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Crow Armbrust

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Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Charger Tomlee (English)
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A common-born second-year student at Thors and part of the group that served as the trial class for the Class VII project. Rean first meets Crow after the latter cons a 50 mira coin out of him and later on ends up befriending him. Thanks to their time spent together as part of the trial class, he's also close friends with Towa, Angelica, and George. He later joins Class VII himself temporarily because his slacking off left him in need of extra academic credits in order to graduate in time less he repeat a year. He rarely takes himself too seriously.

At the end of the first game, it's revealed that Crow is none other than the terrorist known as "C", leader of the Imperial Liberation Front responsible for various incidents that take place during the story. He's also revealed to be the Awakener to the Divine Knight known as Ordine. His actions result in Trista and Thors being occupied by the Noble Alliance.

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From there, Crow then serves as Rean's primary rival throughout the second game. Though both are on opposing sides, Crow often helps to guide Rean onto walking the right path. After a series of trials, he is eventually defeated by Rean in combat and agrees to come back with him and Class VII to Thors. However, due to circumstance, the Vermillion Apocalypse awakens and both Rean and Crow are forced to take it down and succeed in doing so.

Unfortunately, due to injuries sustained during the fight, Crow dies soon afterwards. His body is later buried at a cemetery in Heimdallr.


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  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Him piloting Ordine is briefly playable for the final battle against the Vermillion Apocalypse in Cold Steel II.
  • Ace Pilot: When piloting Ordine, as his greater experience with his Divine Knight allowed him to utterly trounce Rean at the start.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Frequently does this to Towa. He also did this once towards Rean.
  • All for Nothing: Not long after his death in Cold Steel II is it revealed that Osborne was still alive, completely undoing the one purpose in life he thought he achieved as Rean angrily summarizes towards Osborne.
  • Always Someone Better: Towards Rean when it comes to piloting their Divine Knights. It took Rean three times just to beat him and that's with Rean having assistance with ARCUS links. It's implied in Cold Steel IV however, where Rean defeats Crow and shares his life energy to not make him disappear from losing the battle, that he lost on purpose so Rean could have Ordine's fragment of the Great One.
  • Amicable Exes: Implied to be this with Vita during Cold Steel IV. Crow says they were in a type of relationship that "gave him relief", but he regretted starting it afterwards. They sometimes flirt with each other but at the end of the day it doesn't look like there is anything between them anymore.
  • An Ice Person: His Freezing Bullet Craft. His ARCUS' secondary element is also water.
  • Arch-Enemy: Towards Osborne, whom Crow blames as being the one responsible for pushing his grandfather to die from depression after the annexation of Jurai.
  • Asleep in Class: After he temporarily joins Class VII, the first thing he can be seen doing is sleeping his way through a lecture on the War of the Lions.
  • The Atoner: He admits in the fourth game that he needs to atone for his time as C, just like Sara for being a Jaeger. Cold Steel IV works as an entire game of it, since he makes references about "paying back the interest".
  • Back from the Dead: Thanks to the contract that he has with Ordine, Crow is able to come back to life in Cold Steel III. However, this is only temporary as it only applies so long as Ordine and his contract with him still exists. He's officially able to come back for real at the end of IV after the six remaining Divine Knights decide to use their powers on him, signified by how his pale tone of his hair changes back to its regular gray and the fact that he once again has a heartbeat.
  • Back to School: Played for laughs. Towa mentions that because Thors allows you to re-enroll if you drop out, Crow can technically come back to the branch campus to graduate. He adamantly refuses to have Rean and Towa as his teachers.
  • Badass Fingersnap: At the end of his S-Craft Cross Raven, after the bullets he fired surround the area, he does this and all of them hit the enemies at once.
  • Badass Longcoat: Starts wearing one from Cold Steel II onward.
  • Badasses Wear Bandanas: Wears a headband in the first two games.Averted from the third game onwards.
  • Becoming the Mask: Despite Crow's claims that his time at Thors was only for the sake of keeping up his cover and that the friendships he had were all based on nothing but lies, it's quite evident from the way he speaks that he's lying through his teeth as Rean and the others are able to note.
  • Benevolent Boss: He really looks out for his subordinates of the ILF and thanks Rean for saving Scarlet's life despite her Death Seeker mindset.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Despite being the resident jokester of Thors, everyone who knows him also know you will be able to count on him when the chips are down. Then he is revealed to be C and even more competent than everyone thought.
  • Big Bad Friend: He's <C>, the leader of the Imperial Liberation Front. He's also the Final Boss of Cold Steel.
  • Big Brother Mentor: To the entire class, but especially towards Rean. Even if they're on the opposing sides, Crow doesn't hesitate to offer words of advice to his junior even though helping is actually against his best interests.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Uses a pair of gold pistols as Azure Siegfried.
  • Book-Ends: The first time he becomes playable is when he teams up with Rean to take on a gigantic knight. The last time they fight together, they both take on the Vermillion Apocalypse, something even bigger than their Divine Knights.
  • Brick Joke: He finally pays back Rean the 50 Mira he borrowed at the start of the term, right at the end of the term having 'forgotten' to return it several times previously.
  • But Now I Must Go: Subverted twice in Cold Steel IV. Just when Crow thinks he's about to die for good someone comes in to steal his death from him. The first is Rean who quite angrily tells Crow off and through Valimar decides to save his life. The second time is after the defeat of Ishmelga where he, along with Millium, believes his time has come but again they're saved by the intervention of Valimar and the other Divine Knights.
  • Casting a Shadow: His default Master Quartz Cypher, and ARCUS unit have time as their primary element, best shown by his Craft, Nightmare Trigger. By Cold Steel IV, he has Gungnir as his default primary Master Quartz which is still a time element.
  • Char Clone: Has white hair, wore a mask as C, and his infiltration of Thors to assassinate Osborne to avenge his grandfather was similar to Char's infiltration of Zeon to kill the Zabis. After revealing his identity, he serves as The Rival to Rean where his greater piloting experience allowed him to (initially) overpower him in battle and favored a double saber for close-combat similar to the Gelgoog. He also had a Red Baron title based on the color of his machine, the Azure Chevalier. Then resurrected as a masked Enigmatic Minion as Azure Siegfried. His dispensing advice to Rean also had influence of Quattro Bajeena with Kamille. Mostly a type 1, with bits of type 2.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Compared to other characters, Crow has two distinctive weapons styles. His first is dual wielding a pair of pistols, while the other is his Double Saber. He primarily uses the latter as C and even afterwards when his identity is revealed.
  • The Chosen One: Ends up becoming the chosen pilot for Ordine.
  • Combination Attack: With Rean in their mechs by combining both Enlightened Domination and Deadly Cross: Union Slash - Deadly Domination.
  • Chuunibyou: As C. His costume, which is mostly black, reeks of it and he has a flare for talking eloquently and dramatic speeches. Sara even lampshades it. This is especially seen in Cold Steel IV where he shows embarrassment over his past as Siegfried yet actually defends his C persona and claiming he had aesthetic.
  • Cool Mask: As "C" he wears a mask not unlike Zero from Code Geass. He even has a voice modulator that helps disguise what he actually sounds like. He loses it thanks to Claire breaking it with a bullet.
    • He also gets one during his stint as Azure Siegfried. His discarding it signifies that He's Back as Crow Armbrust at the climax of Cold Steel III.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Played for Laughs in Chapter 6 of Cold Steel I. When Class VII is asked to find a cat, he reveals he carries a chic cat toy with him at all times. Hey, you never know when you might need one, right?
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Is introduced as a perverted slacker with a love of gambling, earning a few jokes at his expense from his classmates old and new . Over time he proves himself as a capable fighter and reliable ally. And that's without taking account how as <C> he was capable of holding off Rean, Laura, and Fie at the same time below Heimdallr and overpower Rean regularly when they fought in their Divine Knights.
  • Death by Depower: His ultimate fate at the end of the Rivalries as Ordine will cease to exist. However he chooses to die on his own terms by going along with Rean's Heroic Sacrifice. Averted in the true end where he is saved by the Sacrament of Roselia and Franz.
  • Deadly Gaze: In Cold Steel III and IV, his "Eye of Balor" craft has him gathering dark energy in his eye and damages his opponents by sending said dark energy to them.
  • Death Dealer: His Wild Card craft has him throwing cards that either buff his allies or inflict status effects on enemies.
  • Death from Above: How his second S-Craft, "Vorpal Slayer" ends after catching his double-bladed saber.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: By way of Noodle Incident, how he became friends with Towa and the others.
  • Designated Villain: His Azure Sigfried persona doesn't actually do anything particularly villainous, at least not in Cold Steel III. He just sort of lurks around the sites of boss battles looking ominous while resembling someone everyone in the original Class VII saw die.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: He dies at the end of Cold Steel II on Rean's arms, saying his final words to Class VII and Vita.He got better though.
  • Disease Bleach: After his resurrection, his hair turns white though you'll be forgiven for not noticing before this is mentioned given how the shade is similar to his normal hair.
  • The Dragon: Though he's the Big Bad of Cold Steel I, he assists Vita overall.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Happens to him twice throughout the series. The first time happens when Claire shoots his <C> mask and reveals himself to be the leader of the terrorist group. The second time happens when he discards his Azure Siegfried mask and talking very roughly instead of talking politely, signifying that he's finally back as Crow Armbrust.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses a mismatched pair of pistols in combat.
  • Duel Boss: With Rean a few times in Cold Steel II. Twice in their Divine Knights, and once on foot. The Final Boss fight of Cold Steel I also counts. And there is another one as Azure Siegfried in Cold Steel III. The last time Rean and Crow fight is in Cold Steel IV with Crow fully prepared to die to give Rean more power to his Divine Knight. Rean's not having any of it and literally gives him life energy through Valimar and sending it towards Ordine, complete with a hug.
  • Duel to the Death: His final duel with Rean has him dueling with their mechs with the loser having to surrender their mech, and their lives if they're Only Mostly Dead thanks to the power of their Divine Knights, to the winner. This trope however is averted thanks to Rean returning Ordine's powers back to its owner while begging for Crow to live.
  • Easily Forgiven: Despite being the leader of the terrorists who did a lot of things throughout Cold Steel which includes nearly starting a war with Calvard prematurely, his subordinates kidnapping Elise and Alfin, invading Garrelia Fortress and hijaking their railway guns, and putting Rean in a coma, he's easily forgiven for his crimes by Class VII. Though they do actively work against his plans in II, and the "forgiveness" concerns their intention to welcome him back to Class VII instead of holding any kind of vendetta against him for his betrayal.
  • Evil Costume Switch: In Cold Steel II, after he's revealed himself as the leader of the ILF, and thus doesn't need to hide his identity anymore, he ditches his school uniform and armor as <C> for an all-black ensemble that includes a Badass Longcoat with it's sleeves rolled up, gloves, and a black headband.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Rean. Both are leaders who care about the people following them and both are Awakeners. Both even have the same primary Time Orbments yet differing secondary ones.
  • False Friend: Played with. He insists that his only goal in joining Thors and playing nice with Class VII and their second-year predecessors was to throw the RMP off his trail and get closer to his goal of assassinating the chancellor and their friendship meant nothing to him. Rean and the others don't buy it and insist that the friendship was real. Based on how he died helping Rean against the Vermillion Apocalypse and being completely OK with coming back to Thors before that, it's most likely that he was indeed lying about the friendship being false. Taken to the logical conclusion in the fourth game. After everything that happened, Crow finally joins the party permanently and helps Class VII at every opportunity.
  • Final Boss: Of Cold Steel, piloting Ordine.
  • Faking the Dead: Not as Crow, but he fakes C and the ILF's deaths in the Sachsen Iron Mine.
  • Friend to All Children: Regularly bets candy when playing Blade with the town kids, and to all appearances loses on purpose.
  • Friendly Enemy: Even as a member of the Noble Alliance, Crow still trades jokes and advice with the rest of Class VII. He's even the one responsible for Toval finding out where Rean was and thus partly responsible for saving the latter's life at the beginning of the second game.
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    G - N 
  • The Gambler: He likes all forms of gambling and is the go-to guy for information on the new card game Blade. One of his Crafts is called Wildcard and is essentially a weaponized gamble. He's also mentioned to have spent most of his time hanging out at a casino on a field mission the player wasn't present for.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In Cold Steel III, once he regains his memories as Crow Armbrust, he immediately dives in to stop Rean from continuing his rampage any longer inside Ordine. Unfortunately, it fails.
  • Guns Akimbo: His primary fighting style in Cold Steel as a party member. Especially pronounced in his S-Craft. Uses a golden pair as Azure Siegried. It's one of his two different stances in Cold Steel IV.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: With Rean in their divine knight battles.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: At the end of Cold Steel, he reveals himself as a villain after being an ally for most of the game. Then in Cold Steel II, he pulls a Heel-Face Turn, only to die soon afterward. Cold Steel III has him being revived as a villain (Azure Siegfried) for most of the game, only for him to regain his memories at the end and become a good guy again. Basically, over the course of three games he goes Face -> Heel -> Face -> Heel -> Face.
  • Held Back in School: He joins Class VII to compensate for his lack of credits.
  • He's Back: After an entire game's worth of spending time brainwashed, Crow is finally able to break through the Azure Siegfried persona in order to stop Rean's rampage at the end of Cold Steel III.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Died thanks to a stab wound through the chest while creating an opening for Rean to save Prince Cedric.
  • Humongous Mecha: He's the chosen pilot of Ordine, the Azure Knight. He awakened the machine three years prior to the events of Cold Steel under guidance from Vita.
  • Homing Projectile: In his S-Craft, all bullets he fire will find their way to surround the targets.
  • I Am Your Opponent: The party comes face-to-face for the first time in his role as leader of the Imperial Liberation Front, C. All of the groups main members are there, but he declares that he will face them.
    C: Wielders of the longsword, the greatsword, the twin gun swords. Stand and face me. I shall be your opponent. ... Haha. Think of this as an entertaining way to kill some time.
  • Identity Amnesia: As Azure Siegfried since his memories are sealed. He only starts remembering who he was after seeing Rean inside Valimar and the rest of his students and reminds him of Rean and Crow teaming up to take on Vermillion Apocalypse.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he dies during the Finale of Cold Steel II when Testa-Rossa's tail stabs Ordine through the chest and he takes the same damage as it's Awakener.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: His Dual Saber style. Other characters mentioned how archaic the weapon is and there is no known practitionner of it. And yet, he manage to be as strong as Sara with it.
  • Irony: In Cold Steel III, he ends up working for the one guy who he tried to assassinate. Granted he had Identity Amnesia but the trope is still played straight.
  • Lady and Knight: The Azure Knight to Vita's Azure Abyss.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He dies from a chest wound, the same place where he shot Osborne. He even lampshades it, claiming 'Karma's a bitch'. In addition, he defeats Rean at the end of the first game by using Divine Knight feedback to give him a concussion, ruining their last hope to keep Thors save from the Alliance. He's killed when he gets a fatal chest wound after Ordine's chest armor is pierced, thanks to Divine Knight feedback.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Trying to discuss the later games without spoiling the fact that he is the leader of the Imperial Liberation Front which is backed by the Noble Alliance, is the pilot of the Divine Knight Ordine, trumps Rean in their first and second Divine Knight duel, and ends up dead after giving Rean an opening to rescue the crown prince from the Vermillion Apocalypse is really hard.
  • Leitmotif: Together with Rean, "Blue Destination" serves as one to him. Both "Decisive Collision" and "Remaining Glow" as well thanks to the shared melodies between all three.
  • Limit Break: His S-Craft in the first game is "Cross Raven", whilst in Cold Steel II it's "Deadly Cross." When piloting Ordine, his finishing move is "Deadly End." For Cold Steel III, his S-Craft is "Cross Rebellion," with IV throwing in "Vorpal Slayer". Likewise, in the latter game, his union attack (when the team setup isn't "just him and Rean"), is "Rebellion Sword".
  • Living with the Villain: "C", leader of the Imperial Liberation Front terrorist group, is Crow, who's also living right across Rean's room.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: According to Towa and George, Crow was a complete loner in his first year at Thors until he ran into Angelica, who was determined to break through his shell. With her fists. It worked.
  • Making a Splash: His secondary orbment is Water. This foreshadows his eventual rivalry with Rean's fire.
  • Magic Gunman: His orbment line allows him to have decent EP pool. That and gaining consistently good ATS every time he levels up makes him capable of using arts aside from shooting enemies with his orbal gun.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: He says that it was just a scratch when Vermillion Apocalypse impales him in the heart.
  • Mask of Power: As Azure Siegfried. The mask brainwashes him into serving the Black Workshop.
  • Misery Poker: Before revealing his past to Rean, Crow believes his past is nothing compared to Rean's Dark and Troubled Past. After revealing it, Rean is sadder about Crow's past than Crow himself.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: Get impaled through the heart by the Vermillion Apocalypse and yet, manage to live long enough to see Rean's victory and tell his last words to Class VII and Vita. Then he gets better, with some issues.
  • The Not-Love Interest: There are some hints that do happen in Cold Steel where if players don't pick anybody for the motorcycle trip, he accompanies Rean. Although it's the sequels where things kick off in high gear for both Rean and Crow's Ho Yay relationship. Especially during the Pantagruel sequence where Crow cooks for Rean and reveals his Dark and Troubled Past, enough for Rean to actually wonder if he should just stay with the Noble Alliance just so he can be with Crow again. Cold Steel III and Cold Steel IV only add fuel to this.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Like Vita, he doesn't give a damn about Cayenne's ambitions, he just want to clear the mess he started by shooting Osborne.

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  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He hides all his cunning and scheming behind a playful and lazy persona.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Remember all those trials you had to go through with everyone else to get Valimar? Yeah. He did stuff just like that to get Ordine three years ago when he was 16 and he did it with only Vita to assist him!
  • Old Shame: In-Universe example in regards to his time as the brainwashed Azure Siegfried. As far as Crow is concerned it never happened and that his C persona had more taste.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Except flesh is right at his chest, piercing his heart. It's a miracle he still managed to talk for a few minutes before he passes away.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: As seen with his Azure Siegfried persona, no one who actually sees him are really fooled and know that it's Crow. Especially once he brings out Ordine.
  • Pet the Dog: Some of his actions as <C> take on this meaning in the context of The Reveal
    • When Class VII has Gideon cornered and he's unable to shake them off, <C> intervenes right as Gideon starts to consider murdering Elise and Princess Alfin out of desperation, and promptly defuses the situation and has them released. While this proves instrumental in securing a getaway for the ILF, it also ensures that the ILF never crosses the line into actively hurting the family of one of his friends.
    • During the invasion of Garrelia Fortress, Crow is actually fighting against the ILF and its archaisms throughout the mission along with the rest of Class VII. Once Class VII retakes the railway guns, however, Crow makes no effort to sabotage their victory or seize control of the guns, and instead V and S make a swift getaway that was clearly planned well in advance. This strongly implies that Crow never actually intended to go through with nuking Crossbell, likely because it would result in the death of one of his own classmates.
    • In II, Crow tips off Toval to Rean's location which subsequently proves to be instrumental in saving his life, instead of taking the opportunity to finish him off when he was at his most vulnerable. Not that it would kill Rean as shown by the Awakeners in III and IV, including Crow himself.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When about to snipe Osborne:
    Go finish your speech in hell.
  • Recurring Boss: See Duel Boss above.
  • Red Baron: The Azure Chevalier.
  • Redemption Equals Death: In II, where he's fatally wounded in a bid to release Prince Cedric from the Vermillion, and ends up bleeding out as a result. He comes back as the Azure Siegfried in III, and manages to survive for real in the Golden Ending to IV
  • Required Party Member: In Cold Steel IV, he's required in all of the Divine Knight fights when Rean fights another Awakener.
  • Ret-Gone: In Cold Steel IV, he was nearly about to be absorbed to Rean and Valimar until Rean found a way to spare him and made him exist rather than fading away. He nearly does it again in Cold Steel IV when the Great One's power is fading away but Valimar and the other knights sacrifice their lives.
  • Roboteching: He can do this with bullets when performing Cross Raven, likely through Orbment-assisted Time manipulation.
  • Secret Identity Vocal Shift: His helmet as C modulates his voice.
  • Secret Identity Change Trick: A villainous example. He volunteers to bring the miners to safety in Sachsen Iron Mine because it give him an opportunity to change and face the party as C with an alibi after the whole Faking the Dead.
  • Sempai/Kohai: To Class VII, along with Angelica, Towa and George, as all four served in the trial class that became the basis for Class VII to begin with.
  • Serious Business: Artistic performances. Seeing the normally laid-back Crow so serious about making the concert a hit is really funny. Unless you're Emma, Machias or Jusis at least. Gets into it again in Cold Steel IV when the Class VII arrives in Crossbell for a mission and are in need of a distraction. Together with Elliot, he's able to create a performance worthy of Arc en Ciel in the span of a few days.
  • Shipper on Deck: He is rooting for George/Angelica. In Cold Steel II, he's also supportive of the idea of Rean getting together with one of the original Class VII girls, with the exception of Millium thanks to her age. In the manga adaptation of the first game he even helps spur on Rean and Alisa to dance.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Probably the most foul-mouthed member of Class VII. Which is surprising that he is also the more formal "C" and as Azure Siegfried.
  • The Slacker: He's sent to join Class VII on a temporary basis in order to earn extra credit because he's in danger of not graduating with the credits he's currently earned... and the first thing we see him do is slack off further. He somehow manages to earn enough to graduate on time regardless.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: After Testa-Rossa stabs him through the heart, the first thing he did was apologize to Rean that he wouldn't be able to go back to the academy with them like he promised.
  • Stance System: He's able to change between his Saber Mode and Gunner Mode at will in Cold Steel IV.
  • Summon Magic: Much like Rean with Valimar, he can summon Ordine wherever he is at a moment's notice. This also applies to being able to summon him in gameplay in Cold Steel IV much like Rean and his students too.
  • Super Mode: Gains one in Cold Steel IV with Patch 1.03 which gave him a craft called "Destiny Azure" that costs 100 CP but gives him buffs to Strength, Defense, and Speed for six turns, and the Insight status for three turns.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Rean tries to appeal to him in the name of all of the good times and friendship they have together, he tells him that it was all fake. "...But at the end of the day, I'm C. That's the real deal. The Crow Armbrust you've known all this time... he isn't real. He never was." He's lying.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: One of his crafts in Cold Steel II, "Blade Throw" is him throwing his double-bladed saber at his enemies before returning to him. It's also how he starts his second S-Craft in Cold Steel IV, "Vorpal Slayer".
  • Together in Death: In the normal ending of Cold Steel IV, he follows Rean, along with Millium, and dies together with them since his life is tied with Rean and the Great One.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Rean. Despite only knowing each other for less than a year, the two end up becoming like brothers to each other even after Crow betrays him and Class VII. Then he ends up dying in the assault against the Vermillion Apocalypse during the finale of the second game. Then he came back in Cold Steel III.
  • Tragic Villain: Despite the fact that he became a terrorist, he explains to Rean that he still has a role to play by ending the war because of his actions of killing the Prime Minister. What makes him tragic is that after his death, Osborne shows up like it was nothing making his entire mission to defeat Osborne pointless and a waste of time. Rean lashes out at Osborne for this reason.
  • Two Aliases, One Character: He also doubles as C, leader of the Imperial Liberation Front. He also gains a third one in Cold Steel III as Azure Siegfried.
  • Undying Loyalty: In Cold Steel IV, once he is back in the party again, he says he will work together with Class VII "to hell and back". And if you choose him for the fortune-telling in Mishelam, Beryl will say that his future is "gambling everything for his precious friends". It works that he isn't technically alive by then.
  • Villain Forgot to Level Grind: [[Heroic Sacrifice While he has an excuse]], he goes from curb stomping the best of Class VII and needing Rean's Super Mode pushed to its maximum to be defeated in the first two games to being matched by Rean in a Duel Boss in Cold Steel III.]]
  • Walking the Earth : Following Jurai's annexation and his grandfather's death, he wandered through Erebonia until he meet Cayenne.
  • Walking Spoiler: Thanks to his role, it's almost impossible to talk about Crow without mentioning his deeds throughout the story.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: While most of them ILF members are trying to take down Osborne because of some grudge, Crow does it for that and then some. He sees Osbourne as the one responsible for a number of Erebonia's problems and decides to put an end it. He also sees himself joining with the Noble Alliance as a means to restore peace to the Empire after his actions against had helped kick start a Civil War.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted as its made clear that he isn't without redeeming qualities even at his most antagonistic and eventually becomes The Atoner.
  • You Fool!: His link quote victory with Rean while he's lost control of himself in Cold Steel IV has him saying this towards Rean.
  • You Killed My Father: His grudge against Osborne is due to blaming the man for causing the ruin and death of his grandfather in his efforts to turn Jurai into region of the Empire.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: He sees himself as a champion for freedom, fighting against the system that conquered his homeland and the man who is responsible for Erebonia's expansionist ambitions. Although his conversation with Rean in II shows that he doesn't fully believe in the sentiment; he freely admits that his vendetta was more of a personal grudge than anything else, and he doesn't actually consider Osborne an evil man.
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