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Cassandra Alexandra (カサンドラ・アレクサンドル, Kasandora Arekusandoru; Greek: Κασσάνδρα Αλεξάνδρα) is a character in the Soul series of fighting games.


Physical Appearance

Cassandra has short blond hair with bangs either tied up or worn down, pale skin, and bright green eyes. She has a slender frame, allowing her to perform moves, like somersaults and kicks, with ease. In Soulcalibur III, in her 2P costume, she has silver hair and grey eyes.

Personality

Cassandra is a free-spirited and determined young woman. She will not hold back on her words nor her faith in herself in order to protect the family name and honor. Cassandra's true strength lies in her belief in herself, as opposed to otherwordly deities, in which to secure her choices and destiny. This gives her a unique toughness and single-minded perspective that doesn't lack in compassion. Her brash and confrontational manner are at odds with her apologetic and quieter sister, but she is a warm-hearted girl that cares very much for her family, especially Sophitia. Cassandra has a determined and confident personality, as does her nephew Patroklos, although he seems to be more cocky and aggressive than her.


Weapons

Stages

Trivia

General

  • In Soul Edge Official Handbook ~Chronicle~, Cassandra is revealed to be the reincarnation of the goddess Aphrodite. This plot point, however, appears to have been dropped and is most likely non-canon.
  • Cassandra, along with Raphael and Heihachi, is an unlockable player in Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2.
    • Surprisingly, the game labels her incorrectly as being from Turkey instead of Greece. However, this is probably a developer oversight.
  • Her Destined Battle in Soulcalibur II is Charade, her Destined Battle in Soulcalibur III is Raphael, and her Destined Battle in Soulcalibur IV is Sophitia.
  • Cassandra and Sophitia are different in some ways. Since Sophitia is, or at least used to be, very loyal to Hephaestus, she can hear him and she relies on his power. Cassandra, however, is not humble and blames Hephaestus for what has happened to Sophitia. So she relies on her own strength, and Raphael even comments that she has the power to dispel evil. Also, Cassandra seems to not be hesitant like Sophitia, as seen in their Soulcalibur IV endings.
    • Also, they are different in terms of using butt-oriented attacks: Sophitia utilizes her butt in some of her throws, and seldomly for her strikes. However, Cassandra utilizes her butt in many of her strikes, and possesses no throws that involve use of her butt.
  • She appears in Sophitia's Edge Master ending in Soul Edge where she is working as a baker.
  • Cassandra has the greatest number of joke weapons of any character to date.
  • The book, New Legends of Project Soul makes mention of Cassandra's whereabouts, stating that she was somehow transported into Astral Chaos.
  • Cassandra has two attacks where she is capable of throwing her shield like a boomerang. This attacks are her A+G grab (Meteor Shower) and her Auto GI during her Destined Greatness attack. Additionally, she is the only Sword and Shield user capable of fully releasing her shield.

Soulcalibur II

  • When Cassandra first appeared in Soulcalibur II, she originally replaced Sophitia, using a movestyle similar to that of her older sister. However, Sophitia was later added to the home version of Soulcalibur II, making both sisters available.
  • Cassandra carries three homages to past Namco games: One of weapons is the Red Crystal Rod & Red Line Shield, which comes from The Tower of Druaga and its sequels. Also, her third costume is modeled after Valkyrie, the heroine from Namco's Valkyrie no Bōken: Toki no Kagi Densetsu. Also, her ultimate weapon of both Soulcalibur II and Soulcalibur III, Valkyrie, is Valkyrie's weapon. It was originally given to Sophitia in Soul Edge. This weapon is available in Soulcalibur IV, though her ultimate weapon is now Soul Calibur.
  • One of the announcer's quotes in Soulcalibur II says that she chooses her path like a "Free Bird". This was a reference to a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Soulcalibur III

  • When Cassandra first made her appearance in Soulcalibur II her weapon was Omega Sword and Nemea Shield but in Soulcalibur III, Rothion forges her a new sword and her weapons are currently known as Digamma Sword and Nemea Shield.
  • The Soul of Cassandra discipline is available to created characters of the Sage class.
  • The helmet, breast plate, and skirt on Cassandra's bonus costume in Soulcalibur II are available in Character Creation.
  • While wearing her 2P costume, Cassandra's hair is slightly lighter and her skin is paler.
  • One of the cards of Soulcalibur III Universal Fighting System shows Cassandra performing her Angel Press attack. While this attack is present and listed in Soulcalibur II , it doesn't appear at all in Soulcalibur III.

Soulcalibur IV

  • To explain the new features of Soulcalibur IV, Namco released an omake manga, in which Cassandra "taught" new character Hilde about the game's new features. And ironically, the duo return in Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny's The Gauntlet mode as two of the main characters that are trying to find a cure for Hilde's father, whereas Dampierre would later on join them. Also, all three of them give advice to the Player along the road as well as they provide humor for the story.
  • In her Story Mode, Cassandra encounters Rock after she defeats Raphael, Auguste, Marienbard, and Jacqueline in the first stage. The two of them work together on defeating Astaroth in her second stage, but then Rock leaves Cassandra after the third stage for personal goals. In Rock's Story Mode, Cassandra does the same thing with the encounter and the departure in exactly the same stages. Cassandra fights Sophitia in the fourth stage, who is apparently a new host for the evil sword. It is unknown if Sophitia did this to herself on her own, or if Tira manipulated her into this.
  • Although Cassandra does defeat Algol in her ending, she does not kill him. So, it is unknown what has happened to him. Also, the way she pierces Soul Edge in the eye with Soul Calibur is almost the exact the same way Siegfried did in the opening movie of Soulcalibur III.
  • In Chain of Souls, she is shown to join forces with Sophitia, though the two sisters fight each other.
  • Her 1P costume is a palette swap of her 2P costume in Soulcalibur II, & used the colors from the Soulcalibur III 1P costume. Her 2P costume resembles a version of her 1P outfit from Soulcalibur III, and it is named "Atalanta", after a character in Greek mythology.
  • Cassandra switched some of her winning poses with Sophitia in this game.

Soulcalibur: Lost Swords

  • In her debut trailer, Cassandra is seen fighting with Sophitia and Pyrrha's weapons, Omega Sword & Elk Shield, instead of her own weapons.
  • She is entitled, "A Brave Swordsman", but the correct term should be "swordswoman" because she is a woman.
  • Cassandra's costume is called "Warrior Princess."

Soulcalibur VI

  • Cassandra is the second of two characters known thus far who have any knowledge of the Original Timeline, the first being Zasalamel.
    • Her Soul Chronicle is also the first time a character directly interacts with a past version of themselves.


Etymology

Cassandra's name means "Shining upon men". Her last name, Alexandra, means "Protector of Mankind". She is most likely inspired by Cassandra, the prophetess from Homer's The Illiad who was cursed by Apollo for defying him and not returning his love for her.

Costumes

In Soulcalibur II, Cassandra wears a white and blue dress with no sleeves and a very short skirt . She also has long, white gloves, pauldrons, brown tights, and short, white boots. In Soulcalibur III, Cassandra still has her tights and white boots, but she now wears an indigo jacket with a white shirt underneath, a pink ribbon held down by a silver pendant loosely around her neck, and a pauldron on her right shoulder. She also wears a short white skirt with blue linings. In Soulcalibur IV, Cassandra's 1P costume is based on her 2P costume design from the previous games, lacking the brown tights she wore in the previous two games. She's wearing what appears to be the top of a blue, with straps on the top part and a tied pink ribbon. She also has pauldrons, long white gloves, long white boots, maroon panties and a maroon ribbon that's holding her hair in a ponytail. In Soulcalibur VI, the original Cassandra's outfit is relatively the same but of a darker palette. Her skin has turned dark, her hair a gray-ish white and her eyes red from the influence of the Astral Chaos. She also wears a silver eye mask that partially covers her identity.

Series' Appearances

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