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No one knew his real name; a strange alias and vague rumors about his origins were all anyone had to go by (his name means "two" in German). They called him a werewolf. Some swore they'd seen him summon a strange beast to fight by his side. Others claimed corpses were found in every city he left behind...

In truth, Z.W.E.I. was a hunted man, on the run from assassins sent by Graf Dumas of Hungary. He had dared to interfere with Dumas' purge of the malfested, a witch hunt that falsely accused and executed innocent people. But Z.W.E.I.'s life was about to change. He rescued a fortune teller named Viola who possessed inhuman powers like his own, and the pair became traveling companions. Continuing his journey while protecting Viola from Dumas' assassins proved difficult, but Siegfried found the two fugitives and took them in under his protection. Out of gratitude, Z.W.E.I. agreed to Siegfried's request: he would find a successor worthy of Soul Calibur. Would Z.W.E.I., too, find his destiny changed by the clash of the two great swords?
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Soul Calibur 5

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Page Updated:  June 6th, 2014

Judging from ZWEI's appearance, I was assuming he'd be a villain in SC5... but the story suggests he's more of an anti-hero. In any case, he has a badass charisma about him, even though his storyline wasn't really fleshed out in the game. Although his fighting style is a bit "extreme" for Soul Calibur, his moveset is incredibly original and definitely brings the badass factor. His "cool guy" mannerisms also define him as a design. Both his 1P & 2P costumes are badass and suit his style very well. On that note, his play-style is really unlike any other character from the fighting game universe (outside of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure)... which is why he's my main in SC5. He's an incredibly fun and dynamic character once you master him.. I'd return to SC5 just to play as ZWEI. He's that fun to use.

In case you haven't noticed, ZWEI pretty much uses a "stand" a la Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Also, his disembodied wolf ghost/friend interestingly resembles Unknown's from Tekken Tag Tournament. And finally, something about him also reminds me of Lars from Tekken, another one of my favorite fighting game characters. Go figure!

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