Siegfried Schtauffen (Soul Calibur)

Siegfried Schtauffen


Siegfried is one of the core characters from a classic series of melee combat console video games, Soul Calibur. He appeared from the very start, in 1995.

He’s a complex character who goes through more character development and change than any other character in the entire series. He was also the host for Nightmare.

Siegfried has the general appeal of trying to redeem himself for countless deaths and nearly incomprehensible human suffering. His character does make one imagine if one could ever truly make up for such unspeakable evil.

And if you don’t really care for storyline or characterization then he’s a little guy who runs around in full plate mail and swings around a giant two handed sword like it was a wet towel.



  • Real Name: Siegfried Schtauffen.
  • Other Aliases: A Soul In Purgatory, The Innocent Darkside, Innocent.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: Fredrick Schtauffen (father, deceased by his own hand), Margaret Schtauffen (mother).
  • Group Affiliation: Formerly of the Schwartzwind.
  • Base Of Operations: Mobile.
  • Height: 5’5” Weight: 110 lbs.
  • Eyes: Blue Hair: Blond

Powers and Abilities

Siegfried’s an extremely powerful fighter and a hell of a lot stronger than his small frame would imply. At the age of 15 he was able to run around in full plate mail and swing a heavy two-handed sword around one handed like it was a twig.

In fact he’s so strong that one might actually surmise that he actually has some sort of low level mutant super strength.

Siegfried has beaten the Soul Blade more than anyone in history. Thus, he is likely the most powerful fighter in his world (or at the very least time period).



Siegfried is a handsome German youth who is actually quite small to be walking around in full plate and wielding the huge blades he does. In his later appearances he has flowing shoulder length hair.

In his later appearances he seems to be quite a bit more manly and mature. In fact, it’s hard to actually believe his officially stated height and weight.


Siegfried is deeply troubled by all the wrong that he’s done. In his early appearances he was nothing more than a childish brat who thought it would be cool to murder and rob battle weary knights. But he snapped when he couldn’t accept that it was he who had taken the life of his own father.

Therefore, he denied it by focusing on his quest to obtain the Soul Blade and avenge the unsalvageable.

Siegfried about to thrust with his sword

The evil blade saw this and used it as leverage against him to persuade him to cause more death and destruction.

Eventually after causing untold death and suffering he finally realized the error of his ways and was able to break free of the Soul Blade’s influence. Now that he has accepted what he has done wrong he has made it his mission for the rest of his life to atone for his sins. He does this at the expense of everything else in his life.

He truly is a soul in Purgatory.


“I can’t ease my father’s soul until I find the sword and slay his murderer.”

Soul Blade: “Your strikes were weak. Fragile. Pathetic. Just like human souls.”
Siegfried: “Silence…I will not obey you any more. I will atone for what I have done…”
Soul Blade: “The depth of human greed astounds me. You still seek forgiveness, after all you have done ?”
Siegfried: “No ! But one must reflect on one’s sins and move onward.”
Soul Blade: “…Even if the path leads only to darkness ? Only death awaits you in the end.”
Siegfried: “Is it because it is finite that people cling to the joys of life ?”
Soul Blade: “…Can you not hear them-the wails of the souls that were swallowed unto the abyss by your hand ?”
Siegfried: “I am eternally sorry for what I have done…but listen to me !”
Soul Blade: “…He sought death. He revered it. Death is beautiful. Your father, too, knew its allure.”
Siegfried: “Yes, if I could, I would return to that time-”
Soul Blade: “He must parish. You shall cast his body into the darkness. He shall stagnate and rot, steeped in despair, as you squeeze the final gasp from his lungs !”
Siegfried: “No ! That’s an illusion ! I can see it…I can see the proud way he faces his end !”

Siegfried character model design sheet

“This isn’t enough…I will seal away Soul Edge for all eternity and atone for my sins. This I swear !”

Woman: “So you would forsake our friendship ?”
Siegfried: “Yes. No one will ever again be a part of my life. Every man or woman who has known me has ultimately fallen to death’s touch. So go. Leave me. Forget you ever knew me.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Siegfried Schtauffen

Dex: 06 Str: 05 Bod: 06 Motivation: Unwanted Power (of redemption)
Int: 05 Wil: 03 Min: 10 Occupation: Knight
Inf: 03 Aur: 03 Spi: 07 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 016 HP: 090

Animal Handling (Ride): 05, Martial Artist: 08, Thief (Stealth): 04, Weaponry (Melee): 10

Iron Nerves, CIA (Atoning for his sins), Languages (German).


Dark Secret (former host of Nightmare), Guilt (murdering his father and slaughtering Schwartzwind countless innocents), MPI (tormented soul).


  • Faust [BODY 06, EV 06, R#02]. Faust is the name of the Zweihander that Siegfried used in Soul Blade. It is probably the sword that Siegfried used to kill his father. It was broken in the fight with Soul Edge. A Zweihander, by the way, is not the same thing as a broadsword, or bastard sword. It IS the same thing as a “two-handed sword.”.
  • Requiem [BODY 06, EV 06, R#02]. Requiem is the name of Siegfried’s Zweihander sword in SC1. Between his two stints as Nightmare, Siegfried got a new sword named Requiem and embarked on a journey of atonement. Every time Siegfried killed a demon, it was fueled by his desire to distance himself from his past. Would he ever find peace?
  • Soul Calibur [BODY 07, EV 07, Magic blast (No Range): 07, Petrify(ML): 07, R#00, Bonuses & Limitations: Petrify is Minor Marginal and requires a full Phase in which no other Action may be taken. On the plus side it does have an Area of Effect.]. Siegfried trades in his sword for Soul Calibur in Soul Calibur IV. It has always appeared to be a blade of pure good, but apparently it really isn’t that good after all.
    The exact powers of the Soul Calibur are entirely up to what is needed for the plot to work. It could be weaker or more powerful depending on the needs of the story and could manifest almost any power under the sun as required by the plot. The entire universe of the game is centered around the eternal war between these two blades and as such the exact powers and stats are probably best left up to the GM. The above is just a rough idea based on its appearance when Siegfried wielded it.
  • He also wore full plate mail in all his appearances [/BODY/05, Invulnerability: 04, Skin armor: 01, Limitation: Skin armor only vs slashing and piercing weapons, Real Armour].

A soul in Purgatory (previous statistics)

In his first appearance Siegfried had a CPI and was in complete denial that it was he himself that slew his father with his own hand and ran around on a ridiculous quest to try to find the Soul Blade to avenge his murder. Likewise his Mind and Spirit where quite low as well 3/5 respectively.

After the events of Soul Calibur 1 they get up to 6/6 and the end of Soul Calibur 3 they’re up to the aforementioned stats. Likewise around Soul Calibur 2 his CPI went down to an SPI. Siegfried is hardly a rock, as he does occasionally falter, but he is now strong enough to stand up to the Soul Edge regardless of what sort of buttons it pushes or whatever kind of psychological manipulation it tries to pull.

He doesn’t actually gain his CIA until he comes to accept that it was he who murdered his father after he breaks free from the Soul Blade’s control.

By Tom Eilers.

Source of Character: Soul Calibur.

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