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Talim (タリム, Tarimu) is a character in the Soul series of fighting games. She made her debut in the third installment; Soulcalibur II.

Physical Appearance

Talim's young frame and tribal accessories has produced a unique, pure fullness to the Soul character roster — which was fully intended. The youthful priestess was initially created to add variety to the current selection of fighters, a selfless, young girl — something that the creators felt that the series lacked. Her signature Elbow Blades, and the features listed above, are Talim's most iconic traits in the means of character design and have stayed with her throughout the entire series.

Personality

Talim is strikingly meek, innocent, kind, moderate, and nice in contrast to the rest of the Soul Series cast, often attempting to dissuade opponents from fighting, and constantly showing mercy to her defeated enemies. Her comments often reveal self-doubt and worry. She often does not blame others for their actions, as shown in her SCIV ending where she forgives Algol for his actions, and sometimes will resurrect dead characters who were close to certain other characters, as shown in the same ending where she resurrects Algol's son, Arcturus. She has an ability to read the wind, often taking advice from it, as well as asking the wind to guide her in her journey. Overall, she is a kind-hearted character, and thus is aligned with good characters.

Weapons

Stages

Village of the Wind (SCII)

This is Talim's home village. It commands a startling view of the mountains and the sea, and the number of windmills within the village signify their devout faith. The villagers here are some of the few indigenous people left who still worship the Wind Deity while Southeast Asia becomes more influenced by Spanish and Portuguese culture every day.

Water Mill Valley (SCIII)

The valley is lined with many gigantic water mills that generate power and provide fresh water to nearby inhabitants. It is also drawn through a nearby aqueduct and carried to the other side of the mountain to be used for crop irrigation. Talim seems to have grown fond of this area for its symbolism of the harmony for man to work with nature. Or, possibly, because this form of nature (water) was different from that which her own village had grown to cherish (wind).

Distant Marsh (SCIV)

Talim's Soulcalibur IV stage. This stage is set in a lush swampland. Ancient ruins covered in vines provide 3 walls for the area. The now-extinct dodo bird can be seen walking about the stage which suggests the location of this marsh is the island, Mauritius, as this was the only known location of dodo birds. However, the non-native hippo can also be seen bathing in the sun which implies the location may be entirely fictional. Whenever a character performs a Critical Finish, the dodos will run away from the stage before the Critical Finish is performed.

Sleeping Marsh (SC:BD)

Same stage as in Soulcalibur IV, except it is set at full moon night, no dodo birds and no hippos are present, and flying fireflies are seen floating in the air.

Theme Music

Abilities

Talim has high skill in combat with her dual elbow blades. She possess a pure heart, and as such is apparently capable of purifying others. Being a priestess of the winds, she is capable of swaying the wind, using at in her fighting style and also being able to sense winds - using it for guidance. She can also summon a small tornado around herself, or around her opponent to send them flying. She was also able to make Arcturus appear before Algol, but it is unknown whether she resurrected him, made an illusion of him appear, or summoned his spirit.

Reception

Talim was voted the number one most popular character in the Soulcalibur Series Character Popularity Poll held on Facebook by Namco and Project Soul.

While mostly unknown to Filipino fans before, the release and reveal of her Tekken counterpart Josie Rizal has led to Talim's increased recognition in the Philippines.

Trivia

  • Just like Algol, Talim has Soul Edge and Soul Calibur together as her ultimate weapons in Soulcalibur IV.
  • Talim's Slide Attack is different from the other characters. When she slides, she trips and falls head-first to the ground, whilst other characters simply slide to the ground. However, it may be a note that Talim is rather clumsy.
  • Many fans have come to a conclusion that Talim and Yun-Seong may have feelings for each other. This is prior to their Destined Battle in Soulcalibur II and the connection between them in Soulcalibur III and Soulcalibur IV. As a result, fans of the Soulcalibur community often use them as a couple in Soulcalibur fan fictions.
  • In Soulcalibur III, Talim's weapons and fighting style are available under the discipline Soul of Talim to characters created under the Saint class.
  • Not including Yoda, Talim is the shortest character in the Soul series, depending on if Amy wears high heels, because without them, Talim is taller than her.
  • Talim's special stance move called Wind Leap appears in Soulcalibur II as a hidden move , as it's not listed on her command list and can only be performed by doing certain attacks and then pressing the analog stick/ D-pad to the back , just when the opponent is about to attack ; if done correctly , Talim will perform the Wind Leap animation , and if the player then presses the B button , She will perform a charged version of her Paayon Thrust move. The Wind Leap special stance move is latter listed in her command list as of Soulcalibur III , and it's much more developed.
  • Talim is nicknamed The Last Priestess of the Winds.
  • Based on Raphael's comment of Amy, Talim is clearly older than Amy.
  • Taking into consideration her Soulcalibur IV ending, Talim apparently has the power to bring back the dead, or at least create illusions of them, a power also possessed by Zasalamel.
  • Talim has been recorded to be the first character at 15 to appear within the Soul series. This was brought up due to Leixia's debut within the series at 15.
  • All of Talim's stages in the Soul series represent the elements of nature: Village of the Wind (wind), Water Mill Valley (Water), Distant Marsh/Sleeping Marsh (Earth).
  • Even though she was considered to be Filipina on her debut, she never actually had any realistic features of that racial background until Soulcalibur III, when her skin was shaded darker with a light, but tanned complexion.
  • Most of her move names are written in Tagalog, one move (Tagga na Kamay) literally meaning "Hand Severance". That move was also used in the fan-made series Dead Fantasy series by Dead or Alive character Hitomi in the second episode.
  • In the Soulcalibur II Talim demo, you will hear her taunting the word SI-PA (sipa); the uttered word meaning 'kick' in Tagalog.
  • Talim's Soulcalibur IV ending is debatable; on one hand, if taken at face value, it is possible that Talim somehow restored Arcturus from the dead. One another hand, she could have simply have created an illusion of him, in order to ease Algol's passing, as "restoring" him may actually mean "taking away his immortality" (which is more like putting him to sleep rather than murdering him), and showing Algol an image of his son may have been used to make it easier for him to embrace death. Another theory is that Arcturus's appearance has nothing to do with Talim, and either just a hallucination of Algol's, or his first glimpse of "another side" (meaning "death"), a reference to the Filipino belief that upon the moment of death, cherished people, whether relatives or friends who already passed on, would make an appearance. This illusion or anomaly is most likely attributed to 'Sundo' ('fetching' in Tagalog), wherein loved ones or relatives would fetch the about-to-depart soul from the earth (presumably to heaven), and is a popular setting among fiction stories involving the afterlife.
  • In Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, she is said to have been abducted by aliens. This is non-canon, however.
  • Her weapons were originally intended to be alive or have some kind of life to them, but the game producers dropped the idea due to its complexity.
  • In Soulcalibur III, her hairstyle (Double Pigtails) and shoes are available to custom characters after unlocking it.
  • Due to the popularity of her pairing with Link, it's speculated that the reason her joke weapon were ocarina was because of that.
  • In Talim's Soulcalibur IV illustration, she is seen performing the move "Paayon Thrust."
  • Talim's pet Bird is named Alun which means "Wave".
  • Talim, Rock and Zasalamel are the only cut characters not to be mentioned in Soulcalibur V official artbook.
  • In Soulcalibur IV, Talim's 2P outfit has a cat theme.
  • In Soulcalibur V, Talim, Yun-seong, Rock and Zasalamel are the only characters not to appear and not to have a successor to replace them.
  • Despite being one of the youngest characters, Talim is actually one of the most mature.
  • Because it was not mentioned of what happened to Talim after the events of Soulcalibur IV, many questions about her absence was made. Also, her absence from Soulcalibur V and the failure of mention about her whereabouts was received with negative reviews.
  • Talim and Natsu share their voice actress, as they are both voiced by Kate Higgins. Higgins is best known for voicing Sakura Haruno from the Naruto series, C.C. from Code Geass, and Amy/Sailor Mercury from the Sailor Moon series.

Etymology

The name Talim means 'blade' (as a noun) or 'sharp' (as an adjective) in Tagalog, a major dialect of the Filipino language.

Series' Appearances