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WARNING: Beside the film, additional spoilers from The Episode of Setsu Mu Syou novel will also be present, please beware if you’re not caught up with the novel. Various tropes here contains major plot spoilers! If you are also planning to watch the film, we strongly urge you to refrain from lifting spoiler tags.

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The Episode of Setsu Mu Syou
     Setsu Mu Syou
Chinese Name: 殺無生 Shā Wú Shēng / Setsu Mu Shou (JA) / Eradicator of Life (EN)
Art Name: 鳴鳳決殺 Meihou Kessatsu (JA) / Míng Fèng Jué Shā (ZH) / Screaming Phoenix Killer (EN)note 
Discipline / Position: Dual Sword Assassin
Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (JA)

A professional assassin hired to ensure the safety of the notorious thief Lin Setsu A.

For more insight, see Setsu Mu Syou.

  • All for Nothing: He thought entering the Sword Art Assembly would help redeem himself and reconcile his teacher, but it was all a trap set by Lin Setsu A. This only makes his situation worse after Lin Setsu A framed him for foul play and hiring the archer for injured/killed the other participants, no one will believe him anymore.
  • Abusive Parents: His father wasn't intended to be one at the first place, but Setsu Mu Syou's birth pushed a downward domino effect so horrifically, he eventually became this way to Setsu Mu Syou.
  • Accidental Murder: He unintentionally killed his former master, Tekkisen.
  • Affectionate Nickname: He calls Lin Setsu A "Ryou", shorthand for his art name "Ryoufuu Setsujin". According to Lin Setsu A, Setsu Mu Syou used to call him by "Hey, You!" for about 3 years to reach this current state of name-calling.
  • Bodyguarding a Badass: Setsu Mu Syou was on his 3rd year hired under Lin Setsu A, and understood he is a notorious thief with a bad reputation. But he doesn't know Lin Setsu A's true target is Setsu Mu Syou himself, (and by extension,) Tekkisen.
  • Cool Mask: In the novel, Setsu Mu Syou recalled his wired mask was originally a cast to set his entire fractured skull back into place to heal his injury caused by his birth father. Since he worn it since birth, this became his security item. As he healed, and grew out of it, he fashioned it into a facial accessory to wear everyday.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The moment when Lin Setsu A reveals his true intentions to him.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar on his left side of his forehead which he received when he was an infant after his father tried to kill him. It is hardly noticeable since his bangs conceal it.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: He doesn’t want to be feared or hated by anyone he encounters for working as an assassin. His inner monologue revealed he was sincere with the above intentions, and was conflicted on how to live with normal civilians peacefullly if he were to continue this type of career. So he’s shown to have thoughts of quitting on being an assassin to live a normal life, or at least, use his talents under a brighter light if this were to continue to damage people’s impression of him. And Lin Setsu A took this chance away from him.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason why Setsu Mu Syou is talkative despite his cold demeanor was that he is a man who truly wanted to socialize with people. His anti-socialness was mainly the result from working as an assassin; as people were too afraid to befriend him, he himself became hesitant to open up his deeper feelings with others. Lin Setsu A was the first person to approach him in a friendly matter.
  • Meaningful Name: As scary as his name implies on the outside, the real horror was by how he got his name to begin with. It turns out this name was given by his father as a curse (and note) begging Tekkisen to "slaughter his son" for him.
  • Offing the Offspring: His father attempted to kill him at his birth due to a lingering superstition, but failed. Therefore, his father left him at the doorstep of Tekkisen's mansion leaving a note to "ask him to kill off his son for him."
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother died while giving birth to him, while his father on the other hand, attempted to kill him due to superstition, but failed. Therefore, he left Setsu Mu Syou to Tekkisen.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After Setsu Mu Syou is betrayed by Lin Setsu A, while blinded by rage, he uncontrollably and brutally slaughters every officer from the Sword Art tournament who gets in the way of killing Lin Setsu A. After he fails to kill Lin Setsu A, he makes a vow to kill anyone who knows him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Honestly speaking, he doesn't have an ounce of bad in him to begin with. It was entirely his midwives' and father's fault for being superstitious upon his birth; where Setsu Mu Syou became the subject of suspicion for causing his mother to die upon his birth, leading to his midwives killing each other to avoid fault of his mother's death, resulting in his father to abandon him out of despair.

     Lin Setsu A 

Important Note: Most of his characteristics are revealed in Season One, please list only the tropes fit for this part of the storyline.

Chinese Name: 凜雪鴉 Lǐn Xuě Yā / Rin Setsu A (JA) / Austere Snow Crow (EN)
Art Name: 掠風竊塵 Ryoufuu Setsujin (JA) / Lüè Fēng Qiè Chén (ZH) / Enigmatic Gale (EN)note 
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JA)

A beautiful, yet notorious phantom thief who hires Setsu Mu Syou as his personal body guard to protect himself against anyone who's out to hunt him.

For more insight, see his main character listing.

  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Because he spreads stories about the exploits of Syou Fu Kan; an officer of The Empire, a member of The Omniscient Council of Vagueness, and a Fiery Redhead are now mobilizing to his location.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He didn't have to ruin Setsu Mu Syou for him to have a Heel–Face Turn. But he did it anyways... because he loves tormenting people.
    • He also betrays Syou Fu Kan by spreading stories of him defeating the Black Demon Sect. Sho wants to remain hidden because he's being chased down by individuals who would steal the forbidden weapons he carries. However Rin wants him to encounter those pursuers. In short, he's stolen Sho's anonymity because it amuses him.
  • For Great Justice: He rationalizes all of the actions he performs on his targets are karmic retributions for that person's misdeeds... or at least that's the statement he's sticking to when people call him out for being a Jerkass. There's a lot of Grey and Gray Morality involved. A whole lot.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: What he stole from Setsu Mu Syou were the opportunities for redemption, reconciliation with his master, regaining his honor, living a life other than murderous bloodshed, and lastly, Setsu Mu Syou's trust in building a friendship with a man named, "Ryou".
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't care for Heel–Face Turn, nor redemption. All he desires is to witness people who've committed sins, regardless of depth, fall into despair. The reasons why someone commits the sin is irrelevant, and it's solely to serve his own sense of justice.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He excels at making others dance to the destiny he desires for them.
  • Poisonous Friend: While it's true Setsu Mu Syou made his choices, Lin Setsu A set the stage and planted the seeds. Setsu Mu Syou trusted Lin Setsu A, and that was his downfall. The greatest piece of evidence that could prove Setsu Mu Syou's innocence, the assassin's arrow, was removed by Lin Setsu A. He also lied to Setsu Mu Syou that the tournament was still continuing and insinuated he may have told a few lies to everyone involved. Plus he was the person who hired the assassin to begin with.

Chinese Name: 鐵笛仙 Tiě Dí Xiān / Iron Flute Hermit (EN)
Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (JA)

The Sword Master and foster father of Setsu Mu Syou.

  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: As to how he views his student, Setsu Mu Syou. Unknowingly to Tekkisen, Setsu Mu Syou intended to to reconcile their relationship and his old ways of living, but Tekkisen wouldn't give him a chance to explain himself, nor listen to him.
  • Animal Motifs: Dragons. He has a dragon design on his headgear.
  • Arrogant Kungfu Guy: He holds the title of "Sword Saint" for decades with zero defeats. It has gotten to the point were he's made the highest judge of the competition and only competes in the final and only if he deems the semi-finalist is even worthy of a fight against him.
  • Badass Beard: He has a short light blonde beard.
  • Badass Grandpa:He's the second oldest character to appear in the series.
  • Calling Your Attacks: When performing a Finishing Move of his swordsmanship style.
    • Black Sky Gem Clatter was used against Setsu Mu Syou.
    • Song of the Mountain: Rhapsody of Blades was used against Setsu Mu Syou.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: "To become a true swordsman is to understand it's powers and set it's boundaries." This was the core lesson that he wanted Setsu Mu Syou to learn while he was growing up and learning from him. But Setsu Mu Syou's failure in understanding him, along with Tekkisen's own lack of sensibility towards Setsu Mu Syou's questioning was what drives their relationship apart. Lin Setsu A made sure to make full usage of that point.
  • Dying Declaration of Hate: Tekkisen's last words to Setsu Mu Syou before he dies.
    "I should have never taught you how to wield a sword. I should have waited for you to die! And if you refused to die... I should have killed you myself!"
  • Killed Off for Real: He was tragically killed by Setsu Mu Syou, who did not want to end his master's life; at the very least, not in the way how it played out.
  • Man in White: With vibrant gold and black.
  • One Head Taller: Tekkisen by far, is the largest puppet of the entire TBF roster. Mainly to display his authority over Setsu Mu Syou.
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Continuing the Arrogant Kungfu Guy above, he has zero defeats on record for as long as he attended the Sword Saint Competition. It got lampshaded in story as in the competitors are only competing for "The Sword Noble" title rather than "Sword Saint."
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Lin Setsu A.
  • Worf Had the Flu: He lost the duel because Syu Un Syou fired an arrow through his leg after executing his Finishing Move. It's also what finalized his belief that Setsu Mu Syou cheated the entire tournament.

     Other Characters 

Zan Kyou

Chinese Name: Cán Xiōng / Vicious (EN)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (JA)

For more insight, see Zan Kyou.
  • Dual Wielding: According to him, he can wield two weapons just like Setsu Mu Syou.
  • Impaled Palm: Zan Kyou's right hand was badly injured from one of Shin Sen Shu's arrows.

Shin Sen Shu—The Magnificent Archer

Chinese Name: 神箭手 Shén Jiàn Shǒu / Magnificent Archer (EN)
Discipline / Position: The Archer
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (JA)

For more insight, see his listing under Syu Un Syou.

  • Cool Mask: He wears one to conceal his true identify at the Sword Art Assembly.

The Episode of Syou Fu Kan
     Syou Fu Kan's impostor
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (JA)

A man pretending to be a legendary hero who's widely spread to be the person who took down the Black Demon Sect.
  • Arrogant Kungfu Guy: Has laid the foundation of taking this kind of identity.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: He's nowhere near as awesome as he claims to be.
  • Hilarity Ensues: His whole entire bluff story. Let’s just leave it at that.
  • No Name Given: He is nameless and never given an identify of his own, since the Black Demon Sect took him in when he was an infant and trained him as a nameless Mook.
  • The Reveal: He was a former member of the Black Demon Sect.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The reason why he ran off from the Black Demon Sect it's because he doesn't want to be killed for being weak. He did this again when he found out that the surviving members of the Black Demon Sect are close by at the tavern.
  • Sole Survivor: With the remaining member of Black Demon Sect killed by the real Syou Fu Kan, he's the sole survivor left.
  • Stealing the Credit: He didn't do any of the things he claims he did, and in fact is taking the credit of actions achieved by three men.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After he left the Black Demon Sect a year ago, he kept his mask as a reminder that he was a nameless Mook in the past.

     Syou Fu Kan 

Important Note: Most of his characteristics are revealed in Season One, please list only the tropes fit for this part of the storyline.

Chinese Name: 殤不患 Shāng Bù Huàn / Shou Fu Kan (JA) / Unconcerned with Dying Young (EN)
Art Name: 刃無鋒 Jin Muhou (JA) / Rèn Wú Fēng (ZH) / Edgeless Blade (EN)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JA)

A wondering swordsman who happens to stumble upon his impostor and sits to listen to his tale, with the man unaware that he is the real Syou Fu Kan.

For more insight, see his main character listing.

  • Confusion Fu: Because he's a Multi-Melee Master and will use an Improvised Weapon without pause, his opponents spend as much time trying to get near him as they do trying to hit him.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The remaining survivors of the Black Demon Sect realize he's a master of these. They try thinking outside the box and use creative traps to defeat him, but the results are still the same.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Strongly averted. He doesn't care for renown or a title. He even lets his impostor keep being his impostor, then offers several words of advise to being successful at it. Being an unknown wander is enough for him.
    • He tries to make his imposter give credit to Ken San Un being one of the heroes, but is repeatedly shot down for trying.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: He's the person everyone is talking about and searching for.
  • Hour of Power: The Black Demon Sect survivors have figured out Syou Fu Kan's use of Chi without a sword tires him out very quickly. Unfortunately for them, he is keenly aware of this limitation and ends fights quickly.
  • Improvised Weapon: Syou Fu Kan can kill you with anything around him: dead wood, rocks, logs, vines, swords embedded in the ground, etc.
  • Spit Take: Not hard to imagine his reaction when witnessing an imposer bluffing right in front of his face.
  • Whip It Good: He's a Multi-Melee Master, so it comes as no surprise when he picks up a vine and uses it in ways that would make a Belmont proud.

     Other Characters 

Tavern Owner

  • Author Avatar: His face is a straight 3D-printed copy of Director Jia-Shiang Wang, who was the director of TBF Season One. No wonder the details were so realistic.

The Black Demon Sect

  • Avenging the Villain: The surviving members of the Black Demon Sect want to kill Syou Fu Kan because they believe he was the one to kill Betsu Ten Gai.
  • Suicide Attack: They are willing to drag Syou Fu Kan to hell with them after they learned a deadly technique from a demon that turns their blood into acid in close combat.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They could have lived a normal life without the influence of their former master, but instead they will rather waste their life on meaningless revenge against Syou Fu Kan even though they don't stand a chance against him.

Ki Ten Tei
Chinese Name: 棄天帝 Qì Tiān Dì / Emperor of Relent (EN)
Voiced by: Huei-Fung Huang (Min-Nan)

  • The Cameo: Ki Ten Tei is originally from Pili's 2008-2009 TV series Pili Shen Zhou III: The Last Sin.
  • Fallen Angel: To summarize his role from his parent show, he's basically this. Take him as Pili Co.'s blend of "Sephiroth" and "Gemini Saga" if you will.
  • True Final Boss: Instead of You Ja Rei, we were welcomed by this guy. The Taiwanese audience instantly recognized him and knew something was up.


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