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Being Selected

  • Back on the beat!

Pre-round Introduction

  • One truth prevails.
  • I'm all there is of the most real.
  • You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the jam.
  • When the word of law falls, pick it up and hold it higher!
  • Hair like that will get you in trouble. (vs Filia)
  • Now that's just "bassist!" (vs Cerebella, only if Cerebella is player 2 and she says "You can have cheeseburger")
  • I KNOW you ain't misbehavin'! (vs Peacock)
  • We should be on the same side. (vs Parasoul)
  • I got ties older than you, Princess. Shoes too! (vs Parasoul)
  • Those are some choice pieces of calico. (vs Ms. Fortune)
  • Girl, they got you lookin' Maplecrest ragged! (vs Painwheel)
  • Dead men are heavier than broken hearts. (vs Valentine)
  • I count myself a gunslinger, copycat. (vs Double)
  • This sure takes me back. (vs Squigly)
  • Ain't you the snake's hips! (vs Squigly)
  • In some ways, it feels like I never left. (vs Big Band)
  • Guess I gotta play over you. (vs Eliza)
  • This'll make for some crazy stories. (vs Beowulf)
  • Dead or alive, you're coming with me. (vs. Robo-Fortune)


  • Saximun! (s.HK)
  • Boogie! (j.LP)
  • Stop! (j.MP)
  • Shuffle! (j.HP)
  • Hot socks! (s.LK)
  • Bee's... (s.MK)
    • Knees! (s.MK)
  • Black... (s.Mk)
    • And blue! (s.MK)
  • And out! (s.HK)
  • Two boots! (s.HK)
  • Get hot! (c.MK)
  • Speak low! (c.HK)
  • Few! (c.HK)
  • Shake, shake! (j.LK)
  • Clarinet! (j.MK)
  • Swing it! (j.MK)
  • Lay back! (j.HK)
  • BEAT... (Beat Extend)
    • EXTEND! (Beat Extend 2nd Part)
  • Gimme a hit! (Brass Knuckles)
  • AAHHAAY! (Brass Knuckles)
  • Hit me! (Take the "A" Train)
    • Two times! (Successful Take the "A" Train L)
    • Three times! (Successful Take the "A" Train M)
    • Slow train rollin'! (Successful Take the "A" Train H)
    • Take the "A" train! (Successful Take the "A" Train H)
  • Giant step! (Giant Step)
  • Impression! (Giant Step)
  • Countdown! (Giant Step)
  • Stardust! (Giant Step)
  • Clash! (Cymbal Clash)
  • Riot! (Cymbal Clash)
  • Cymbal! (Cymbal Clash)
  • Head hunter! (Cymbal Clash)
  • Cymbal Clash! (Cymbal Clash)
  • Super-Sonic! (Super-Sonic Jazz)
  • Horn Crush! (Super-Sonic Jazz)
  • Tympany Drive! (Tympany Drive)
  • You're gonna get beat! (Tympany Drive)
    • You're in trouble now! (Tympany Drive > Death Toll)
    • The best is yet to come! (Tympany Drive > Death Toll)
  • Join the big band! (Strike Up The Band)
  • Strike up the band! (Strike Up The Band)
  • Same old song. (Grab)
  • Hey, listen here! (Grab)
  • Don't futz around! (Air Grab)
  • Lazy bird. (Air Grab)
  • Baloney! (Failed Grab)
  • Applesauce. (Failed Grab)
  • Lollygagger! (Escaping a grab)
  • Yeah! (Successful Noise Cancel)
  • Uh-huh! (Successful Noise Cancel)
  • Smooth! (Successful Noise Cancel)
  • Peace out. (Assist)
  • Gotta blow. (Assist)
  • All yours (Assist)
  • So what? (Pushblock)
  • Scram! (Pushblock)
  • AW, NO! (Burst)
  • DOESN'T HURT (Burst)


  • Requesting backup. (Switching out)
  • I gotta blow. (Switching out)
  • All yours. (Switching out)
  • Filia! (Switching out with Filia)
  • You on, girl! (Switching out with Filia)
  • Peacock! (Switching out with Peacock)
  • Let's go, partner. (Switching out with Peacock)
  • Cerebella! (Switching out with Cerebella)
  • Parasoul! (Switching out with Parasoul)
  • Painwheel! (Switching out with Painwheel)
  • Valentine! (Switching out with Valentine)
  • Forensics! (Switching out with Valentine)
  • Ms.Fortune! (Switching out with Ms.Fortune)
  • C'mon bear cat! (Switching out with Ms.Fortune)
  • Double! (Switching out with Double)
  • Monster! (Switching out with Double)
  • Stand-in! (Switching out with Double)
  • Squigly! (Switching out with Squigly)
  • Sing it, girl! (Switching out with Squigly)
  • Eliza. (Switching out with Eliza)
  • Vamp! (Switching out with Eliza)
  • Beowulf! (Switching out with Beowulf)
  • Robo-Fortune! (Switching out with Robo-Fortune)
  • Toaster! (Switching out with Robo-Fortune)
  • Umbrella! (Switching out with Umbrella) (Unused)
  • Marie! (Switching out with Marie) (Unused)
  • Watch what happens! (Switching in)
  • Back on the beat! (Switching in)
  • Roll out! (Switching in)
  • Saved by the bell! (Switching in with Filia)
  • Hang back, little bird! (Switching in with Peacock)
  • I'll take it from here. (Switching in with Squigly)
  • You can count on me! (Switching in Parasoul)
  • You could use a break. (Switching in with Painwheel)
  • ♪ Beat it! ♪ (Outtake)
  • Hit the tracks. (Outtake)
  • Take five. (Outtake)


  • Ain't done yet! (Ground recovery)
  • Deed I do. (Ground recovery)
  • Not bad! (Ground recovery)
  • This blows. (Ground recovery)
  • On the trolley. (Ground recovery)
  • Back on beat. (Ground recovery)
  • Don't fret. (Opponent recovery)
  • Well, you needn't. (Opponent recovery)
  • Callin' quits? (Opponent recovery)
  • Stay down! (Opponent recovery)
  • Just stand down! (Opponent recovery)
  • Pick yourself up! (Opponent recovery)


  • We have come to terms; see you, space cowboy.
  • Even the sky ain't the limit.
  • I gotta go see a man about a dog!
  • I have to go now. My planet needs me.
  • The world is full of obvious things.
  • Stay in school and out of trouble! (vs Filia)
  • Hear that ringin'? Recess is over! (vs Filia)
  • Clean up your act! (vs Cerebella)
  • You can't strongarm this armstrong! (vs Cerebella)
  • Too much TV is bad for ya'...kid! (vs Peacock)
  • Take it slow. You still got a lot to learn. (vs Peacock)
  • You can't handle everything Princess. (vs Parasoul)
  • No offense, ma'am, but I'm top brass here. (vs Parasoul)
  • Better augmented than segmented. (vs Ms. Fortune)
  • ♪ I got the Last Hope... Infirmary Blues! ♪ (vs Valentine)
  • Expect the same welcome next time! (vs Double)
  • Rest easy, Sienna. (vs Squigly)
  • Let's give a big hand for Big Band! (vs Big Band)
  • Fare thee well, my honey. Fare thee well. (vs Eliza)
  • Good game. Peace out. (vs Beowulf)
  • I admit, that was an enhanced performance. (vs Beowulf)
  • Next time, try falling down a flight of stairs. (vs Marie)
  • It's too dangerous for you out here, Miss! (vs Umbrella) (Unused)


  • Salt...peanuts.
  • I'm too old for this.
  • Not a bad note...
  • You got...lucky. (vs Peacock)
  • You grew up strong... (vs Parasoul)
  • Sorry...Doc. (vs Valentine)
  • Get your own hits! (vs Double)
  • Still packs a punch. (vs Squigly)
  • Speak like a child. (vs Umbrella) (Unused)
  • Nothing but stolen moments. (Time Out Loss)
  • Retire to what?! (Time Out Loss)


  • "Take the A train" is an immediate reference to the songTake the A train from Duke Ellington from 1939 wich has been picked up by several artists who made cover of it across the late 19s to today. The song has Harlem as subject, which is in context as Ben Birdland looks like an afro-american (wich are the common jazz players around the time of cabaret, a direct hit to his jazzy arsenal)
  • The phrase "So what?" which is also used in Big Band's story is a reference to the tune So Whatby Miles Davis.
  • "One truth prevails" is the catchphrase of the main character in the manga Case Closed.
  • "I KNOW you ain't misbehavin'!" when fighting Peacock is a reference to the tune Ain't Misbehavin, famously performed by the pianist Fats Waller.
  • "Impression!" when using the move Giant Step is a reference to the tune Impressions by saxophonist John Coltrane, as well as his 1963 album of the same name.
  • "Countdown!" when using Giant Step is a reference to the tune Countdown by saxophonist John Coltrane, famous for its use of substituting "Coltrane Changes" over the jazz standard Tune Up.
  • "Head hunter!" when using Cymbal Clash is quite possibly a reference to Herbie Hancock's group The Headhunters, as well as their album Headhunters.
  • "Nothing but stolen moments" is a reference to the tune Stolen Moments by Oliver Nelson.
  • "Well, you needn't." is a reference to the song Well, You Needn't by Thelonious Monk.
  • "You will be prosecuted to the full extent of the jam" is a reference to a badly translated legal disclaimer that appeared at the beginning of several older games by the Japanese game company CAVE. The disclaimer read "VIOLATOR AND SUBJECT TO SEVERE PENALTIES AND WILL BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE JAM".
  • "When the word of law falls, pick it up and hold it higher!" is similar to a line spoken by the character Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (specifically the 2010 film adaptation).
  • "I got ties older than you, Princess. Shoes too!" is similar to a line spoken by Lennie Briscoe in the Law and Order episode "Bitter Fruit".
  • "Dead men are heavier than broken hearts" is from Raymond Chandler's novel The Big Sleep, which features much double-crossing.
  • "Dead or alive, you're coming with me" is from the 1987 flim RoboCop.
  • "AAAHHAAY!" is a reference to the song "I Feel Good" by James Brown.
  • Big Band uses a rapid-fisticuffs move where he shouts "TUBATUBATUBATUBATUBATUBA... TUUBBAAAAA!", which is a shout out to Dio Brando's Stand, The World (and Jotaro Kujo's Star Platinum), and his famous battle cry of "MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA...MUUDAAAA!"
  • "Deed I do." is a reference to the song of the same name by Ray Charles.
  • "You can't strong-arm this Armstrong" is a double-entendre, referencing both Louis Armstrong, the famous African-American jazz trumpeter, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon (this line plays specifically when Big Band exits the stage as a jet).
  • "We have come to terms" is the ending title card for the anime The Big O, while "see you, space cowboy" is from Cowboy Bebop.
  • "The world is full of obvious things" is a reference to Sherlock Holmes. "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes."
  • "I have to go now. My planet needs me" is a reference to an episode of The Simpsons titled 'The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show' where Poochie says the line and then flys off screen.
  • "Fare thee well, my honey. Fare thee well" is a reference to Dink's Song.
  • One of Big Band's losing quotes is "Salt...peanuts". This is a reference to the bebop tune "Salt Peanuts" composed by Dizzy Gillespie
  • "I gotta go see a man about a dog!" is an English phrase used when leaving but hiding the reason.
  • "Saved by the bell!" is probably a reference to 1989 sitcom of the same name.
  • Big Band's intro where he drops from the ceiling and grunts is a reference to the Street Fighter character Q who makes similar grunts while fighting.
    • It also references Alex Ahad's thought process when creating Big Band as "Q, but good."
Playable Fighters
FiliaCerebellaPeacockParasoulMs. FortunePainwheelValentineDouble
SquiglyBig BandFukuaElizaBeowulfRobo-FortuneAnnieUmbrella
Voice packs
Playable Fighters
Anime PeacockSalty ParasoulValley Girl PainwheelPolitician DoubleSaxploitation Big Band
Real Soviet AnnouncerFemale AnnouncerDazed Announcer
Skullgirls voice cast