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The world is not as it should be. It's filled with distortion, and 'ruin' can no longer be avoided. Those who oppose fate and desire change... From time to time, they were referred to as Tricksters. You are the Trickster. Now is the time to rise against The Abyss of distortion.
— Yaldabaoth

Joker, real name Ren Amamiya, also known as The Phantom and Trickster, lead a normal life as a delinquent recently transferred to Shujiin Academy, he was restricted to being an observer to the terrible crimes of corrupt individuals around him, unable to properly interfere. However, after he and his recent friend, Ryuji, accidentally entered the Metaverse, a world made of the projections of human desire and emotion, and rescued a cat-like creature named Morgana from within, they would soon discover they had the ability to wield Personas, powerful projections of their users own spirit and desire, to combat the malicious spirits in the Metaverse.

With his newfound powers, Joker would form the Phantom Thieves of Heart with similarly powered people, who would force individuals to confess to their crimes by stealing the motivation to commit them from their very own mental worlds, called treasures. Confronted against anybody between corrupt politicians to counterfeit artists, nobody was safe to hide behind society's tight rules as a harbor for their distorted desires. Joker, alongside all the friends he would make along his journey, would "take the world".

Battle vs. Josuke Higashikata and Okuyasu Nijimura alongside Morgana (by Leolab, Dargoo Faust, Appelmonkey, and Wassboss)[]


WINNER: Joker and Mona

Expert's Opinion[]


To see the original battle, weapons and votes, click here.

World War Royale 2: Electric Bugaloo (by MovieStuff65)[]

This warrior won a Battle of the Season Award

Part I[]

Awakened by the distinctive pounding in his temples that only came with a hangover, John Constantine groggily opened his eyes. What the hell happened... he thought to himself, reaching for his pockets. He let out a sigh of relief as he felt his pack of cigarettes, and put one in his mouth as observed his surroundings. He found himself in what appeared to be, of all things, a shopping mall's playpen. Sitting up, he noticed he had been lying on a bench, his coat neatly folded as a pillow.

"Well bollocks," Constantine mutters, picking it up and standing. Looking around at the abandoned shops, he found what he was looking for - an exit, a helpful red neon light showing the way. Alright, last night I was at the pub, he thought as he left. Me and...and...

Constantine cursed as he entered an empty garage, feeling the lingering effects of magic as his short-term memories vanished. In their place, his mind exploded as information flowed inside. "Sod off you bastards!" he yelled at the roof, sprinting down the garage. "I ain't playing your twisted game, whatever it is with this backpack nonsense!"

He reaches the bottom floor, shoving open the door expecting a city street or the outside world. In its place, a simple concrete room with only two exits; the door behind him, and a glass door leading into a sky bridge. As Constantine carefully steps into the glass tunnel, he sighs once again as he looked below; nothing but clouds miles beneath him, likely with more miles than that between him and the ground.

"Bloody hell."

Jakita angrily raises her hand to her eyes, finding herself in a construction yard. She looks around, spotting the open sky above and around her, and crosses her arms in annoyance. "Wait till the old man hears about this..."

Taking a few cautious steps to the building's edge, she confirms her suspicion as she spots the clouds below. Looking around, she sees that her building seems to form a square, with three other similarly sized buildings composing the other corners, with multiple bridges connecting them. She turns back around, the faint smell of smog reaching her nose, before a man appears in front of her in a cloud of smoke.

"Sorry about to bump into you like that. Little bit lost," Delsin says, looking over Jakita. "That being said, kind of happy I did. Really digging the whole latex tough girl act that's going on here."

"I don't take too well to unwanted ogling," she replies, just as both receive their instructions mentally. "Especially from wannabe competitors."

"Nothing wannabe about me," Delsin answers, putting his hand to his chest in mock offense. "This is 100% genuine Delsin, the real deal." Jakita smirks, before slamming her foot into the ground and sending shards of the concrete beneath them into the air. She quickly punches them, launching them as projectiles as she dashes forward.

"If you're the real deal, then no worries about holding back."

Delsin easily avoids her, dashing into a cloud of smoke and reappearing behind her. "Much as I'd love whatever kind of up-close and personal lesson you could give me, I'm gonna be a bit too busy winning. Maybe I'll see you around, Herr Hottie." He shoots a smoke blast, sending Jakita into a fit of coughs as it slams into her face, before spotting a smoke vent. He dashes towards it, fleeing the scene.

Taking a deep breath to get control of herself, Jakita wipes the tears from her eyes as the smoke clears. She watches as her breath comes out in a chilly wisp, the telltale sign of the temperature dropping. "Elijah, I don't know what the plan is but-" she says, turning to see a spike of ice approach her. Reacting in an instant, she throws her fist, shattering the ice with ease, and sees her new attacker.

"I do not know who this Elijah is," Sub-Zero calls, taking a fighting pose, "But I will accept your challenge where that boy did not."

Jakita mumbles to herself, looking around the rooftop construction zone for an exit or a weapon. "Just what I need getting in my way. Ice ninjas." She looks at a pile of metal beams, picking one up and hefting in one arm like a javelin. She throws it at him as she charges, remarking a quick "I hate when it's ninjas." as she barrels towards him.

Rose blinks twice, taking a deep breath to calm herself as she suddenly finds herself in an office complex, with rows of cubicles obscuring her immediate view. As the flood of information comes through her mind, she laxly pulls out her tarot cards. A bit of divination would be helpful in a situation strange as this, after all.

She shuffles the deck, and muffles a yelp of surprise as an unfamiliar image shows on the first card she draws. The picture shows herself, with her long yellow scarf draped as a circle and cards in her hand. "It seems the cards are feeling more literal today," she says, registering the familiar imagery of the Fortune card.

The surprise turns to confusion at the next image, a young boy in a black coat, striking the familiar pose of the Fool with a satchel in place of burlap sack. As if on cue, she hears faint steps above her and stands, taking a defensive but not outwardly aggressive pose. "You may reveal yourself, young one. I do not intend to harm you."

Joker, who had been quietly crawling above in the vents, slips out and onto the ground below "Last time an eccentric with cards told me something like that, it didn't end well," he replied, cautiously approaching Rose. "I assume you've been given the same instructions as me?"

"On the surface, at least," she says, gesturing to the cards. "Fate seems like it would have different plans for me, Fool." She draws one, with the image of a woman in white standing in pain. Rose and Joker look at each other in confusion, before the former looks closer. Behind the woman were thunderstorms, fire, and meteors; the tell-tale destruction of the Tower.

Viktor throws himself up with a start, letting out a scream as she awakens from a nightmare. Wiping the cold sweat from his forehead, Viktor cautiously looks around the hotel bedroom he's found himself in. He stands and leaves the room, finding himself in a hallway. "Hello! Anyone there?" He yells, silence being his only response.

After briefly exploring his floor, he takes the elevator down to the hotel lobby. As he arrives, a pulsing pain goes through his head as his instructions come through. "What the hell..." he mutters as the doors open, revealing a grand room, with a fountain, chandeliers, and the other decorations of splendor. Its size overwhelms even more as Viktor realizes the lobby is completely empty of people.

Taking a cautious step out, Viktor looks at what appears to be a receptionist's desk, where a white backpack sat openly displayed.

He immediately runs over to it, looking inside in confusion at its emptiness. "Oy, squire, why don't you hand 'at over nice and slow," a voice tells him, and Viktor turns to see Constantine, leaning against a pillar with cigarette in mouth. He raises his hands in a non-threatening posture. "Ain't no need to get too skittish."

Viktor only narrows his eyes, putting the backpack on. "Why should I trust you? I was told that you had to get the backpack too."

Constantine shrugs, raising his wrist to show Viktor a watch, which in turn displays a bright blue holomap with a distinctive red dot beeping. He yelps as he feels something wrap around her wrist, a similar watch suddenly placed there. "See this little dot? My guess is that now that you've got that bag, everyone else is gonna be making their way here real quick." He starts to walk to Viktor, only to stop as he glows white. Even if it wasn't magic, he could feel the power radiating off of him, and he backs away.

"No need to get antsy love," he says, raises his hands. "Now, way I figure is that you don't look too keen to fighting. I don't mind getting my hands dirty, so I figure you give me the bag and we be on our merry way."

Viktor pauses, thinking it over, only for a solid wall of ice to go between him and Constantine. "I don't think we'll be having that, good man," Vivienne states, regally walking towards Viktor, staff in hand. The mage raises an eyebrow in confusion as her spell melts to a puddle, Constantine grinning with a lit cigarette in his mouth.

"Gonna have to use a little bit more than a sculpture to stop me." Constantine says, opening his hands to conjure a pair of fireballs. He tosses them at Vivienne, who slams her staff into the ground. A magical aura overcomes her, the fireballs fizzling against the barrier, before she waves her hand. Ice begins to surround Constantine, freezing him in place.

"Now," Vivienne says, a magical blade forming in her hand. She waves the staff in her hand, and a barrage of magic flies towards Viktor, slamming into his chest. "I'm only going to ask once, dear - Give me that bag."

Part II[]

Raising his finger to his lips, Joker peeks out from his hiding point as he and Rose watch the fight unfold. He looks at Rose meaningfully, before gesturing to the bag in Viktor's arms.

Nervously backing away, Viktor raises his arm in a protective stance. "I'm warning you...I don't want to hurt you."

Vivienne responds with a cruel laugh. "How ever could you hurt me, darling?" she asks, before tilting her head to the frozen Constantine. "Even if its buried underneath enough gin to fill a dwarven tavern, at least he has magic. You, my dear...have nothing." Vivienne swings her spectral blade, aiming for a swift kill, only to meet Viktor's raised hands. Glowing a faint white, Viktor extends his other hand, a white tentacle of sound forming from it. Vivienne barely has time to shift into her Fade Form, the tentacle passing harmlessly through her.

"How dare you!" Vivienne yells as she returns to the mortal realm, slamming her staff down. Fire sprouts from the ground around Viktor, who barely manages to lift himself into the air to avoid the worst of the flames. Vivienne swings her staff, and a bolt of lightning falls from the sky, only for Viktor to raise his hand and block it with a sonic shield. He then brings his hands together, creating a large shockwave that sends Vivienne and the thawing Constantine to the ground.

Rubbing his hands and arms to warm himself up, Constantine throws a cold look at Vivienne. "Are you bloody mad? I almost had him until you went and started throwing fireballs around." He stands and approaches Vivienne, fireball forming in his hand, as Viktor slowly descends, not finding any immediate threat. For her part, Vivienne simply sneers at him and steps forward, turning into icy mist that passes through John and Viktor.

She reappears behind them, casting Flashfire at Viktor. The fire scorches his body and mind, and she screams as he falls back to the ground with a thud. As he claws at the burning skin, he hears a faint voice, "You can't trust them."

Glaring through the pain, he spots his younger self, calmly sitting cross-legged in front of him. "They won't let you live. They won't leave you alone - so show them how powerful you truly are."

Viktor nods, recoiling backwards at the sheer volume emanating from his body. Multiple shockwaves fly from him, pinning both Constantine and Vivienne to the ground, as Viktor's jean jacket and pants are burned and replaced with a white suit. Viktor, body glowing and his eyes a sickly blue, rises and throws his arms out, tentacles flinging out in every direction.

Constantine casts a spell, briefly sinking into the ground to avoid one tentacle, while Vivienne tries to raise another barrier. The white tentacle smashes through with ease, turquoise magic flaring as it breaks the barrier and wraps around the mage. Vivienne grits her teeth, refusing to let Viktor hear her pain as the tentacles crushes her in its grip.

Viktor tilts his head in sadistic curiosity, before promptly lifting Vivienne up and smashing her into the ground, head first. He then emits a powerful shockwave, throwing lobby furniture into the air and cracking the very ground beneath her.

Sub-Zero flips backwards, creating an ice clone in his place as Jakita's foot slams into where he was standing moments ago. The statue shatters, freezing Jakita in place. He barely has time to form a frozen warhammer into his hands before she breaks free, grunting in annoyance through chattering teeth. He swings the hammer, catching her in the ribs, but she responds by punching the weapon's handle, reducing it to shards.

She throws a right hook, which he barely blocks, and he counters by forming a dagger of ice in his opposite hand. He thrusts the blade, aiming for Jakita's gut, but she responds by grabbing his wrist and throwing him into the air. He flips to balance himself as he falls, forming a ball of ice and launching it at Jakita. The blast sends her sprinting to cover, ducking behind a road roller as Sub-Zero gracefully lands on a crane.

Sub-Zero prepares another ice blast, just missing the exposed Jakita as she punches one side of the roller. Raising his eyes in confusion, realization dawns on him as Jakita repeats the action on the other side, He watches as Jakita hefts the now-loosened metal cylinder in her arms, and begins to spin to give it momentum. He quickly scales the crane, not bothering to try to stop Jakita. Sub-Zero climbs to the top, spotting a steel building frame within reach. He leaps just as Jakita releases her grip, the large construction tool now flying at him.

He lands with a thud, pulling himself onto a beam and balancing himself. Jakita leaps up to join him, forcing him to backflip away as her fist meets the beam. She cracks her knuckles as Sub-Zero takes his stance again. "Not too bad, popsicle." she says, throwing her arms out to steady herself. Both look down, noticing the several story jump that awaited them below.

"It would be ironic if one of us were to die from the fall, rather than the other," Sub-Zero remarks. He tries a kick, which Jakita haphazardly blocks. They separate immediately afterwards, swaying uneasily to catch their balance.

"Whatever happens, it'll be interesting," Jakita replies, eliciting a chuckle from them both. Before they could continue their fight, several white shockwaves erupt from the ground beneath them, creating a massive hole in the ground. Jakita raises her eyebrow, and Sub-Zero loosens slightly, before the frame shatters apart and sends them into freefall below.

Joker takes this chance to dash forward, hoping to use the chaos to grab the bag. "Go, Arsene!" he orders, the Persona forming behind him and giving a demonic roar. Arsene throws out his arms, and a bright yellow arrow forms in the sky as he casts Kougaon. The arrow shoots itself at Viktor, who blocks it before sending a tentacle at Joker. He effortlessly slides underneath it, grabbing the bag as he passes under Viktor.

Joker stands and turns, gun drawn and Arsene reappearing behind him. He takes a moment to study Viktor's face, spotting the fear in Viktor's eyes as he sidesteps another tentacle. flung towards him. He slightly lowers the gun, Arsene folding his wings and crossing his arms as well. Viktor hesitates, staring at Joker intently. "Smart move, squire," Constantine says as he reemerges from the ground. He begins to mumble an incantation under his breath, eyes staring intently at Viktor. Rose walks forward, unloosening her scarf, but a raised hand from Joker keeps her back.

The pair watch in silence as Viktor slowly descends, Constantine's chanting the only sound as the color slowly returns to Viktor's face and he descends. "A calming spell," Rose says, a hint of approval in her voice. "As long as no one disturbs them, we should be fine to-"

A small, smoky orb suddenly drops between them, before exploding and sending all four into a fit of coughs. "Sorry to be tardy to the party, folks," Delsin yells from above, smoke thrusters carrying him through the air. He stops and begins to descend, smoking and ash forming around him as he prepares to slam into the ground. Joker grabs Rose by the waist and throws his grappling hook, bringing them out of Delsin's landing zone, while Constantine creates a portal and trips into it as Delsin lands with an explosion.

Viktor launches himself back into the air, all notions of peace gone. Delsin doesn't bother to stop, rolling away from Viktor's first energy beam and sprinting over to grab the bag. Just as he wraps his fingers around it, Viktor creates a tentacle, forcing him back. She then shoots a beam of white energy at him, sending Delsin smoke dashing for cover. He lands behind the concierge desk, where Constantine also sits, using his loose tie to wipe a cut on his forehead.

"Now look and what you did, you ponce."

Part III[]

Finding themselves temporarily drifting in air as they fell through the hole created by the shockwave, Jakita looks over to Sub-Zero in amusement. "You know you've been falling for too long when you can think about how long you've been flying." Sub-Zero laughs as he fires an ice blast below him, forming a frozen platform against a wall. He lands on it with a thud, standing and turning to see Jakita plunging towards him, fist extended. He flips off the ledge, leaving an ice clone in his place that freezes her as they collide.

Sub-Zero once again forms a platform, landing on it and freezing the wall behind him. He then shatters the ice and the wall, escaping into the room just as Jakita lands beside him, teeth chattering and an annoyed look on her face. "Can you stop doing that? It makes punching you harder."

She follows her opponent, finding herself in an unfinished construction space, drywall and piles of plywood forcing her into a maze. "Oh great - now he gets to be an actual ninja," she grimaces, just as she feels ice beneath her. She is thrown into the air as Sub-Zero ice slides underneath her, tossing her into the air and freezing her mid-fall as he spins around. He forms a war hammer and swings it against her, sending her crashing through the flimsy wooden walls.

Jakita stands, ready to keep fighting, only for Sub-Zero to have disappeared again. "Ninjas. I hate ninjas."

As Joker and Rose go swinging through the air, Viktor throws several tentacles at them to try to land them. Letting go of Rose and his grapple hook, Joker stops mid-swing and spins, avoiding the tentacles as he draws his gun and fires two shots at Viktor as he falls. He raises a shield, giving Rose the opportunity to dash in and throws her scarf at him, glowing a dark blue as the Soul Power slams into him. Viktor flies away, turning to shoot a beam at Rose, who raises her scarf and deflects it back to Viktor, knocking him out of the sky.

From behind cover, Constantine stands and begins chanting, a hellish portal opening to catch Viktor as Delsin shoots several blasts of smoke to distract him. Viktor manages to halt himself mid-air, but the pull of the portal still drags him towards it slowly. He glares at John, who quickly disappears in a puff of smoke before a tentacle could crush him, with Delsin smoke dashing away as well.

He reappears on the other side of the room, Joker landing beside him. "Fancy seeing you here, lad," he says, forming a pair of fireballs while Arsene forms behind Joker.

"You really like the sound of your own voice." the teen observes as a shockwave sends the two sprawling away from each other. Joker flips and fires two more shots at Viktor, who raises a shield and sends the bullets flying back towards him. A yellow shield forms in front of him to catch the bullets, and Constantine smirks as he lowers his hand.

"No reason we still can't get to know each other, squire. Constantine, John Constantine." The warlock says as he tosses the fireballs at Viktor, who deflects them.

"Joker. Pleasure." Joker answers, Arsene throwing his arm down. An icy tree forms beside Viktor, who hastily raises a shield as Diamond Dust shatters, shards of ice and frozen wind flying against his shield, sending him floating away unharmed.

"Now that we're all friendly, let's say we win the boss battle eh?" Delsin asks as he appears beside them. "I got something that might work, but you two need to distract her."

"It's your bloody fault we're in this mess in the first place. If you hadn't have butted in-"

"Not the time, Constantine." Joker orders, already dashing forward with Arsene. "We'll keep her busy."

Delsin nods in appreciation, before smoke dashing away. He reappears a short distance away, watching as Joker and Constantine's magic flair as they bombard an untouched Viktor. He jumps, using his smoke thrusters to rise into the air and land on a floor of the hotel. He kicks down the door, spotting a television set, and puts his hand forward, allowing the waves of video energy to flow into him.

Running back to the battle, he leaps down and turns invisible, form shifting as he quietly approaches Viktor. He raises his arm, and a pixelated machine gun forms over his hand. He shoots Viktor several times, marking him as Viktor spins and throws a tentacle at him. He forms holographic wings and launches himself in the air, before forming several large digital swords. The blades fling themselves at Viktor, who tries to raise shields to block them all. Delsin continues, and the overwhelming numbers soon beat Viktor as a sword flies between his shields and skewers him.

The young man falls to the ground, blood already leeching from the wound, as the others surround him. Constantine frowns sadly, and offers Viktor a hand as his eyes return to their natural brown. "Sorry love. It shouldn't have had to go this way." He takes Constantine's hand and nods, before closing her eyes and dying.

"So what now?" Joker asks to the others, who stand in a circle around Viktor's body. After a few moments of silence, Rose picks up the bag and hands it to Joker. "You must win this. Go, now." she orders before throwing her scarf, sending Delsin and Constantine to the ground. Joker reluctantly nods and sprints away. Delsin stands and sprints after Joker, firing his Video Torrent, the two disappearing deeper into the hotel.

Constantine also rises, but another whip from Rose's scarf puts him back down. She approaches him and offers a hand. "Kill me, John Constantine," she orders, causing the mage to raise an eyebrow in confusion. "You and I need to talk, privately." Recalling the victory conditions, Constantine nods and casts a death curse. To the outside eye, Rose simply collapses, eyes rolled in and body limp. As she looks at her "corpse" in amusement, Constantine pulls out a cigarette and lights it.

"So, what's on your mind love?"

Part IV[]

As he chases Joker through the hotel, finding themselves in a hallway, Delsin continues shooting his Video Torrent at the young thief, who effortlessly twists and rolls to avoid them as he runs. Joker turns and Arsene forms, before a small pink rectangle forms. It soon expands and explodes, stopping Delsin in his tracks as Psycho Force slams into him. He dashes forward through the pain, collapsing as he falls through the other side, Joker already sprinting far ahead of him.

"Not getting away that easy, you little shit," Delsin growls in annoyance, noticing a neon bar sign to his right. Temporarily stopping to absorb the energy, his hands now glowing a bright pink, Delsin cracks his neck before dashing after Joker. He raises his arm and fires, precisely hitting Joker in the shin.

The boy yelps as he's forced to the ground, his leg trapped by a swirling beam of neon energy. The Conduit dashes forward, grabbing the bag just as Arsene forms and slams his foot down, shattering the floor where he'd once stood. Delsin kicks down the door at the end of the hallway, finding himself in a glass skywalk to another building.

Joker, already up again, fires his last shot at Delsin, the bullet slamming into him and slowing Delsin down enough for Joker to throw his grappling hook. The hook wraps around Delsin's body, and Joker pulls himself towards Delsin, using the Conduit's chest as a springboard to flip off of him. Joker lands on his feet as Delsin stumbles back, bullet wound already closing and healing.

"You're starting to be a real pain in my ass, kid." Delsin says with a smirk, tossing a stasis bomb at Joker's feet just as Arsene casts Atomic Flare. The spell blows apart the sky bridge as Joker is temporarily suspended in air. Delsin barely reacts with his neon dash, climbing over the debris and sprinting up the side of the connected building.

As he watches Delsin and the bag sprint away, Joker tosses his grappling hook just as the stasis bubble gives, hurtling through the sky and after the prize.

"I imagine you're familiar with tarot cards, yes?" Rose asks a bored John, pulling out her deck of cards. "Aye, that's basically the magical world's version of training wheels." he answers with a dismissive drag. "What's 'at got to do with all this?"

The fortune teller doesn't answer at first, laying a single card before him. Rolling his eyes in annoyance, he flips it and chuckles in amusement; the Hanged Man, with a recognizable patch of blond hair and a cigarette in his mouth. "Got to say, I'm pretty impressed you managed to get the picture just about right. Only difference is the tie - I prefer red, not black like some teenage twit who's all bent about the world."

Rose merely shakes her head and smiles, stating "This version of you, perhaps," before the card flashes a bright yellow light. Constantine's body soon glows as well, and he screams just as his whole shape is incased in bright yellow light. Rose covers her eyes, and as the light fades she opens them to see John standing; lit cigarette, brown trenchcoat, and black dress tie over a white collared shirt.

"Thanks love," Constantine of Prime Earth says, dusting himself off. "Wasn't quite sure I'd be able to break through, even with the boost from the other council members."

"Your message was received, John Constantine." she says, bowing in gratitude. "I intend to call on your favor when this is over, Magician. If fate is in your favor, of course."

Sub-Zero slides backwards, ice forming beneath his feet as he dodges another right hook from Jakita. He quickly tosses several knives of ice at her, more as a distraction to gain distance, which she dodges or breaks with a huff of anger. She barrels forward as Sub-Zero hides behind a wall, smashing through it. He grunts in genuine surprise as she flanks him, grabbing him by the neck and slamming him into the ground, crushing his wind pipe and forcing him to gasp for air. She slams her foot down to curb stomp him, but he raises an ice shield to block her foot just long enough for him to roll away, shattering the ice in mere seconds and the concrete where his head once was.

He grabs her exposed leg, freezing the limb, before lifting himself into a sweep kick. She awkwardly bends down to block the blow that would shatter her frozen leg, before knocking the ice aside. Tenderly putting her weakened foot back, she assumes a defensive position as Sub-Zero forms an icy sword. As she gingerly puts pressure on her back leg, wincing in pain, she hears the wheezing breathes of Sub-Zero as he silently glowers at her. She was covered in cuts and the blue tinge of frostbite, while Sub-Zero's own uniform did little to hide the massive bruises from where she'd gotten in a few lucky hits.

"This is probably gonna be it, right Icy?" she asks teasingly, putting her fists up in a boxing pose. He nods in agreement, his voice a broken whisper as he responds with "It was an honorable fight, ma'am." She laughs, which quickly turns into a cough as she spits out blood. "Don't take that as disrespectful. The spitting was an accident."

"I had assumed as much."

Nodding their heads in respect to each other, Sub-Zero makes the first move, dashing forward and swinging with his sword. Jakita using a palm strike to throw the sword off balance, wincing as the ice draws blood on her hand. She ducks and swings with her other hand, shattering the frozen blade at the hilt. As the pieces of ice fall, Sub-Zero tries a quick jab towards her chest. She blocks and counters with a haymaker, which he catches. She yanks her arm backward before he can get a proper grip on her arm and freeze it, before throwing both arms forward for a double hammer fist. He blocks both arms, and kicks into her gut. Jakita falls back, catching herself despite the freezing feeling suddenly overtaking where Sub-Zero's kick had connected.

She swings, but Sub-Zero ducks and slams his fist into her gut, breaking through her now-frozen stomach and grabbing her spine. She stands still, his grip freezing her from the inside, and glares at him. "Not so smug, you son of a bitch," she manages to choke out, pulling her head back and slamming her temple into his with all her strength. The sheer force caves most of his face inward, shattering his skull and sending his neck twisting back with a sickening crunch, and he begins to collapse, tearing out Jakita's spine as he plummets. Both fall at the same time, collapsing into a heap with a thud.

Part IV[]

As Delsin's neon form sprints through the debris of the sky bridge, he turns to see Joker leaping through the air, Arsene forming behind the teen. Delsin turns and fires a Phosphor Beam, the blast forcing Joker to dive through the air to avoid it. Delsin continues his light speed, using a Photon Jump to leap onto the side of the opposite building.

Joker watches the neon shape of Delsin sprint along the side of the building, and throws his grappling hook. It latches into a window, and Joker pulls himself to it, clearing the distance and crashing through the window. He looks out the window as Delsin continues to sprint. Placing the grappling hook securely to the ledge, Joker takes a few steps back before diving out the window. Joker runs along the side of the building, releasing his grip as the line goes taut, propelling him through the air.

Noticing Joker catching up to him, Delsin attempts to increase his speed, neon form dashing as fast as he can up the side of the building to its roof. Just as he crosses the edge, he feels Joker's hand wrap around his leg, dragging both back over the side and into the sky.

The Conduit recovers first, his neon thrusters letting him briefly levitate before Arsene appears, grabbing Delsin's leg and dragging him down. Joker draws his knife and swings it at Delsin, whose chain forms into a neon sword. The two briefly lock blades, with Joker angling himself through the free-fall to put Delsin beneath him. He shoves Joker up and away, his superhuman strength sending the teen impacting into the side of the building while he thrusts his hands back out. Delsin's thrusters put him back in the air, while Joker kicks off the building and takes another swing with his knife. This blow connects, cutting the backpack's strap and letting it fall below.

"What the hell's the matter with you?" Delsin yells over the sound of the wind. "Now neither of us-" he's cut off as Arsene casts Eigaon, a swirl of demonic smoke catching Delsin as Joker dives down after the bag. He catches it, before throwing his grapple and pulling himself onto the roof. Looking around at the rea, which included an empty helipad and little else, Joker holds the bag in his hand and turns to receive a neon flash from below. He's pushed to the floor as Delsin dashes up, an angry look in his eye and hands glowing in bright neon pink. Joker instinctively begins to run away, hoisting the bag's one remaining strap over his shoulder.

Delsin triggers his karma bomb, which sends debris flying into the air and suspending the retreating Joker in the air. As Delsin rises, Joker has Arsene form, sending the Persona flying towards Delsin with a demonic roar. The Conduit unleashes his radiant sweep, dozens of blasts of neon energy flying from his hands as he carpet bombs the roof. Joker is hit by one beam, nearly knocking him out with its power, while Arsene screams in pain as two connect. Before Delsin can finish the attack, Arsene closes the distance and opens his wings, a cloud of pink fog leaving them as he casts Dormina.

The Conduit, unable to resist the magic, falls asleep, going limp and hitting the ground with a thump, unconscious.

Joker groans as he stands, barely able to keep his eyes open and his chest burning from the neon blast. He looks at his watch, which revealed only thirty seconds left on his personal timer.

"Oi, squire - we need to have a chat."

Joker turns and sees Constantine, who places a finger onto Joker's head before he can protest. After a brief flash of light fills Joker's eyes, before Arsene forms behind him. Constantine smirks, his tie shifting from black to red, as Arsene casts Dormina again. The warlock falls asleep, leaving Joker to take a brief breathe before a bright light encompasses the area, erasing this battlefield for now.

Expert's Opinion[]

  • 8th: Vivienne - Worst companion in Dragon Age getting the last place she deserves. She didn't have the mobility or the cunning to secure the bag and keep it for herself, nor the raw power to fend off any challengers. Her best bet would have been waiting it out, but she doesn't have the patience or the intellect to follow that sound strategy.
  • 7th: Viktor Hargreeves - Viktor's got a significant amount of raw power at his disposal, by far being the most potentially destructive of any of the cast. That being said, he's also the least experienced, least trained, and least mentally prepared for this type of situation, which made him easy to exploit. His fragile mental state and raw power also meant he would have been prioritized by the stronger fighters, not even allowing him a chance to survive by being put on the backburner.
  • 6th: Rose - Rose could've won in a more social or direct royale, thanks to her intelligence and her skill in hand-to-hand combat. The reason she couldn't survive is that this royale's quick pace and required lack of social talents made her two greatest strengths obsolete, putting her in a crossfire she couldn't avoid.
  • 4th: Jakita Wagner & Sub-Zero - Both Jakita and Sub-Zero had advantages that make them deadly and lethal, as well as the know-how to use them. Jakita's raw strength meant that she was the most dangerous opponent in any one-on-one encounter that could've happened, but her lack of noteworthy mobility powers and her aggressive personality meant she'd inevitably be picking fights she shouldn't. Sub-Zero faced a similar circumstance, where his ice magic and hand-to-hand skills made him a deadly opponent, but his honor code and his penchant for fighting meant that he'd end up with people decently above his weight class.
  • 3rd: Delsin Rowe - Delsin brought with him multiple advantages in this fight, with his grab bag of powers meaning he's prepared for almost any situation. The flaws in Delsin lied in his recklessness and his lack of experience, two personality traits that were easy to exploit from the top two contenders.
  • 2nd: John Constantine - Constantine may not have been the most powerful contender in the cast, possibly the weakest, but he was also the smartest and the most willing to withdraw from the competition. He could defend himself in a fight well enough, while his manipulation and his trickery meant that people wouldn't treat him as a threat, allowing for his survival if not victory.
  • WINNER: Joker - Joker's mobility, experience, and powerful Persona in the form of Arsene meant he could take any strategy of his choosing. His natural charisma allowed him to make allies in a brief moment, while Arsene's versatile magical power meant he could hold his own in any fight. It shouldn't be a surprise that in a battle where they had to keep an eye on the prize, it's no shock that the Phantom Thief stole the show.

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Author's Note[]

While the author has gone through the battle to remove mention of Viktor's dead name and instances of misgendering, there is the possibility that he may have missed them. He apologizes if he has done so, and gives his written consent for any registered user to edit the battle for the purposes of correcting these mistakes.