his own past and ending his terms with Asuka as a close friend as well.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: As shown in Revelator, his real name is Asuka R. Kreutz.
  • Shipper on Deck: The actual reason he turned Frederick into a gear is because he knew Aria would rather spend as much time as she could with Frederick than go into cryogenic slumber and wake up who knows how many years later after a cure was found into a world were he wasn't there. Thus, he made Frederick an immortal gear who could be there for Aria no matter how decades passed.
  • So Proud of You: Genuinely praises Dizzy for her decision to live side-by-side with humans despite being a gear that most of them fear and hate.
    That Man: Dizzy-kun, you are the hope for the world. Beyond my wildest dreams.
  • Squishy Wizard: Nightmarishly strong with his magic but as Sol puts it without it "any old fart could take him out."
  • The Trickster: Generally keeps his actual agenda hidden and uses misdirection to get other members of the cast to do what he wants.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Played with. He does a LOT of bad things to accomplish his goals, stealing, killing, emotionally manipulating people he genuinely respects, and more, all for the sake of bringing about a peaceful world where the Omnicidal Maniac Universal Will is stopped and gears and humans can live by side by side. However, his goal of keeping humanity advancing forward also stands in opposition to those like his fellow Apostle Chronus, who wanted to hold humanity back to combat the Universal Will first.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A white haired villain who will stoop to all sorts of underhanded means to get what he wants. Subverted when it turns out what he wants is to prevent the extinction of humanity at the hands of a rogue magical construct and also create a world where gears and humans can live together in peace.
  • World's Strongest Man: Sol outright calls him the world's strongest magic user in the ending of -REVELATOR-, and he shows himself more than capable of going toe to toe with Super Prototype gears like Sol.
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