I firmly believe that some of the most incredible character designs of all time come from the world of Guilty Gear. There are, however, a few characters — all ladies of course, as I’m a cultured individual — who sit at the top, those being Baiken, Milia, and the lady of the day Ramlethal Valentine.
I am a massive fan of fighting games and my personal journey within the genre all started with Street Fighter IV. Ever since then I have tried numerous different fighting game IPs, ranging from the anime air-dashing fighters to the world of Smash Bros. Within this genre are a ton of extremely unique and memorable characters that really stick with you and hold a special significance to you as a player. And for me, Ramlethal Valentine is one of those characters.
Who is Ramlethal Valentine?
Ramlethal Valentine is a major character in the Guilty Gear franchise who first debuted as a playable character in Guilty Gear Xrd Sign. Ramlethal is a being created by the Universal Will, a mysterious entity that is responsible for the creation of the emotionless Valentines. The Valentines themselves are specific lifeforms whose purpose is to influence the human world.
Ramlethal is the sister of both Elphelt and Jack-O Valentine, though she is rather different to both. Ramlethal’s orders from the Universal Will are the destruction of humanity, and the development of an alliance with the franchise’s poster boy, Sol Badguy. But after interactions with Sol, Ky, and her sister Elphelt, Ramlethal begins to develop emotions and learns that she isn’t just some tool that is forced to follow the orders of the Universal Will.
Why we love Ramlethal Valentine
First up I want to talk about Ramlethal’s absolutely stunning design; whoever created this character needs all the raises that the world has to offer. Ramlethal is a dark-skinned young girl with golden eyes, blonde hair, and blonde eyelashes — I’m a sucker for everything about this character.
She has just the perfect amount of fanservice going on in her outfit as well. A tight white shirt that exposes her midriff, mini shorts, a white cloak, and a hat with what I can only describe as cat ears on the top. To top it off she has the edginess that a character this cool needs; red bandages covering her left arm and leg. Why? Because it’s cool of course! Want more? Ramlethal has two of the balloon-shaped “Luc” familiars, which she uses to carry around her two greatswords.
Ramlethal’s personality is a very appealing one; it has an element of gap moe about it as we see various different sides to her over the course of the series. She was originally created to be completely void of emotions in order to fulfil whatever the Universal Will wished of her, but her personality in-game is that of a young aloof girl steadily gaining emotions — and sometimes they leak out.
Guilty Gear Strive is currently having an Open Beta at the time of writing, and I have been playing the game non-stop since it went live. I haven’t touched any other characters than Ramlethal because of how much I love the way this character plays in the new game. Thanks to her Luc supporters carrying her huge swords, she can pack a punch while still being an agile character with all sorts of crazy combos.
Why you’ll love Ramlethal Valentine
If like me, you’re a big fan of the dark-skinned ladies of fighting games, then you’ll absolutely love Ramlethal — both in terms of design and mechanics.
Whether you’re a fighting game veteran or a newcomer to the franchise, Ramlethal is a perfect fit. Thanks to her greatswords, you’ll be able to have a consistent neutral game with attacks that have a large range while keeping you out of harm’s way.
If you’re familiar with fighting games, then Ramlethal also provides a great amount of depth with her height-dependent combo strings and sword-usage. Above all else, however, the ultimate reason to love Ramlethal is… She has a thigh jiggle in Strive. I didn’t think jiggle physics could improve in video games, and I have been proven wrong. (Never underestimate the power of horny – Ed.)
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