|Sol Badguy |
|Sol in Guilty Gear -STRIVE-|
Frederick Bulsara aka Sol Badguy (ソル バッドガイ Soru Baddogai) is the main protagonist of the Guilty Gear series, debuting on the 1st Guilty Gear game. He is Ky Kiske's eternal rival and a human turned into a Gear due to an accident caused on the laboratory he worked alongside Aria Hale (whose ADN is now within Justice and the Valentine family) and Asuka R.Kreutz (aka That Man, the series' main antagonist).
At first glance, Sol is an aloof, anti-hero bounty hunter, whose apparent laziness and gruffness belies his terrifying fighting ability, amazing intelligence and emotional depths beneath that brash exterior.
Sullen and unrefined, Sol only speaks to others when absolutely necessary. This is reflected in everything he does, and his fighting moves, while rough and unpolished, are executed with absolute precision. He is known to be rude and impatient towards those who wish to interact with him, whether they are friend or foe. He is also quite stubborn when he is in pursuit of a goal or when he decides to take action regarding certain matters, never allowing the opinions of others to dissuade him once he's made up his mind. Overall, Sol is not a friendly man, but he is not an inherently evil one neither. He is an individual who prefers to convey his intent through actions than words. And while he cynically mocks those who speak of "justice", he has demonstrated a staunch sense of righteousness that motivates him to prevent anything that may potentially threaten the world and the peace that's been established after the horror of the Crusades.
He is also known to be a very lazy and half-hearted individual, despite most of his prior accomplishments, as well as him often holding back his power all due to not being bothered with the idea of full effort, which is something Ky often notices in much of his prior rivalry dialogue with Sol.
His actions have also proven that he is quite compassionate in contrast to his anti-social persona. He refused to harm neither Dizzy nor Solaria due to their innocence and kindness, despite the fact that they are Command-Type Gears who possess enormous power that puts them on equal footing with Justice and the ability to subjugate Gears to their whim; he even gave a Gear-Cell limiter to Solaria so she can control her power and rescued Dizzy when she was possessed by Necro and went on a rampage. He also spared Testament on several occasions despite being a dangerous and powerful Gear due to him being the son of his friend and mentor, Kliff, as well as out of mutual sympathy since they are both humans who were forcibly converted into Gears. He also takes in Sin at the behest of Ky and Dizzy so that he would not be placed in danger by the Conclave. He even offered a prayer for Justice's soul to find peace in the afterlife after he defeated her for the second time. He also swears to save Elphelt from her fate as a tool of the Universal Will. It is seen through the course of the series that Sol has much deeper emotional depths than he normally doesn't display towards people.
Pre-Overture Sol constantly roamed the world alone, and kept everyone at a distance, only stopping to fight when it was necessary or to intervene in cataclysmic events. His aloofness and cynical attitude was developed as a result of his betrayal by his once best friend and colleague, Asuka R. Kreutz (known throughout the series as That Man) through the death of his love, Aria and transformation into a Gear. Since then, Sol maintains his aloofness and cynicism throughout the series, primarily to avoid hurting anyone due to his nature as a Gear. As the series progresses however, his clashes with many of the series characters slowly begin to change his outlook, especially his rival Ky Kiske and Ky's son Sin, who he reluctantly takes as his apprentice. During the final battle against St. Maximus Populi Ariels in Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, Sol admits to her that the world where he kept himself distant to others, was worth saving, and finally acknowledged that despite what he was and his fear of the future, he was no longer alone in the world.
As shown before arriving to the final battle against Ariels, Sol also expresses a nervous attitude when his theoretical connection with Dizzy and Justice is being discussed, making him feel embarrassed from listening to this while continuously disconfirming himself from being mistaken as Dizzy’s “father” which would make him Ky’s “father in-law” and Sin’s “grandfather”.
Sol is one of the main protagonists.
Sol is one of the Season 2 characters in Death Battle: The Video Game.
Sol appears as a Pair Unit teaming up with Ragna the Bloodedge.
His story in this game is an alternative re-telling of his search for Elphelt and the meeting with Raven and Jack-O'.
He first appears in Chapter 13: Fearsome Warriors where he thought Elphelt and her kidnappers were at the Fujisakura Altar (Super Robot Wars OG: Endless Frontier), Sol immediately finds a bounty on Ragna's capture on the way and adds that mission to his schedule, inside, he recognizes Ragna from the wanted poster, for the latter's surprise, the discussion quickly becomes a battle between the bounty hunter and the SS-Class rebel, but during their match, they got ambushed by a group of Aragami, forcing them to join forces to destroy them.
When the heroes arrives, Jack-O' Valentine arrives and recognizes Sol Badguy as Frederick Bulsara; surprised about that, Sol demands Jack-O' to reveal her face, but the playful Valentine refuses to do so, leaving Sol no choice but to fight her, unfortunately, Jack-O' still refuses to do so, not only after her defeat but also everytime Sol encountered her.
Finally, when Sol demands one last time to see Jack-O's face, she promises Sol to reveal her face only if he apprehend and fights her in their world once he is done with Ouma. When the Valentine returned to her world, Sol reluctantly accepts that promise and focused on help Ragna stopping Terumi from fulfilling his revival.
With Ouma destroyed for good and our heroes returning to their respective timelines and dimensions, Sol promises Ragna that they will have their rematch someday and with some help from Rachel Alucard, Sol finally returns to his world to reunite with Sin, Ramlethal and Raven and resume their search for Jack-O'.
Sol appears as a Master Spirit.