Necrid is a character in the Soul series of fighting games. His real name is unknown. He appears in the console versions of Soul Calibur II. He was created for the Soul series by Todd McFarlane, the creator of Spawn.
He was once a warrior who managed to reach the Soul Edge. However, the weapon's evil energy contaminated his body and mind, turning him into a horrible monster. Now he is a bloodthirsty abomination in constant pain that only the fragments of Soul Edge can calm. As a result, he is in a constant search for these fragments.
Necrid was once one of many warriors who managed to reach Soul Edge after beating its former owner. But as he approached the sword, the evil spirit of the sword, Inferno, raised from inside it and beckoned him. Upon seeing the apparition, the fear he felt was so great that he, despite thinking it was a dishonor for a warrior, escaped. He managed to avoid the confrontation, but ended trapped in the vortex of Chaos that Inferno brought. Trapped there, his mind and body were warped by the strong evil aura of that realm, eventually turning him into an abomination.
During Kilik and Xianghua's battle against Inferno, Necrid sensed that the spirit sword's existence harmed him, so he jumped through the open void and escaped Chaos just as it was collapsing. Now on the world once again, he soon discovered that he needed the evil influence of the void to keep himself alive. Out of instinct, he attacked many travellers thinking they were "enemies", until one happened to carry a fragment of Soul Edge. The familiar aura softened his pain, and a "purpose" born in Necrid's mind: find the rest of the fragments so he can stop the pain. Necrid soon left on a journey to find other fragments.