Vital statistics
Position Unknown
Age 15
Status SG
Physical attributes
Height 5'1"
Weight 375 lbs

Painwheel (JP: ペインホイール) was once a sweet, caring school girl named Carol (JP: キャロル) before she was kidnapped and transformed into the monster that she is now by Valentine and Brain Drain.

General InformationEdit

Painwheel is one of the playable characters in Skullgirls.


Painwheel's personality tends to be initially mistaken at first glance; by her appearance, she has the form of a monster and is expected to kill and bring harm under orders from Valentine, Brain Drain and her creators. However, it was revealed that Painwheel was able to keep control of her mind over Brain Drain and was able to think and behave for herself.

She has a powerful hatred for Valentine and ASG Labs and judging by her lists of dislikes she also dislikes people and her own body. This could be from a rough past of others bullying her about her appearance which would have resulted in low self-esteem, though another possibility is the monstrous transformation she's been put through. After defeating Marie and destroying the Skull Heart, Painwheel goes home to face her parents (in her current monstrous form) hoping they would still accept her as their daughter- however the adults are horrified upon seeing her and shun her because of her appearance. A heart-broken and despondent Painwheel goes off and is confronted by Brain Drain, only for her rage to be fueled even more upon seeing him.

Aside from all her hateful attributes Painwheel enjoys peaceful and beautiful things such as flowers, dogs and walking on a beach during the sunset. Painwheel underwent changes as revealed in Filia's ending as she was shown to be very positive and happy about starting over and getting a new leash on life (thanks to Filia's wish) overjoyed seeing her new class telling them it was a pleasure to meet them. Instead of living with her parents, she lives in the ASG Labs, where she is actually happy there. Afterwards Painwheel and Filia watch the sunset together. All in all, Painwheel is a very kind girl who just wants a normal life.

Character BasisEdit


Her title is a portmanteau of the words "pain" and "pinwheel".

There are mixed accounts as to the origins of Carol, her real name. By itself, it can be related to music and mean "joyous song". It can also possibly be derived from Caroline, which itself is a feminine form of the name Charles, which means "a free man", relating to her motivation of fighting for her freedom.

Gae Bolga is a reference to a spear in Irish mythology Gáe Bulg which means "Spear of Mortal Pain/Death Spear". Buer Drive is a reference to the demon Buer who was said to be a demon leader who commanded fifty legions of other demons; it having the head of a lion and a body with five goat legs for multi-directional mobility.


The blades attached to Painwheel's back bear a slight resemblance a Japanese shuriken throwing star, although their original design was closer to her namesake, the pinwheel.

It is unknown if the scars on Painwheel's face after removing her mask are permanent or not.

When Painwheel is being introduced to her new class (in Filia's ending), she is seen carrying a cello case. It is implied by Alex Ahad that the removable parts of Painwheel's Buer Drive are kept in here.


Once a normal schoolgirl named Carol, Painwheel was kidnapped by Valentine and delivered to the Anti-Skullgirl Labs’ secretive Lab Zero. There, she was implanted with the synthetic Buer Drive and Gae Bolga parasites and infused with experimental Skullgirl blood, transforming her into the monster she is today. Violent and unstable as a result of these experiments, as a precaution she’s mentally controlled by Lab Zero’s powerful psychic director, Brain Drain.

Fueled by rage, she draws her power from her pain and fury. Despite that, the soul of that scared young girl still lives on inside this monstrous body, desperately fighting off the onslaught of voices that would control her.


After defeating the Skullgirl, Painwheel destroys the Skull Heart and claims her freedom. She then returns home only to be shunned by her own parents. Receiving a message from Brain Drain telling her to return, she tells him that he is her eyes glow like Marie's did.

Abilities & Fighting StyleEdit

An "aerial dominance" character, Painwheel can fly using her Buer Drive blade and charge her attacks, as well as confronting foes with spikes that eject painfully from her body. She can also contort her body into inhuman shapes and unleash her rage with brutal moves. She can use the spikes to paralyze opponents or use them as projectiles as well as extend them in her attacks. Painwheel has armor in some of her attacks when charging them, allowing her to catch opponent off guard and counterattack.

With Hatred Install, Painwheel powers herself up with immense rage, which boosts her in-game abilities for the duration of the move. Not only is she capable of dealing additional damage, but the speed of her attacks and flight have increased as well. With the increased endurance of her armor, Painwheel is capable of persisting damage with even the smallest amount of health. Players can use it to their advantage to turn the tide of battle.


Color PalettesEdit

  1. Default colors
  2. Original colors
  3. Original colors
  4. Original colors
  5. Original colors
  6. Original colors
  7. Brain Drain
  8. Valentine
  9. Kamen Rider (Kamen Rider series)
  10. Original colors
  11. Day of the Dead
  12. Sentinel (Marvel Comics: The X-Men (vol. 1) #14)
  13. Original colors
  14. Vega (Claw) (Street Fighter series)
  15. Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th)
  16. EVA-01 (Rebuild design) (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  17. Haku (Naruto)
  18. Basara (Samurai Shodown series)
  19. "Mango Sentinel" (Marvel vs. Capcom 2) - Indiegogo backer color
  20. Original colors - Indiegogo backer color
  21. Rozalin? (Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories) - Indiegogo backer color
  22. Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man)
  23. Original colors
  24. Nemo (Commissioned fan character) - Indiegogo backer color
  25. Monster Ryūko (Kill La Kill)


  • Painwheel's override code, 36E-25-40, is the exact same as Valentine's breast, waist, and hip measurements.
  • Painwheel's "Valentine" color palette was not changed in the update that changed the color of all the crosses Valentine wears, due to the fact it does not consist of a red cross on a white background.
  • In an unused alternate ending, Painwheel is swayed by the Skull Heart into wishing for freedom. The Skull Heart declares that she will be free from everything, including memory, reason and morals, and be "rage incarnate" as the next Skullgirl.