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Ivy (Soul Calibur) with actual clothing for a change


(Isabella Valentine)


Soul Calibur is one of the big, classic series of console fighting games. Many of the main characters therein wield signature magic weapons.

This is the case for Ivy, with her distinctive, supernatural snake sword. Ivy also has a complex backtory involving a cursed sword, a demonic father, alchemy, ruined nobles, and betrayal.


  • Other Aliases: Twisting Blade of Solitude.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed English nobles (parents, deceased), Cervantes de Leon (father), unnamed mother (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Formally of Schwartzstrom (means Black Storm).
  • Base Of Operations: She has a secret lab in the suburbs of London, but she’s often mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 128 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Pale Purple


Powers and Abilities

Besides being a capable warrior Ivy is a competent occultist. Through research and hard work she was able to create her own magical snake blade, and even summon a demon. She’s a pretty good scientist for her time as well.

Her major downfall (besides her cursed lineage) is that she’s obsessive and doesn’t always think things through.

Cursed lineage

As the daughter of Cervantes, Ivy has a cursed lineage. Her own bloodline serves to further the agenda of the cursed sword and she is thus vulnerable to it. She is also frequently part of subplots that involve her ancestry. Her biggest problem is that she cannot wield the Soul Calibur magic sword due to her demonic bloodline.

Later Cervantes comes and steals most of her soul forcing her to use a prototype soul that she was going to use in an artificial body that would be able to wield the Soul Calibur. She appears to be living on borrowed time that’s quickly running out. On the plus side now it’s theoretically possible for her to wield the Soul Calibur, but not yet proven.

Snake sword

Ivy’s snake sword, the Ivy Blade (Later known as Valentine), has the ability to expand and contract at will. Ivy researched many weapons to find one worthy of accompanying her on her quest to destroy Soul Edge. She invented this sword, based upon an Asian design for a multi-segmented whip.

Her sword came to life with Nightmare’s touch, when she summoned him. Armed with this weapon, she embarked upon her quest.


Ivy didn’t know that her sword was brought to life with the power of Soul Edge, the same sword she vowed to destroy. She also remained ignorant to the fact that her own bloodline served to strengthen the sword.

This weapon is considered master work and thus has slightly higher game stats. Furthermore, it is intelligent and generally tries to protect Ivy.

In Ivy’s SC4 ending the sword demonstrated a strong ability to dispel magic spells (in DC Heroes RPG terms, 12 or more APs of Neutralize (magic only)). This ending is not considered to have happened (yet) so the blade doesn’t necessarily have this property yet. But it’s entirely possible that it could already have that power, albeit not nearly as strong.


Ivy is a cruel looking woman with ghostly pale skin and pale hair to match. She does have the distinct bearing of nobility.

Her main costume that’s almost always depicted in the artwork is a dominatrix style black leather with a purple undertone affair complete with a thong and a revealing corset as well as thigh high boots. She also wears a metal bracer on her left arm as well as several accessories (because even whip sword wielding dominatrix need to accessorize too, dammit!).

Ivy on a sailship's desk

Not surprisingly enough as with a lot of fighting game (hell video games in general!) her costume has the distinct property of getting skimpier over time. In fact her latest costume in SC4 seems like an exercise in how make her costume as skimpy as possible without showing any actual nudity.

Don’t be surprised if she’s topless in the next installment and running around buck naked with only a few accessories in later games.

The rest of her costumes are more what you would expect a noblewoman to wear except for the red one which distinctly looks like lingerie as well, but just not as revealing.


Ivy has a classic case of having an obsession that distorted reality. She was so hell bent on destroying the Soul Blade that had destroyed her adoptive family that she used the exact same methods that her mad adoptive father had used to cause her once noble family to go to ruin.

The difference being that she was more successful and she succeeded in summoning the very thing she sought to destroy, only to have it empower the very weapon she intended to use against it.

After failing to find any trace of the blade, she then unknowingly served it in slaughtering and harvesting the souls of countless innocents out of some misplaced idea that was repaying a debt. The entire time she had foolishly functioned as a pawn, which furthered the goals of what she sought to destroy.

When Ivy finally learned the truth about the evil sword she had been serving and her own cursed lineage the twisted irony as well as the guilt of what she had done finally hit home. After some reflection she does regret all that she’s done and seek to make a amends.

She’s still hell bent on destroying the Soul Edge and ridding the world of its evil taint, but she’s quite a bit level headed about it now and she no longer takes drastic measures unless absolutely necessary.


“I’ll tear everything apart !”

Ivy: “Who are you ?”
Zasalamel: “Did you read the book ?”
Ivy (gets knocked back): “Damn it !”

Zasalamel (picks up the book): “This is a mistake from my past. The world no longer needs this.” (burns the book)
Ivy: “Stop !”
Zasalamel: If you wish to learn everything about the cursed sword and the spirit world, then follow the knight you know well…(escapes)

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Isabella “Ivy” Valentine

Dex: 08 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Anti-heroic Seeking Justice
Int: 07 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Adventurer/alchemist
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 06 Resources {or Wealth}: 08
Init: 023 HP: 060

Acrobatics (Dodging, athletics): 05, Gadgetry: 05, Martial Arts: 05, Occultist (All but mentor): 05, Scientist: 05, Weaponry (melee): 07

Connoisseur, Iron Nerves, Languages (Spanish, quite possibly several dead languages that came up in her research), Lightning Reflexes, Schtick (Precise Blocker (Bracer), Telescoping feint).


Attack Vulnerability (-1CS OV and RV against being influenced by and mystical attacks from the Soul Edge), Dark Secret (her participation in Nightmare’s harvest of souls), Guilt, CIA (destroying the Soul Edge and its cursed lineage {which coincidentally includes herself}), MPI (obsession with destroying the Soul Edge), CPR (living on borrowed time), Minor Rage, Unluck, Misc. (Cursed lineage, see below).


  • Ivy has a Lab that covers both scientific and mystical for gadgetry/artifact purposes as well as a large library. Say 6 APs or so.
  • Ivy Blade / Valentine [BODY 05 INT 02 WIL 02, EV 05 (sword form)/03 (whip form), Stretching: 01, R#00, Note: Stretching only is capable of Fine Manipulation if the sword wishes it].
  • Ivy also has a metal bracer attached to her left arm [BODY 05]. She occasionally uses it to Block attacks.


  • Missing Link (Dimensional Travel: 04, summoning only CT: unknown, but likely long, there were also quite a few unnamed components involved as well and the ritual only partially worked. This was the original ritual she used to summon Nightmare and animate her Ivy Blade.).
  • Summon Suffering (Magic Blast: 06, CT: 0, Magic Blast has scatter shot bonus. Components her Ivy Blade. Ivy must be able to grapple the target (or at least grapple them with her blade) in order to initiate this attack. If the opponent is able to escape her grapple they can attempt to Dodge, but they Magic Blast will follow the opponent up to its normal range making this difficult.
    On a side note this is probably one of the coolest moves in the entire series. Ivy’s blade separates into individual pieces and they glow white and attack the target, flying right through the target one after another and then her blade reforms when the attack is over. It’s pretty visually impressive and the only one every known to have successfully evaded it was Taki through use of a counter ritual.

Previous Statistics

In her first appearance her Gadgetry, Occultist, and Scientist were all one point lower and she had the Oblivious Drawback.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Soul Calibur .

Helper(s): roto13, Sébastien Andrivet, Darci.

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