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Sol Badguy is the central, main and titular character of the Guilty Gear series. He is a bounty hunter and fights with fire magic and his oddly-rectangular shaped "Fireseal" sword. His eternal rivalry with Ky Kiske make the pair synonymous with the series. In truth, Sol Badguy is one of the founders of the Gear project and he himself is prototype Gear, the first, making him exempt from Justice's Gear command ability. Sol's real name is Frederick. He along with his former lover, Aria, now Justice and the series' antagonist, only known as "That Man" are responsible for creating and unleashing the Gears upon the world and ultimately the untimely demise of the Japanese people.
Sol Badguy now lives the rest of his immortal life (now being a Gear, Sol cannot age) roaming the world. He was once a Knight of the Holy Order and fought alongside Kliff, Ky Kiske and Testament. Sol invented the "Outage", a set of separate weapons that allowed the user to further enhance their magical aptitude and fight more effectively against the Gears. Only 3 are known to be active: Sol's "Fireseal", Ky's "Thunderseal" and Anji Mito's "Zessen" (Unparalleled Fans). It is also believed that A.B.A's "Flament Nagel" is also part of the Outrage set. As Order Sol, he fought many times with Kliff against Justice herself. He was never able to defeat her and blamed himself for her rampage and regretted ever initiating the Gear project. Sol knew he needed something stronger to battle Justice with and so he devised a plan.
Sol fled from the Order with the "Fireseal" and this incident was the catalyst of Sol's and Ky's rivalry. Since his dissension from the Holy Order and the end 100-years war, Sol has turned his attention to making a living through collecting bounties. However, during the first Guilty Gear he heard rumours of the possible resurrection of Justice. Knowing that his old foe could never be allowed to wreak havoc upon the human race, Sol entered the tournament. He was surprised to find the one responsible for Justice's return was his mentor's adopted son, Testament, who was now a Gear himself. Testament, having no sense of self, planned to sacrifice the blood of many fighters to resurrect Justice. Sol defeated Testament and in a twisted case of irony, Testament's blood was used as the last sacrifice. Justice returned, but was defeated by a much more experienced Sol and his "Fireseal" sword. In her final moments, she regained her true self, becoming Aria, briefly. She wished that Sol, "That Man" and herself could talk together once more and then took her final breath. Sol then made a solemn pledge to hunt down "That Man" unto his final days.
After the passing of Justice, the remaining Gears ceased to function. Testament regained his sense of self and mourned the loss of his adoptive father, Kliff, who had lost his life in the final battle with Justice. In the events of Guilty Gear X, Sol has learned of a new Command Gear with a 500,000 World-Dollar bounty place upon its head. The bounty is not what Sol hunted it down for, but the fact that it was another Command Gear. He once again battled Testament and won, leading to his confrontation with the new Command Gear, Dizzy. Dizzy stated that she only wanted to live, but Sol could not trust her words. They battled with Sol emerging the victor, but spared Dizzy's life because she had shown sincerity in her actions and words. He left an injured Dizzy to a sympathetic Ky Kiske, to which he then battled. Their battle of the clashing of swords and ideals was left as a stalemate and the two rivals went their separate ways.
Sol now faces a new antagonist in the form of I-no. Claiming to be a henchmen of "That Man", Sol now finds himself caught between the interests of various, different, opposing factions. One thing is clear for Sol: he must find "That Man" at all costs, and so he dedicates his efforts to tracking down I-no in hopes she will lead him to his enemy.
Sol Badguy is a relatively simple character to grasp, but is also difficult to master. Throughout the Guilty Gear series he has undergone numerous re-balances, moveset enhancements as well as many parameter changes. He still remains as a High-to-Mid tier character and has high damage output. Sol can be used as a rush down character, with many of his techniques being solid, fiery melee attacks. His signature Grand Viper and Volcanic Viper moves can start and end devastating combos respectively. His Bandit Revolver is used in many of his gatling combos but can leave him in an awkward position when used on its own. He has one type of projectile, his Gunflare technique, but has medium reach. His greatest asset is his medium-to-high priority moveset and "bread-and-butter" combos which can be used to inflict massive damage when instigated from a well placed hit.
Sol's most distinctive Overdrive is his "Dragon Install". Activating his Gear nature, Sol can drastically power up his offense and speed at the cost of lowering his already moderate defense to rather weak. Using this Overdrive tactically is paramount as the Dragon Install can be deactivated by being downed at any stage of it being active. Also, it has its own time limit of activation which can leave Sol momentarily vulnerable during the initiation of its cool down. His secondary Overdrives: Fenrir (a Force Break which leads to his original Tyrant Rave in Accent Core) and his Tyrant Rave Beta are straightforward is use as they inflict massive damage at close range, but can also be easily blocked. Although his combat style may be a simplistic rush down fighter, using his techniques strategically add an intricate element to Sol's gameplay.
Fun Fact: Sol Badguy is modeled after Freddie Mercury and to a greater extent, Queen. Sol's real name is Frederick, and Freddie's stage name was "Mr. Bad Guy".
Fun Fact: Guilty Gear series creator and designer Daisuke Ishiwatari's favourite band is Queen and is subsequently one of Sol's favourite things to listen to. Sol's theme song is "Keep Yourself Alive" a reference to a Queen song of the same name.
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