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The characters from Daniel Remar's indie game Iji.


Iji Kataiser


  • Action Girl: She's a chick, and can easily rack up a body count in the triple digits.
  • Anti-Hero: Type I at first, Type IV on a killer run.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Until she kills enough enemies, she apologizes after each kill.
  • Artistic Age: She's supposed to be 20, but looks more like a teenager in the cutscenes.
  • Badass: In the backstory, a single 'Annihilator' mini-boss went berserk on a Tasen warship and killed nearly everyone, Tasen and Kamoto alike. Iji, however, can simply ignore them, or at the top of her combat prowess destroy them in a matter of seconds.
  • Badass Pacifist: Except when she's not.
  • The Berserker: Iji can easily become this if she kills enough enemies.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite starting out reluctant to kill clearly hostile aliens, she can end up with a body count in the hundreds.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She ends up protective of Dan. Asha, for endangering him, is the only person she never shows even a shred of regret for killing him and this reaction is completely unchanged by her kill count.
  • Break the Cutie: So much.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: After getting a few kills too many.
  • Determinator: And how.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": All of the NPCs save Dan and Ansaksie on a pacifist run refer to her as the Human Anomaly. She never actually told them her name though.
  • The Hero: She is the last line of defense between humanity and total extinction.
  • Heroic BSOD: She goes through a complete mental breakdown if Dan dies, including talking to him as if he's still there.
  • Hollywood Cyborg
  • Hypocrite: On a killer path. She argues the alien leaders are immoral for killing everyone, while she's been doing just that.
  • Implacable Man: If you max out her health stat.
  • It Gets Easier: Kill a couple of aliens at the start of the game. Listen to Iji's reactions. Kill a hundred more aliens. Compare and contrast.
  • Kick Chick: Because she can't really punch while holding her gun, kicking is Iji's main close-combat method.
  • Last of Their Kind: While the number isn't easily discernible, there aren't that many humans left alive after the Alpha Strike.
  • Missing Mom: Word of God says that Ron had two wives, both of which left him. Neither get mentioned in the game.
  • Morph Weapon: The Nanogun.
  • One-Man Army: Actually an in-game rank.
  • Plucky Girl
  • Reluctant Warrior: At first.
  • Road Runner PC: Though there are still some enemies faster than her, she can still outrun most of them.
  • Sanity Slippage
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: For humans, Iji's quite tall at 6'3". However, since her gun was designed for Tasen, who are 7 feet tall at the shortest (and the Elites who would get to use her gun are closer to 9'), the gun is ridiculously oversized for her.
  • Swiss Army Weapon: The Nanogun, again.
  • Technical Pacifist: There are plenty of ways to kill enemies without getting them on your counter, including arranging friendly fire accidents (e.g. blocking missiles with your face while standing next to an enemy, so that you'll survive the explosion but he won't), letting another enemy do the dirty work, setting a mine, and (in 1.6) reflecting their shots back at them. Also, machine enemies don't count, nor do Assassins (who aren't killed, but driven away).
  • Theme Naming: All the Kataisers have three-letter first names.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: On a killer run, she intends to drive the invading aliens back off the Earth before they can destroy what little is left... by blowing everyone in her way straight to hell.
  • Wild Hair: She spent six months in a coma, so it's no wonder her hair looks a little messy.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: If you do a killer run.

Dan Kataiser

Mia Kataiser

Ron Kataiser

  • All There in the Script: His name is only mentioned once off-hand in an out-of-the-way logbook. His backstory isn't even in the game at all.
  • Disappeared Dad: He doesn't have one, but he serves this role to his children after he dies.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Only his coworkers mention him, his children barely mention him.
  • Posthumous Character: He's already dead by the time Iji wakes up from her coma.
  • The Professor: He was a scientist working in a military research facility.
  • Theme Naming: All the Kataisers have three-letter first names.

The Tasen





  • Almighty Janitor: He uses the same sprite and rank as a regular Tasen mook, but he's equipped with a suite of personalized and cracked gear that make him the strongest Tasen in the game, and stronger than the vast majority of Komato to boot.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Bonus Boss: He can be fought if you apply some careful tactics in Sector 6 to get up to his bunker.
  • Boss in Mook Clothing
  • Fun Personified
  • Mr. Exposition: Not in the game, but there's some secret pages on Remar's website allegedly written by him explaining much of the backstory.
  • Playful Hacker: Hacks logbooks largely for entertainment value. Also hacks weapons for the same reason.

The Diary Writer

Hel Sarie

The Komato



  • Arch Enemy
  • Arrogant Kung Fu Guy: He doesn't quite fit the Kung Fu part, though like all Assassins he carries a sword, but certainly the "arrogant" part.
  • Beam Spam: During the second battle, he frequently shoots his Plasma Cannon in a circle.
  • Beyond the Impossible: In the second fight, he can dodge anything, even a nuke. He just chooses not to.
  • Break the Haughty: He breaks down and kills himself out of shame if Iji manages to get around his second fight.
  • Degraded Boss: In the first fight with him, he fights in the same way other assassins do later on. He has a unique style for the rematch.
  • Doppelganger Spin: Afterimages of him start to accumulate after a while during the second fight.
  • Dual Wield: The only Assassin who doesn't do this, due to having only one arm.
  • Evil Laugh: "A-HA-ha-ha-HA!"
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Fake Ultimate Villain, actually.
  • Fragile Speedster: He is the quickest teleporter among the assassins, capable of dodging any attack, but he's not that much more durable.
  • Gender Blender Name: "Asha" is a girl's name in most parts of the world, and he's one of the most manly characters in the game. The creator didn't know that it was a real name when he came up with it.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite telefragging his own arm off, he's still as competent in battle as other assassins.
  • Laser Blade
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Like Krotera, he's based on an ordinary enemy found later in the game, but differs slightly. In this case, he wears purple instead of black, and apparently isn't wearing a shirt.
  • Pride: Asha puts the "ass" in assassin. TWICE!
  • Skippable Boss: Through some Dungeon Bypass.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Smug Snake
  • Story-Breaker Power: Asha's dodging ability would make him literally invincible in an area he'd mapped out if he weren't a pathological idiot.
  • Tele Frag: He lost his arm when he accidentally teleported partway into a wall.
  • Teleport Spam: His preferred method of locomotion.
  • Too Clever by Half
  • Too Dumb to Live.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The second fight with him, and he was already pretty badass to begin with.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Activate a single checkpoint before going into the second fight with Asha. Die to him. Activate a second checkpoint. Die to him again. Then challenge him one last time. His reaction is PRICELESS.
    • For those of you who don't want to go through sector X in a very specific and difficult way just to get this reaction, he says that he is going to "rip you apart and throw the pieces into a black hole. TEN TIMES".
  • Villains Never Lie: Averted: Dan's not a traitor. It's just a trap. Iji sees through this anyway.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene
  • Weaksauce Weakness: In the second fight, he can only be damaged by your weakest guns because he thinks they're not worth his time dodging.
  • Your Head Asplode: Inverted: his head is the only part of him that doesn't explode messily when he dies.
  • Zero Effort Boss: His first encounter is... underwhelming if you have a Nuke.

Iosa Sakera






Tor: Grraagh! Impossible... it, it's impossible!!! How could a mere human... so weak and insignificant... against a fully powered General? So much fighting skill and combat spirit... in such a frail body... Have mercy... please, I beg of you to have mercy on me!



  • Take Up My Sword: He is put in command of the Komato fleet if Tor bites it.
  • The Voice: We never see Kiron, we just hear him over Tor's intercom.
  • You Are in Command Now: If Iji kills Tor, he is the next in line for command of the fleet.


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