Riesbyfe Stridberg (リーズバイフェ・ストリンドヴァリ, Rīzubaife Strindovari?) is a character from the Melty Blood franchise. While she appears briefly during Sion TATARI's Last Arc animation since Re-Act, in Actress Again she became a playable character. Riesbyfe also appears in the Melty Blood, Melty Blood X and Back Alley Alliance Nightmare manga.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Background[edit | edit source]

Riesbyfe is the captain of the Vestel Shield Knights led by the Holy Church.[1][2] According to the drama CD Ladies in the Water, Riesbyfe was born in Sweden.

Riesbyfe was taken into the church by Cardinal Gensburn, and is said to be his favorite. When Ciel asserts that Riesbyfe is a "well-bred young lady" whose "lax from peace," Riesbyfe refutes this notion and says she is uncertain how she even lived before the Cardinal's adoption. She is said to have defeated roughly the same amount of vampires as Ciel during her time as a knight.

Three years before Melty Blood, the Church learned that the next appearance of TATARI took place in a small mountain village in Italy. The Church sought the aid of Atlas due to their connection to TATARI rather than the Prague alchemists, and Sion Eltnam Atlasia responded to their request. Riesbyfe Stridberg, along with Sion, intervened when TATARI appeared, but as they only had normal Conceptual Weapons, they were unable to affect the phenomenon no matter how many times they defeated its materializations. Three days later, TATARI annihilated the village and the dispatched Knights of the Church, and destroyed those who permeated it. Riesbyfe sacrificed herself to save Sion from one of the materializations of the Night of Wallachia.

But Riesbyfe still lived within TATARI, being protected from being completely absorbed by TATARI by her Holy Shield, Gamaliel. Michael Roa Valdamjong, or rather a materialization of TATARI based on him, notes in Riesbyfe's Story Mode in Melty Blood Actress Again she is "alive", making her a TATARI materialization different from the others like himself.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Riesbyfe is said to be someone who lives in the moment and doesn't think too much about tomorrow. This attitude tends to make her seem prudent to others, but at heart she's a sloppy and difficult person who doesn't think about the consequences, following emotion rather than logic. When asked if she likes working, Riesbyfe replies that although she'd prefer to do nothing at all, work is satisfying in it's own way since it takes her mind off things.

Riesbyfe is shown to be very protective and puts others before herself. She sacrifices her life to give Sion a chance to escape the Night of Wallachia three years before the events of Melty Blood. In her Actress Again scenario, she stops the Dust of Osiris in order to save humanity and end Sion's suffering, killing herself for the second time in the process. In Powerd Ciel's Actress Again storyline, she expresses her surprise at Riesbyfe's genuine concern for her well-being despite the fact that she came to kill her. Additionally, when Kohaku uses Satsuki Yumizuka as a test subject for sunblock in Back Alley Alliance Nightmare, Riesbyfe nearly attacks Kohaku in retaliation despite the experiment succeeding. After an overjoyed Satsuki asks Riesbyfe to buy the sunblock for her, Riesbyfe stops and reluctantly accepts, paying an exorbitant sum with little hesitation. Despite this, Riesbyfe appears to be happy Satsuki got what she wanted.

Riesbyfe embodies the aspects of a virtuous knight. She is exceptionally honorable among the Knights Templar, with Ciel commenting that she shows more honesty than one would expect from the Knights, and that not many besides her would desire a one-on-one duel anymore. Riesbyfe also shows regret when Nrvnqsr Chaos comments that a Knight should never appear so far from Holy Ground in the Far East. Additionally, Riesbyfe is also a devout adherent of God and is said to be a "believer among believers" by Ciel. When asked if drunk by Akiha in Actress Again, Riesbyfe replies that she doesn't drink.

After being taken into the Back Alley Alliance and seperating from the Church, Riesbyfe is depicted as becoming depressed. In Back Alley Alliance Nightmare, Arcueid comments that Riesbyfe appears like she's always on duty, with Riesbyfe replying that it's like an old song stuck in her head, which she can't fully break away from. Arcueid replies that it's natural for Riesbyfe to feel that way about something she would have died for.

Riesbyfe is always depicted has having a strong affection for Neco-Arc, becoming a different person entirely when one appears. She finds them "gross and cute" and has an extremely aggressive way of showing affection to the creatures, punching their cheeks and hugging them with extreme force. Such is her violent affection that the Neco-Arcs consider her a greater threat to their existence than anyone else. When confronted with one of these creatures, it usually takes either someone else or a rejection from a Neco-Arc to snap her out from the love-drunk stupor.

Riesbyfe is heavily implied to have feelings for Sion. Much of her thoughts throughout all her depictions are centered around her, and in Melty Blood X she often has hearts added to the end of her sentences when Sion is the subject. In Back Alley Nightmare, a vampiric Riesbyfe and Sion exchange a long and deep kiss and are depicted as being in a relationship. In many pieces of miscellanious official artwork, Riesbyfe is shown as having feelings for the alchemist.

Role[edit | edit source]

Melty Blood[edit | edit source]

She is a friend of Sion Eltnam Atlasia and died rescuing her from Wallachia prior to Melty Blood. Sion originally thought of Riesbyfe as a reliable companion, only realizing after her death that they had become close friends.

At the climax of Melty Blood, Sion recreates Riesbyfe's information to defeat Wallachia, using fragments of Gamaliel as a bullet for her Black Barrel Replica. This conceptual weapon was said to contain her entire being.

Her true scenario in Actress Again has her waking up from the TATARI as if no time had passed at all since her defeat at the hands of Wallachia. She slowly discovers her status as a reconstruction of the Dead Apostle Ancestor Dust of Osiris. She resolves to end the phenomenon and slays Dust of Osiris, who laments that she wished to use the philosopher stones to save Riesbyfe. Riesbyfe calls the idea a flawed dream and, in turn, laments the suffering Sion must have felt. She fades away alongside the Dust of Osiris, wishing that they can meet again at the end of this darkness.

In Riesbyfe's fake scenaraio, she is manipulated by the Great Cats Village into helping them defeat a number of their enemies by labeling them poachers. Riesbyfe finds the creatures irresistable and proceeds to defeat a number of characters before the Village turns on her, saying she's even worse than the poachers due to her violent manner of showing affection. The cats accidentally empower Riesbyfe, who proceeds to blast Neco-Arc into space while trying to pet it.

Sion's scenario in Actress Again has her fight and defeat Riesbyfe, who is forced to try and stop Sion due to Dust of Osiris's programming. After defeating the Dead Apostle Ancestor, Sion returns and uses up two of her memory partitions to keep Riesbyfe alive after the TATARI's destruction. Sion realizes that Riesbyfe is actually a sloppy, frustrating and difficult person who doesn't think about concequences, but says she doesn't mind. Continuing, Sion comments that she always thought Riesbyfe was strange, and that rather than having no doubts Riesbyfe never gave tomorrow any thought. Admitting she was completely fooled, Sion tells Riesbyfe that she's hers from now own, a status which Riesbyfe doesn't mind as long as she can keep protecting people.

Her stage is Stranger and her background music is Raven's Nest.

In the Satsuki Yumizuka and Sion routes of Actress Again, she continues to live after the destruction of the Dust of Osiris and joins the Back Alley Alliance.

Melty Blood Actress Again - Riesbyfe Stridberg Command list

Special Moves

  • Wrist Pizzicato (リスト・ピッツィカート, Risuto Pittsikāto?) - Charging star, a forward rush with the shield fixed at different parts of Riesbyfe body.
  • Wrist Staccato (リスト・スタッカート, Risuto Sutakkāto?) - Riesbyfe slides forward and punches.
  • Breath Cantino (ブレス・カンティーノ, Buresu Kantīno?) - A large crescent moon shaped Dragon Punch used for anti-airs and reversals.
  • Wrist Portato (リスト・ポルタート, Risuto Porutāto?) - Riesbyfe thrusts the shield out right in front and a seal like object appears. On hit the opponent bounces off the wall. There is super armor on every version for different lengths of time

  • Pile Arcato (パイル・アルカート, Pairu Arukāto?) - Pile bunker, lock on to the opponent with the stake of the shield, then blow them to the opposite side of the screen, this attack is air-unblockable.
  • Press Aftact (プレス・アーフタクト, Puresu Āfutakuto?) - Riesbyfe rushes up and in with burning shield uppercut.

Arc Drives command list

  • Official Apocrypha (正式外典, Seishiki Gaiten?) - Arc Drive
  • Official Apocrypha: Embrace the Original Sin (正式外典・原罪抱擁, Seishiki Gaiten - Genzai Hōyō?) - Last Arc

Kara no Kyoukai[edit | edit source]


Riesbyfe is briefly mentioned in Kara no Kyoukai as the principal of Reien Girls' Academy. Referred to as "Mother Riesbyfe", her age is unknown, and she is mentioned to have a large string instrument case in her office. She is a pious Christian, who, when energized, engages in overzealous philanthropic activities due to her excessive faith. She is also an acquaintance of Touko Aozaki, and hired Garan no Dou to investigate the suicide of Kaori Tachibana. Though she was originally not an important enough character to even receive an entry in a glossary, her later appearance in Melty Blood made her relevant enough.[3] It is unknown if they are actually the same person or not.[1]

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

In Type-Moon's April Fools' Day 2013, she is one of the bronze heroines in Back Alley Satsuki.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Riesbyfe appears to be very strong for a human and possess Magic Circuits that are inferior to Ciel's in comparison. Although she says Ciel is still physically stronger, Riesbyfe claims that her fists can punch with 2 to 5 tons of force. Arcueid Brunestud, however, claims that she is able to punch with 100 tons of force, although Riesbyfe says that's more like Arcueid's power than her own.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

True Apocrypha[edit | edit source]

She uses a Conceptual Weapon True Apocrypha (正式外典, Seishiki Gaiten?) AKA Spear Key and Gun Shield, or simply "Gamaliel," a pile bunker shaped like a string instrument.[1][2] The shield was forged from the two apocrypha "The Apocalypse of Paul" and "The Gospel of the Egyptians," and was revived by Riesbyfe.

To use this weapon, Riesbyfe spends an hour preening herself every day in order to harmonize with the shield. Gamaliel appears to be extremely durable, blocking the Dead Apostle Ancestor Zepia's strongest ability "Night on the Blood Lair" with no visible damage. Gamaliel also appears to be able to negate magecraft and even sorcery to some degree. The shield's power is said to be the only reason Riesbyfe is able to defeat Ciel in her win quote, making up the difference from Riesbyfe's inferior magic circuits. Additionally, the shield appears to stop the user from aging, with Riesbyfe commenting that "you could live a lifetime and never show it."

The shield posseses the ability to counter an enemy's attack by manifesting large glyphs which damage the aggressor. Gamaliel is also able to briefly materialize the illusion of a completely deserted ruin bathed in the horizon upon the usage of its power, but details are unknown. These powers are utilized in Riesbyfe's Arc Drive and Last Arc.

In addition to preventing the TATARI from completely absorbing her, Zepia notes the reason behind Riesbyfe not obeying Dust of Osiris in her storyline path is due to the shield's influence.

Development[edit | edit source]

Creation and Concept[edit | edit source]

Up until TYPE-MOON created Sion, Riesbyfe was supposedly the main heroine of Melty Blood and would've appeared as Ciel's rival appearing to fight Arcueid.[4]

Kinoko Nasu said that Sion and Riesbyfe story would continue as long as fan exists. He said it would be great if French Bread would develop Melty Blood Remake alongside with Tsukihime Remake.[5]

Reception[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The spelling of her surname in katakana (ストリンドヴァリ, Strindovari) contains a double meaning. Likely referring to Antonio Stradivari, an Italian luthier famous for his violins, in addition to the Swedish surname "Strindberg" possibly referring to August Strindberg a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2
    [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Riesbyfe [Person's name], p.190

    Riesbyfe [Person's name]
    Knight of the Shield. Captain of the Knights of the Inquisition led by the Holy Church. Female.
    She participated in the failed subjugation of Wallachia alongside Sion, and faced Wallachia alone so that Sion could escape. Her fate afterward is unknown. She possesses the conceptual weapon "True Apocrypha Gamaliel", a gun-shield that superficially resembles a large stringed instrument.
    Though it seems Sion thought of her as reliable, they were torn apart before either of them realized they had become friends.
    During Vampire Sion's Last Arc, she attacks the enemy by recreating Riesbyfe's information. Apparently, since Riesbyfe was swallowed up by the Tatari, she was transferred into Vampire Sion when she inherited its power.
    Also, though there is apparently a nun with the same name working at a certain academy for girls, it is unknown if they are actually the same person or not.


  2. 2.0 2.1
    [v] Melty Blood Act Cadenza PS2 Manual - Dictionary: Riesbyfe [Person's name], p.047

    Riesbyfe [Person's name]
    Knight of the Shield. Captain of the Knights of the Inquisition led by the Holy Church.
    She participated in the subjugation of the Tatari three years ago, and faced Wallachia alone so that Sion could escape. Her fate afterward is unknown. She possesses the conceptual weapon "True Apocrypha Gamaliel", a gun-shield that superficially resembles a large stringed instrument.
    Though it seems Sion thought of her as reliable, they were torn apart before either of them realized they had become friends.
    During Vampire Sion's Last Arc, she attacks the enemy by recreating Riesbyfe's information. Apparently, since Riesbyfe was swallowed up by the Tatari, she was transferred into Vampire Sion when she inherited its power.
    Properly speaking, because everything swallowed by the Tatari is reconfigured as equivalent data, things that can be recreated separately from the Tatari like Riesbyfe are rare. Presumably, it's due to the presence of the True Apocrypha, acting as a shield and slowing her absorption.


  3. [v] Kara no Kyoukai Special Pamphlet - Encyclopedia: Riesbyfe [Person's name], p.042 [T]

    Riesbyfe [Person's name]
    Principal of Reien Girls' Academy. Age unknown.
    A pious Christian. When energized, she would engage in overzealous philanthropic activities due to her excessive faith.
    The principal's office was decorated with a shield that would invoke the image of a violin.
    Originally she was not an important character that would warrant an entry in this glossary, but since she showed up in other works, I had to pick her up.


  4. [v] Tsukihime Dokuhon PlusPeriod - TSUKIHIME Dictionary: Melty Blood [Title], p.189

    Melty Blood [Title]
    A fighting game set after Tsukihime, jointly developed by Watanabe Seisakusho (French Bread) and Type-Moon.
    It was the first time Tsukihime had voices.
    It is the story of a certain vampire and a night of lies, during a summer different than the one in Kagetsu Tohya.
    The stage progression is in the style of Darius. It seems that a fighting game that advances in such a manner had been something the scenario writer always wanted. Take the upper paths and you'll be treated to a serious story, while the lower paths quickly spiral into absurdity.
    The game's subtitle is "Hologram Summer, Night on the Blood Liar". The original plan was for it to be about an executor who was a sort of rival to Ciel appearing to fight Arcueid, but once production started the sample game ended up being so amazing we felt the need to whip up a worthy story within "Tsukihime Canon" to match.
    Of course, with a new heroine, one of the 27 Dead Apostle Ancestors, and even Arima Miyako, it was packed full of fan service, too. So, thank you, Watanabe Seisakusho! The amount of freedom as a fighting game is just great, and the mobility of the characters is off the charts. I hope everybody out there enjoys the pixel-art Tsukihime characters as much as we do!


  5. [v] TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Pamphlet 10th Anniversary Q & A Booklet:

    Q: Melty Blood is completed, does this mean the story of Sion and Riesbyfe has ended? ....Or are there plans for them to appear in Tsukihime II or other side stories? Please don't put an end to their tales.

    Q: Melty Blood is completed, does this mean the story of Sion and Riesbyfe has ended? ....Or are there plans for them to appear in Tsukihime II or other side stories? Please don't put an end to their tales.

    A: Thank you. As long as fans exist, Sion and Riesbyfe will continue to exist. To be more specific, French Bread will figure something out. It would be great if they can work on the Melty Blood Remake while the Tsukihime Remake is under way, wouldn't it?

    Q:メルブラは既に終わったけど、シオンとリーズの物語も終わりましたか...それとも月姫2や他の番外篇に登場させる予定がありますか?彼女たちの物語を終わらないようにしてください。 台湾の嘯月より

    A:ありがとうございます。そう言ってくれるファンがいるかぎり、シオンとリーズはいき続けます。具体的に言うと、フランスパンさんが何とかしてくれる筈。月姫Rと同時進行でメルブラRとか作られたりしたらいいよね! よね!

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