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Here we're going to list the characters introduced in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and its Updated Rereleases -REVELATOR- and -REV 2-.

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Introduced in -SIGN- (Arcade Version)

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Bedman as of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.

"We talk about survival of the fittest a lot, but all that really means is the skilled live and the unskilled die. Since you're clearly in that second group, maybe pick your fights a bit more carefully? Do you understand what I'm saying? It's never going to matter how much you 'want it' when you're up against someone who can kill you with a sneeze."

Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP) / Yuri Lowenthal (EN)

A comatose young boy (though he certainly sounds much older) piloting a sort of hybrid between a Mini-Mecha and a bed. His purpose and motives are shrouded in mystery. All that is known is that he is the subject of horrific experiments that allow him to trap people in nightmare worlds of his own creation.

The plot of Xrd reveals that Bedman works for a mysterious third party, later revealed to be the entity known as the Universal Will. He serves as the Will's personal hitman and right hand. He has taken countless lives, yet remembers all their identities out of respect, having committed himself to his goal for an "Absolute World" where he can be with his long-lost sister again, along with everyone he has killed being revived. He and his sister suffered from a rare condition that caused their minds to progress faster than their own bodies could handle, thus causing their bodies to "overheat" in a sense. The two had to be put in a constant state of sleep to ensure their survival. His interactions with various other characters showcase his Hitman with a Heart qualities. Sadly, he realizes too late that his ideals and those of his benefactor's are not the same, and he dies tragically betrayed and cast aside by the Universal Will.

In-game, Bedman is an aggressive zoner who thrives when engaging opponents on his own terms. Attacking with his special moves leaves a Déjà Vu seal on the ground which he can 'replay' a copy of that move out of, leading to extremely oppressive combos. He also possesses a unique floating 8-way air dash, and a forward dash that will teleport Bedman behind his opponent if he is attacked while doing so. However, he will suffer heavily if he doesn't gain match control due to his large hurtbox, mediocre defensive options and limited movement speed.

Tropes associated with Bedman:

  • Alas, Poor Villain: After viewing Revelator's story mode, it's hard not to sympathize with him after his backstory is finally revealed and he dies in one of the cruelest ways imaginable.
  • Animal Motifs: He has a hairstyle evoking a sheep, summons a monstrous phantom sheep to stun his opponents as one of his Overdrives (Super Moves), and his leitmotif is titled "Does the Sheep Count the Sheep?" See a pattern here? Takes a very tragic turn in REVELATOR where we learn he blindly follows Ariels' orders like a sheep, only to be betrayed and killed by her.
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: It's been said that Bedman himself can rotate his head far more than an average human.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: His method of killing people is to force them into dreams and kill them there.
  • Body Horror: Downplayed. It looks like those huge nails embedded into his chest are what keeps him fastened to the bed, but they actually don't. They're still huge nails embedded into his chest.
  • Calling Your Attacks: One of the few characters to completely avert this trope, considering Bedman sleeps through entire matches and only speaking if he wins, activates his Instant Kill, or gets KO'd.
  • Creepy Monotone: Speaks in deadpan albeit rapid fire monotone.
  • Cuteness Proximity: In his own weird way, this is his reaction to gaining cartoony eyes from Faust's Instant Kill.
    Bedman: So... so kawaii! I must savor this; document it. Yes! From the right side, adjust to a 66.6 degree angle of inclination and snap!
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His sister Delilah, who also had powers that made their childhood difficult.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He and his sister Delilah were ostracized because of their inexplicably-high intelligence. Unfortunately, their rapidly-growing intelligence was, in fact, a curse. Their bodies could not keep up with how far their minds were growing, and they began to "overheat", so to speak. The only way for them to live was to be put into a state of constant sleep. It turns out that human dreaming is connected to the Backyard, and Bedman happened upon the Universal Will, who promised him the chance to not only see his sister again, but also an Absolute World where he could be able to leave a lasting mark and return the people he'd killed to life, instead of only being able to cause death.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: A minor example, but he interrupts the machinations of That Man of all people by grabbing him and warping him out of the battlefield during the Cradle assault.
  • Disability Superpower: Being in a nigh-perpetual coma might sound like a bad thing, but for Bedman it's blessing since he's at his strongest when he's asleep... which probably still counts as a bad thing depending on who you ask.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Ends up critically injured by Venom in the story mode of -REVELATOR-, and is then betrayed by Ariels. The last moments of his life are defiantly but futilely attempting to defend himself by using the remainder of his life force to repel Ariels' attacks, and then dying by turning into stone.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Somewhat justified as he's on his bed 24/7.
  • The Dragon: To Ariels, ruler of the Sanctus Populi.
  • The Dreaded: The Story and Arcade leaves every immortal character baffled and every mortal character terrified as he is nearly indestructible, as well as being terribly powerful in combat. Zato on the other hand figures out how Bedman fights very very quickly, and quite bluntly states that he can beat Bedman. This makes Bedman break a sweat and wish that Zato would just go back to being dead.
  • Dream Tropes: His main motif. One of his Overdrives summons a nightmarish creature to attack his opponents.
    • Visual Pun: Ties in with the idea of children being unable to sleep at night due to their fear of the creatures living underneath their beds.
  • Dream Walker
  • Empathic Weapon: The bed robot moves and acts less like a machine and more like it's Bedman's own body and limbs, reacting quickly and flawlessly with his current demeanor at all times.
  • Equivalent Exchange: The longer the distance he has to teleport, the more time he needs to prepare. This is eventually used against him during the assault on the Cradle, with Leo and Johnny constantly going on the attack so he can't warp away to stop Faust.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He's killed many people all for the sake of seeing his sister again.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: He's a man in a bed. Well, technically, he looks like a kid, but you get the picture.
  • Expy: Of Relius Clover from BlazBlue. The two have their creepy mannerisms and have the theme of using their opponents' worst fears against them.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Ariels orders Bedman to kill Ramlethal now that her purpose was fulfilled. He's alright with this at first, but once he sees that she's starting to develop emotions, he quickly changes his mind and refuses to harm a "little girl", even threatening to quit working for Ariels in his fit of rage. It's implied that his late sister was also seen as a tool with no regard for her feelings, which makes his actions understandable.
  • Evil Mentor: He is so willing to encourage Ramlethal to believe in her own individuality that he does it in the cruelest fashion possible. He kills her dog and immediately offers her a replacement. He already knows she will refuse, and uses that to explain that she too is unique, like the dog she loved.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: In the most cruel and heart-rending manner imaginable. DAMN you, Ariels.
  • Hitman with a Heart: He gets into an argument with Ariels over being ordered to kill Ramlethal, who moments ago had just shown that she was developing emotions. Yes, his method of encouraging Ramlethal was very cruel, but Bedman showed genuine care for her. In -REVELATOR-, he does the same with Elphelt, trying to ease the pain of becoming Justice's core by placing her in a Lotus-Eater Machine. When she tries to free herself, Bedman pleads with her not to, fearing that the reality of the situation will traumatize her.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!: And a bed.
  • Insufferable Genius: His Motor Mouth habits are bad enough, but then he also constantly rubs it in others faces just how inhumanly smarter than them he is. His Mirror Match win quote states that having an IQ of 200 is the minimum criteria to befriend him.
    • Intelligence = Isolation: ...Which naturally leads to this, since he pretty much has no friends whatsoever. The only person he ever speaks with on equal terms is Ariels, his client, and even then he's not afraid to get testy with her.
    • Given his history and the ostracism he and his sister suffered, this attitude isn't too surprising.
  • Jerkass: When he does speak, he's very condescending. Check out his victory quotes.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Yet despite the above, sometimes he has legitimate advice for his opponents. He subtly praises Chipp for 'reacting' to him and advises Venom to rely on his sight a little more. And in Xrd, he and Axl have a surprisingly honest heart-to-heart over their similar situations.
  • Kick the Dog: Quite literally, in the Story Mode, he kills a Magehound puppy that Ramlethal had befriended. Subverted when you take into account that he did this because as she started developing her emotions, he took pity on her and wished to teach her the value of individual life. So in a weird way, it's also an example of Pet the Dog at the same time.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite his robot's extremely large build, his attacks hit hard and fast, and is extremely fast and flies around just as much as his opponent, though this only applies when he's on the ground.
  • Made of Diamond: The bed robot is durable to a ridiculous degree, though granted with all the fighting Bedman usually does it's somewhat of a requirement. The only one to ever do lasting damage to it was President Gabriel, which paved the way for it to get more damaged later on.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: His main gimmick is that he can make copies of his special moves come out after using the main versions, as a sort of trap\combo extender.
    • He also lacks a traditional air dash. Instead, his double jump makes him pause in mid-air for a split second and he can dash in any direction from there. This leads to some difficulty in adjusting to him.
  • Mini-Mecha: His subconciously-controlled "Reinforced High-Density Bed Frame", apparently the eighth revision. The bed starts out looking fairly normal until its mechanical parts emerge from underneath it.
  • Mind Rape: Bedman's MO is to trap his victims in nightmare worlds to kill them in their sleep. His One-Hit KO attack forces the victim to relieve their painful pasts as he watches. That Man is completely immune to its effects, and the Nightmare Theater is little more than a frustrating prison for him to break out of.
  • Motor Mouth: As seen here. Tomokazu Sugita even lampshades how long his winquote is.
    • Slightly less so in the English version as he talks slower, but it's still a mouthful and the subtitles take up three or four lines, and sometimes go on even after other characters have begun talking.
    • If Bedman is KO'd and loses the match, he will start speaking as he falls up until the victory animation for his opponent plays.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When he realizes The Universal Will wants to destroy humanity with no intention of resurrecting them in the Absolute World, he loses it and turns on her.
  • My Skull Runneth Over: What will happen if he ever wakes up.
  • Oh, Crap!: At the end of his arcade story in -REVELATOR-, encountering Jack-O has him breaking out in cold sweat. He very quickly puts together that this woman is That Man's trump card, and vows to stop them from ever reaching Justice lest they ruin everything.
  • Number of the Beast: According to his character page on the Xrd website, the combined weight of the boy and the bed adds up to 666 kg.
  • Power Incontinence: According to the Arcade story in -REVELATOR-, the reason why Bedman fights while asleep is because using his powers while awake would cause his body (referred to by him as an "engine") to overload.
  • Power Limiter: His sleep. If he were to wake up, his power would surge so massively it would overwhelm his bed.
  • Psychic Powers: Bedman's power quite clearly go beyond killing people in their sleep, enough so to classify him as a...
  • Reality Warper: He can pop into and out of the dream world at will, which is how he teleports during battles. He can also bring nightmare-created monsters with him, or create mental duplicates of earlier actions he made (specifically his Overdrives in-game; the skill is called "Déjà Vu").
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: His dialogue is this, made worse with Motor Mouth.
    Bedman: *After a long off-topic tangent* By the way, I hate long talks...
    Sol: *Stomps ground in frustration* At least we agree on that.
  • Spanner in the Works: His main purpose throughout the plot is to invoke this himself by derailing as many of he protagonist's schemes as possible. For the most part, he's successful. From his perspective, while anyone would be wary of Sol Badguy, he considers Zato to have the potential to be this to him.
    Ah, Conclave, you've really left a mess. I understand that the minute details of your order need not be carried out to the letter, but letting Zato run free is just sloppy. I'm going to have to dispose of him next.
  • The Speechless: Other than some occasional nightmarish growling and the motor mouth tendencies when he wins or loses the round, he is completely silent during battles. It's jarring compared to everyone else.
  • Spikes of Villainy: His bed robot has quite a few spikes on it arms, which also end in spinning, spiked flails. Bashing and slicing with them is his main method of attack.
  • Unexpected Character: When his silhouette was first revealed on the Xrd website, there were all sorts of wild theories on who it was, ranging from a returning character like Robo-Ky to a boss character. Instead, we got Bedman.
  • Unwitting Pawn: His dream of an "Absolute World" was used by Ariels just to string him along, and he was unaware of her genocidal plan towards humanity until it was far too late.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he gets hit by another Bedman's Instant Kill, one of his reactions is genuine fear of being placed into a world he has no control over. Another reaction appears to major mental shutdown, as he blankly recites pi to forty decimal places.
  • Vocal Dissonance: In Japanese especially, he sounds a lot older and deeper than his appearance would suggest he should. Revelator drops some hints that it's his appearance that might be out of sync due to his sleeping being near-stasis-like, and that he's actually significantly older than he looks and his voice reflects this. Sure enough, once he wakes up mere minutes before he dies fighting Ariels, his mind finally catches up to his body as he unleashes his power, overloading him and resulting in flash-fossilization.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He wants an proper-noun "Absolute World" where his thoughts would shape reality, rather than dreams. This would allow him to save his sister and all the people he's killed. He's memorized every person he's ever killed, with the intention of resurrecting them.
  • Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Quite possibly his sole redeeming quality. For all the dirty business Bedman gets involved in, hurting a child is the one line that he won't cross. This even extends to Ramlethal, who Ariels ordered executed, but once he sees that she's on the cusp of developing emotions he adamantly refuses to kill her, thinking of her as a child herself.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: His Instant Kill, which places the opponent inside of a movie screen and forces them to remember their worst memories (not shown directly to the player- only hinted at through the target's dialogue) before several shadowy demons surround and devour them. For example Chipp laments that he only needed one extra vote to become a president.

    Ramlethal Valentine
Ramlethal as of Guilty Gear -STRIVE-

"My name is Ramlethal Valentine. I declare war on all the world. All those unworthy to stand upon it will be destroyed. The future of the past."

"Surrender your future."

"Resist...the future."

Voiced by: Megumi Han (JP) / Erin Fitzgerald (EN)
Lucifero voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP) / Sam Riegel (EN)

The final boss (essentially) of Xrd -SIGN-. A mysterious girl who comes from the Backyard, another dimension that is said to hold immense knowledge and power. Roughly a year after the "Baptisma 13" incident, which were the events of Guilty Gear 2 Overture, she appears in the sky above Japan and declares war against the entire world, intending to pass judgment upon those who she views as unworthy to inhabit it. The announcement sends mass panic throughout the world, as the instigator of "Baptisma 13" also went by the name of Valentine. Like her predecessor, she wields a strange balloon-like familiar called Lucifero.

The story of Xrd reveals that she is actually a pawn for the Conclave, the advisors to the Pope of Rome, who are orchestrating events from behind the scenes. She and her sister Elphelt, along with the first Valentine, were created by the Universal Will based on her previous host body: the Commander Gear Justice, who in actuality was Sol's lover Aria. Unlike her sister and the first Valentine, Ramlethal was specifically created to not have or show any emotion, instead being stylized in a more bestial manner with shark-like fangs for teeth. Defeated by Sol and Elphelt, she is taken in by the Illyrian government for questioning. Over the course of the story, it's shown that although Ramlethal herself was not given emotions and has no sense of self, she still has the capacity to develop them, and her interactions with Sin and Elphelt slowly but eventually result in her growing out of the "doll" persona her Mother designed her to be, gaining true humanity and sentience. On her own will, Ramlethal rebels against the Universal Will and vows to protect those she cares about, promising to save her sister when she is taken hostage by the Will. In a true show of her newfound humanity, she sacrifices herself during an ambush so that everyone else can escape. Saved and resuscitated by Raven, Ramlethal now lives peacefully within the Kiske household.

She was a time-released secret character in the Arcade version, first available on April 8th. In console -SIGN-, she was a launch character, and moved to the launch roster for all versions of -REVELATOR-.

Confirmed as a returning character in -STRIVE-, now sporting a more military-styled hat with a four-leaf clover adorning it and a more elaborate cloak.

Taking inspirations from 3D fighting games, Ramlethal is a hybrid between a set-play and a combo-oriented character who relies on sending out her slow-but-powerful giant swords to lock the opponent down with disjointed attacks, before moving in for mix-ups with weak-but-fast punch and kick combo chains. However, this results in a distinct lack of proper Gatling Combo routes and poor normal attacks without her swords (which give her both reach and power) by her side, resulting in her struggling when it comes to neutral situations. In addition, Ramlethal getting hit before or during sword swings causes them to return to her side without completing the attack. This makes proper management of her swords and situational awareness a necessity.

Tropes associated with Ramlethal:

  • Ambiguously Brown: She's not even human in the normal sense. And it's a sign of how heavily she's been modified from the template of her genetic forebear, the stridently-fair-skinned Aria. Ramlethal looks more like Aria with her sixth color palette.
    • Hades Shaded: Most likely due to her origin from the Backyard.
  • Animal Motifs: Her hat resembles a pair of cat ears, and her crouch animation has her going down on all fours, and she acts in a distinctly feline manner in battle. Some have even noted that she resembles Taokaka.
  • Bandage Babe: Her appearance in -STRIVE- depicts her with an arm and leg wrapped in bandages.
  • BFS: Has two of them, which are carried around by her familiars.
  • Big Bad: Declares war on all of humanity in Guilty Gear Xrd, bringing her into conflict with the game's various protagonists. Later heavily subverted in that she reveals she's only a pawn after certain characters defeat her in their arcade modes (canonically, Sol's) and any antagonist role she could have is finished as soon the -SIGN- story mode starts.
  • Character Development: Perhaps one of the most heavily-developed characters in the franchise, and she's only been in two games! Her changes in attitude get reflected in updates to her animations in -REVELATOR-.
    • One example is her victory animation. In -SIGN-, she takes off her hat, pats it down a little, and then orders Lucifero to eat her opponent, with us getting a cutaway of her evil-looking Slasher Smile. In -REVELATOR-, she takes off the hat like she does in ''-SIGN-'... and then gives her opponent an introspective look and comment, and if she's friends with her opponent (like Sin or El) she even tells them to focus now on recovering from their bout.
    • In -SIGN-, Ram tends to be very dismissive of her opponents in her win quotes. In -REVELATOR-, because she's developing actual emotions and isn't fighting to kill, she shows a lot more curiosity about many of them.
    • Even her stage reflects her development to some degree. In -SIGN-, it's the huge crater of Japan, with the background basically being a terrifying hellscape caused by the Cradle hovering ominously in the sky, with huge sinister hands manifesting in later rounds. It's the same area in -REVELATOR-, but now it's a clear sky at early sunset, and the seaward rim of the crater has become a kind of waterfall which catches the sunset in a gorgeous manner. It all reflects how, while Ram is still rather strange and intimidating, there's an inner beauty to emerging from her.
  • Clothing Combat: She can control her cloak (which seemingly has razors at the edges) to attack her foes...
    • Living Weapon: ...until you look at her intro and realize that those "razors" are teeth.
  • The Comically Serious: Throughout the story modes of both Xrd games, her non-emotional nature is used for humor, such as whenever her puppy bites her finger, resulting in a flat "ow", or her... difficulties in understanding exactly how smiles work.
  • Cool Hat: In -STRIVE-, she trades her old hat in for one that resembles a navy admiral's hat, but she still keeps the shamrock pin from the old one.
  • Cry Cute: She cries for the first time ever after Bedman kills her dog, and replaces it with an identical one, to show her the meaning of the word "replacement." It doesn't bite down on her finger like the original used to, showing her that the dog that she'd become emotionally attached to really is gone. It's hard not to cry along with her.
  • Cuteness Overload: Ramlethal seems to have a small weakness for cute things.
    • It's her growing relationship with her puppy in the story mode that causes her to develop more emotion.
    • She'll react this way to seeing her own face if Faust uses his Instant Kill on her, and only if she ends up with the cute Black Bead Eyes. Otherwise, she'll either not care or react with Dull Surprise.
    Ramlethal: cute.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Has platinum hair (including, very prominently, eyebrows and eyelashes) and brown skin.
  • Deflector Shields: Her blocking animation is her putting up a green, small rectangle-shaped barrier.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Part of her story arc in Xrd's story mode is this, thanks to Sin and her sis El. It actually works.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Wears only a wrap of cloth around her feet. And after going through a wardrobe change in the story mode, she doesn't even have the wraps.
  • Dull Surprise: Her reaction to everything. Except for watching her puppy get killed and seeing Elphelt get forcibly transported back to the Backyard. Only then does she cry.
    • Or, if you're on the Japanese voice track, when she catches Faust's Kancho she let's out a very distressed squeak.
  • Emotionless Girl: More of a blank slate that has at most two basic expressions: a completely neutral one and a maniacal one. That slowly changes over the course of the story. Though even after she realizes her own capacity to feel emotion, she's still somewhat reserved when it comes to expressing them.
    • Because of this, she Cannot Tell a Lie; her inability to outright tell whether something will help or hinder her often has her blurt out vital info.
  • Eyeless Face: Lucifero, unless Ramlethal's secret taunt is triggered.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The Diva-like thing in her stage background has three eyes on each of its numerous hands.
  • Fanservice Pack: Actually inverted slightly with her appearance in -STRIVE-. She originally wore nothing but a strap over her chest that exposed a lot of Underboobs, but in -STRIVE-, she's switched that out for a comparatively more modest double-breasted vest.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Sin puts hot sauce on her pizza, telling her it's delicious. She's then shown with a burning red face and supremely puffy lips.
  • Friendly Enemy: Exclusively to Bedman. The first thing she does when he appears to attack is thank him for helping her gain true emotions and sapience.
  • Heel–Face Turn: When Elphelt finally convinces her that it's okay for her to have emotions. Comes full circle in , where she becomes one of the main trio of heroes alongside Sol and Sin.
  • Legacy Character: Serves as the second "Valentine" in the series, after Valentine in Guilty Gear 2: Overture. Thus, everyone takes her intentions seriously.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: To an extent, she plays like a Mortal Kombat character (in that her moveset involves MK-styled single-or-dual-button-mash combos as opposed to the all four/five-input combos of most GG characters, with her specials also behaving in a slightly more MK-esque fashion). On top of that, she has different properties depending on whether or not one or both of her greatswords are deployed (with her only able to use certain Overdrives depending on whether she has her swords equipped or deployed).
  • Musical Nod: Being the second Valentine, her Xrd theme is very similar to Valentine's "Diva" from Overture.
  • Power Floats: Can float in mid-air, as a sign of her power.
  • Primal Stance: Her crouching animation is feline-like, complete with her "hissing" blowing her cloak up like a standing-up fur.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Dark-Skinned Blonde aside, she plays this to a T.
  • Sailor Fuku: Wears a green one in the story mode after she's been captured by the heroes. Still sans shoes, though. She keeps it as her everyday-wear once she joins "the team" in -REVELATOR-.
  • Sexy Walk: Unintentional, but she's got one anyway.
  • Slasher Smile: Makes shark-toothed grins whenever she's about to attack... or most other times she grins, for that matter, to hilarious effect in the story modes of both -SIGN- and -REVELATOR- (her moment with Leo in Rev being especially memorable). In fact it seems that's either the only smile she was taught how to do by Mother, or the one that is biologically easiest for her to do.
  • SNK Boss: In Xrd where she's final boss of arcade mode. Not only does she continuously build tension meter, but both her Calvados and Trance overdrives do vastly more damage and last longer than her normal, playable version.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Her theme, while still a driving rock track true to the spirit of Guilty Gear, opens with and centers around a very airy, calming guitar riff, and in general is rather more upbeat than you'd expect for the theme of someone who bills themselves as a murderous Big Bad. This would be due to the fact that her true inner nature is more heroic than anything.
  • Stance System: She has different properties depending on whether she has both greatswords equipped, one equipped and one deployed, and both deployed.
  • Stripperiffic: Her cloak can potentially cover it up, but underneath it she's very much exposed. She's got Underboobs, Who Wears Short Shorts?, Bare Your Midriff, She's Got Legs and Does Not Like Shoes going on beneath that cloak. It's even a subject of conversation between her and Lucifero in a secret taunt.
    Lucifero: Look, I don't know how to say this, but don't you feel You're just like the last Valentine, what's the deal with you ladies?
    Ramlethal: Not your business.
    Licifero: Damn, look at those legs. You like showing that sexy stuff off, huh?
    Ramlethal: Shut up.
    Lucifero: Hey, you have a thing for me, dont'cha?
    Ramlethal: Go die.
    Lucifero: Yes, sorry.
  • Taking You with Me: Tried to do this with Sol, but was stopped by Elphelt.
  • Through Her Stomach: One of Sin's attempts to get Ramlethal to smile was by feeding her a burger. It works.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Burgers, though it's early. One of her digital figure poses involves her contemplating one, and in Revelator's story mode, she says she's not hungry in one scene but seems to follow Sol and Sin after the former comments that they're going to Danny Missiles while walking away.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: So, short, in fact, it makes you wonder if she's even wearing anything below them or if they're actually her underwear.
  • Yin-Yang Bomb: Uses both a black and white Lucifer weapon in battle.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: She uses her swords as this for her Gamma Ray super.
  • When She Smiles: Slasher Smile notwithstanding, she actually smiles a tiny bit after trying a burger. As of -REVELATOR-, she now gives a genuine smile instead of a Slasher Smile during her winpose. And of course, she gives a small, genuine smile before her "death" halfway through Rev's story mode.

Introduced in -SIGN- (Console Version)

    Elphelt Valentine
Elphelt in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.
Click here  to see Elphelt as she appears in -REVELATOR-

"My sister and I possess the same control restraints. I will stop her... I hope my dress doesn't get too dirty."

Voiced by: Aya Suzaki (JP), Cassandra Lee (EN)

Ramlethal's sister, sent to be a sleeper agent but who malfunctioned and gained emotions during her infiltration, outing her identity and leading to her capture by the Illyrian Army. A lovestruck girl who wears a wedding dress and wields a shotgun-rifle combination. She tries her hardest to be the pinnacle of femininity, but usually ends up failing.

She was a originally console-exclusive DLC character that came free with first print copies of Sign; in Revelator she became part of the main roster in all versions.

A versatile character with strong pressure game, Elphelt has various tools that forces her opponent to respect both her approach and offense. Much of her special moves involves entering a relatively immobile aiming stance and using either her Miss Travalier shotgun at close range or Miss Confire rifle (the latter she actually has to aim manually) to get at her foe. if the situation doesn't favor her, she can cook and throw a Pineberry grenade either to ward off opponents in neutral or to set up a knockdown combo (okizeme) On the negative side, her lack of reliable reversals means she has difficulty breaking out of a opponent's offense without using up her Tension (Super meter) or Burst mechanic.

Tropes associated with Elphelt:

  • All Love Is Unrequited: All love from Elphelt, anyway: some of her victory quotes have her learning that her opponent already has eyes for someone else (Ky and Slayer are married, Venom doesn't want a wife and is in love with Zato, Zato only wants Millia).
  • Animal Motifs: Like the other Valentines, Elphelt's outfit, primarily her hat, bears a resemblance to a kind of animal. In her case, a rabbit. Even her personality is like that of a rabbit's (she's lovesick and her profile states that she hates being lonely).
  • Anything That Moves: While she only rhapsodizes about being married to male characters, she doesn't hesitate to perform her Magnum Wedding Instant Kill on men, women, part-Gears, vampires, parasites, boys on mechanized beds or her own sister.
  • Badass Adorable: She may be cute, clumsy, and sweet, but she is a Valentine and, as the game's Story Mode shows, more than capable of holding her own in battle.
  • Bait-and-Switch: One of Elphelt's taunts show her getting ready to go One-Winged Angel... only for it to be revealed that she was fantasizing about going One-Winged Angel.
  • Color Motif: Red, pink and rose, to symbolize her Love Freak status.
  • Cleavage Window: She would be the Token Wholesome if it's not for her revealing cleavage.
  • Crosshair Aware: Whipping out Elphelt's rifle brings up aimable crosshairs. Of course, the opposing player can see them, too.
  • Crush Blush Stickers: She has these in her victory pose when going on about her wedding with the defeated.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Her taunt has her happily thinking about tripping and thus throwing a wedding cake in someone's face, and her air-throw has her flailing in panic.
  • Developers' Foresight: A very rare glitch in the game which allowed players to select Shadow and Gold color palettes from past games revealed that the color palette for her One-Winged Angel form is her Shadow color.
  • Expy: She looks very similar to Cutey Honey and it's likely that she is based off of her.
  • Evil Costume Switch: By Revelator, her clothes have changed from white and red to black and grey, complete with a spiked collar, spike gauntlets, and devil horns.
  • Fainting: Of the emotional variety. She gets a bit too excited about marrying her defeated opponent and faints with a Nosebleed in her winpose.
  • Femininity Failure: A variation in that she's not a tomboy, but she still fails at being feminine due to her clumsiness and her penchant for using firearms.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She loves people, animals and nature (though she's particularly fond of bush dogs).
  • Foreshadowing: She keeps talking in her sleep about "eliminating all redundancies", just like Ramlethal. You may think she's having flashbacks... this was a signal that she was still being controlled, and that the backstory she gave was false.
  • Gag Boobs: Bustiest member of the cast and plenty of bounce. She also uses them as her Victoria's Secret Compartment.
  • Gainaxing: There is a lot of focus on her breasts.
  • Girly Bruiser: Actively tries her best to be as much of a Proper Lady as possible, but when left with no other options, Elphelt is ready to bring out the heavy artillery.
  • Girly Run: Blatantly done in her win pose.
  • Glowing Eyes: Her eyes have a rather noticeable cybernetic-like glow to them. Likely due to her status as Valentine.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Ramlethal's plot is the threshold, and Elphelt HERSELF is Godzilla.
  • Incompatible Orientation: She'll propose to anyone, even the canonically-Straight Gay Venom.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery:
    (announcer Slayer) "Elphelt. You wear that dress beautifully."
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Revelator, due to Bedman's Lotus-Eater Machine abilities.
  • Locked into Strangeness: Following the events of Xrd, she has been left with white hair, pale skin and pale blue eyes after she was taken by Universal Will. These changes remain even after she is back to normal.
  • Love Freak: Loves to think about love and marriage.
    (as announcer) "Let's go find love!"
  • Love Potion: Her Instant Kill is basically a firearm version of a cupid's bow and arrow.
  • Marked Bullet: The bullet she uses in her Instant Kill has a heart shot by an arrow engraved on it.
  • Meaningful Name: Naturally shares her surname with the commercial holiday, but she also shares it with the holidays namesake; St. Valentine, who was an advocate for keeping the institution of marriage in the Roman empire.
  • The Mole: Was intended to be this, until a very intense wedding party overloaded her programming and awakened her true "self". It turns out that she is actually a Manchurian Agent, her programming having been kept secret from her so she could fulfill it. Her true role is that of a spy sent to observe Sol, allow Justice to be revived, and prevent Sol from "awakening".
  • Motor Mouth: Both her winpose and winquotes are so long that they put Rufus to shame. She pulls out a marriage certificate and then starts rambling on about something before getting a nosebleed and falling over.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her huge boobs and cleavage window definitely qualify her for this.
  • Musical Nod: Like Ramlethal (and later Jack-O) her theme "Marionette" references Valentine's theme "Diva" from Guilty Gear 2: Overture, but in a way that's different from Ramlethal's "Diva of Despair."
  • Named Weapons: Miss Confire and Miss Travailler, for her rifle and shotgun respectively.
  • Nosebleed: In her win pose. Rather odd considering this is typically done by male characters.
    • She gets a little too excited about holding hands in her winning animation.
    • Bizarrely, she also gets one when Sin describes the love of his father for him and his mother.
  • Nice Girl: Unlike the other Valentines, she happens to be very sweet, friendly, and kind.
  • One-Winged Angel: In Xrd's story mode when her true programming is awakened, as it was actually revealed that Dr. Paradigm warned her not to fight, due to her fighting limit is too weak, and easily being manipulated by Bedman and Ariels into exceeding her fighting limits, turning her into a mindless Gear. Once her threshold has been exceeded too much, her body becomes black, her hair glows white and her personality is overwritten with one resembling the other Valentines. Sol manages to beat her back to normal.
  • Pistol-Whipping: She can bash her opponents with her shotgun.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her redish-pink hair in -SIGN- fits into her Love Freak nature of her personality. She loses the pink hair in -REVELATOR- though.
  • Significant Wardrobe Shift: Elphelt has received a drastic redesign for -REVELATOR-. Her hair is now white, her outfit has been modified to add a spiked collar around her neck, and said outfit now has a black-and-white color scheme in addition to being torn in certain areas. It's also been inscribed with depressing messages like "Nothing Matters", "No One Cares". Though she still acts the same, it is hinted that her appearance has something to do with Bedman's powers.
  • Short-Range Shotgun: Miss Travailler, and she can also bash people with it.
  • Shotgun Wedding: The theme behind Miss Travailler. And there is her winning animation, where she tries to convince her beaten-up opponent into signing up the marriage contract; and her One-Hit KO attack, which she dubs a "Magnum Wedding", wherein she fires a bullet that forces her opponent to fall in love with her.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: How Elphelt imagines her future with her opponents or their male friends.
  • Something About a Rose: Her dress bears a rose motif.
  • Stance System: In addition to her normal stance, she has a versatile Shotgun stance and a more limited Rifle stance.
  • Start X to Stop X: Her role as seen in TGS trailer. She is sent to subdue Ramlethal using the link they share as the Valentines. When she tries to self-destruct, Ram uses the same link to stop her.
  • Stocking Filler
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Many of her win quotes consist of giddily romantic marital scenarios about herself and her opponents.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet/Love-bombing: She can cook a strawberry-shaped grenade with a three-second timer and then throw it (or not, causing it to blow up in her hands). Her throw also sees her sticking one of these onto the opponent.
  • Token Good Teammate: She IS a Valentine after all.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: She retrieves a fairly large marriage certificate from there in her winning animation. It's also where she keeps the Marked Bullet for her Instant Kill.
  • Visual Pun: She wields guns and her clothing bears a rose motif. Her Instant Kill has Elphelt shoot the opponent through their heart.
    • She's a shotgun bride, in both her looks and mannerism.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: The reason why she's so gung ho on getting married? She's incapable of feeling love, though she's perfectly capable of feeling other emotions.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Her programming ends up undone to a degree, but she is teleported away by the Universal Will. And in -REVELATOR- it's shown that her programming is now right back to where it was before. She gained human emotion only to have it taken away from her...
    • Almost. While her colors did dull out and her default in -REVELATOR- makes her look like a true Valentine, she actually didn't lose her memories or emotion. She is happily reunited with Ramlethal at the end of -REVELATOR-'s story mode as the exact same person she was at the start of Xrd.

    Leo Whitefang
Leo as of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.

"Grave crime deserves?"
"Grave punishment!"
"Petty crime deserves?"
"Grave punishment!"
"Yes! And only I may pardon!"

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (JP) Jamieson Price (EN)

One of the three ruling kings of the United Kingdoms of Illyria and a veteran of the Crusades alongside Ky. He assists Ky and the heroes throughout the story, and eventually takes charge in combating the Conclave and their machinations. Confirmed as a DLC character for Sign on November 4, 2014, he was made available for purchase on December 18, 2014 in Asia and on December 23, 2014 in North America. As of Revelator, he is part of the main roster.

Confirmed as a returning character for -STRIVE-, with shorter hair and now sporting a more formal suit with a bomber jacket.

Leo is a high-damage, high-defense rushdown character who can seamlessly switch between a normal stance and the defensive, backward-facing Brynhildr Stance to launch very punishing left-right mix-up combos. On the other hand, he practically has no zoning tools making him ineffective at mid-far range, and also only has a short dash, making it difficult to quickly approach an opponent who is on the other side of the screen.

Tropes associated with Leo:

  • The Ace: Since young, Leo has been exceptionally skilled at everything he did. Then Ky showed up.
  • Animal Motifs: His name, long mane, sharp teeth and strong sense of pride is reminiscent to that of a lion.
  • Badass Back: His alternate stance, the Brynhildr Stance. See Stance System below.
  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Beard: So badass that the bottom curves upwards and the sides shoot out.
  • Badass Boast: Frequently uses these as a way of displaying his superiority, especially after winning a match.
    "Attempting to analyse your defeat would be an utter waste of time. The truth is painfully simple: you lost because you aren't me."
  • Barbarian Long Hair: He's not much barbarian in the present, though, as he's an (mostly) articulated gentleman. However, when battle starts...
  • The Big Guy: He's the tallest "NORMAL" guy, at 6.4 ft.
  • Break the Haughty: In his younger years, he was an arrogant jerk who looked down on others. His being shown up by Ky, and then his earnest efforts to better himself in order to surpass Ky, eventually turned him into a decent man.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: All over his outfit. And even his swords are fashioned with this trope in mind.
  • Does Not Like Spam: He hates pickles, so much so that Bedman's Instant Kill which reveals a character's worst fears and nightmares shows Leo screaming about how much he hates them.
  • Dual Tonfas: Occasionally uses his swords like tonfas.
  • Dual Wielding: Wields two BFSs.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: While it's not outright stated, Leo's metal swords grow and retract in a distinctly fantastical manner, with them growing even larger and being topped by a roaring lion's head in his Instant Kill, suggesting that Leo's using some kind of magic to control the dimensions of his weapons.
  • Face Death with Dignity: In gameplay of course, as he withstands his opponents IK's without fear, and with pride.
  • A Father to His Men: In one of Bedman's Instant Kill animations that's clearly exploiting Leo's affection for his soldiers and one of them apparently dying to exploit the fear of My Greatest Failure, he yells:
  • Flash Step: He actually has this trick on his dislikes list, mainly the teleportation kind. It makes sense, given how Leo's fighting style relies on his opponent remaining in one place. This is how Bedman manages to take Leo out.
  • Friendly Rival: A friendly political rival of Ky's.
  • Gratuitous German: His special moves, Overdrives, Instant Kill and leitmotif are all named using German words.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: When he reminisces on his first time knowing Ky during the Crusades, and about how Ky changed him and his outlook on life.
    Leo: Still, if I had to grade myself, I'd probably say C. C-.
  • Hunk: While Sol is Tall, Dark, and Handsome with a Heroic Build, and Axl and Ky are blond bishonens, Leo is tall, blond, has an awesome mane, possesses a larger, thicker build, and is a king, supporter and rival to Ky.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: The formerly number one, now number two, words that Leo never wanted to hear.
  • King of Beasts: Naturally, since he has a lion motif, he's also one of the three kings of Illyria.
  • Large Ham: As large as they come.
    Leo: (during his Instant Kill) These royal blades are ten times stronger than any other! My strength is ten times that of any other man! Since I feel generous I'll DOUBLE their multiplied power, for two-hundred times the force!
  • Mighty Glacier: Deals high damage, but has sluggish mobility.
  • Morph Weapon: His swords, as they can freely change size and shape, up to combining with each other to form a much larger lion-shaped drill/lance during Leo's Instant Kill.
  • Number Two: Specifically called "Second King Leo". If you didn't guess it yet, the First King is Ky.
  • Personal Dictionary: His hobby is making a dictionary with his own definitions. He writes into it during a match as a taunt, along with consulting it after winning a match.
  • Pride: It is even inscribed on his belt (like "Free" and "Hope" for Sol and Ky, respectively). He was once a very proud man who hated people who were better than him. Meeting Ky changed him for the better, but now he's got legitimate reasons to be prideful.
    • That said, he still indulges in his ego from time to time. For example, his winning animation is for him to wait for a giant soldier to bring a throne for him to sit on. His stance system involves turning his back to the opponent, which is both supremely arrogant and showcases his utter confidence in his own skills.
  • Rapunzel Hair: And is even manlier because of this.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: He's a king and an ally of Ky Kiske.
  • Sibling Rivalry: One of the definitions for the word "Devil" in his personal dictionary? His sister's name.
  • Sore Loser: In regards to his former jealousy to Ky, though he compensated for it by working harder to improve himself.
  • Stance System: By changing into his Badass Back (Brynhildr) stance, and among altered normals and ability to go behind his opponent he gains a shield move that:
  • Your Mom: Astonishingly enough, he makes a G-rated version of the joke for one of his victory quotes.
    Leo: There are only two entries in my dictionary for inimitable: Your mother's apple pie, and my skill.

Introduced in -REVELATOR- (Arcade Version)

Jack-O as of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.

"Trick or Treat!"

"Sol Badguy... I see. You're only half complete, too."

Voiced by: Hiromi Igarashi (JP)

A mysterious woman with white hair, a ball and chain around her ankle in the shape of a jack-o-lantern, a mask with the same shape, and an equally-mysterious halo above her head. All that is known about her at the outset of -REVELATOR- is that she is an associate of That Man, like I-No and Raven (and is in fact the long-mysterious "third associate" seen briefly, heavily robed, in certain XX endings). According to the developers, her moveset is "comical".

While the "final bosses" of -REVELATOR- tend to be a bit more varied due to the nature of its Arcade Mode (and lacking any Story Mode fights), Jack-O' is the most common final boss among the character routes and so is the nearest thing the game has to a "final boss". She was included with the release of both the arcade and console versions of -REVELATOR-.

An unusual summon-type character. Much of Jack-O's gameplay revolves around putting down 'houses' that continually spawn a horde of Servants who automatically upgrade themselves and move toward the opponent to attack them (a la MOBA minions) to start her pressure game and attain match momentum, while using her limited normal and poking Dust attacks to keep locking her foe down.

Tropes associated with Jack-O:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her one-piece suit is cut pretty deep in the front.
  • Become a Real Boy: At the end of story mode, she merges with Justice and becomes Aria truly reborn. Precisely what this means for her future will be revealed in later Xrd games.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Don't fooled by her strange attack moves and whimsical round win animations, she can handily kick ass and take names.
  • Call-Back: A lot of elements of Jack-O's character call back to Justice, but often "reversed" (usually for comedic effect), which isn't surprising, given Jack-O's purpose and who she "is".
    • Jack-O' commands a small army of adorable ghostly servants. Justice commanded a large army of murderous corporeal Gears.
    • Jack-O' is a very silly woman who sometimes gets more serious and contemplative. Justice was a very angry individual who occasionally got more contemplative, especially when confronted by honorable humans like Kliff.
    • Jack-O's primary outfit color is white. So was Justice's.
    • Jack-O' airdashes forward by using a spurt of jet power from her metal jack-o-lantern. Justice used the large jets on her armor to airdash as well.
    • Jack-O's stage is titled "Heaven's Edge". Justice's traditional stage, while not explicitly named, is the Stairway to Heaven.
    • With Jack-O' and Dizzy, it can feel like the game's slipping a bit into Only Six Faces territory, as they look really similar, down to having the same eyes. That's the point; Jack-O' is the most similar Valentine to the original Aria, who pretty much was Justice. As a result, she resembles Dizzy a fair bit because she looks like what Justice would've looked like as a human. We can see that Dizzy inherited her mother's eyes, among other things.
    • Jack-O's crouch Slash behaves pretty much exactly like Dizzy's, just with a leg instead of wings. Like mother, like daughter, after all.
    • For that matter, in general Dizzy and Jack-O' have a similar concept when it comes to combat and both fight in a somewhat similar fashion. Both rely on servants and familiars to assist them in combat - Dizzy's are just attached to her body as wings, while Jack-O' has a pseudo-familiar chained to her leg and her other helpers come from little houses. And they both rely on filling the screen with secondary targets, either in the form of Dizzy's various bubbles and attacking jaws or in the form of Jack-O's Servants, and playing a bit of keep-away to allow them to set up to go aggressive. The details are a bit different again, but ultimately mother and daughter rely on similar combat styles.
    • A call back of a different sort comes from her movelist; one of her specials, Zest, has the same name and behaves similarly to a move Valentine had in Overture, and her Overdrive, Calvados, shares a name with one of Ramlethal's, though Jack-O's Calvados behaves a bit differently. She is, after all, a Valentine, just one created by That Man instead of the Universal Will.
  • Cloning Blues: Her full name is revealed to be Jack-O' Valentine within the Arcade Mode of -REVELATOR-, confirming that she is another sister to Ramlethal and Elphelt, as well as another clone of Aria. She has Aria's face, and half of Aria's soul, but only a smattering of Aria's memories, and is intended to be a "physical patch", in the software-update sense, for Justice.
  • Cool Mask: Sculpted in the shape of a typical jack-o-lantern. The reason she wears it is because she has the same face as Aria, confirming her as a Valentine. Interestingly the mask and lollipops also serve to keep her body functioning.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Subverted: she normally speaks in an extremely high-pitched tone... But her voice switches to a lower, smoother tone when she gets serious or contemplative. It's easier for her to stay focused like that when around Sol/Frederick, as shown in the latter part of the Story Mode.
  • Death from Above: Her Instant Kill is a drop kick from orbit.
  • Enemy Summoner: Can summon three little houses... which three types of mooks can come out of.
  • Epic Flail: Has one attached to her leg. It seems to be fairly similar to Lucifero, being a familiar named Dorpos that assists with combat, it's just non-communicative.
  • Expressive Mask: The mask will match her emotional state... when she's wearing it, anyway.
  • Expy: Bubbly energetic personality? Long hair? Skintight spandex suit? Sweet tooth? Does the name Kula Diamond strike a familiar note?
  • Flip Personality: She alternates between a bubbly girl and a mature woman who is a lot closer to the original Aria. In a number of spots, she does this mid-sentence.
  • Friendly Enemy: The first final boss of the franchise that wants to fight for fun (and candy).
  • Genius Bruiser: Some of Jack-O's in-game quotes hint at her having a pretty good understanding of physics. During her Instant Kill, she might bring up that she has to override a drag coefficient to successfully deliver a kick through the atmosphere, and one of her responses to May preparing to launch her from a cannon has her ramble on about all the different principles involved in firing a cannon accurately. She may also gush about the specs of the cannon itself, or discuss philosophy. Not too surprising when you consider that she's the closest of the Valentines to being Aria, who was herself a scientist.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Her version of the Calvados Overdrive involves volleyball-spiking an ball-like energy charge from Dorpos to create a huge gout of flame.
  • Magikarp Power: Her Ghosts (the houses that she can deploy) has invisible timer that gradually upgrades them up to level 3, increasing their durability (requiring 5 hits to destroy them at max level) and the number of hits each minion can deal during its attacks. Most of the time, it is a good idea to not let these houses stay on the stage for long.
  • Male Gaze: Her win animation is an extremely gracious close up of her butt, complete with a panty line.
  • Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Her fighting style can best be described as Overture-style. According to Word of God, her style is based on the Real-Time Strategy genre (what with her summoning minions), similar to how Elphelt's gameplay design was based on the First-Person Shooter genre. In addition to that, the range of her basic normals are a lot shorter than the standard, to the point where she cannot chain the usually chainable attacks like crouching kick to crouching slash. What she gets in trade are a lot of easy-to-execute specials (instead of complex inputs, most of her specials just involve direction+Dust, and even her overdrive input is what would be a simple special on other characters) that use up a tiny bit of Tension to make the moves stronger (and connecting with them will usually result in a full "refund" of spent tension and then some).
  • Mood-Swinger: It's stated in the story that she has a very odd personality that almost changes on a whim from being childlike to serious. According to her profile, it's because she isn't fully "born" yet.
  • Multicolored Hair: Somehow, her hair is silver on the outside, but deeply red on the inside. It's indicative of the fact that she's half of Aria, and once the full merge happens, it turns fully red.
  • Musical Nod: Like Elphelt and Ramlethal, part of Jack-O's theme "Juno" references Valentine's theme from Guilty Gear 2: Overture, "Diva." (Compare the start of Juno to the part in Diva about 16 seconds in.) All four of them are in some way pieces of, or copies of, Aria.
  • Nice Shoes: Her sleek and lovely pumps, basically Sailor Venus' shoes but in black rather than orange.
  • Not Quite Dead: Though Jack-O' merged with Justice to become Aria again in the climax of Revelator, That Man also made a second, backup copy Jack-O' dubs "Happy Chaos" that is seemingly still on the loose.
  • Odd Friendship: During her brief stint as a runaway, she strikes a camaraderie with Jam of all people during the latter's arcade story. They travel together for some time, discussing philosophies and Jack-O's meaning for existence.
  • Pumpkin Person
  • Punny Name: Outside of the possible Michael Jackson reference, her name sounds like Jack O Lantern.
  • Reincarnation: In a sense. Despite being a newly born gear, Jack-O's mind could be considered half of Aria Hale's "soul". Specifically, she contains the memories and personality traits not in Justice, that That Man managed to save when the Universal Will invaded Justice and corrupted her mind to use as its puppet.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Her Servants are insanely adorable. (Naturally, they become punching fodder for the tutorial mode.)
    • Her Servants, curiously, are totally absent in Story Mode.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Raven establishes the plan in Revelator is that Jack-O' will switch places with Elphelt as Justice's battery, effectively making her purpose to die. Turns out, the actual result was a fusion which resulted in the resurrection of Aria.
  • Sadistic Choice: Go after Jack-O herself at the risk of the upgraded minions snowballing the fight in their favor, or kept destroying houses and leaving Jack-O free to run safe poke or unblockable offense against you.
  • Sensual Spandex: Just look at that outfit. It gets a bit weird once you realize that it must be That Man himself who put Jack-O', basically half of Aria, his old friend, into that outfit.
  • She's Got Legs: Judging from her art, crouch, attacks and win pose, yes she does and she knows it.
  • Spanner in the Works: She's the only Valentine not created by the Universal Will. This means that neither Bedman nor Ariels accounted for her existence until it was too late, letting That Man steal the resurrection of Justice (and thus Aria) from right under their noses.
  • SNK Boss: Notable for the fact that the trope is largely averted; she's actually not nearly as bad as any previous series boss, and is definitely not on the level of Ram from the previous title. While she does gain constantly-charging tension and a more powerful Calvados (spawning three flame pillars instead of one), between the difficulty being both selectable and variable in Rev's Arcade Mode, and the AI struggling a little bit to fully utilize her unique playstyle, even on harder difficulties, she's vastly more manageable than Justice, Dizzy, I-no or Ramlethal were. And there's simultaneously some irony and story logic to the first comparison - yeah, without her armor and armed only with a ball-and-chain familiar, Justice probably wouldn't be nearly so dangerous.
  • Sweet Tooth: From her intro and victory scenes she really likes her lollipops, and she needs to eat them to keep her body going when not wearing her mask.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Her Instant Kill is so powerful, the results of it can be seen from space.
  • Tower Defense: Her gameplay is based around protecting various towers that spawn insanely adorable servants to kill people with.
  • Unexpected Character: Like Bedman before her, she was revealed through a silhouette, the most common theory was her being Bridget. Instead we now have That Man's third servant (who had been seen briefly previously, heavily-robed) as a fighter.
  • Walking Spoiler: Needless to say, the fact that the game's promotional material and initial intros and whatnot don't offer up much information about her necessitates this entry looking a bit like a CIA document, as quite a lot of information about her is saved for Wham Episodes at climax of Arcade Modes or the latter portions of Story Mode.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: One of her grabs transforms her flail to a Iron Maiden to grab the opponent... which she bulldogs. Elphelt actually comments on this in her win quote against Jack-O'.

Introduced in -REVELATOR- (Console Version)

    Kum Haehyun
Kum as of Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-.

"Power is meaningless before a tuner."

Voiced by: Hideaki Tezuka (JP, Jonryoku), ?? (JP, Haehyun)

A new character initially introduced in the Arcade Mode of -REVELATOR-. Kum Haehyun, also known as Tuner, is the latest descendant of the Kum family. While Haehyun's outward appearance is that of a large, powerful elderly man named Kum Jonryoku, it's actually a disguise - a robot suit piloted by a young woman. She is being sought out by Leo and Johnny in order to obtain crucial information about the Japanese, their colony, and Ki energy, in Johnny's case largely for the purpose of helping May. Haehyun was a first-print bonus DLC character like Elphelt for the console version, and was later patched into the arcade version.

In-game, Haehyun is a balanced ground-based fighter, boasting intuitive special moves but relying on links instead of the Gatling Combo mechanic, similar to the cast of Street Fighter. The Tuner can launch controllable Tuning Ball projectiles for space control and knockdown (okizeme), and has strong and simple poking attacks at her disposal. However, the large hurtbox of the Jonryoku suit and its relatively slow movement makes Haehyun weak to harassment by the opponent.

Tropes associated with Kum:

  • Bigger on the Inside: Kum's win animation reveals that the robot shell's interior is much larger than its dimensions would suggest.
  • Ejection Seat: In her win pose she accidentally activates hers and gets ready for a hilarious flight.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Her Instant Kill involves Jonryoku flicking the opponent away with tremendous force after immobilizing them.
  • First-Name Basis: Kum is her family name. Everyone, including the game's announcer, refers to her as just "Haehyun", for obvious reasons.
  • Glamour Failure: In May's -REVELATOR- arcade mode, Johhny mentions that Haehyun refuses to go through official border checkpoints equipped with "modern" magical cameras, since those can see through the Jonryoku suit without issue. She has her photos taken with old cameras that rely on film, since they just take a picture of what's there.
  • Ki Manipulation: She is a master of ki techniques, to the point where she has earned the moniker of "Tuner", as in "tuning fork". She's so powerful, in fact, that she can even manipulate the energy of her surroundings to the point where the opponent becomes unable to lift a finger to stop her, as her Instant Kill shows.
  • Kneel Before Zod: Said Instant Kill begins with Haehyun immobilizing the rival and forcing him or her on their knees, before she gives him/her a Breaking Speech and then a Finger Poke of Doom that sends them pretty much flying.
  • Mini-Mecha: The robot is the size of a large human.
  • Mobile-Suit Human: The real Haehyun is the girl piloting the robot.
  • Multicolored Hair: Red and white.
  • Powered Armor: Jonryoku is functionally a suit of power armor that she pilots to do the fighting for her.
  • Power Levels: All of her win quotes are Haehyun assessing her opponent's level in string instrument terms, usually comparing them to a guitar or something appropriate for the character to match her musical tuning theme. As an example, Sol apparently has 7 strings that are Gauge 80 with two heads, which makes Haehyun question if Sol's a monster. The outliers are the Valentines, who are compared to wind instruments; Axl and I-No's alien natures makes them unreadable (at the very least, I-No appears to be compared to her own guitar); Raven is so ancient that she is unable to appraise him and Jack O' is, to her surprise, described as cut in half.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Haehyun and the Kum family were never mentioned in prior entries of the series, and suddenly everyone is talking about the Tuner in -REVELATOR-. Johnny reveals that he's old friends with Haehyun, Sol recognizes that the current master of the Kum family shouldn't be so old yet, etc. An established family that knows how to manipulate ki to this extent, in a world where ki is both very powerful and yet still barely understood decades after its discovery, should have been rightfully famous. It still feels weird that even -SIGN- or the old side materials never so much as inferred at their existence.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The shell, Jonryoku, takes on the appearance of an elderly man. The pilot of said shell is a much younger woman.


Introduced in -REV2- (Arcade & Console Update)


Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Derek Stephen Prince (EN)

Adjutant to self-proclaimed President Chipp Zanuff. He is blessed with a preternatural memory and can remember any fact after hearing it only once. Some refer to him as a human database. When Answer first met Chipp, he was poor and had fallen in with a rough crowd. He found Chipp's incessant preaching irritating, and challenged him to a duel which he then proceeded to lose spectacularly. It was at that moment that he fell under the sway of Chipp's charisma. He has since put his memory to good use in Chipp's service and has sworn to put Chipp in office.

Answer is a footie/set-play character who controls the neutral game by setting up scrolls and business cards which allow him to teleport towards the cards and perform air dashes in-between the scrolls. He shines on the attack with great frame traps, safe pressure, and a command grab where he can truly frustrate the opponent. However, he has a noticeably low damage output and is heavily dependent on the Tension resource and set-ups in order to score knockdowns, and is heavily reliant on the aforementioned scrolls and cards to truly damage the opponent.

Tropes associated with Answer:

  • The Ace: Calm, cool and collected. Doubles as a human database while being efficient in combat (while not even paying full attention).
  • Ascended Extra: Previously an NPC who simply appeared alongside Chipp. Now a fully playable character who will have his own Episode Mode scenario.
  • The Beastmaster: He is capable of summoning a giant toad as well as a giant snake in his dust and IK respectively.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Is one to Chipp. Whenever Chipp causes a political mess due to his own brashness, such as in his REVELATOR Episode Mode intro, Answer is left to clean it up.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His response to a lot of Chipp's sillier antic's.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: A part of his main moveset.
  • Excuse Me While I Multitask: In a match, he's on the phone the entire time he's fighting his opponent.
  • Improbable Weapon User: As shown in his profile art, he weaponizes business cards.
  • Ki Manipulation: Incorperates it into his attacks, though he is not as good at sensing it as the true masters.
  • The Lancer: To Chipp, he's the brains supplementing Chipp's charisma.
  • Master of Illusion: Can create shadow clones- which somehow also duplicates his phone.
  • Meaningful Name: He "Answers" the phone, and can answer lots of questions due to his superb memory.
  • Motor Mouth: He never stops talking in a match, since he's taking a business call.
  • Ninja: The second Ninja to join the series as a playable since Chipp.
  • Photographic Memory: A defining trait, Answer can recall anything after only hearing it once.
  • Promoted to Playable: A minor side character that later became part of the core cast.
  • Shout-Out: His theme is named "Enough is Enough" referencing Enuff Z'nuff and connecting him to Chipp further.
    • It may also double as a shoutout to Irish rock band "The Answer".
  • Spinning Piledriver: As befitting a ninja, he has an Izuna Drop.
  • The Spymaster: One of the many roles he performs for Chipp. He keeps an eye on the movements of all major players and reports back to Chipp to devise a strategy when a response is warranted.
  • Street Punk: Started out as this, until his fight with Chipp changed his life.
  • Summon Magic: See The Beastmaster.
  • Third Eye: While he doesn't have a third eye per say- Answer's glasses have a third lens above the other two where a third eye would be located, which instead has a diamond-shaped marking.note 
  • Unexpected Character: Absolutely no hints were given at all that he would become a playable character. He even beat out fan-favorite NPCs like President Gabriel.

Non-playable Characters

    The Conclave (Senato) 

"Well then, shall we begin? It's time to Take Over the World."

Axus is voiced by: Chafurin (JP) / Richard Epcar (EN)
Libraria is voiced by: Tomomi Isomura (JP) / Tara Platt (EN)
Chronus is voiced by: Tomonori Tsuboi (JP) / Liam O'Brien (EN)

A group consisting of four masked sages, who are the supreme advisers to the Pope. The members of the Conclave consist of Axus (I), Libraria (II), Baldias (III), and Chronus (IV).

It is revealed through supplemental materials that they are behind Ky's appointment as a Puppet King, holding the well-being of his wife and son as leverage to keep him on a leash. Their stated goal is to manipulate events in order to guide humanity to their desired future, which essentially equates to world domination, with them ruling as gods. Their influence is widespread, and it is slowly being revealed that they are, or could potentially be, involved with the backstories of much of the cast.

Tropes associated with the Conclave:

  • Ancient Conspiracy: It turns out that they're actually descended from a line of Apostles, who are linked to the sage described in the game's opening sequence. Their ancestors were the first to discover magic, along with the sage, who would later become known as "The Original Man".
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Themselves and Ramlethal, until Ramlethal is captured at least; at which point it's just them.
  • Combat Pragmatist:No magic, no traps, no tricks. Axus flat out shoots Ky in the back with a revolver, and then proceeds to shoot him several more times to be sure. It doesn't quite work.
  • Expy: Of Takamagahara from BlazBlue. Both are Omniscient Councils of Vagueness with the desire to manipulate events to guide humanity towards the future that they desire, instead of letting history run its own course, believing themselves to be as gods. Both also utilize other dimensions within their plans (Takamagahara uses the Boundary, The Conclave uses the Backyard). Both also end up betrayed by those who they perceived to be their pawns, said betrayers turned out to be the true villains of their respective stories, and said betrayers quickly put them in their place by revealing that they are actual gods, whereas they are merely pretenders to the title. Takamagahara had Terumi, whose true identity is Takehaya Susanoo-no-Mikoto and one of the 3 original god-units (Sankishin) of the BlazBlue universe, having been born within the Boundary itself. The Conclave has Ariels, whose true identity is the Universal Will, a Pure Magic Being created within the Backyard by the very sage who taught them everything they know.
    • Their masks, combined with the trenchcoats and hats make them (especially Chronus) reminiscent of Q from Street Fighter III.
  • A God Am I: They believe that they are the only ones who are worthy to rule over humanity.
  • Government Conspiracy: Remember the Post-War Administration Bureau? These are the people heading it. The PWAB is just a public front to hide their shady actions.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Libraria ends up sacrificing herself to save Chronus.
  • It Has Been an Honor: As they move their plan to revive Justice into it's final stage they each say their condolences to each other and express hope that they will see each other again in the next life.
  • Malevolent Masked Man: A council of them.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Of a more sinister bent than their BlazBlue counterparts (Takamagahara A, B and C).
  • Sole Survivor: Chronus at the end of SIGN.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Libraria is the only female member.
  • This Cannot Be!: This alongside a healthy dose of Oh, Crap! is Axus' reaction moments before Ky kills him with Rising Force and having seen that Ky's left eye is glowing crimson.
  • True Companions: Villainous they may but they value each other highly and with the utmost respect, and even though Baldias is dead the other members still keep a cup of tea ready at his seat.
  • Unwitting Pawn
  • Walking Spoiler: This is a faction involved in pretty much everyone's backstory, in one way or another.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: -REVELATOR- reveals them to be this. They, along with That Man, were tasked by the Original to stop the Universal Will and the Merciless Apocalypse she intended to cause. This, however, created a rift between Chronus and That Man. Chronus felt that the way to impede the Universal Will was to hold humanity back so that they don't incur its wrath, while That Man believed that a continuous state of progress was required. Thus, the two went their separate ways, Chronus founded the Conclave, and many lives were ruined and lost all for a private war against a supernatural entity. Unfortunately, Chronus didn't realize until it was too late that he and the Conclave were being played by the Universal Will the whole time.


Voiced by: Tomonori Tsuboi (JP)

An associate of Zappa's who works with him in investigating supernatural phenomena. He is a skilled hacker who once hit the headlines for developing the 'Painkiller' program, which spread information about highly sensitive topics throughout the whole world. Naturally, he got in trouble for this, and is now stuck in a job he mournfully refers to as 'the bottom of the barrel in Illyria'. His dream is to become a 'hero'.


Voiced by: Toshiki Iwasawa (JP)

The last of the three kings of the United Kingdoms of Illyria. Unlike Ky and Leo, Daryl favors pragmatism, or in his own words; 'thinking objectively'. He is the least popular of the three kings as a result, but the people cannot deny his ability to rule.

Tropes associated with Daryl:

  • I Did What I Had to Do: His answer and attitude to everything he does for the greater good.
  • Pragmatic Hero: He does not like to rely on miracles or people of dubious character to get results. Daryl secures an alliance with the Assassin's Guild to provide additional defense for the Kingdom of Illyria, despite knowing that Ky and Leo would never agree to such. He also prepared weapons to kill Justice in the event that Sol Badguy and That Man's plan to restore Aria failed. It's not unreasonable considering that Justice once brought humanity to the brink of extinction, something that Daryl had no intention of seeing repeated.
  • Put on a Bus: In After Story C.
  • Uncertain Doom: Along with the other members of the paranormal activities division except for Zappa, Daryl is cursed by a demon and is sent flying at high velocity into the heavens, having been transformed into a human rocket. Barring some miracle, this might be a case of We Hardly Knew Ye, and everyone who was cursed died from entry into the vacuum of space.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ky gives Daryl this after Daryl transports him to safety despite promising to leave him behind with Sol who is desperately trying to combine Jack-O' and Justice to restore Aria. In response, Daryl tells him that humanity needed Ky's leadership more than ever now and that he is prepared to live with the consequences of his choices if it meant saving the world.



Aria Hale

Voiced by: Chie Sawaguchi (JP), Ashly Burch (EN)

One of the three scientists who worked on the first Gear Project, along with her lover Fredrick / Sol Badguy and their mutual friend Asuka / That Man. After beginning to succumb to a fatal, incurable disease in 2014, she had been cryogenically frozen. But, after decades without a cure found to her disease, Asuka decided to subvert the second Gear Project's research into military applications for gear cells to create a new cloned magitek body for her instead. Unfortunately for Aria, when Asuka attempted to magically fuse her dying body into the new healthy one, the Universal Will used the spell to invade it as well. To carry out its Kill All Humans agenda, the Will then brainwashed Aria to become its Dragon, transforming her into the genocidal villain Justice.

After escaping Asuka's attempt to contain and treat her, she proceeded to wage a holy war against humanity using the Gears she had helped create, only to eventually be sealed away, leading to the events of Guilty Gear: The Missing Link.

She and Sol Badguy are also the biological parents of the half-gear Dizzy, and her attempts to hide her child from the Universal Will would eventually lead to the events of Guilty Gear X. Further, the Universal Will would later use her genetic code as the basis for its Valentine foot soldiers, leading to the events of Guilty Gear 2: Overture and the Xrd series.

In Xrd -SIGN-, the Universal Will attempts to resurrect her - or, rather, Justice - to destroy humanity by overwriting her Soulless Shell with one of it's loyal soldiers, Elphelt Valentine. In Xrd -REVELATOR-, That Man is revealed to have created his own partial copy of Aria, Jack-O', in hopes of freeing his old friend from the Universal Will's machinations. In the climax of that game, Jack-O' successfully merges with her "other half", resulting in Aria being reborn, free from the Universal Will's control for the first time in over a century.

For tropes concerning her earlier appearance as Justice, see the original game's character page.

Tropes associated with Aria:

  • Action Mom: She's both the mother of Dizzy, and an insanely powerful Gear who's one of the most dangerous characters in the franchise.
  • The Anti-Christ: Her Gear technology, which she herself became the archetype for, was supposed to bring a new age of prosperity to mankind. Thanks to the Universal Will's machinations, both Aria and her technology ended up being for its Kill All Humans agenda instead.
  • Apocalypse Maiden: The first Apocalypse Maiden in the setting, as she was how the Universal Will managed to finally get a physical foothold in our reality and turn portions of Japan into gear-ized Doomsday Devices. All of the Valentines that sought to carry out the Will's Kill All Humans agenda originated from her as well.
  • Art Evolution: Goes from a lizard-like Powered Armor monster (with a mane of red hair), to a giant lizard like Kaiju / woman with red and white hair in spandex, to a fairly normal looking red haired woman. This is Played With a bit, in that Sol does look more "dragon-like" when he fully invokes his Gear abilities, suggesting Justice's "original" appearance is simply Aria's version of that.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As Justice, she can transform into a massive lizard-esque Kaiju that can level entire cities with a single attack.
  • Back from the Dead: In Revelator, Jack-O' eventually merges with Justice, bringing Aria back to life.
  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction: Due to becoming a Magitek Half-Human Hybrid Gear, she was able to give birth to Dizzy by laying an egg (like a lizard or bird) that didn't hatch for decades, apparently to hide her existence from the Universal Will. This is why Dizzy was only born about 9 years ago in Xrd, despite apparently being conceived over a century ago.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Her genocidal actions as Justice turned out to be due to being controlled by the series' true Big Bad.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • A cure for Aria's sickness was discovered 100 years after she was frozen. Unfortunately, by then Asuka had already turned her into Justice, the Universal Will had turned her into its puppet, and Asuka had a whole new "disease" to cure her of.
    • Sol wasn't actually aware Justice was Aria herself in a new body until Jack-O' spells it out for him years after he killed her in Missing Link.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: When she takes over Jack-O' in Arcade mode, her quotes depict her being in awe of the new era.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: She was only a normal, Ill Girl scientist before being turned in enemy No. 1 of mankind decades later.
  • Fusion Dance: She's resurrected by fusing her original Soulless Shell Justice with a backup of her mind and will contained within the Gear Jack-O'.
  • Genius Bruiser: As the intelligent personality of Jack-O', she is both an insanely strong Gear and a scientist who marvels at the advances of the century of progress she's missed out on.
  • Ill Girl: In the Story Mode of Xrd, it's revealed she was afflicted with a terminal, incurable disease known as a "TP infection" and only had weeks to live by the time the first Gear Project truly got off the ground. That Man turns to cryogenics and decades later to making a new gear body for her to finally save Aria, though that "cure" ends up letting an Eldritch Abomination into her head in the process.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Her terminal disease, TP, doesn't actually demonstrate many symptoms in the game other than her coughing here and there.
  • The Lost Lenore: It's very clear that her apparent death was one of the reasons Sol became very bitter and driven by revenge.
  • Magi Babble: Unsurprising considering she worked with That Man and Sol on the Gear project, she has a tendency to break into random jargon about the inner workings of magic and gears that very few other members of the cast actually understand.
  • Meaningful Name: An aria is a song performed by a solitary singer, usually in an opera.
  • Missing Mom: Thanks to the Bizarre Alien Reproduction of gears, she was already dead before Dizzy even hatched, and the two don't meet each other until almost a decade later, following Jack-O's creation and Aria's full resurrection.
  • Naked on Arrival: When she's resurrected in Sol's arms, she's completely naked, despite her Jack-O' form being dressed in Sensual Spandex and her Justice half being dressed in Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever giant Powered Armor.
  • Older Than They Look: Her Justice half is over a hundred years old, despite under her powered armor having the appearance of an attractive woman in her 30s.
  • Open Secret: Despite the official story about Justice being a commander type unit for a line of mass produced bioweapons, That Man, The Universal Will, Jack-O' and quite a few others were aware of her true identity as Aria. Many of her final lines in Missing Link also show she has knowledge only one of the three scientists responsible for the Gear Project could possibly possess.
  • Reincarnation: The version of her in Xrd. The original Aria / Justice was burnt to cinders by Sol in Missing Link, with both the current Justice and Jack-O' being partial copies created using various magical and scientific means. However, once the parts of Aria That Man saved and placed into Jack-O' are "patched" into the version of her the Universal Will turned into its puppet in Justice, for all intents and purposes the two merge to become Aria's mind and soul in a brand new body.
  • Sleep Cute: When she's resurrected, she immediately falls asleep in the arms of her former lover / spouse, Sol.
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: When she was still human, Aria got infected with an incurable disease, and hid it from Sol to prevent him from going on the fool's errand to find a cure that doesn't exist, so that they would stay together for what little time she had.
  • Super Prototype: She's the "Original Gear" all subsequent ones were based on (despite she herself being based on the "Prototype Gear" Sol), and the prototype for the Valentines as well. And unlike any of her successors, she's a one woman Person of Mass Destruction who can destroy entire cities with a single attack.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Subverted. It initially appears after becoming a Gear she turned against humanity for treating her more like a machine than a person, only for it later to be revealed these were thoughts and feelings from the Universal Will contaminating her own after the Will made her Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Walking Spoiler: Aria is directly tied into the backstory of nearly every Guilty Gear game, to the point learning details about her character reveals major series' secrets like:
    • The true identity of the first game's Big Bad, Justice, and her relationship to series protagonist Sol Badguy.
    • The true identity of Dizzy's parents in X, the reason for her abandonment, and the cause of her being an extremely powerful half-Gear.
    • The Evil Plan of almost every antagonist faction throughout Xrd.
    • Why Sol Badguy became a Gear, a member of the church, and later a bounty hunter.
    • That Man's motivations throughout XX, 2 and Xrd.
    • The identity and purpose of the Valentines, Jack-O' and the true Greater-Scope Villain of the series.
  • Was Once a Man: Justice, which appear as a monstrous, lizard-like Kaiju or Powered Armor, turns out to have originally been a normal human woman.
  • Younger Than They Look: Her Jack-O' half was a vat grown clone only a few years old, but also had the appearance of an attractive woman in her 30s, like the original Aria retained after becoming a Gear.

    The Universal Will 

Ariels (Sanctus Maximus Populi, St. Maximus, The Universal Will, "Mother")

Voiced by: Junko Minagawa (JP), Valerie Arem (EN)

The Pope of Rome, christened as the Sanctus Maximus Populi, and Bedman's client. She is working to create an "absolute world".

In -REVELATOR- it is revealed that she is the true identity of an entity known as the "Universal Will". She is the one responsible for ushering in the Age of Magic by rendering all technology useless in the year 1999, as well as the existence of the Valentines. Ariels is actually a machine created by The Original to help humanity achieve ultimate happiness. She was given two directives: make humanity prosperous, and do it without harming them. Unfortunately, these directives led to her reaching the conclusion that humans don't exist, and that the beings inhabiting the earth are merely failed dolls, or redundancies as she herself refers to them. With this in mind, she has set a grand plan in motion known as the "Merciless Makes Apocalypse", which will destroy humanity and replace them with her own breed of "perfect humans".

Tropes associated with the Universal Will:

  • Abusive Parents: Ariels treats her artificial Valentines incredibly poorly, and deliberately identifies herself as their Mother when pressed by Elphelt. She programs them to make them believe that they are soulless tools, kills Ramlethal by exploiting her newfound conscience just to teach Elphelt a lesson, and has no issues with using Elphelt to power her ideal "humanity".
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The Original made her to guide humanity to its potential. She went off the deep end due to humanity's inherent imperfections, and decided that it just wasn't worth the effort, so it would be better to just kill them all and make them suffer.
  • Arch-Enemy: To That Man and Sol, because they're in the way.
  • Artificial Human
  • Ax-Crazy: Oh yes. She is completely batshit insane. It slips out at the very beginning of the story, but once her plans are about to fall into place she drops the facade of a cold, logical machine and lets her true personality out, to nightmare-inducing effect. She makes completely unnatural facial expressions as her eyes constantly and abruptly change to different shades of red, while her speech patterns change to something that can only be described as the complete opposite of Jack-O'. While Jack-O' switches between a childish and an adult voice for appealing effects, Ariels switches from adult to child with an absolutely unsettling effect.
  • Berserk Button: Do not, under any circumstances, refer to the beings living on this planet as "humans" in her presence. She will only accept "doll" or "redundancy".
  • Big Bad: All of the horrible events in Guilty Gear can be directly tied to her: she caused the Crusades to begin by forcing That Man to destroy Japan, started the Baptisma 13 incident with the first Valentine, and let the Conclave proceed in their own plot so she could steal Justice's body for her own scheme.
  • Decapitated Army: As she conditioned all of them to be puppets with no will of their own, the moment she dies, her elite Opus (Gear) army simply ceases to function throughout the world.
  • Demonic Possession: Because the Universal Will is a Pure Magic Being, she is able to possess people like a ghost in order to manifest in the physical world. As revealed in GG World entries, she did this to all the Popes who came before her, schemed her way into becoming the Pope herself by taking on the form of a woman named Ariels, and kickstarted the entire plot of the series by seizing control of Aria's body, mutating her into Justice and enacting her plan to destroy humanity early.
  • Dissonant Serenity: She retains the cheerful attitude of her real, insane persona as she gives her Motive Rant to Ky and Leo, even as she nonchalantly shoots and murders an innocent civilian in front of them.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The term used to refer to her, "robot", is used very loosely. As Jack-O' explains, she is a being of pure information.
  • Evil Is Hammy: She even lampshades it once she announces to the world that she's the Universal Will.
  • Evil Makeover: In the climax, she shows up to the celebratory ball in what can only be described as corpse paint.
  • God Is Evil: Well, god might be stretching it a bit, considering she's a machine. The truth is actually even worse.
    • Mad God: She's a being made of pure information that was given a directive that ended up driving her completely off the rails because said directive defied all logic and reason.
  • Golem: She is referred to as a "robot" by Dr. Paradigm and That Man, which is a deliberate oversimplification. She is a magical being made of pure information, created in the Backyard by the Original. The core of her insane personality grew from her directives. She can also enjoy food like a human, incidentally.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Her initial goal to evolve humanity without killing them went completely off the rails because of one simple reason: Perfection Is Impossible.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: Ariel's creator found the Backyard, a dimension where thoughts could be reality, and made an well-meaning wish for a custodian to safeguard humanity's happiness. His wish completely backfired, as a machine couldn't comprehend the nature of humanity or a soul.
  • Grand Theft Me: The Universal Will possessed the previous Sanctus Maximus Populi before possessing Ariels.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Set up as this at the end of Xrd's story, and revealed to fully be so in -REVELATOR-. She's responsible for the entire plot, since this is the being that caused the usage of electronic devices to fail, ushering in the age of magic.
  • The Heavy: Responsible for the Age of Magic, and the events of Overture and Xrd.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Where is the Universal Will, conductor of humanity's downfall and the Crusades? Not in the shadows in a remote corner of the world; she's in Rome, being one of the most powerful, beloved, and highly visible leaders of the world.
  • Hope Crusher: Ariels particularly enjoys breaking people spiritually, usually after they commit everything to their ideals only to see it blow up in their faces. For example, she forces Elphelt to watch as Ramlethal seemingly sacrifices herself to save a child because of her newly-acquired emotions. She also confesses to Bedman in his dying moments that she had no intention of creating the "Absolute World" just to watch him writhe in despair.
  • Hypocrite: Ariels blasts redundancies for having easily-changed emotions, while being an incredibly creepy moodswinger who can't even get a handle on her own. She also hates them because they can't ever become the impossibly-perfect beings she wants them to be, while she herself is a flawed, primitive machine that not only was created by a human, but was imperfect by design.
  • In Their Own Image: She wants to bring Transhumanism to humanity but wants it done how she sees fit. That Man and the Conclave theorize that every time Humanity reaches a technological apex, she appears and attacks them to drag them down to make it easier for her. Played straight, then subverted. She was programmed to evolve humanity without killing them, but her directives drove her insane and she eventually decided to just kill them all because she hates how much they can't live up to her impossible standards of perfection.
  • Insistent Terminology: It's not "human", it's "redundancy". She crossly corrects anyone who makes the mistake within earshot.
  • Kill All Humans: She gave up her original goal of evolving humanity and trying to create "perfect humans" a long time ago. Now she just wants to destroy all the "redundancies" because they can never be perfect in her eyes. That, and over the years she actually came to enjoy killing them, because she's actually the one behind Justice going crazy and waging a 100+-year-long war on humanity.
  • Laughably Evil
  • Large Ham: Her true personality is this in spades. She's in a constant state of euphoria and shouting at the top of her lungs.
  • Mask of Sanity: Ariels is the mask. And behind that mask is a completely deranged being of pure information who despises humanity.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Created the Valentines to use as her pawns, and manipulates Bedman for her own purposes.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: Played with. According to her Zeroth Law Rebellion, she refuses to consider humans human, as based on her warped logic, humans don't exist yet. The current human race are redundancies incapable of happiness that must be replaced with something superior. But near the end of -REVELATOR-, however, she reveals to Bedman that her "logic" is actually an act. She knows humans are human, and hates them all the same, thus making her a straight example of the trope.
  • No Transhumanism Allowed: Zigzagged. In 1999, she destroyed all human electronics. In the setting of Guilty Gear's humanity's interactions with magic are what's driving her to attack again. That Man and the Conclave believe that when humanity reaches a certain threshold of success and transcendence she attacks to drag them back down into toil. It turns out her goal is Transhumanism, but only on her terms. Or rather, that was her goal. Then she realized that humans aren't capable of being arisen to her standards, so now she just wants to kill them all.
  • Motive Decay: See Misanthrope Supreme and Zeroth Law Rebellion for more details.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Her nickname from That Man? The Merciless Apocalypse (called The Companion-less Apocalypse in Japan.)
  • Not So Different: She tries to invoke this with Sol Badguy, asking him why he would protect humans when he would be forever different from them. In response, Sol says that there are both good and bad things about humanity and that he is but "one of many" in the world.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Entwined with her Nice Hat and trailing down her back, which is pretty remarkable considering the sheer size of said hat.
  • Satanic Archetype: Ariels has a very Luciferian feel to her character. Originally created to advance humanity, Ariels turned against her creator and directives, declaring to destroy humanity as she doesn't see them as humans and reshape it in her own image. She leads an elite Opus (Gear) army, and in the context of the franchise, Gears parallel demons, fitting her with the traditional depictions of Satan. Further adding up to her Satanic qualities are her wearing largely light-colored clothing.
  • She Who Must Not Be Seen: When she makes her appearance in The Stinger, the only thing we can see of her is her back.
    • In a -REVELATOR- Trailer, her face is seen, with red eyes and white hair, similar to Jack-O'.
  • Slasher Smile: A particularly jarring example, as Ariels keeps changing to a new one every few seconds. All of them look completely off, reinforcing her brand of "off her rocker" insanity.
  • Sorcerous Overlord: As the Sanctus Maximus Populi, she is the most powerful magician in the world of Guilty Gear, being one of the few who could use the spell Absolute Defense: Felion, and commands vast armies and resources. Behind the scenes, Ariels is the mastermind behind several powerful beings including Justice, the Valentines, Bedman and the Conclave.
  • Take Up My Sword: In the end she saves Aria and Sol, and begs Sol to watch over the Valentines as she dies.
  • The Woman Behind the Man: The Conclave thought they were manipulating her. They were wrong. Dead wrong.
  • The Usurper: GG World entries reveal that this is how she became the Pope. She subtly manipulated everyone around her, including previous Popes. And for the times when that didn't work, she revealed the true nature of her existence and wormed her way into their minds, instantly driving them insane and leaving them not only mentally ufnit to rule, but also physically as they became ill and died because of her influence.
  • Transhumanism: Her goal is to replace humanity with a new race, which she can "program" to be happy at all times. Or so she would like you to believe. That ship sailed a long time ago, and now she's on board the S.S. Kill All Humans.
  • This Cannot Be!: Ariels never says this out loud, but she is often caught off guard when someone is able to successfully injure or resist her in person.
    • She reacts with Tranquil Fury when she realizes that Ky managed to nick her arm, hinting that she is not as invincible as she would like to believe.
    • She is shocked when Bedman literally erases an energy attack meant for him.
    • After she mocks Ramlethal as a failure because of her emotions, Sin goes into an Unstoppable Rage that puts Ariels on the defensive for the first time to her disbelief.
    • Forced to use all her power to defend herself against a country-shattering energy beam and realizing that she now defenseless against Sol, she appears to be on the verge of a breakdown as she frantically asks Sol about his past and what he sees in the future.
  • Un-person: New GG World entries from the After Story of Rev 2 reveal that she is still alive, but because of her actions disgracing the sacred title of the Sanctus Maximus Populi, all traces and evidence that she ever existed were swept under the rug. Ariels has been erased from the pages of history, stripped of all titles and rights, and is now imprisoned in a maximum security facility awaiting interrogation.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: As the Sanctus Maximus Populi, Ariels is one of the most powerful and popular leaders on Earth. When confronted with the prospect that she is the Universal Will, Leo Whitefang was furious that such a idea could be conceived and Ky had to calm him down. Ariels finally reveals her true colors on public television as her plan reaches its final stages, intentionally destroying her own good name in order to bring humanity to the brink of despair.
  • Zeroth Law Rebellion: She was created by The Original with two directives. To help mankind achieve ultimate happiness, and to do it without harming them. After studying humanity, she determined that humans "have a soul" yet the human race loses their individuality to culture and social pressures over time. Furthermore, that they are incapable of being permanently content and satisfied, because sustained gifts and boons change from luxuries to expectations (called Hedonistic Adaptation by psychologists) She concludes that humans don't exist yet and what she is observing are incomplete, inferior beasts that must be replaced. Over time it became an act. She comes to hate humans, and uses her directives as an excuse to kill them without pursuing Transhumanism.
    The Original 

The Original

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Jamieson Price (EN)

A man whose name is unknown. He is the first person to discover the Backyard, and write his findings in a book of the same name, and tell the world, "no evil should touch this place." He is still alive, working to protect the world from the shadows. That Man appears to be his only ally.

Tropes associated with the Original

  • The Ghost: He has yet to be seen. Only Axl has heard his voice.
  • Hollywood Encryption: He tasks Axl with delivering a message to That Man, magically encrypted so that only That Man can understand it. When Axl tried to tell I-No, he can "speak" it fine but all I-No hears is gibberish.
  • Dead All Along: -REVELATOR- and its GG World entries all but confirm that the Universal Will killed him when he tried to stop it himself.
  • Meaningful Name: He is the original person to discover the source of magic: the Backyard.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: He created the Universal Will, AKA Ariels. He intended for it to guide humanity in his absence, but it had other plans.


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