"Seems like you've got experience as a soldier."
Black with a white streak
BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (playable)
Iron Tager (テイガー), also known as TR-0009 Tager or the Red Devil (赤鬼), is an agent of Sector Seven, infamous for his color and stature. Despite his appearance, Tager is much more gentle and intelligent than one would initially believe, and he is infinitely loyal to Kokonoe. In his life before becoming the Red Devil, Tager was the captain of Bullet's Mercenary Squad.
Tager debuted as one of the original twelve playable characters in BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger.
Tager towers at 240cm, yet his most noticeable feature is his crimson skin. His face remains stoic in most situations, and he sports pointy black hair with a singular white streak on the left side. Tager has a square jaw, with two sharp canines protruding from his bottom teeth. He wears small orange glasses that do not seem to fit his face. On his forearms are large, magnetic gauntlets that come up past his wrists; Tager's hands are covered in metal gloves with a single red dot on their palms.
Complimenting his muscular physique, Tager wears a tight fitting, sleeveless jacket that leaves his thick arms bare. This jacket is a light red in front and cinnabar on the sides, separated by white zips with two metal zippers. He wears a large brown belt attached to a red skirt and two metal pleats that cover his thighs. Finally, Tager's look is completed by a pair of beige boots with red metallic toecaps.
Tager’s unwavering loyalty and excellent situational awareness have earned him a great deal of respect from Kokonoe. Although he holds the nickname of “Red Devil,” in truth he is a calm, reasonable, and honest man.
Despite his intimidating appearance and size, Tager is serious, affable, and kindhearted; quite literally a 'gentle giant'. He will refuse to leave people behind on a battlefield, and shows infinite loyalty towards Kokonoe, whom he is closer to than as a mere commander and soldier. Even though Tager is usually only focused on his mission, there are times when he will follow his instincts and take initiative to help innocents around him. Tager never aims to kill his opponent, but always aims to deliver as little damage as possible to not bring permanent harm, showing compassion to even those who would attack him.
Tager is well-studied, being versed in the history of both the Dark War and Ikaruga Civil War, as well as in numerous sciences. In his spare time, he can be found enjoying horror novels or building ships in bottles. Tager is an avid fan of the Six Heroes, and especially of Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, which Kokonoe has teased him about.
Powers & Techniques
Tager's fearsome appearance matches his prowess in battle. His huge muscles are capable of easily throwing opponents and delivering powerful blows designed to incapacitate his enemies. Having been injected with demon cells, Tager is the only known person to have survived the procedure. His heavily modified body includes the ability to use magnetism to bring opponents closer to him and launch attacks. This is reflected in gameplay where his Drive is Voltic Battler - should Tager hit an opponent with his Drive, then certain throws, normals, specials, and Drive attacks will bring his opponents closer. Tager can discharge electricity from across his body, although it is primarily let loose from his fists.
Kokonoe is nearly always in contact with Tager, acting as his mission coordinator. The two are a fearsome pair, and if Tager is unfamiliar with an opponent then Kokonoe will nearly always have a strategy or information for him that can help him route his enemies. Prior to becoming the man known as 'Tager', he was able to land a scarring blow on Azrael, being the only known person to have done so. Because of the modifications that Kokonoe has made on Tager's body, he is able to act as a locator for mechanical teleportation and can deploy an interference field.
Although physically strong, Tager is not as powerful as other BlazBlue characters. He does not wield a Nox Nyctores or Legacy Weapon, and can be incapacitated by someone like Hazama. His overwhelming size and weight makes him slow and easy to flank, meaning that he has to commit to a fight and cannot retreat. Although strong, his attacks can still easily be blocked by Jubei, and his many sensors can be disrupted by the Sealed Weapon Izayoi. His association with Sector Seven also means that he does not deploy Ars Magus, putting him at a distinct disadvantage over other cast members since he relies on science instead.
A cyborg warrior who works under the jurisdiction of Sector Seven. From his appearance, he gained the nickname, ‘Red Devil.’
He used to be a military man, but after becoming gravely wounded during the Ikaruga Civil War, Kokonoe retrieved his body and rebuilt it into the cyborg that he is today. Thanks to combining his devil-like cells with a transplanted replica of Nirvana’s core, his life is spared, but not his memory. The devil-like cells also have an effect on his appearance.
Contrary to his outward appearance, he is gentle and honest. When it comes to missions, he is loyal and versatile, making him Kokonoe’s instant favorite to carry out her orders. In addition to tracking the escaped Hakumen in Kagutsuchi, he retrieved Noel after she became the Eye of the Azure. Kokonoe would be at a loss without his prowess.
After bringing Noel and Makoto to Sector Seven HQ, he is dispatched by Kokonoe to Ikaruga… for his next mission.
- BlazBlue 10th Anniversary Site (JP), Iron Tager
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction Consumer Edition Official Site (JP), Character, Iron Tager
- BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Official Site (US), Iron Tager
- BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Story Mode, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing - Hunting Dog
- BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Story Mode, Iron Tager - Blind Warrior
- BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Story Mode, Iron Tager - Loyalty
- BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Library Mode, Character #006