|“||Don't cry; that makes me feel "GUILTY". Leave... before I change my mind...||”|
Sol Badguy is the main protagonist of the Guilty Gear series and Ky Kiske's rival. He is an aloof and brash bounty hunter of immense skill on a quest to find and eliminate all Gears and their creator, That Man. For a short time, Sol was also a member of the Sacred Order of Holy Knights and fought in the Crusades. This past version of him is known as "Order-Sol".
- 1 Design
- 2 Personality
- 3 Story
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Musical themes
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Allusions
- 8 Trivia
- 9 External links
Design[edit | edit source]
Sol has olive skin, brown hair and eyes, which are sometimes depicted as reddish-brown or golden with slit pupils—the latter of which is to distinguish his true nature as a Gear. Wearing a red headband bearing the words "Rock You", Sol keeps his spiky, waist-length hair tied at all times. The headband conceals the red brand on his forehead that would expose him as a Gear. As Frederick, he is depicted with either brown or blue eyes; he sports a much shorter hair, a muscular physique and a white labcoat.
He wears a tight, black undershirt with the top half covered by a red sleeveless jacket, along with white jeans. His belt buckle has the word "FREE" scratched on it and a drape of red cloth hanging down beneath. Sol also wears a pair of black fingerless gloves, red shoes, and a multitude of belts, including a lone one on his left bicep. In later games, he is seen sporting long-sleeved, red leather jackets as well.
Sol fights using a blunt, rectangular sword known as Fireseal, or "Blazer" (which is now part in Junkyard Dog MK III as of the Xrd games), through which he releases a range of fire-based attacks. Of note is that Sol is officially left-handed.
Personality[edit | edit source]
In the past, as "Frederick", he seemed to be a simple-yet-aloof scientist that was naturally a loner. He was content with having only two friends, while not bothering to compromise his own integrity to appeal to others around him. Upon becoming "Sol Badguy" however, most of his prior unruly traits, such as his gruffness and his jaded mentality, became much more pronounced.
Sullen and unrefined, Sol only speaks to others when absolutely necessary. Consequently, he is not very good at expressing himself, and tends to compensate by bullying people into line or simply steamrolling them. A lone wolf with a belligerent streak, Sol is actually an extremely intelligent individual who doesn't tolerate nonsense and gets "grumpy" whenever he cannot explain something with logic. He is also quite stubborn, never allowing the opinions of others to dissuade him once he has made up his mind. Sol is seen by most people as crude and self-centered, even those who might call him a friend.
Conversely, Sol hates working any harder than he has to, which means he rarely puts much effort into anything that isn't related to his goals, and is often irritated by having to deal with opponents. Sol's dislike for effort is even reflected in his fighting style: his moves are unrefined, but powerful so as to finish enemies with a single blow. Said laziness even extends to how he raised Sin, putting him through the most basic forms of education and rarely explaining concepts in detail.
He may cynically mock Ky's "justice", but he secretly has a staunch sense of righteousness that drives him to avert further tragedy, and his actions prove that he is quite compassionate in contrast to his tough, anti-social persona. He cannot kill either Dizzy nor Solaria, he spares Testament on several occasions, takes Sin in at the behest of Ky and Dizzy, swears to save Elphelt, and even offers a prayer for Justice's soul as she dies.
Pre-Overture, Sol roamed the world alone and kept everyone at a distance. Bearing the guilt of working on the Gear Project and Aria's death, as well as the burden of That Man's betrayal and being a Gear or "monster", Sol dedicated himself to eliminating all Gears and to exact his revenge on That Man. However, his clashes with other characters—especially with Ky—slowly begin to change his outlook, as does reluctantly taking Sin as his ward. In -REVELATOR-, Sol admits to Ariels that the world where he kept himself distant to others is worth saving, and finally acknowledges that despite what he is and his fear of the future, he is no longer alone in the world.
Despite his often composed demeanor, Sol expresses a nervous attitude whenever his connection to Dizzy and Justice is discussed. He is shown feeling embarrassment and is eager to avoid the issue, rather than acknowledge the possibility that he may be Dizzy's father.
Story[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
According to Guilty Gear Begin, Sol was born as Frederick Bulsara (フレデリック＝バルサラ, Furederikku Barusara?) and majored in Magic Particle Physics. In his college years, he met Aria Hale, with whom he got romantically involved, and That Man, who became his best friend. Upon graduation, he intended to start working on the Saint Oratorio project but was called to join the core team of the Gear Project that was founded by Vince McDonell.
In 2015, they managed to stabilize Gear cells infused with magic, and That Man handed over their research to the state on four conditions, although he was worried about Aria's illness. Frederick learned about her condition in September 2016, and begged her to cryosleep until a cure was found; Aria refused as she'd rather spend her last moments with Frederick. That Man convinced Aria to cryosleep the only way he could: he forcibly converted Frederick into the Flame of Corruption, so that he would live indefinitely. Frederick woke up some time afterwards with amnesia, only to find that later experiments with Gear cells went awry.
Frederick escaped the facility and created his headband to control his nature as a Gear. As he was reported dead in 2016 but somehow had survived, Eripmavs D Yraid (implied to be Slayer) tracked him down to satiate his thirst for knowledge. Frederick's "passion [that] shone like the sun" illuminated Yraid's path and he thus bestowed upon Frederick the name "Sol". Post-2065, after the government restarted the Gear Project, Frederick made it his personal mission to destroy all Gears so that they couldn't be used for war. He was designated as "Badguy" by the authorities after he destroyed several Gear manufacturing facilities. He would later combine these names to create his new identity.
In 2073, Sol caught news of Justice's completion and created the Outrage—the supreme 'Anti-Gear' weapon—in response. As its power was far too cumbersome to control, he separated it into eight components, the "Sacred Treasures", which ended up in the custody of the United Nations. Justice's declaration of war in 2074 started the Crusades, and the Sacred Order of Holy Knights was formed to combat the Gear menace. Sol took neither side, but as a bounty hunter, he continued to destroy Gears on his own. In 2099, Sol saved a 6-year-old Kliff Undersn from a Gear attack.
That same Kliff would become the Order's commander. When he heard rumors of Sol in 2172, he recruited Sol. Kliff told him about Ky Kiske, and Sol was unwillingly impressed after seeing him in the battlefield. One day, Ky challenged Sol to a duel. Sol was scared, thinking Ky had figured he was Gear and had come to kill him, and was ready to fight with everything he had, but Ky fought Sol as if he were human and lost. Sol took it as an insult, thinking Ky hadn't taken their fight seriously, which led to a growing tension between the two. Given Sol's unpleasant personality (and penchant for always doing things his own way), many knights bore Sol "little more than ill will", and was nicknamed the "God of War".
In 2173, Sol challenged Justice on his own, but he was defeated and spared by her. Sol realized he needed to steal the Fireseal after all. Ky caught Sol during the act, but Sol defeated him once again and got away with the Fireseal. Kliff later caught up with Sol; instead of punishing his desertion, Kliff allowed Sol to have the Fireseal and let him go, telling Sol that he was "family". In 2175, Sol faced Justice for the second time after Ky pushed her to retreat. During the fight, Justice learned that Sol was a Gear and attempted to control him, but he was unaffected. Unleashing his flames, Justice lost power. Ky, who was on her trail, ordered his men to seal Justice—thus bringing the war to an end. Sol then slipped away and went back to his ways as a bounty hunter.
Guilty Gear[edit | edit source]
Five years later, the walls of Justice's dimensional prison unexpectedly began to erode. During a particular bounty run, one of his marks begs to be spared, telling Sol about the Second Holy Order Selection Tournament before Sol ends his life.
Canonically, Sol is the winner of the Tournament, and it is here that Justice is told by Sol that because he is a prototype Gear, he cannot be controlled by Justice due to being made before her. Justice herself then discovers that Sol is, in fact, Frederick. Justice, in her dying words, comments that she wishes that "the three of us" could talk one last time, and Sol swears to kill That Man.
Guilty Gear X[edit | edit source]
In 2181, less than a year later, Sol hears news of a still-functioning Gear with a bounty and sets out to investigate, taking part in the tournament to ensue.
He has three endings in X Plus, all of which involve a fight against Dizzy. He spares her life in all of them, either losing against her, or judging that she isn't a threat to the world. His third ending shows a conversation between Raven and That Man, who realizes that Dizzy is yet another reason to be killed by Sol.
Guilty Gear XX[edit | edit source]
A few weeks later, Sol is chasing down I-No. His first ending, after he defeats I-No, leads to a direct confrontation with That Man. He casually deflects all of Sol's attacks, and warns of a conflict that will make the Crusades seem like a dim memory. In Sol's second ending, Slayer informs him that the Post-War Administration Bureau has started to move. In his third ending, Sol frees Dizzy of Necro's possession (caused by I-No knocking her off the Mayship). After he leaves, Dizzy wakes up and rejoins the Jellyfish Pirates.
Guilty Gear XX Λ Core Plus follows directly after in that he is hunting I-No down, as well as investigating the Post-War Administration Bureau. Depending on the player's choices and actions, Sol may battle with Ky, and upon further investigation, encounter Crow and defeat his copy of Justice, before encountering I-No again and being pulled into the past and being forced to battle his past self, Order-Sol.
After their battle, I-No slyly kills Order-Sol. Depending on the players choices and/or if they did not use a continue at all, Sol will either be destroyed by the resultant time paradox as That Man laments Sol's falling for I-No's trickery and implores him to live (Path 2), or he will resist it and obliterate I-No, before returning to the present and battling Ky—for the second time if the first option was chosen at the P.W.A.B. branch. Their score settled, the defeated Ky says he will no longer pursue Sol, but makes Sol promise that they'll meet again before they go their separate ways (Path 1).
Material Collection stories[edit | edit source]
Close to New Year's Eve of 2184, Dizzy—acompanied by her son, Sin—requested Sol to help Ky out, who had reached a breaking point due to his appointment as puppet king of the newly-formed United Kingdom of Illyria. Sol found a deteriorated Ky praying at the church and provoked him. The fight dragged on and Ky was losing as usual, but light returned to his eyes. They fought until a frightened Sin grabbed Sol's leg and demanded him to stop. Ky then asked Sol to take care of Sin, and Sol accepted.
To restrain Sin's restless curiosity as they traveled the world, Sol kept him on a leash and trained him not to use his considerable power without a reason. When Sin was one year old, on a visit to Zepp, Sol left Sin alone for a bit to go collect a bounty. He returned to find that Sin had wounded some bullies, so Sol disciplined him and the bullies. Later on, Sol agreed to train Sin.
Guilty Gear 2: Overture[edit | edit source]
In 2185, at the Village of Witches, Sol and Sin are attacked by the Vizuel and Izuna helps them out. After the battle, Izuna informs them that the Vizuel are destroying Gears, with their focus on Illyria. At the capital they meet Valentine, and Sol is shocked by her resemblance to Aria. The trio finds Ky sealed in the castle, and Raven briefly checks in on Sol. After another confrontation with Valentine (who mentions a "key"), Sol and Izuna go get Dr. Paradigm from Ganymede. He frees Ky and Sin storms out. Ky then shows Dizzy's sealed state to them. They realize that the "key" is Justice's cells, which Sin also carries.
Sol and Izuna find and fight a brainwashed Sin at Bel Canto Valley. After Sin comes to his senses, they follow after Valentine, but the Vizuel stand in their way. Ky leads his men into battle against them so that Sol's group can reach her, and Sol punches Sin to stay with Ky. They find the gate to the Backyard closed, but it is opened by That Man, whom Sol almost immediately attacks with his Dragon Install. That Man—unharmed—enchants Sol, Izuna and Paradigm so that they can temporarily withstand the Backyard's pressure.
The three enter and catch up to Valentine. The Cube's "key" is already in motion, so Sol stops the process while Izuna, Paradigm and the late-arriving Sin battle Valentine. Sol stays behind to fight Valentine's final form while the others escape and the gate closes. Sol manages to kill her, with the last thing she says being "Frederick". He is unable to return, and That Man reappears. He warns Sol it isn't the end of the "merciless apocalypse" and urges him to live on. Sol asks if Valentine was really Aria, but That Man says they already killed her. Weakened, Sol vows to kill That Man, who will wait for him, before he is reunited with the others.
Guilty Gear Vastedge XT[edit | edit source]
To prepare for the second coming of Valentine's forces, Sol decides to collect the Sacred Treasures to build a new weapon. Sol discovers that the Flashing Fang is held under tight security inside the UN's Harden Fort. Sol and Sin fight their way into the facility, where they run into Baldias and learn that the governments of the world are actually under the control of the Conclave. Sol is able to defeat Baldias and take the Fang.
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-[edit | edit source]
Three months later, Sol and Sin are still in the process of chasing down the other Treasures when they receive a message from Ky. He tells Sol that Ramlethal Valentine has declared war on all humanity, and Sol agrees to hunt her down for a W$ 1 million bounty in return. They meet up in Neo Newyork and, aboard the Royal Fleet One, they fly over to Ramlethal's location, Japan. Ramlethal is defeated but she was a distraction: the Cradle is retrieved from Babylon, and she moves in to kill Sol by self-destructing.
He survives thanks to Ky releasing Elphelt Valentine, who renders her sister powerless. Sol is about to kill Ramlethal, but Ky suggests that they take her into custody instead. Sol is distrustful of Elphelt, and admonishes Sin for his attempts at befriending the Valentines but Sin rejects Sol's lonely worldview. En route to Zepp per Leo Whitefang's suggestion, Ky privately asks Sol if he only cares about his revenge, and not the world, and adds that he, Dizzy and Sin will wait for Sol to "come home". The duo meets with President Gabriel and Zato-1, who reveals the Conclave wants to resurrect Justice.
After a failed ambush on the Cradle even with Paradigm and That Man's assistance, and Elphelt saving Sol's life once again, a changed Ramlethal finally talks: they will use St. Elmo's Fire and Illyria Castle to awaken Justice. Sol is tasked with removing Chronus from inside of Justice while the recently-unsealed Dizzy overloads the systems and Ky, Leo and Sin guard the control room. Although they are successful in stopping the Conclave, an apparently-emotionless Elphelt reveals that she accomplished her true mission—activating Justice—and attacks. Sol forces Elphelt's true emotions to surface right before she and Justice are recalled by her "Mother". Tired of losing people, Sol swears to save her.
Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-[edit | edit source]
During the following week they are unable to find any leads on Elphelt's location, when Raven asks for their help in finding Jack-O' Valentine. Their encounter serves as Sol's confirmation that Aria was Justice all along. Sol later asks Axl to find clues in the past, but says he can't do it; on the way back to the capital, Sol is almost killed by a massive Gear.
Upon his return, Sol and Ky reflect on their past rivalry, as Ky no longer pursues the truth behind Gears (and Sol's past) as he once did; instead, Ky insists again that Sol has a future, acknowledging Sol as a friend. Later on, they have a meeting with That Man and Jack-O'. Sol, Ky, Paradigm and Leo learn about the Absolute World, That Man's reasons for Sol and Aria's conversions, and that Ariels is the Universal Will; Sol is frustrated but agrees to work with them to stop Ariels. Once they locate Ariels thanks to Zappa, Sol's group leaves Illyria's defense to Dizzy and their allies.
During the journey, Sin brings up if Dizzy may somehow be related to Sol, who is embarrassed and avoids the topic. Upon arrival, Ky, Sin and Sol ambush Ariels while Jack-O' positions herself to fuse with Justice, replacing Elphelt. Sol defeats Ariels by hitting her with the Saint Oratorio that partially fuses Jack-O' and Justice, and Ramlethal is reunited with Elphelt. However, the fusion is incomplete and Daryl orders his fleet to fire at Justice/Jack-O' and Sol, who remains to power up a second Saint Oratorio to finish the fusion. He is successful thanks to Axl's time compression. Ariels saves Sol and Jack-O', entrusting her daughters' safety to Sol, before passing out. In the aftermath, Sol and Sin meet face to face with That Man (with Sol revealing his name, Asuka); he entrusts Aria's care to Sol and proposes that they settle their score, and Sol vows that he will win.
In Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2's After Story A, Sol shows up at Ky and Dizzy's state, looking for a fight with Ky. Taking a walk, Sol asks if their score is truly settled. Ky says it is, so Sol calls Dizzy a "monster" so as to anger Ky enough to fight "seriously". Ky fights dirty and wins easily, ending with Sol lying down on the ground. When Sol wakes up, he admits to wanting to learn how humans can face monsters, as he is preparing for his final showdown with That Man—who, as they speak, surrenders himself to the U.S. government.
Guilty Gear -STRIVE-[edit | edit source]
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Abilities[edit | edit source]
Despite his supposedly lazy personality in battle and general approach to life, Sol is often noted to be one of the most powerful characters in the series. Being the Prototype Gear, Sol has been described as a "hybrid of Gear and human cells". He is immune to the control Justice has over other Gears, and possesses longevity, enhanced strength, fast regeneration, and some degree of invulnerability. Whenever Sol becomes serious or desperate, he may rely on his latent Gear powers to give him an extraordinary boost in form of Dragon Install. Given his past as a researcher, he is also an advanced practitioner of Magic outside of his natural Fire spells, being able to grasp the mechanics behind spells rather quickly as seen in Overture. Other intellectual feats regarding magic and engineering include his involvement in the Saint Oratorio spell, and his creation of the Outrage and Gear Cell Suppressor.
His fighting style is well-known for being self-taught, without much form and with a huge focus on all-out brawling while wielding a blunt sword in reverse grip often powered by his fire magic. His attacks are often crude in nature, such as headbutts, wide-swinging strikes, slams, fierce punches and kicks, prioritizing practical application of his strength above elegance. Compared to his prior self from years ago, the present Sol arguably has toned down some aspects of his attacks and has become less inclined to put in extra effort.
Sol's weapon of choice is the Fireseal, which allows him to magnify his Fire magic—that he often fashions into ground-bound projectiles—without straining his Gear Cell inhibitor headband. He later combines Fireseal with another Sacred Treasure, the Flashing Fang, to form the Junkyard Dog MK III as of the Xrd games, and reformed it into the Outrage MK II in -STRIVE-.
Thanks to Izuna's modifications to his magic during the Baptisma 17 incident, he has also tapped into the ability to use the Soul Sinker, a powerful and rather obscure summoning ritual that allows him to manifest his soul into physical reality and create Servants. Given the risks involved, he does not use it often. He has, however, apparently made use of its materializion aspect in order to summon objects, specifically his Fire Wheel MK II motorcycle.
Musical themes[edit | edit source]
- Keep Yourself Alive - Guilty Gear
- Keep Yourself Alive II - Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear XX
- Keep Yourself Alive III - Guilty Gear 2: Overture
- Starchaser - Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload Korean OST
- Sheep Will Sleep (If You Become Fatigued) - Guilty Gear Isuka
- Give me a break - Guilty Gear Xrd
- Ride the Fire! - Guilty Gear Xrd (Dragon Install)
- Rivalry themes
- Conclusion (vs. Ky) - Guilty Gear
- No Mercy (vs. Ky) - Guilty Gear X
- Noontide (vs. Ky) - Guilty Gear XX
- Revelations (vs. Ky) - Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload Korean OST
- Faith Shall Save Thee (EX vs. EX Ky) - Guilty Gear XX ♯Reload Korean OST
- The Re-Coming (vs. Ky) - Guilty Gear 2: Overture
- Reunion (vs. Ky) - Guilty Gear Xrd
Quotes[edit | edit source]
Sol's quotes are usually abrupt, rude and taunting, reflecting his reticent nature and cocky attitude.
Allusions[edit | edit source]
- Series creator Daisuke Ishiwatari's favorite band is Queen, and he named Sol (real name Frederick Bulsara) after Freddie Mercury, whose nickname was 'Mr. Bad Guy'. Frederick is the long version of Freddie, while Bulsara comes from Mercury's birth name before he had it legally changed.
- The special item that Johnny steals from Sol with his Treasure Hunt attack is a vinyl LP with a butterfly motif on the label, clearly meaning that he steals Sol's Sheer Heart Attack LP.
- Sol's first theme, "Keep Yourself Alive", has the same name as the first track in Queen's debut album. Several chords are lifted from another Queen song, "Stone Cold Crazy".
- Sol's headband is perhaps a reference to Queen's song "We Will Rock You".
- Sol's Napalm Death shares its name with a British grindcore band.
- In Norse mythology, Fafnir (also written as Fáfnir or Frænir) is a dwarf prince who, affected by the curse of Andvari's ring and gold, became a dragon and was slain by Sigurd.
- The "FREE" inscription on Sol's belt buckle may be a double reference—one to Queen's "I Want to Break Free" and the other to Iron Maiden's song "Revelations" given Ky's own "HOPE" belt buckle:
- Bind all of us together
- Ablaze with hope and free,
- No storm or heavy weather
- Will rock the boat you'll see.
- One of Sol's round win quotes is "Yare yare daze...", the same catchphrase of Jotaro Kujo from the manga/anime series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- Sol's clothing in Xrd features the phrase "Fight Fire With Fire", a song by Metallica.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Series creator Daisuke Ishiwatari designed Sol in many ways to reflect his alter-ego, and also recorded Sol's battle quotes from Guilty Gear until Guilty Gear XX Λ Core.
- The word sol in Latin means "sun", and is also the name of a Norse goddess and a Roman god.
- Sol's exact age is unknown, but as of Guilty Gear X, he has spent the last 150 years living as a bounty hunter, and experienced the Dawn of Revival firsthand. If he got his PhD at age 25 by 2014, that would make him 191 years old by the time of the original Guilty Gear.
- Official artwork and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- confirm that Sol enjoys smoking. He can arguably be heard lighting a cigarette in the Guilty Gear X Drama CD.
- Sol's drink of choice is gin.
- Sol's clothing brand of choice has always been "RIOT", the same brand used by Sin and Bridget. According to text in artwork, RIOT was established in 2134. Sol regularly carries around Fireseal/Junkyard Dog in a red duffel bag purchased from RIOT.
- Sol has created a portable phonograph so that he can listen to Queen albums.
- In Guilty Gear Xtra, Sol's hideout/laboratory in the ruins of Old New York has a global mapping system. There he keeps a picture of himself, Aria and That Man (whose face has been intentionally damaged). This is alluded to in Elphelt's win quote against Sol when she suggests that Sol would always carry a picture of her as if they were a couple.
- A costume based on Sol's Xrd look appears in Border Break X Zero.
- Sol has made guest playable appearances in the following games: Lord of Vermilion III, Lost Saga, Star Ocean: Anamnesis, Mabinogi Duel, Fantasy War Tactics, Chaos Heroes Online, Brave Frontier, Seven Knights, Last Period, Chain Chronicle, Epic Seven, Crusaders Quest, #COMPASS, Elemental Battle, Code Shifter.
- In Guilty Gear Begin, it is revealed that Sol (as Frederick) was a huge fan of baseball as he would frequently visit the batting cages in the gymnasium of the Gear Research Laboratory.
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