5703 in-depth character profiles from comics, games, movies

Voldo (Soul Calibur)

Voldo


Context

Voldo is one of the more notable, recurrent characters in Soul Calibur. Soul Calibur is a major series of fighting console video games.

Beyond his groundbreaking choices in underwear, Voldo is notable for his outlandish, unpredictable fighting style and moves. Such a… colourful character could appear in many setting, and be unique in all of them.


Background

  • Real Name: Unrevealed.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Parents (deceased), four brothers (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Vercci’s house.
  • Base Of Operations: Money Pit, Mediterranean Sea.
  • Height: 6’ Weight: 185 lbs Age: 50
  • Eyes: Unrevealed Hair: None

A garish Voldo leaping in, over a white background


Powers and Abilities

Voldo is a highly skilled acrobatic martial artist who favors paired katars.

His fighting style is unusual, unpredictable, and deadly. He mixes in a lot of high flying acrobatics along with his natural ability as a contortionist. Voldo both attacks and evades by continually twisting his body into some very strange positions.

Land of the Blind

Voldo is blind and mute. Exactly how he fights as well as he does is never fully explained. He doesn’t really seem hampered by any of his senses so in DC Heroes RPG terms, Full Vision seemed like the simplest solution.

Voldo with arms crossed, over a red background

The most likely explanation (or at least the only one that I can come up with) is that he has some sort of sonar sense that’s contingent on vibration or something like that. Voldo can’t read or comprehend colors, but the latter should be obvious given his hideous fashion sense.

The Blind Bloodhound

Being a competent hand-to-hand combatant using vibrational sense (or whatever he uses) is one thing. But globe trotting in search of various individuals and the Soul Edge is quite another. How is it he tracks them down bereft of sight, sound, and the ability to read and communicate with other people and actually occasionally be successful is quite another.

How does he do it? This is never addressed in the games.

The most likely explanation is that he has been around fragments of the Soul Edge and their tainted energy so much that he actually has Detect (Soul Edge energy) with the discerning bonus. This isn’t too hard to believe considering that a few other characters who have had enough contact with the cursed blade actually have this Power as well.

Voldo's headgear

It’s also possible that he, much like a bloodhound, has Analytical Smell/Tracking Scent (Dogs have around 7 APs, but he could have more or less). Voldo is not terribly successful at tracking individuals, so it doesn’t seem nearly as likely as the Detect Power.

The Ghost of Vercci and the Hand From Beyond

Does Vercci’s ghost really haunt the Money Pit to give orders from beyond the grave or is it simply all in Voldo’s head? It’s never really explained, but either explanation is impossible in the Soul Calibur universe.

There is of course another possibility – that the Soul Edge is using Vercci’s visage to trick Voldo into doing its bidding. The game does occasionally hint at this.

But at the same time it also seems somewhat implausible given that the evil blade exists only to absorb other souls through blood and carnage. Meanwhile, Voldo’s mission is clearly to take the blade back to the secluded Money Pit where he can guard it until the end of his days.


Description

Voldo looks more than a little creepy. He’s a tall and gaunt man who moves in an unusual and disturbing manner. All of his costumes are very much bondage oriented. They usually include leather thongs and lots of leather straps and a few spikes, and bits of chain mail and other light armor.

Voldo in a church, ready to fight

He always keeps both his eyes and ears covered and often his mouth as well. In the very first game his bonus costume was a hideous all bright pink affair complete with a flowing overcoat (!).


Personality

Not much of one to really speak of. Voldo has essentially devolved into an obsessed watch dog who devotes every waking moment to furthering his dead master’s last wish. Thus, he’s obsessed with protecting the treasures in the Money Pit and finding the Soul Edge — and that’s about it.

What exactly Vercci ever did for or to him get retain this sort of fanatical devotion is unclear.


Quotes

(strange labored breathing sound much like Darth Vader)


DC Universe History

Voldo can be inserted into the DCU or really almost any other universe as is. He’d make a great one off villain for lower level heroes if the campaign took an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider-esque turn that required them to explore a place like the Money Pit.

Voldo in his tomb, putting on his claws

To make Voldo a more credible threat you could give him the My Playground, My Rules Schtick and make sure that the area is mostly dark and suitable to his acrobatic fighting style. For instance, lots of chains and ledges for him to evade and attack from unusual angle and lots of crevices and other odd hiding spots to give him the chance to pull a hit and run game.

You could also make the terrain shakier (a rickety old wobbly bridge perhaps) and give him the Surefooted Schtick for another tactical advantage such as the Land of the Blind Schtick.

Lastly to explain why he’s still alive and well after all this time he could be given Invulnerability. This would also allow him to be a reoccurring threat as he would likely hunt the characters down and keep attacking them.

Or it could give provide a sort of mummy’s curse storyline. A team of archeologists uncovered an ancient treasure and brought it back to a museum, but the team and the people around this treasure start mysteriously dying one by one.


Sharing

The links to follow us and/or subscribe to our monthly newsletter are at the bottom of this page.



Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG Print Friendly

Tell me more about the game stats

Voldo

Dex:07 Str:04 Bod:05 Motivation: Uphold Vercci
Int:05 Wil:04 Min:03 Occupation: Guardian
Inf:03 Aur:01 Spi:05 Resources {or Wealth}:000
Init:019 HP:050

Powers:
Full vision: 02, Jumping: 01, Running: 03

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Full vision’s resolution is only slightly higher than Radar Sense’s (-1). See “Land of the Blind” for further explanation.
  • Jumping and Running are skilled powers and Voldo can use them regardless of what odd body posture he’s in. They represent the fact that he has extremely high mobility even if he’s crawling around on the or bounding around while curled up into a ball.

Skills:
Acrobatics*: 07, Charisma (Intimidation): 4, Martial artist*: 07, Thief (Stealth): 05

Advantages:
Area Knowledge (Money Pit), Double Jointed, Iron Nerves, Lightning reflexes, Schtick (Paired katars, Unpredictable style).

Connections:
None.

Drawbacks:
Creepy Appearance, CPI, CPR (Blind – down to SPR due to his Full Vision power) SPR (deaf), SPR (mute), CIA (defending Vercci and his riches), Socially Inept.

Equipment:

  • Karma and Mara [BODY 10, EV 03 (05 w/STR, 08 w/Martial Artist), +1CS to Block slashing weapons]. Karma and Mara are the Katars used by Voldo in Soul Edge.
  • Shame and Blame [BODY 10, EV 03 (05 w/STR, 08 w/Martial Artist), +1CS to Block slashing weapons]. Shame and Blame are Voldo’s twin katars from Soul Calibur 1. Vercci collected treasures from all over the world and believed he had everything worth having. Vercci’s loved katars, and had tens of pairs that he brought back from India. He gave a pair to his trusted vassal, Voldo, to use as weapons. Even when soaked in blood, Shame and Blame remain works of art.
  • Manas and Ayus [BODY 10, EV 03 (05 w/STR, 08 w/Martial Artist), +1CS to Block slashing weapons]. Another pair of Katars in Vercci’s tomb are Manas and Ayus. Voldo abandoned Shame and Blame for Manas and Ayus, because of their stronger defensive capabilities. They were favoured by Vercci on his search for Soul Edge. Long after Vercci’s death, these katars were used to hunt down intruders who dared to venture into the Money Pit.

Voldo character details screen

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Soul Calibur series.

Helper(s): Sébastien Andrivet.

Subscribe to our MINI-NEWSLETTER !

One bare-bones e-mail per month. Plain text. Short. To the point. Learn more.