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The characters from Daniel Remar's indie game Iji.


Iji Kataiser

  • Action Girl
  • Anti-Hero: Type I at first, Type IV on a killer run.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Until she kills enough enemies, she apologies 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.
  • Determinator: And how.
  • Everyone Calls Her Anomaly: Except Ansaksie on a pacifist run. She never actually told them her name, though.
  • The Hero
  • 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 Woman: 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 Woman 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: This is generally what you'll be if you're on a pacifist run.
    • To clarify: 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 blowing everyone in her way straight to hell.
  • Wild Hair
  • The Woobie

Dan Kataiser

Mia Kataiser

Ron Kataiser

The Tasen





The Diary Writer

  • Child Soldier
  • Discount Lesbians
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"
  • Last of Their Kind: Along with Vateilika, the diary writer and her girlfriend are the only Tasen to survive the game, assuming you've made the truce.
    • As of version 1.6, if you make the truce and go pacifist till the end of Sector 9, the Tasen open their final outpost and you get to fight Iosa before she can barge in and raze said outpost. So, in this case, about a dozen Tasen survive, and it seems their race might still have a chance.
  • No Name Given: Neither the diary writer nor her girlfriend have names. "PAIE" is just a callsign (now confirmed by Word of God: here).
  • Straight Gay: Many players thought she was supposed to be a guy from reading her diaries, since it's all just text logs with no voice for comparison.
  • Sympathetic POV

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.
  • Break the Haughty: He breaks down and kills himself out of shame if Iji manages to get around his second fight.
  • Beyond the Impossible: In the second fight he can dodge anything, even a nuke. He just chooses not to.
  • Complete Monster: The game goes at great lengths to assure you that if you like this guy, you're missing the point.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ted Baxter
  • 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
  • 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!


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