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"I'm getting too old for this."
— Xie Tian

Xie Tian (シエ・ティエン, Shie Tien; Chinese: 謝天 Pinyin: Xiè Tiān) is a fan character in the Soul series of fighting games that was created by Hyper Zergling. He made his appearance in Soul Calibur: Circle of Legends as a playable character and inSoul Calibur: Blades of War as a non-playable character. He can also be created in Soul Calibur IV's and Soul Calibur V's Character Creation.

What lies in his soul is Compassion. In Soul Calibur V's promotional material he would be referred to as Worn by Loss.


Not much is known about Xie Tian's earlier past, other than he was taught how to fight by Lin, who also told him of Soul Calibur and Soul Edge. Xie Tian traveled to Europe, intending to find out more about the two blades. His journey took him to a town that was assaulted by bandits. Knowing how to fight, Xie Tian killed any bandits within his proximity out of self-defense and the protection of civilians. Towards the end of the skirmish, Xie Tian met a group of knights led by Jan Flanders, and together, they drove away the remaining bandits. After the fight, Jan offered a position as a knight to Xie Tian. The young man agreed, as he had no job in Europe.

With time, Jan and Xie Tian developed somewhat of a father-son relationship, and eventually, the older knight introduced his daughter, Helen, on the night of her 22nd birthday. That same night, however, several assassins sneaked into the celebration. Although they were discovered and foiled, Jan was killed in the defense, devastating Helen. The origin of the assassins were fortunately identified, having been sent from a duke named Henri, who had the intention of eliminating the House of Habsburg’s best military leaders. After Jan's death, both Helen and Xie Tian discovered that they were betrothed by his will. Xie Tian, feeling guilty for Helen's sadness, decided to leave it up to her to decide who she would marry.

Helen then requested Xie Tian to teach her how to fight so she could avenge her father and also not need to rely on others to defend herself. Xie Tian was initially reluctant, but also considered the idea of avenging someone he had much respect in, so he agreed to train Helen in combat. After the first six months of training, Xie Tian taught Helen how to wield a wodao – the closest Chinese equivalent of a European longsword, so that she could honor her father by wielding his blade. When Helen’s training was complete, both she and Xie Tian gathered several warriors serving the House of Habsburg to assassinate Henri. Helen, Xie Tian, and their fellow soldiers fought through Henri’s guards and confronted Henri himself. Helen impaled him through the gut, seemingly ending his life.

All of this time, Helen and Xie Tian grew very close to each other. After their victory, they decided to marry, not just out of Jan's will, but also out of love. One year after their marriage, they had a child named Owen.

Soul Calibur IV

Eventually, words of the Soul Calibur and Soul Edge became increasingly frequent, so Xie Tian set out alone to find a way to destroy both weapons. After fighting countless enemies, he was joined by Helen, who had notable physical changes, due to her recent encounter with Nightmare. Oddly, but yet fortunately, she was the same woman he had always known. With Helen's acquired power, the couple was unstoppable against the Soul Edge's minions. Within the conflict, they briefly fought side-by-side with Sakura, Syaoran, and Leandra, and spoke of fighting for a better future for their children (at the time, Leandra only had one daughter).

Soul Calibur V

Their efforts led them to witnessing the destruction of the Soul Edge by Siegfried. At the start of the temporary peace, Xie Tian returned home with his wife and also reunited with his brothers.

The following year, however, Helen underwent more physical transformation. As she clearly was no longer human, she locked herself in an abandoned castle far away, for fear that the Soul Edge shards lodged inside her would drive her to insanity. Not long after Helen's departure, Xie Tian met a young woman by the name of Yuner, who often helped him take care of his son. Two years later, Xie Tian sent Owen to the Shaolin Temple in hopes of making him stronger.

Seventeen years after the destruction of Soul Edge, Xie Tian attended a local festival. Leandra, who traveled to China, also attended the festival in search of Xie Tian, whom she wanted to test her new fighting style against. The organizers of the festival, who knew Xie Tian, asked if they could present the sparring as a performance. Both Leandra and Xie Tian agreed, and proceeded to fight each other in front of many of the other participants of the festival. Xie Tian was intrigued by Leandra's new ability to summon a wolf-like creature to fight at her side. After the fight, Xie Tian asked of Leandra's daughter. Leandra, however, was confused, and told him that she only had a son. This inconsistency would stay in the head of Xie Tian until it would one day affect him personally.

Soul Calibur: Circle of Legends

Soul Calibur: Blades of War


Despite his somewhat fierce appearance, Xie Tian is a fairly gentle man and avoids violence. He will, however, kill anyone who he considers "inherently evil" without a second thought, although such examples are quite rare.


Soul Calibur IV

Soul Edge and/or Soul Calibur rise up in swirls of energy. Xie Tian looks up, rushes to the sword(s), jumps, and grabs the or both swords. He looks around and sees the energy coming to him. Xie Tian lifts the sword(s) while it/they glow(s) with power (if both swords are held, a vortex will lift Xie Tian off the ground), rushes forward again, slashes the energy dispersing him, and jumps off the tower. The scene changes to him with the Soul Calibur or Soul Edge in the ground. He pulls it out and raises it in triumph.

The text only screen says "His name will be engraved in history and will live on forever."

Fighting Style

In Soul Calibur IV, Xie Tian shares the same moveset as Yun-seong. In Soul Calibur V, he has α Patroklos' fighting style.

Critical Finish

In Soul Calibur IV, Xie Tian shares the same critical finish as Yun-seong.


Final Palm of Destruction: Xie Tian sheaths his sword, says "This ends here," and glows in yellow qi. He then thrusts his right palm forward, blasting the opponent off the stage with a massive invisible force.

Enough Dead Heroes: Against his family members or wife, he says, "This ends here," while sheathing his sword, rapidly bursts behind his opponent, and then delivers a chop onto the back of his/her neck, knocking him/her unconscious.


Theme Music

  • "A Man Should Better Himself"
    James Wong Jin - Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang (Instrumental)

    James Wong Jin - Nan Er Dang Zi Qiang (Instrumental)

    A Man Should Better Himself

Hypothetical Default Skills

Default Skills

  1. Start Dash B
  2. Auto Impact C
  3. Step Speed Up


Soul Calibur IV

  • Here I come!
  • Kneel!
  • You are wasting your time with your rhetoric.
  • Very well then. I shall fight you.
  • I shall take in your resentment.
  • It seems we're both destined for hell.
  • Put down your weapon if you wish to live.
  • Let's see how well you fight.
  • An empty victory!
  • I guess I could have eased off a little.

Soul Calibur V

  • You should back down.
  • Sorry, but you are no match for me.
  • There was no way you could've won.
  • You move quite well.
  • It's fate. You weren't meant to win.
  • To know victory, you must train your mind.
  • You're no ordinary fighter. - spoken when timed out.
  • Gotcha!
  • Give up!
  • Begone!
  • Go on.
  • Sorry.
  • Not good...
  • Forgive me!
  • My apologies.
  • Focus!
  • Scream!
  • Foolish!
  • Return!
  • Perish!
  • Not enough!
  • Nice try!
  • You're mine!
  • Stand aside!
  • Too easy!
  • I missed!
  • How's this?
  • Stay down.
  • I have you!
  • Evil will... perish!
  • This is... the end!
  • This is fate!
  • Time to sleep!
  • Let's end this!
  • Strike forth.
  • What?!
  • Dammit!
  • My soul... rages!
  • You lack spirit!
  • Whoa...
  • Could this be?
  • Why do you fight? - spoken during taunt.
  • Nothing will change - spoken during taunt.
  • What?! - spoken when hit by a tremor.
  • I have reached... enlightenment! - spoken during Critical Edge.
  • I forgot of such methods... - spoken when ring out.
  • Is this heaven's will?! - spoken when ring out.
  • I'm losing ground! - spoken when guard burst.



Soul Calibur IV

Soul Calibur V

Soul Calibur: Circle of Legends

Soul Calibur: Blades of War

Xie Tian's creation

Soul Calibur IV

Name: XIE TIAN (male)

Alignment: Good

Head: Death's Cloak [6-01-29]

Face: ----

Neck: ----

Shoulder: ----

Underwear: Chainmail [6-01-29/6-01-29]

Torso: Zhuque Changpao [6-01-29/6-08-17/6-01-29/6-08-17]

Arm: ----

Leg: Dragon Slacks [6-01-29/6-01-29/6-01-29/6-08-17]

Ankle: Shinobi Tabi [6-01-01]

Foot: Kung Fu Shoes [6-01-29/4-07-18]

Accessory: n/a

Physical: -46/+25

Voice: #6 [+5]

Hair: Buzz Cut [3-01-32]

Face: #7

Eye Brow Color: [3-01-32]

Eye Color: [3-06-26]

Skin Color: [4-09-12]

Style: Yun-seong

Weapon: Qing Long