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Soul Calibur (SC) 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 is one of the most recognizable SC characters, heavily used in their marketing campaigns. And she’s beyond hypersexualised, which I guess would be ultrasexualised.

Yet there is so much more to her character than just a pretty… face. She’s also got one of the most unique weapons and fighting styles in the games.

Ivy is consistently listed as one of the most difficult characters to use, even though she’s frequently played in matches. I guess that’s what they mean by “difficulty curves”.

Her storyline is quite interesting as well.

  • She part of a cursed lineage and the illegitimate daughter of a zombie demon pirate.
  • She’s a world class fighter and one of the best occultists in her universe.
  • She constructed another fully functional body for her soul to inhabit once her time was up.



  • Real Name: Isabella Valentine.
  • Other Aliases: Twisting Blade of Solitude.
  • Known Relatives: Unnamed English nobles (adoptive parents, deceased), Cervantes de León (father), unnamed mother (deceased).
  • Group Affiliation: Formally of Schwartzsturm (“Black Storm”).
  • Base Of Operations: She has a secret lab in the suburbs of London, but she’s often mobile.
  • Height: 5’10” (1.78m). Weight: 128 lbs. (58 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Blue. Hair: White or pale purple.

Powers and Abilities

Ivy is a world class melee fighter, armed or unarmed.

It is possible she’s less skilled than other Soul Calibur characters, since her movesets is harder for players to use. “Movesets”, plural, since her exact maneuvers depend upon which stance she’s using at any given moment.

Ivy (Soul Calibur) with actual clothing for a change

Martial technique

However, her signature weapon is one of the best in game. This sword can turn into a whip, with the blade breaking up to form jagged metallic segments along it. This gives her the best reach by far.

She can even stab the ground and have the business end pop up further away. This allows for surprise hits, poking and harassment.

On the other hand:

  1. A lot of her moves tend to leave her open.
  2. She’s a mid to long range fighter, lacking good options in close quarters. Most of her close combat moves have poor damage and combo potential.
  3. She does have high damage command throws. But they are hard to pull off – let alone land.
  4. She did have a close range upward slash, that used to allow for easy infinite juggle. But it was a glitch and was removed.

Mistress of the occult

Ms. Valentine cannot quite cast spells. But she can do slow, methodical, ritualistic magic, alchemy and enchantment.

She’s one of the best at this in the Soul Calibur universe. For instance, she could enchant a completely unique and mystical intelligent blade (albeit with a bit of demonic help).

Her most astounding feat was creating a new body for herself. Her soul could then migrate into it, to cheat death once her cursed lineage caught up to her. Sheer grit and dogged academic pursuit thus allowed her to gain virtual immortality.

Ivy is also skilled in other intellectual pursuits. Such as science, research, and detective work.

Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur) early sketch normal clothes

Early concept sketch.


Ivy was the daughter of dreaded pirate Cervantes de León. The identity of her mother and the circumstances that lead to her conception both are shrouded in mystery.

She was found abandoned in front of the noble Valentine estate, in England. The Valentines adopted her since they couldn’t have a child on their own.

Ivy thus grew up in a privileged and loving household. The Valentines were one of the wealthiest families in all of England.

Secret origins

Howbeit, the Earl squandered the family fortune in seeking immortality through alchemical means. His quest apparently led to Soul Edge fragments, fueling his obsession.

Mr. Valentine died as Ivy reached adulthood. Mrs. Valentine followed her husband to the grave shortly after.

This is when Isabella found out that she was adopted, by reading her mother’s journal.

From there she read her father’s journal. This is where she learned of the Soul Calibur, a cursed legendary blade said to feast on souls.

She could see how this legend had sent her once prosperous house into ruin. Yet she developped a strange yearning to destroy Soul Calibur.

The blade

Ms. Valentine made it her sole mission in life to destroy the accursed blade.

But to do so she would need her own magical weapon. She tried her own spin over Asian designs of segmented whips, but conventional means failed.

Therefore, she studied both alchemy and sorcery in order to breathe life into her blade. She worked tirelessly, conducting a different ritual every night at midnight.

After countless tries a mysterious figure appeared before her. Clad in full plate armor and wielding a giant mystical sword, it was otherwordly.

It spoke a magic incantation and Ivy’s blade sprung to life. With the ritual complete the entity vanished.

The next day Ivy set out on a course to find and destroy the accursed blade. The one that had driven her adoptive father mad and ruined countless other lives.

Soul Calibur

The armoured being — Nightmare — soon returned to offered aid with her quest. She therefore helped Nightmare in its Harvest of Souls.

Her exact role is never stated. But considering that Nightmare’s Harvest of Souls meant slaughtering innocents and absorbing their souls into its cursed blade the optics look pretty grim.

At the climax of the game Kilik, Maxi, and Xianghua came to Ostrheinsburg Castle to put an end to the evil Soul Edge. Maxi fought Asroth to avenge his crew while Kilik and Xianghua overcame Nightmare.

As she struck the final blow, Xianghua discovered that her blade, the Krita-Yuga, actually was the legendary Soul Calibur – Soul Edge’s holy counterpart. She thus shattered the evil blade with a mighty blow.

Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur) cool alternate outfits sketches

Way cooler alternate outfits.

The blade lies shattered

Ivy’s role in this battle was never stated. But she likely witnessed the blade’s destruction. With nothing further to gain she retreated.

On her way out she was confronted by mysterious ninja Taki. Taki magically sensed that Ivy was a part of Cervantes’ cursed lineage. That tied her to Soul Edge, which Taki was also trying to destroy.

Ivy was devastated to learn that. Not only did she have an unbreakable tie to the cursed blade she sought to destroy, she had also unknowingly assisted it in furthering its agenda.

Confused and distraught she lashed out. But Taki took pity on her and evaded the fight.

Now more alone and heartbroken than ever, Ivy wandered back to the Valentine’s crumbling estate.

Soul Calibur II

Ivy locked herself in her lab. She conducted unsuccessful experiments to destroy her Ivy Blade.

Eventually she relented. She still needed a powerful weapon if she was to rid the world of the Soul Edge. Isabella renamed her blade Valentine to show her commitment.

Then she heard rumours about a return of Soul Edge. But her actions didn’t have any major impact on the main storyline, so her quest presumably was unsuccessful.

Ivy (Soul Calibur) with a snake and skull shoulder pad

Soul Calibur III

The Valentine Blade grew erratic – and more difficult for Ivy to control.

She had to halt her quest to regain control of her intelligent sword. This struggle may be why she was unsuccessful in the previous game.

In London, she located a particularly promising book of occult secrets. But its author, the immortal Zasalamel, repossessed his tome and set fire to the library.

Yet Ivy had read enough to deduce a new direction to regain control of her blade and to destroy the Soul Edge. She now sought the Soul Calibur to purify her snake blade, then destroy the Soul Edge again.

Soul Calibur IV

A lead brought her to an abandoned temple in Eastern Asia.

It had been the home of Kilik and his fellow monks. But fragments of the Soul Edge had rained down upon the temple, causing the order to go mad and slaughter one another.

Therein, one Kong had the information she sought. He told her that her cursed lineage meant that the Soul Calibur would never allow itself to be wielded by her.

Frustrated she left the temple and continued home. But during her journey she devised a workaround. She would create an homunculus with an artificial but untainted soul.


Surviving Cervantes

Shortly after she succeeded, Ivy was ambushed and killed by her father Cervantes. The undead pirate needed her energy to continue existing, having run out of Soul Edge fragments to drain.

He absorbed most of her soul, prolonging his unlife.

However, Ivy projected what was left of her soul into her homonculus. She thus survived her death, and she could even still wield her magic sword.

But Isabella was certain that she was living on borrowed time. She needed to step up her efforts to destroy Soul Edge.

Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny (non-canon)

Ivy agreed to help Hilda cure her father’s ailment in exchange for her father’s soul.

During the events of this game she somehow put Siegfried into a crystallized statue state. But Cassandra, Sophitia’s younger sister, somehow accidentally freed him.

(This is not explained clearly. And anyway, these events are not considered part of the main story line.)

Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 1) first original appearance art

Soul Calibur V

On her way to Ostrheinsburg Castle and the Soul Edge, Ivy ran into her father. This time, it was she who killed him.

At this point the sky cracked open, signalling that another had destroyed the cursed blade.

(It seems that the destruction of Cervantes and Soul Edge also extended Ivy’s degraded lifespan.)

Ms. Valentine worked for ten years to travel to the Astral Chaos dimensionOther realms of existence that are not our universe.. That was where Soul Edge’s power came from.

Ivy intended to cut the blade’s power at the source, in case it were recreated.

Soul Calibur: Unbreakable Soul (non-canon)

Cassandra defeated Ivy in the Maze of the Dead. This let Cassandra explain that she wasn’t peforming dark rituals as Ivy had thought.

With the misunderstanding cleared up, Cassandra continued on her journey.

Soul Calibur VI (reboot)

In the rebooted Soul Calibur 6 continuity, Ivy’s origin seems unchanged from the original SC.

Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 6) occult symbols hermetic kabala heraldry


A tall, statuesque, voluptuous, striking woman.

Her white hair has chin length bangs, and pale pink undertones in some close ups. Her skin is pale – almost ghostly white.

Her costume is a skimpy purple leather and lace corset, plus thong. It barely covers anything and has a dominatrix theme. It somehow managed to get even skimpier with each game.

She wears a gold claw-like gauntlet on her left arm, matching gold accessories and thigh high boots.

She’s got a few other costumes including:

  • A period admiral uniform.
  • A costume that was clearly modeled after Anna Williams from Tekken.

Ivy (Soul Calibur) readying a strike with her snake sword


Ivy fits the Anti-Heroic Unwanted Power motivation to a tee.

Her life was destroyed. She is constantly haunted by her cursed lineage. Therefore, her one goal is to destroy the Soul Edge.

She has no interest in friendship, romantic relationships, or hobbies. Her entire existence is consumed by her mission.

Many of her quotes and constant taunting of opponents make her come off as a cold hearted dominatrix. Her storyline and actions don’t really do much to dissuade the audience from feeling that way about her personality.

Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur) concept sketch showing details


“I’ll tear everything apart !”

“Dance, I say ! Dance !”

“Silence ! I can change my own destiny !”

“This is the end of my cursed journey.”

“Curse me all you like. I don’t expect forgiveness.”

“A servant of Soul Edge… I cannot allow you to live.”

(Said to Siegfried.) “Too many sins have been committed by both of us.”

“At last I can let my tears fall.”

“Would you like some more ?”

“Time to destroy you, I suppose.”

Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 3) white costume

DC Heroes RPG

Isabella “Ivy” Valentine

Dex: 06 Str: 03 Bod: 04
Int: 07 Wil: 05 Min: 06
Inf: 04 Aur: 03 Spi: 06
Init: 021 HP: 060


Acrobatics (Dodging, athletics): 05, Gadgetry: 05, Martial Artist: 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 includes herself}).
  • MPI (obsession with destroying the Soul Edge).
  • CPR (living on borrowed time).
  • Minor Rage.
  • Unluck.
  • Misc. (Cursed lineage, see below).


Anti-heroic Unwanted Power.


Adventurer & alchemist.




  • Ivy has a Lab that covers both scientific and mystical for gadgetry/artifact purposes as well as a large library. Say 06 APs or so.
  • Ivy Blade / Valentine [BODY 05 INT 02 WIL 02, Enhance (EV): 02 (cap is 07), Stretching: 01, R#00, Descriptor: Slashing, piercing, Limitations: Stretching only is capable of Fine Manipulation if the sword wishes it, Streching cannot use Enhance].
  • 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 person to ever evade it was Taki through use of a counter-ritual.

Previous Statistics

In her first appearance her Gadgetry, Occultist, and Scientist were all one AP lower.

She also had the Oblivious Drawback.

Writeups.org writer avatar Tom Eilers

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Soul Calibur .

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