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Keiko is a fan character created by catgirl140. She works as a Time Sweeper in the Time Factory and is the leader of Team Timewalker.

Among the creator's Blinx fan characters, Keiko is her signature character and exists within the creator's Character AU which focuses on character relationships and dynamics outside of sweeping.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This page is outdated due to numerous changes to Keiko's character. An updated profile is coming soon.

Appearance

Clothing Colour
Fur colour Black, brown, white
Eye colour Green
Jacket Black, green
Pants Black
Boots White
Goggle Lens Green
Gloves White
Metal Black

Keiko's fur is similar to that of a calico cat: a predominantly white coat with patches of black and brown. Signature patches include the brown around her eyes and the brown underlining the black patch on the right side of her face. Her green eyes are sharply upturned with cat eye eyelashes. As a result, Keiko bears a strong resemblance to Picaro.

The jacket she wears has a unique pattern; similar to a design in MOTAS' character creator with the addition of a black strip from the collar down the centre, no secondary accent at the top of the collar and tapered stripes on the sleeves. Following the Time Sweeper standard, the metal of her goggles and wristwatch is black and her gloves are white.

In casual clothing, Keiko will sometimes wear two black hoop earrings on her left (black) ear.

Personality

Keiko has a strong earnest disposition. Full of enthusiastic energy, she doesn't internalize much of anything and is very open with her emotions.

This, of course, is two sides of the same coin. If she likes you, she'll spend her time and energy on you; whether it be baking you your favourite baked good or use her free day to play video games with you. If she despises you, she'll make sure you know it with a hefty amount of jabs and insults, and when the time arrives, try to destroy you out on the field.

In addition, Keiko has the tendency to get very heated. More often than not, the reason behind her temper is losing patience, wanting things straight to the point. If she gets very angry at someone, she'll often make aggressive threats to 'takes things outside', much to the dismay of her teammates. She's not a complete slave to her emotions though, as it's the main source of her determination and competitive nature.

Keiko spends most of her free time baking, simply out of enjoyment and in a way cathartic. She'll make breakfast for her teammates every morning, often more than enough for four people so those who use the kitchen after them can take some for themselves. Naturally, she would develop a reputation as the local baker and saviour of Time Sweepers who can't cook, don't have time too, or cannot stand the cafeteria's food.

Her favourite food is cookies. When she's not working she'll usually be snacking on some baked good. She's not particularly fussed with whether they are freshly baked or store-bought, though maintains that homemade cookies are much better.

Food-related words are sometimes incorporated into her speech, calling her friends "cupcake" and "muffin".

Keiko is not too fond of puns, something which all her teammates get a kick out of.

Ian: "You've got to be kitten me."
Keiko: "I love you but at what cost."

Skills and Abilities

Keiko is an all-rounder and a respected high-ranking Sweeper. Skilled in sweeping and manipulating time to her advantage, she's a formidable foe in battle and out on the field.

Her approach to problem-solving is usually to take the most straightforward path, often involving brute force and running in guns blazing. This works most of the time, except for when it doesn't. When it comes to stealth, she's the one who gets caught and exposes her team's location all at the same time.

She also has some special tricks up her sleeve. Thanks to training from her teammate Christopher, she has basic skills in hand-to-hand combat.

Her hobby outside of battle is baking. Bread, pastries, cakes, cookies; she can make them all on an almost professional level. Keiko is regularly perfecting her craft by learning new recipes and tweaking old ones.

Equipment

Equipped with a TS-X9 LV3, she is able to sweep and shoot trash at a faster rate than the majority of Time Sweepers. Attachments include the Combo Cartridge, allowing her to activate two Time Controls at the same time.

Like other Time Sweepers, she is able to wield most guns, her preferred being the Shotgun (capable of hitting multiple targets simultaneously) that she stole from the Tom Toms. Having practised with it extensively, she can easily take down many low health targets at once. The availability of ammo for it is high as the Time Factory supplies the required ammo in high quantities.

Created upon her request, Keiko owns a custom cookie cannon for the purpose of dominating food fights. While effective, it breaks almost after every food battle and requires frequent repairs. Being seen with it is a sure way to make anyone around her either nervous or ready to deduct a rank or two.

Backstory

Hometown Arc

Training Arc

Keiko is one of the main characters in the Training Arc storyline written by DualityDalton.

She enrolled and trained to be a Time Sweeper in her late teens. Keiko showed better performance than the other trainees and thus was assigned to be the trainees' team leader. She graduated as a fully fledged Time Sweeper at age 18. At the graduation ceremony, she formed a friendship with Ian,

Timewalker Arc

A year after graduation, Keiko and Ian agree to form a team (tentatively called "Crystal Cats") so they could legitimately work together on missions. Before they could register, they needed at least two more members. In their recruitment search, they accepted into their team a fiesty red-furred Sweeper named Stuart and dark horse Christopher. Over the course of the team's operation, more Time Sweepers joined as backup members: Elliot, Christopher acquaintance; Nelson, Stuart's friend from training and Isaac, Keiko's friend from training.

Bakery Arc

In her thirties, Keiko has enough money saved to pursue her dream of owning her own business. She makes the decision to terminate Team Timewalker to most everyone's shock. Instead of returning home as originally planned, she builds a bakery in the Time Factory, mostly so her brother JD can inherit their family's bakery and as a way to keep in touch with her longtime teammates and friends. Being a business owner comes with its own set of problems, but she's not too worried if her old friends insist on visiting to try her latest cookie recipe.

Team

See Team Timewalker.

Relationships

Team members

Ian

Ian is Keiko's best and closest friend in the Time Factory. They clicked at their graduation ceremony and from there developed a very close friendship. They often pair up for missions and hang out after work and on their shared free days. She thinks of Ian as caring and finds his occasional silliness endearing. Keiko goes to him first for emotional support whenever she's dealing with something that stresses her out. She has yet to realise that her feelings for Ian are more than platonic.

Stuart

Keiko has a grudging tolerance for Stuart. They frequently bicker over mundane things from whether blueberry muffins are inferior to chocolate chip to whether skipping a mission is a good idea. Part of Keiko's casual distrust towards Stuart is the latter constantly stealing food from her. Despite this, Keiko respects Stuart's capacity for creative solutions and, while she would never admit it, revels in his sense of humour and unpredictableness. Keiko sometimes calls him "Shortcake" as a jab to him being the shortest of the team.

Christopher

Keiko holds a lot of respect for Christopher for numerous reasons: his skills, his practical and straightforward nature and his ability to keep Stuart in line with little to no effort. Messing with Christopher is one of her favourite past times, whether it be making a flirty joke or drowning him in cardboard boxes, to which the victim simply brushes off or throws her in the nearest trash can. While Christopher does not shy away from conversations with Ian and Stuart, he says very little with Keiko. As a result, Keiko is baffled as well as a little jealous of Ian and Stuart. As of now, Keiko has no idea why her teammate seems to become mute whenever they're alone together.

Backup Members

Nelson

Elliot

Isaac

Isaac was one of Keiko's close friends during the time they trained to become Time Sweepers. In the early years of their friendship, Keiko was initially wary of Isaac's tendency to attempt half-baked recipes but over time came to embrace the fun and absurdity of it. If you see them together in the common kitchen, you best be running, lest you are induced to eating their latest experimental food creation. Isaac became a backup member of Team Timewalker a few years after it was registered.

Rivals

Brian

Brian is Keiko's main rival. In battles, Brian constantly targets Keiko to spite her which succeeds in getting her riled up and aggravated. The usual encounter between them has a healthy amount of insults, threats and middle fingers.

Harry

Harry is Brian's best friend. While they're not on the same team, Harry is almost always seen by Brian's side. He finds the rivalry between Brian and Keiko amusing and intentionally takes the food that Keiko offers him to make him mad. Keiko doesn't have much of an opinion on him.

Canon characters

Blinx

After the events of the Big Crystal incident, Blinx hears rumours of a female Time Sweeper with a reputation for baking. Having a sweet tooth himself, his interest was piqued. He soon found Keiko baking in one of the common kitchens and they hit it off with a shared interest of cookies. Blinx now has occasional chats with Keiko about baking and often acts as a taste tester.

Concept and Creation

  • Older versions of Keiko date back as far as 2013. In previous versions, her identity was mostly as a self-insert of the creator. Over the years (with frequent character design overhauls), the degree of being a self-insert reduced and Keiko developed as her own character.
    • The primary colours of her previous versions were pink, purple and black.
  • Keiko's current design was developed in the Blinx Corps discord with help from Somnax. The 2017 design overhaul occurred before she was submitted to a Blinx Roleplay.
  • In an effort to reduce the mary sue points Keiko was racking up, in Nov 2018, some of her characterisations were changed or removed completed. The following is a list of changes:
    • Keiko is simply a high ranking Sweeper instead of a replacement for the Time Sweeper protagonist. While Keiko was originally intended to be a better replacement for the mary sue protagonist, Keiko ultimately became a mary sue in the process.
      • She is no longer part of the "backup team" with the canon Time Sweeper cast. Removing her from the main circle helped in creating a more solid identity for her.
        • Having been removed from the main circle, Keiko and Picaro are no associated with each other.

Trivia

  • Keiko is a Japanese female name.
  • Is bisexual but leans towards heterosexuality.
  • Keiko has a male counterpart known as Kit. Kit shares a similar appearance to Keiko with changes to the placement of the black and brown fur patches.
  • When it was found that Blinx's favourite food was cat powder (catnip) cookies, it was soon realised that Blinx and Keiko share a common trait: a love for cookies. Thus a friendship based on pure coincidence was formed between them.
    • The two originally has a strict working relationship back when Keiko was a member of the backup team.
  • The creator chose Keiko's fur colours based on a chocolate chip cookie. Realising that the white fur could represent milk and the green eyes and uniform could represent catnip, Keiko ended up being the embodiment of snacc, specifically Blinx's favourite kind of snacc - catnip cookies and cold milk.

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