D-Boy (Takaya Aiba) was one of many that were assimilated by the Radam invaders to become Tekkamen; however, his father intervened, rescuing D-Boy from brainwashing and removing him from their doomed spaceship. His partial transformation allows him to become Tekkaman Blade, a hero with amazing powers, but not without consequences: his body increasingly deteriorates with each transformation, he loses control of his actions if transformed for too long, and later in the series when he unlocks his Blaster Mode, he begins to lose his memory.
Fueled by a thirst for revenge, Blade battles alongside the Space Knights to repel the Radam invasion.
There are three games based on the Tekkaman Blade anime: a platformer for the Game Boy, a side-scroller/beat-em-up for the Super Famicom, and a strategy game for the NEC PC-9800
Super Robot Wars
Tekkaman Blade debuted in the Super Robot Wars franchise in
Super Robot Wars J, and appeared alongside its sequel series Tekkaman Blade II and distant cousin of sorts Detonator Orgun in Super Robot Wars W. Blade is a bit of an oddity, considering that he is a human-sized "transforming hero" in a game featuring mecha and super robots that are several stories tall. He predictably has very low HP and is extremely evasive; additionally, his damage output rivals that of super robots.
However, despite Tekkaman Blade's large role in the plot of both games, he (along with any mention of either Tekkaman series) is absent from Super Robo Gakuen. The exact reason why Tekkaman Blade was excluded is unknown; theories include Capcom gaining exclusive videogame rights for Tatsunoko's series or a legal dispute between Tatsunoko and Bandai.
Tatsunoko vs Capcom
Blade appears, alongside his predecessor "Tekkaman," in Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars. In addition to his role as a playable fighter, Blade is one of the four selectable characters in the "Ultimate All-Shooters" subgame.
Tekkaman Blade has a variety of weapons to assist him in his battle against the Radam. These are the attacks and other techniques that he uses in both Super Robot Wars and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.
- Blaster Mode: In Super Robot Wars J and W, after a certain event, Blade transforms into Blaster Mode at 130 Will. It raises all of Blade's pilot stats by 10.
- Flight Dash: In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Blade does not have a ground dash; instead, he flies into the air at an angle.
- Crash Intrude (QCF+2Atk) - Blade rushes at the enemy, tackling them several times. This is one of his weakest attacks in Super Robot Wars, but is much more useful in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: here, it is a fast, easy to combo Super which launches into a "cinematic" if Blade connects with the opponent.
- Voltekka Crash Intrude - An attack seen in Tekkaman Blade II. Blade absorbs the power of a Voltekka blast and performs a super-charged Crash Intrude.
- Tek Lancer - Blade attacks with his double-edged, separable lance. This is his combo attack in Super Robot Wars, and almost all of his attacks in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom involve it.
- Shamshir (Rapid Atk) - Blade unleashes a flurry of slashes slightly above his head.
- Baselard (QCF+Atk) - Blade throws the two halves of his lance at the enemy. If it connects, he performs a follow-up slash.
- Falchion (QCB+Atk) - Blade spins his lance, dashes forward (crossing through the opponent), and pulls the lance to him. While slow, this attack is particularly tricky to deal with since the opponent will likely have to block from the opposite side (since Blade crosses through them).
- Katzbalger (Charge Down, Up+Atk) - Blade spins the Tek Lancer above his head. With the Heavy version, Blade follows up by bringing the lance forward and dashing to the wall; the opponent is carried with him and bounced against the wall if the attack hits.
- Pegas Formation - A combination attack between Tekkaman Blade and his robot companion, Pegas.
- Voltekka (DP+2Atk) - Blade's signature attack. Shoulder cannons emerge, which fire a beam of energy. In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, it fires at a 45-degree angle.
- Blaster Voltekka / Omnidirectional Super Voltekka (HCB+2Atk) - Blade's strongest attack is a powered-up version of Voltekka, which is available in Blaster mode. He gathers dark energy and, after his Tek Crystal is shown breaking, shoots a gigantic blast. In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom the attack starts with a shockwave that triggers the above animation, but Blade still fires a very large Voltekka if the wave misses or is blocked.