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Warning: spoilers relating to events/reveals that happen during the first two Cold Steel games shall be left unmarked. Certain spoilers relating to the third and fourth games, however, shall remain tagged.

Crow Armbrust
Crow during Cold Steel I
Crow as a member of Class VII 
Crow as he appeared in Cold Steel II 
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Scott Whyte (credited as Charger Tomlee) (English)

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 temporarily joins Class VII himself 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 Cold Steel I, 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.

From there, Crow then serves as Rean's primary rival throughout Cold Steel II. 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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    # - F 
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Him piloting Ordine is briefly playable for the final battle against the Vermillion Apocalypse in Cold Steel II. In Hajimari, he's the last character who joins in chapter 2 of Rean's route and is only available when Rean's party fights off against C's party at Himmel Cemetery (though while the player only controls him for the last fight of chapter 2, from Rean's perspective, Crow fights twice in the game).
  • 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. Twice, if you count the time he did it while dying in Rean's arms.
  • Alone Among the Couples: In the Eventide of Cold Steel IV, he along with Machias, is the only one who can spend the night alone among Class VII. Though, he has an excuse for this one.
  • 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. Rean describes Crow as both a friend and rival who's always one step ahead of him that he tries to keep up with and eventually surpass.
  • Amicable Exes: Implied to be this with Vita during Cold Steel IV. When asked about their relation by Ash and Rean, he makes no further comment on the subject but make clear that a lot happened between them.
    Crow: Sometimes I'm glad I didn't get too involved with her, but other times, I wish I did.
  • 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 Cold Steel IV that he needs to atone for his time as "C", just like Sara for being a Jaeger. And he indeed spends the entire game doing 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 Boast: As "C", just before facing Class VII in Sachsen Iron Mine
    C: It was the height of Summer when we last crossed blades beneath Heimdallr. Do you think you can prevail now where before you fell short ? Tell me not with words but with steel!
  • Badass Fingersnap: At the end of "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 Cold Steel games. Averted from III onwards. Celine lampshades this when she refers to Crow as the "bandana man" in Cold Steel IV at the Black Workshop. However, f you have him wear his DLC Branch Campus uniform from Hajimari, he'll put the headband back on.
  • 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.
  • Big Damn Heroes: He make his return in Cold Steel IV, by assisting a berserk Rean in escaping the Black Workshop.
    • He does this again in Rean chapter 2 in Hajimari by stalling the New Imperial Liberation Front enough for Class VII to catch up.
  • Birds of a Feather: As soon as he joins the party in Cold Steel IV, he quickly hit it off with Ash.
    Ash: Show us what you're made of, then, Mister Johnny-Came-Crawling-Back.
    Crow: Oh-ho. Someone's got a cheek to talk. How's that trigger finger doing ?
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Uses a pair of gold pistols as Azure Siegfried.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Inverted at first since his reveal as the pilot of the Azure Knight Ordine, and Red Baron title as the Azure Chevalier, was made when he was revealed to be the leader of the terrorist ILF and sided against Class VII throughout the Civil War. Then he's resurrected as Azure Siegfried with an all blue outfit as the Gnome's Brainwashed and Crazy Enigmatic Minion. Finally plays this straight in the fourth game, where he also wears a blue shirt in his casual wear.
  • Bookends: 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. Rean gives it straight back and claims interest. In IV he hands it back again and claims its time to finally work off that interest, though this time it's gone from a joke to a sad callback.
  • 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.
  • Childhood Friends: He was friends with Stark in Jurai, which partially motivated Stark to choose Thors Branch Campus.
  • Choice of Two Weapons: Compared to other characters, Crow has two distinct weapon 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 keeps on using it after his identity is revealed. He can swap between the two styles mid-battle during Cold Steel IV and Hajimari, though he has two gun-based Crafts and only one saber-based Craft.
  • The Chosen One: He is the Awakener of Ordine, the Azure Knight.
  • 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 was badass.
    Machias: Just admit it, Crow! You love that edgelord look.
  • Cold Ham: Anytime he talks as "C", he delivers his lines with gusto but with a lower pitch. Sara lampshades how hammy he sounds like in Cold Steel I.
  • Combination Attack: With Rean in their mechs by combining both Enlightened Domination and Deadly Cross: Union Slash - Deadly Domination.
  • 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.
  • Costume Evolution: His canon wardrobe (as Crow) is as follows:
    • His Thors commoner uniform from his introduction in the first Cold Steel game.
    • His Class VII uniform he gets during Chapter 6 of the first Cold Steel game.
    • A brown jacket and pants with a red shirt underneath in Cold Steel II.
    • His "Azure Siegfried" outfit, which he wore in Cold Steel IV up until he officially rejoined Class VII.
    • A brown jacket, a blue shirt and black pants during most of Cold Steel IV and the entirety of Hajimari.
  • 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?
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: His Deadly Cross and Cross Rebellion S-crafts have him firing a large X-shaped Sword Beam at his enemies at the end. His final S-Craft Vorpal Slayer also makes a a large cross shaped silhouette at the end.
  • Critical Hit Class: His starting Master Quartz in IV and Hajimari is Gungnir, a time MQ who increase the damage of Critical Hits.
  • 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.
  • Deuteragonist: Starting from Cold Steel II onwards, he ends up becoming this as Rean's central rival and closest friend who helped instigate the main plot of the first half of the series and strong presence throughout the story overall.
  • 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.
  • Disappears into Light: In Cold Steel IV, he was nearly about to disappear as Ordine was absorbed into Valimar until Rean found a way to spare him and made him exist rather than fading away. He nearly does it again in the true ending of Cold Steel IV when the Great One's power is fading away but is saved by Roselia and Franz.
  • Disease Bleach: After his resurrection, his hair goes from grey to white, though you'll be forgiven for not noticing before this is mentioned, given how the shade is similar to his normal hair. It returns to original grey after he is properly revived in Cold Steel IV's True Ending, and stays that way in Hajimari.
  • The Dragon: Though he's the Big Bad of Cold Steel I, he ultimate serves as Vita's right-hand man.
  • 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 Boss: With Vita towards the climax of Cold Steel II.
  • 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 I 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 Knockoff: In Hajimari, he has a robotic copy fought during Chapter 4 of Rean's route.
  • Faking the Dead: Not as Crow, but he fakes "C" and the ILF's deaths in the Sachsen Iron Mine.
  • False Friend: Defied. As much as he insists that his time at Thors meant nothing to him, and that it was only for the sake of throwing the RMP off his trail, Rean and his friends don't really buy his lies for a second, especially with how Crow helps Rean during the second game, and seek to have him return to them which finally succeeds by the Cold Steel IV.
  • Final Boss: Of Cold Steel, piloting Ordine.
  • Foil: To Elie MacDowell, he's the grandchild of a mayor whose city-state got taken over due to Erebonia's expansionist policies. Both lost family members due to these politics, with Crow's grandfather dying of despair after being betrayed by his allies and Elie's parents divorcing after her father was in despair over his inability to change Crossbell's corruption. While both oppose Osborne, Elie doesn't resort to the same extremes as Crow and the ILF.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When he first tosses the coin at the beginning of Cold Steel I, he actually doesn't catch the coin but lets it fall in his bag. It's not obvious at first unless players watch the scene in a video. Players are still forced to answer either hand however.
  • 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.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Crow grew up off a relatively normal kid with a love for card games and a penchant for gambling thanks his grandfather. However, after the latter was scapegoated for an incident he had no part and died of depression not long afterwards, Crow spends the next near decade seeking vengeance against Osborne whom he believes responsible. By age 19, he's become the leader of the Imperial Liberation Front, serves as the Awakener of Ordine, and has become so strong that Fie compares him to Sara in terms of overall strength despite her years of experience over him.

    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.
  • Gallows Humor: In Cold Steel IV, he is rather okay with the fact that he will die at the end of the Rivalries, even joking about on a few occasions.
  • 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 I 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.
  • Hand Behind Head: When he speak to Towa for the first time after his Back from the Dead, it's the only reaction he can manage.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: At the end of Cold Steel I, 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, this time for good. 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. When brought back to life in the second half of the series, a drunken Towa notes that Crow never actually graduated which results in her trying to get him back in school at Thors Branch Campus as a student under her and Rean. Crow is not amused by this.
  • 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.
  • Hero of Another Story: He spend the first 2 chapters of Hajimari dealing with social unrest in Jurai along with Stark. He leaves this matter in his hands when someone with his old identity surfaces.
  • Hidden Depths: At first glance it would be easy to assume Crow to be nothing more than a delinquent slacker, but it becomes clear as the games progress just how talented an individual he actually is. To wit, he's one of the strongest fighters that Class VII has, is an accomplished mecha pilot, and is even creatively attuned enough to help put on a concert performance well liked by all.
  • Homing Projectile: In "Cross Raven," all bullets he fire will find their way to surround the targets.
  • 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 I under guidance from Vita.
  • 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 Double Saber style. Other characters mentioned how archaic the weapon is and there is no other known practitioner of it outside of Crow himself. And yet, he manages 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.
  • It Has Been an Honor: Before the final boss of Cold Steel IV.
    Looks like this it, man. Guess I better say it now. Thanks for everything. It's been a blast.
  • Lady and Knight: The Knight to Vita's Lady, made more apparent in Cold Steel II.
  • Large Ham: Crow does have some hammy moments especially when he's fighting Rean. As "C" however, he's more of a Cold Ham.
  • The Lancer: In Cold Steel IV, he's Rean's most frequent companion in combat who also serves as his foil.
  • 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 Cold Steel I 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 Cold Steel I is "Cross Raven", whilst in Cold Steel II it's "Deadly Cross." During mecha battles, his finishing move is "Deadly End." For Cold Steel III, his S-Craft is "Cross Rebellion," with Cold Steel IV, as well as Hajimari, 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.
  • Living on Borrowed Time: Following his defeat in the first Rivalry, he is kept alive by virtue of Rean not absorbing Ordine but it's made clear that it is a temporary measure, and that he will not live past the final Rivalry.
  • 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.
  • The Musketeer: Has his dual pistols and double saber, though unlike Sara or Fie, he uses them separately in his attacks and Crafts insted of mixing them together.
  • 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 I 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.

    O - Z 
  • 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. He even refers to the outfit he wore as being completely tacky.
  • 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. The disguise really only works because no one wants to believe he's back as an enemy, and that several characters went to his funeral.
  • 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. The act also likely saved Gideon's life as well, as had anything happened to Alfin and especially Elise, Rean would have surely lost it and likely killed in Gideon and his men in rage with his ogre power.
    • 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 Vulcan and Scarlet 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 best friends.
    • 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. However, knowing Vita's true plans regarding the Divine Knights, Rean's life was likely in any danger as he was needed to complete teh pseudo rivalry she was trying to kick off with the Infernal Castle.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: When about to snipe Osborne:
    Go finish your speech in hell.
  • Recurring Boss: He ties for the record of the boss you fight in the most games along with Rean and Duvalie. See Duel Boss above.
  • Red Baron: Being Ordine's Awakener has lead to others referring to him as "The Azure Chevalier."
  • Redemption Equals Death: In Cold Steel 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 Azure Siegfried in III, and manages to survive for real in the Golden Ending to IV
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: He usually serves as the Red to Rean's Blue. Unless they're fighting in their Divine Knights where Crow is more of a Cold Ham and Rean a Large Ham.
  • Required Party Member: In Cold Steel IV, he's required in all of the Rivalries.
    • Ditto in Hajimari where Rean, Rufus and he are stalling Zoa-Gilstein.
  • Roboteching: He can do this with bullets when performing Cross Raven, likely through Orbment-assisted Time manipulation.
  • Scars Are Forever: After being brought back to life, a scar remains the front and back of his torso which serves as a reminder of his death at the hands of the Vermillion Apocalypse.
  • 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.
  • See You in Hell: He declares "See you in Gehenna!" when using his second S-Craft, Vorpal Slayer.
  • 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. He makes it a point however that the class should drop the sempai in the original script and Rean does so pretty quickly. This also marks the point where their friendship really kicks off. Cold Steel IV also has him treat the New Class VII in a similar fashion.
  • 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.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Towards Vita as Crow denies being in or having been in a relationship with her.
  • Ship Tease: With Vita. Both are noted to be far closer than what their interactions on the surface imply.When asked about the precise nature of their relationship by Rean and Ash, Crow simply states that he's glad he never got too involved with Vita, but at the same time says that he sometimes wishes he did and leaves it at that. Both Rean and Ash note that Crow didn't actually answer and just left them with more questions than anything.
    • On a added note, if you're careful about it, you can check their link levels in the True Final Boss of Cold Steel IV. They are nearly Rank 7, a feat only shared with True Companionsnote , family members note  or lovers.note 
  • 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.
  • Shout-Out: In the localization of Cold Steel IV, if you choose him in the Hot Springs quest, he mentions that they're just a couple of bros chilling in a hot spring.
  • 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.
  • The Southpaw: Notably one of the few, if not the only, lefty in the main cast. Using two guns and never doing any work keeps this feature very well hidden from Class VII and him separate from his openly lefthanded "C" persona for the majority of the first game, though he goes full lefty once the mask comes off and the saber sees more usage.
  • 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, Arts, and Speed for six turns, and the Insight status for three turns.
  • That Man Is Dead: Tries to deny his friendship with Rean, Class VII, Towa, George, and Angelica by saying that whoever Crow was at Thors was a fake persona and that he's "C" at the end of the day. No one buys this and knows that Crow is simply lying through his teeth.
  • Thinking Up Portals: His Cross Rebellion S-Craft in the third game has him opening up a pair of portals before firing arapid volley into them that redirects them at his enemies before firing a huge cross-shaped Sword Beam at them.
  • 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: 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 Cold Steel I & II 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 met Cayenne.
  • Walking Spoiler: Thanks to his role, it's almost impossible to talk about Crow without mentioning his deeds throughout the story.
  • Welcome Back, Traitor: Rean's goal for Cold Steel II is to bring him back to Thors. Pretty much no one has objections about it.
  • 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.
  • Work Off the Debt: By Hajimari, his linked victory with Rean has him claiming that he should have paid off all his debts. Rean meanwhile believes that he still has some.
  • 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 downfall and death of his grandfather in the formers' efforts to annex Jurai to 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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