Nightmare Soul Calibur V
Nightmare, as he appears in Soulcalibur V.
Voiced By Charles Klausemeyer
Franchise Soulcalibur
Appears in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
Debut Soulcalibur
Rival Pyramid Head

Nightmare (ナイトメア, Naitomea) is the main antagonist of the Soul series. He made his debut in Soulcalibur. He is the living incarnation of the cursed sword, Soul Edge, the objective of most other characters in the story. He appears as a DLC character for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale.


Nightmare has been present in one form or another in most games after Soulcalibur, appearing in Soulcalibur II, Soulcalibur III, Soulcalibur III: Arcade Edition, Soulcalibur Legends (as an unplayable boss), Soulcalibur IV, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, and Soulcalibur V. The Nightmare appearing in Soulcalibur V is a new being. Soul Edge possessed the body of a swordsman and plots behind the scenes under the alias "Graf Dumas" as he plans to resurrect the full power of Soul Edge.

Nightmare has been portrayed in the games as a violent and ruthless creature, constantly in search of souls to restore Soul Edge. He looks down on humans, considering them "pathetic" and "foolish", having no mercy for others, even to those who serve him, as shown in his Tales of Souls path where he considers killing his loyal servant Tira.

What lies in his soul is Damnation and Destruction.

In Soulcalibur V's promotional material he is referred to as The Symbol of Destruction.


  • Soul Edge
  • Soulcalibur
  • Soulcalibur II
  • Soulcalibur III
  • Soulcalibur IV
  • Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny
  • Soulcalibur V



Nightmare says that his Soul Edge keeps getting stronger with all the souls he has collected so far. And now he has heard of someone very powerful holding a tournament to see who is the strongest. Nightmare thinks he must have a very strong soul and can use that very good, and along the way he can collect even more souls.


NamePyramid Head

Reason: Nightmare sees Pyramid Head wandering around and sees that he has devoured many souls, just like himself. He must find a way to get those souls so he approaches Pyramid Head and says to hand over the souls he has collected. Pyramid Heads is silent, which makes Nightmare angry. He then says that if he's not going to answer he is going to take the souls with brute force.

Connection: Both characters are the most iconic villains of their games. Pyramid Head of Silent Hill and Nightmare of Soulcalibur. They both seek for souls, Pyramid Head seeking for the souls of those who have done wrong and have to be eliminated and Nightmare because he needs them to restore his Soul Edge. They also both have big weapons that are an iconic feature of them, Pyramid Head having the Great Knife and Nightmare the Sould Edge.


After Nightmare has defeated Polygon Man he comments that it was very easy and that the soul of him was very useful, but not enough. All the souls he collected during the tournament very pretty weak, so he has to continue searching for more and stronger souls so he can revive his Soul Edge.


Nightmare's main strategies of fighting have remained similar throughout the sequels of Soulcalibur. He features slow, yet somewhat explosive and high-damage attacks. He uses both electric and fire powers.

Btn square

(Square Moves)

  • Slash Cross - Btn squareBtn squareBtn square - does two sidewards slashes finished by a downwards slash.
  • Dark Soul Impact - Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn square - does a diagonal slash downwards.
  • Fatal Spin SlashPlaystation-Lstick-UpBtn square - jumps up and spins around with his Sould Edge.
  • Soul Smasher - Playstation-Lstick-DownBtn square - impales his Sould Edge into the ground.
  • Slash Cross - Btn squareBtn squareBtn square (midair)
  • 'Dark Soul Impact' Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn square (midair)
  • 'Fatal Spin Slash' Playstation-Lstick-UpBtn square (midair)
  • Soul Smasher - Playstation-Lstick-DownBtn square (midair)

Btn triangle

(Triangle Moves)

  • Evil Seed - Btn triangle - does a electrified vertical slash downwards.
  • Knight Breaker Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn triangleBtn triangleBtn triangle - does three vertical slashes downwards very quick.
  • Midnight Launcher Playstation-Lstick-UpBtn triangle - does an electrical slash upwards sending the opponents flying high.
  • Bloody Lord's Invasion Playstation-Lstick-DownBtn triangle - holds his hand up, electrifying it, and then punches down on the ground.
  • Back Blade - Btn triangle (midair) - does a slash sidewards enchanted with electricity.
  • Knight Breaker Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn triangleBtn triangleBtn triangle (midair)
  • Midnight Launcher - Playstation-Lstick-UpBtn triangle (midair)
  • 'Bloody Lord's Invasion' Playstation-Lstick-DownBtn triangle (midair) - goes all the way down to the ground.

Btn circle

(Circle Moves)

  •  Jade Kick - Btn circle - kicks forwards
    • Dark Middle KickPlaystation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn circle(hold) - does a strong sidewards kick.
  • Double Death ClawPlaystation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn circle -  first shoulder bashes into the opponent and gives a punch afterwards.
  • Night Regnum - Playstation-Lstick-UpBtn circleBtn circle - does a, with fire enchanted sword, slash upwards sending the opponents flying.
  • Dark Reconquista Playstation-Lstick-DownBtn circle- summons a ball of fire above his head and then throws it down on the ground.
  • Jade Kick - Btn circle
    • Dark Middle Kick - Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn circle(hold)
  • 'Double Death Claw' Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-RightBtn circleBtn circle
  • Night Regnum - Playstation-Lstick-UpBtn circle
  • Dark Reconquista Playstation-Lstick-DownBtn circle - stomps down from the air.



  • Soul StrikePlaystation-Rstick-Left or Playstation-Rstick-Right - grabs the opponent and blasts them away by doing a Soul Wave.
  • Death Horn ChargePlaystation-Rstick-Up - sticks the Soul Edge in the opponent, holds them up and throws them on the ground.
  • Flap Jack Playstation-Rstick-Down - grabs the opponent and throws them over.

Btn l1 or Btn r1

(Trigger Moves)

  • Item Pick-up - Btn r1
  • Block - Btn l1
  • Evade - Btn l1Playstation-Lstick-Left or Playstation-Lstick-Right

Btn r2

(Super Moves)

  • Death Lord's Vengeance - Btn r2 (Level 1): first does a fire punch followed by an electrical slash.
  • Soul Wave - Btn r2 (Level 2): Nightmare uses his Soul Wave and goes into Terror Charge and is able to kill anyone with one hit, if he gets attacked the opponents will die too. The Soul Wave itself will stun opponents.
  • Soul Edge - Btn r2 (Level 3): Nightmare's Soul Edge begins to glow bright and he can execute a big pillar of dark energy with Btn square, shoot a horizontal line of electricity with Btn triangle and do a massive soul wave with Btn circle.


  • Taunter: Nightmare holds his Soul Edge into the air.
  • Dark soul: Nightmare feels his Soul Edge and admires it.
  • Darkness everywhere: Nightmare glows with purplish dark energy in his claw.

Quotes from PlayStation All-StarsEdit

  • When selected
    • Behold Soul Edge! A weapon without equal!
    • Now, Soul Edge! Grant your master his wish!
  • Prematch
    • Out of my sight, filthy cur!
    • You cannot defeat me, now or ever!
    • Your puny esistence ends here!
  • Item Pick-up
    • Give me, more power!
  • Attack shouts
    • Soul Edge... Burn!
    • Relinquish!
    • Not Enough!
    • Spark!
    • What? Whats wrong...
    • My blade...
    • You're nothing...
    • Hate!
    • Damn!
    • Struggle!
    • Drown in darkness!
  • Succesful KO
    • Is that all?
    • You fight like a mewling child.
    • You still insist on fighting?
    • Ah, your suffering, how it does soothe me.
  • Respawn
    • What?!
    • I won't forget this!
    • Your puny esistence ends here!

Intros and OutrosEdit


  • Undefeatable - Nightmare slashes above his head while saying: "You cannot defeat me, now or ever!"
  • Get out of my eyes - Nightmare stand with his back to the screen turns around and holds his claw up saying "Out of my sight, filthy cur!"
  • End of the line - Nightmare slashes and his claw glows with purple essence and he says: "Your puny esistence ends here!"
  • True nightmare - Nightmare pulls the Soul Edge out of the ground and he lightens purple.

Winning ScreenEdit

Losing ScreenEdit

Victory ThemeEdit


Symbol of DestructionEdit

The default appearance of Nightmare.

  • Black skin: his armor is black and his claw and the Soul Edge are brighter red.
  • Purple skin: his armor is purple and the other things are orange.
  • Gray skin: he is completely gray (similar to his concept art).

Azure KnightEdit

A costume based on his alternate costume in Soulcalibur V.

  • Blue skin: his cloth is blue and his armor is pruplish.
  • White skin: his cloth is white and his armor metal.
  • Black skin: his cloth and armor are black.

Twisted NightmareEdit

A costume based on his appearance in Soulcalibur IV

  • Yellow skin: his armor is gold-like and his hair orange.
  • Blue skin: his armor is blue and his hair is white and the orb inside him too,
  • Green skin: his armor is green and his hair and orb are yellow.


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