- "I'm sorry... I have no choice. "
- — Pyrrha
Pyrrha Alexandra (ピュラ・アレクサンドル, Pyura Arekusandoru; Greek: Πύρρα Αλεξάνδρα) is a character in the Soul series of fighting games, making her first appearance in Soulcalibur (game), in Sophitia's ending and again in Soulcalibur III (in Tira's default ending). However, she made her first playable appearance in Soulcalibur V as the deuteragonist of the game, with her brother, Patroklos, being the protagonist.
In Soulcalibur V's promotional material she is referred to as She Who Fights Destiny.
Pyrrha is the daughter of Sophitia and Rothion Alexandra, the older sister of Patroklos, the niece of Cassandra Alexandra and Lucius, and the granddaughter of Achelous and Nike. When a mysterious customer gave Rothion a peculiar metallic fragment, the household went out of control, with the children fighting violently over what their father just received, while Sophitia was experiencing an aftermath from her previous wounds she sustained in her first battle against Soul Edge. A while after her younger sister, Cassandra, set off on her quest, Sophitia made her decision to get involved in order to save her children. When she arrived at Nightmare's former stronghold, she had an encounter with a green clad girl, who wanted to 'play' with her children. Upon returning home, Sophitia found them safe, for now. The girl in green met up with her again, saying that she would be back for them when the time is right. Sophitia knew that she had to stop her, especially with both Pyrrha and Patroklos' lives at stake.
In Soulcalibur IV, it is revealed that Tira had abducted Pyrrha, and it was said that she could not live without the influence of Soul Edge. This is the reason why Sophitia made the difficult decision to become a servant of the evil sword in order to save her daughter.
Pyrrha never knew her true family, and those who cared for her she never knew for long. Like her friends, or the elderly couple who cared for her - everyone close to her died mysteriously. As she was passed from one family to another, she learned well how to avoid conflict. Even when those around her turned their back on the "bringer of woe," all she would do is apologize.
Driven from the city, she was captured by slavers and sold to a nobleman's son named Jurgis. He took her in as a servant, but for the first time in her life she felt her mind and heart were at ease. It was no surprise that the two fell in love. When the day came that Jurgis proposed to her, Pyrrha thought that she must be the happiest woman alive.
...But then it happened again. That very night, Jurgis was found dead, his corpse brutally disfigured. Pyrrha was immediately imprisoned for the murder, and her tearful denials fell on deaf ears. "Why does this keep happening to me?! It wasn't me. It wasn't me..."
And so it was that, when Tira appeared to seduce her, Pyrrha's heart was far too fragile to resist...
The body of Pyrrha's mother was once struck with fragments of the evil sword upon Soul Edge's destruction, but one fragment was impossible to remove and was left alone. That piece was buried close to her heart, and she could die from damage to the heart if attempted to remove.
That piece of the cursed sword continued to emit evil energy within Sophitia. 3 years later, Sophitia gave birth to her first child, Pyrrha. Having undertaken all the evil energy flowing in her mother's body, Pyrrha was born as a child with a powerful evil aura.
The fragment of the cursed sword increases in power by devouring the souls of opponents killed by Pyrrha. Forced by Tira, Pyrrha has already claimed the souls of others several times. Now Pyrrha's body, whenever a destructive emotion flares up, is corrupted by an overflowing of evil energy.
Pyrrha seems weak willed, reluctant to fight her opponents. On occasion, she even seems to regret winning (she cries after the battle, saying This... can't be my fault!). The way she fights combined with her quotes make her participation in the battles look very forced, which is unlike any other character in the game. This is due to her having grown up being seen as a bad omen. She taught herself to avoid conflict and apologize even as others turned their back on her. She has a sweet, somewhat fragile and sad personality. Her gentleness is reminiscent of young Sophitia, who later on became tougher because of the turmoil and her involvement with the Swords.
Pyrrha's moveset is heavily based on her mother's and aunt's style, however with her original moves, it's strongly suggested that Pyrrha has little to no experience in battle. This is most visible in her stance, her guarding stance and her clumsy throws, which are causing a lot of commotion in the community. This is unlike any other character in the game, since all of them are either martial artists, trained warriors, or practitioners of a self-created style. Also, like the rest of her family, she isn't the best at ranged combat. Despite these problems, she is generally considered as a high tier character.
Pyrrha will shy away from her opponent and say "I can't" — once again symbolizing her hesitance and unwillingness to fight. She then stabs her foe thrice with her sword and begs them to "please stop!"
Pyrrha's Critical Edge is considerably low on damage compared to other finishers and is unable to lead into combos. However, this attack benefits from being a combo finisher for her strikes that send the opponent into the air. Such as the "Seraphim Meteor" "Jet Stream Rush" "Ascension" or even the "Plasma Blade."
Despite being the older sister of Patroklos, Pyrrha's appearance is more reserved and youthful than her brother. She bears an uncanny resemblance to her mother, Sophitia. She has shoulder-length blonde hair, green eyes, pale skin, pink lips, small freckles and a blue ribbon on her right side of her head. She wears an elegant white dress with long leather brown and white boots, a brown shirt and gloves. Overall, her outfits seem to follow a chained-heart theme as both her 1P and 2P costume have several (real or stylized) chains as well as stylized hearts on it. This becomes most obvious with her 1P armlet, which shows a heart in a birdcage, surrounded by chains. The same pattern is recurrent in Pyrrha's 2P costume's skirt.
- Omega Sword & Elk Shield
- Aeneas (weapon)
- Soul Edge
- Baker's Daughter
- Brave One
- The Master (Pyrrha)
- "Wings of Sorrow"
- What's your name? — spoken to Tira, in her Left/Default Ending.
- Hey, what's that thing you're holding, miss? — spoken to Tira, in her Left/Default Ending.
- I'm sorry... I have no choice.
- I hope it all goes well.
- I have to fight.
- Well then, best of luck.
- I don't want to kill. Please, no! - spoken when engaging in battle against Tira.
- This is wrong.
- Are you in pain?
- Leave me alone!
- I'm so sorry!
- I'm weak...
- I don't wanna die.
- I don't...want this!
- But, I blocked it! - spoken during a "Guard Burst".
- It's shaking?! - spoken when hit by a tremor.
- I'm gonna die! - spoken when caught in a throw.
- That must hurt...
- Please forgive me!
- Forgive me!
- Please don't!
- Please stop!
- I can't... please stop! — spoken during her "Critical Edge".
- Here I... go!
- Oh God...this... can't be my fault!
- I'll remember you. You fought well.
- Not my fault... You brought this on yourself!
- My head! It hurts...
- I'm sorry!! — spoken during a Ring Out.
- I don't want to fall! — spoken during a Ring Out.
- Don't... Take them!
- Please hit!
- Go away!
- I can't fight anymore. — spoken when she lost in battle.
- ...I'm Sorry — Taunt
- Don't hate me!
- Patroklos!! — spoken when defeated by Patroklos.
- I'm sorry! I can't take any more of this! — spoken after defeating Tira in battle.
- I have to do something! - spoken in story mode.
- No, no if wasn't me! - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I would never do this to the people of the city. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- No, I don't want to get hurt. I don't want to die. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I want to live. Please go away. - spoken in story mode to Bad guys.
- Just, stay back or I'll kill you! - spoken in story mode to Bad guys.
- I have to fight to stay alive! - spoken in story mode to Bad guys.
- Tira, I killed someone again. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- What are you saying? But I'm human. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- No, I'm not a malfested. I'm~ - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I haven't, but I~ - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I'm sorry, so sorry. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- Please forgive me. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I don't want to kill any more. I don't. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- Really? I have a family? - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- But I can't, I~ - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- Yes. I~ thank you. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I'm sorry. - spoken in story mode to Tira.
- I... um, I'm sorry. - spoken in story mode to Viola.
- You'll have to get through me first! - spoken in story mode to Nightmare.
- Stop hurting me, stop rejecting me, stop killing me! - spoken in story mode to Nightmare.
- Both Pyrrha and Patroklos were first seen in Soulcalibur III in Tira's Good Ending, although just their heads and fair hair were visible.
- Pyrrha's English voice actress, Laura Bailey, is known for voicing several characters in both video games and anime. Such roles include Kaine from NIER, Chun-Li from Street Fighter IV, Omochao from Sonic the Hedgehog, Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Cloud of Darkness from Dissidia Final Fantasy or Dissidia Final Fantasy Universal Tuning and Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy, and Serah Farron from Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2.
- The baby carried by Sophitia in her Soulcalibur ending is Pyrrha.
- Pyrrha was only 3 years old at the time she was kidnapped.
- If you look closely at Pyrrha's hair accessory, it is similar to Cassandra's shoulder piece and ribbon in Soulcalibur IV. However, it is much smaller.
- Pyrrha is wearing a cuff-link that bear the same symbol as Sophitia's belt accessories from her Soulcalibur IV 1P costume. However, it is much smaller.
- Pyrrha's primary costume in Soulcalibur V has many similarities to a bonus costume that was meant for Cassandra in Soulcalibur II.
- Pyrrha's Soulcalibur V theme music title "Wings of Sorrow" is a likely reference to the themes of Tira and Sophitia from previous games, "Wings of Despair" and "Wings of Faith" respectively.
- Pyrrha's design and personality seem to cater to the moe fandom. This has garnered some criticism from fans.
- Pyrrha's personality and circumstances bear resemblance to that of popular characters Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue and Dizzy from Guilty Gear.
- Pyrrha has the most unusual victory poses. Notably, she will say "My head! It hurts..." and faint, she will start crying saying "This... can't be my fault". At times she will also say "Not my fault... You brought this on yourself!" and run away.
- Prior to Pyrrha's unusual victory poses she also has a few unusual intros as well, when she will say "I have to fight" as she timidly walks back shaking her head in disbelief.
- Pyrrha's 3D render has been reworked - she now holds her sword closer to her shield and her left hand almost can't be seen. Facial features have also been changed.
- It can be assumed that Pyrrha received her mother's weapons from Tira.
- Pyrrha's 2P hairstyle is similar to Sophitia's 1P hairstyle in Soulcalibur IV and she is wearing a crown of thorns. This is likely a reference to the ancient Greek custom for young wives to wear a wreath of thorny acantus that symbolizes the need for the groom to be patient with his bride. The reason for this can be seen in her storyline, where Pyrrha almost got married, but the man had been killed.
- Pyrrha's 2P outfit appears to be a reference to the goddess-like figure who appears in Sophitia's Soulcalibur ending, specifically, the eyes, chains, and crown of thorns motifs.
- It's possible that Pyrrha is a victim of what is known today as Stockholm Syndrome in regards to her relationship with Tira, despite what Tira has put Pyrrha through.
- She very briefly manages to wield Soul Edge without giving in to insanity, fighting back its influence through force of will. This is an achievement only matched by Algol (in canon) and Talim (implied).
Pyrrha means "fire" in Greek. The choice of her name might be a reference to a Pyrrhic victory. Pyrrha shares her name with a figure in Greek mythology. In the Creation of Man, Pyrrha is wife to Deucalion, who are found by Zeus to be the only humans worthy to live and destroy the rest of humanity with a flood. In order to repopulate the Earth, Pyrrha and Deucalion are told to throw stones over their shoulders, which then grew into a host of men and women.
- Granddaughter of Achelous and Nike.
- Daughter of Sophitia and Rothion.
- Niece of Cassandra and Lucius.
- Older sister of Patroklos.
- Was abducted by Tira when she was only a child in Soulcalibur IV.
- Though, she appears to be unwilling to work with her in Soulcalibur V. Despite that, Pyrrha considers Tira to be her only friend.
- Dampierre sold her to the slave market.
- Soulcalibur (game) (appears in Sophitia's ending as a baby)
- Soulcalibur III (appears in Tira's default ending)
- Soulcalibur IV (mentioned in Sophitia's story line)
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