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Credited as being the first of the Three Unifiers of modern Japan, Nobunaga was one of Japan's most successful warlords. He started as a son of a minor daimyo (and earned the nickname "The Fool of Owari" due to his [[ObfuscatingStupidity childhood and teenage antics]]), with a number of factions within his own province opposing him, eventually he would not only crush those factions but also proceed to conquer over a third of Japan, with the rest well positioned to fall to him. That ended on June 21, 1582, when his retainer AkechiMitsuhide attacked him at Honno temple; Nobunaga, his bodyguards and his [[{{Uke}} wakashu]] Mori Ranmaru died that night.

Although noted for many things, including a mastery of tactics, (most famously, at the Battle of Okehazama, Nobunaga's forces, numbering at most 3000, defeated an army of around 25,000 through a combination of daring, misdirection, a brilliant surprise attack, and more than a little luck) revolutionizing the ways Japanese armies used firearms, and completely changing the economic system of and the way wealth was counted in Japan, Nobunaga is chiefly remembered for his ruthless and brutal nature, and it is these traits that dominate most depictions of him in any period pieces or games. Nobunaga's actions leave him ripe for playing the part of the villain, as his most infamous deeds include the burning of powerful Buddhist temples critical of him, and the slaughter of the thousands of men, women and children that lived in them. Even the kinder portrayals of him tend to show him as a man fueled by ambition and greed, in many others it is either speculated or explicitly said that he has either [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade become a demon or made a literal]] DealWithTheDevil to carry out his ambitions. See DemonKingNobunaga.

Although he did not live to see the conquest of all Japan finalized, Nobunaga's actions all but ended over a century of near-constant civil war among the lords of Japan for dominance. After his death, his general Hashiba Hideyoshi (later known as ToyotomiHideyoshi) finished the conquest, and another general, TokugawaIeyasu, founded the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan from 1600 until 1868.

Amusingly enough, his most famous descendant, Oda Nobunari, is one of Japan's top male figure skaters, and is most known for crying at the drop of a hat, and getting caught driving his moped drunk.

Compare with other historical figures MiyamotoMusashi and YagyuJubei. Almost always a BigBad, EvilOverlord and ZeroPercentApprovalRating dictator when he is receiving a HistoricalVillainUpgrade in fiction. And a MagnificentBastard as well (though this one can be applied in real life too).

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!!Tropes associated with the historical Nobunaga:

* AmbitionIsEvil: Nobunaga is the most ambitious of the unifiers, and is the most ruthless. Of course this is one source of his villainization.
** Oddly enough, there were a number of other people in the same time period, with the exact same ambition that tend to be portrayed positively. Nobunaga might not have been any more ruthless than them, but he was the one that actually ended up in the position to commit those ruthless acts.
*** It doesn't help that by most accounts it seems he was rather a {{Jerkass}}...
* {{Badass}}: Say what you will about the man, but he was undoubtedly ''badass''.
** He was only 26 when he won the Battle of Okehazama where his army of 1500 (other sources say 2000 or 3000) men defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto's army of about ''25,000''. Sure, Nobunaga attacked the main encampment that held "only" 5-6000 soldiers, and he got [[LuckyBastard really lucky]], but his army crushed the enemy and killed Yoshimoto and most of his generals, which led to a complete victory. So it was pretty badass.
* BadassCreed: ''Tenka Fubu'' -- "Take the country by military power."
* BadassMoustache: Just look at the page picture.
* BadBoss: Nobunaga did not treat even his inner circle well, being notably cold and tactless even to his highest ranking generals. Perhaps he was paranoid about betrayal or disloyalty, but if so Nobunaga might have turned it into a SelfFulfillingProphecy.
** He apparently also had a habit of making fun of his subordinates, such as mocking Akechi Mitsuhide's poetry (which was actually considered pretty good), and calling ToyotomiHideyoshi "monkey" and "bald rat" (because of his shortness and peculiar face).
** And there's a story that says that Nobunaga executed a hostage whom Mitsuhide had promised safety. In turn, the hostage's enraged family accused Mitsuhide of betrayal, and as a revenge, murdered his mother. This, plus the aforementioned mocking and other insults by Nobunaga (who allegedly went as far as kicking him) make it easy to see why Mitsuhide wasn't Nobunaga's biggest fan.
** He might be an example of this only as CommonKnowledge rather than an actual example.
*** He promoted ToyotomiHideyoshi based on his competence. This was basically unheard of at this point in Japanese history. In fact, a lot of the hatred for him came from noble families that Nobunaga embarrassed repeatedly by elevating lowborn peasants who displayed actual competence rather than choosing his followers based on noble blood.
*** He was known for not putting much faith in his lieutenants, but this was not entirely true. He didn't put much trust in the nobility that served him. The people he put his trust in were a ronin, peasant, and traitor. All people traditionally loathed in Japanese culture, but all of which proved extremely competent.
*** The situation with Mitsuhide is not actually well known. There is a gigantic gap in information between "Nobunaga and Mitsuhide are the best of pals" and "Nobunaga is publicly insulting Mitsuhide." Mitsuhide's mother being killed only provides a possible explanation for his actions, but not Nobunaga's.
*** All those degrading nicknames were at least partly affectionate. Nobunaga had a very eccentric sense of humor.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass / ObfuscatingStupidity: In his early life, he's called "The Fool of Owari". Then Okehazama happens, Nobunaga sheds the "Moron" part and becomes a complete {{Badass}}.
** A disguise he might have been all too happy to keep up, had his original province of Owari not been in the path of an eastern warlord marching westward to Kyoto, forcing Nobunaga to make a stand or capitulate.
** He showed signs of this trope much earlier. Since Nobunaga was "fooling around" in his early days, some Oda clan members decided to intiate a coup to take him out and place his brother as clan leader instead (so that when Yoshimoto's force arrive they'll surrender)...And Nobunaga proceeded to curbstomp the coup's forces. Even Shibata Katsuie (on the coup side), the well-known veteran of Oda clan, was shocked of his defeat, to the point that some suspected he let Nobunaga won the battle. Only then most of the clan members turned to recognize Nobunaga's hidden talents.
* CurbStompBattle: Nobunaga absolutely wrecked Takeda Katsuyori's cavalry forces at Nagashino when he brought [[GameBreaker Matchlock Ashigaru]] into the mix.
** Recent historical materials says that the battle wasn't as lopsided as people knew, but since Takeda clan lost most of their valuable generals in the battle, it's still a major victory for Nobunaga.
* {{Determinator}}
* DrivenToSuicide: He himself did this to Matsunaga Hisahide when he finally had enough of Hisahide betraying him. It's said that when Nobunaga had Hisahide cornered in his castle he sent a message to him, demanding his head and a priceless tea kettle in his possession. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Hisahide answered by destroying the tea kettle and blowing himself up]].
** Nobunaga was actually forced to commit seppuku when he was betrayed by AkechiMitsuhide and forced into a completely hopeless situation with thousands of Mitsuhide's troops surrounding him at Kyoto and only a handful of retainers to protect him.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from being the "Fool of Owari" to being in a position to unify all of Japan under his rule.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: One of the biggest victims of this in all Japanese history. Of course, as mentioned repeatedly on this page, there are plenty of reasons why he usually plays the villain.
* KickTheDog: The burning of the temples on Mount Hiei. Buddhist warrior monks from this and other sects had been meddling in politics for centuries, and soon became vocal critics and enemies of Nobunaga. Nobonuaga responded by surrounding the culturally significant temple at night and attacking from all sides, working upwards. By the next day the sprawling temple complex was ashes and thousands lay dead, with not even innocent women or children safe from Nobunaga's wrath. Becomes a MoralEventHorizon to many historians, which kickstarted his long run of villainization in fiction.
** Less famous but arguably more horrifying than the destruction of Mt. Hiei was the burning of Nagashima, a fortress of another warrior monk sect. The group resisted a siege by Nobunaga for several years, but were eventually forced back within their entirely wooden inner fortifications. Nobunaga built a wall around the building, then set it on fire. With nowhere to run, not a single one of the 20,000 inhabitants survived. Note that once again, many of these inhabitants were noncombatants, including both women and children.
** This is one of the reasons why Nobunaga was betrayed by AkechiMitsuhide: As a high-ranking General of the Oda clan and a Buddhist, the torching of the Mt. Hiei temples did not sit well with him at all.
** Of course, Mt. Hiei and the Ikko-Ikki tend to have their own dark spots overlooked in this, and who tend to get painted as completely innocent victims. Suffice it to say this was *not* the case, and many argue that this was more of a necessary ShootTheDog.
*** The warrior monks of Mt. Hiei were a longstanding threat to Kyoto and so invasive in politics an [[PhysicalGod Emperor of Japan]] allegedly said he had no power over them. The reason why they came to blows with Nobunaga was because they aligned with his enemies and were trying to strongarm a law expelling all Christians and foreigners from the country. When they were challenged to justify this in a debate with a Jesuit priest sponsored by Oda, they accepted and [[AppealToForce were so utterly humiliated their debater tried to lunge at the priest]]. In response, they stepped up their intrigues with the Oda's enemies and outright tried to kill Nobunaga and several others.
*** The Ikko-Ikki are best summed up as Theocratic ChurchMilitant Communists/Socialists/Anarchists depending on the sect and interpretation (think something like a Medieval Japanese Taliban). They also had the stated intent of upturning Japanese society entirely and thus were hated even by their own allies. And who were also engaged in very brutal, very bloody politicking of their own that eventually targeted the Oda and their allies. The siege of Nagashima we all remember was actually the third in about as many years, after previous attempts to conquer it in a "cleaner"/more conventional way were driven back by the ultra militarized inhabitants and their clan allies.
* KillItWithFire: Nobunaga had a rather disturbing tendency to burn and raze the strongholds of his enemies... with his enemies still inside them.
* LuckyBastard: Not one but ''two'' lords and tremendously skilled generals (Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin) died under mysterious circumstances soon after having initial success in their campaigns against Nobunaga. Needless to say, conspiracy theories about these deaths abound.
* MagnificentBastard
* NoSocialSkills: At least part of the folklore about Nobunaga's cruel and evil actions comes from his being, even by contemporary standards, ''really weird''. For example, when he crushed the Azai clan, he had the skulls of Azai Hisamasa, Azai Nagamasa, and Asakura Yoshikage gilded and used them as drinking vessels. Many thought that he wanted to vent his spleen at a hated enemy after death, but in fact, he was attempting to pay homage to his enemies as {{Worthy Opponent}}s. He was a very eccentric man in a place and time that put high value in conformity, and many modern scholars believe that that is partly responsible for HistoricalVillainUpgrade after the fact.
* PetTheDog: In addition to his relationship with Ranmaru, Nobunaga was noted for his tolerance of and respect towards foreigners and foreign ideas. This stands in stark contrast to his "benevolent" successor Tokugawa's attitude towards "un-Japanese" ideas, in particular [[CrucifiedHeroShot Christians]]. Also, whether or not his treatment of Hideyoshi was degrading or affectionate, he still elevated a lowly peasant to become one of his right-hand men.
** He also comforted ToyotomiHideyoshi's wife when her husband took other women.
* RonTheDeathEater: As if being a victim of HistoricalVillainUpgrade wasn't enough, in some of those pieces they take it UpToEleven and have Nobunaga associating with a collection of supernatural evil.
* {{Satan}}: According to Luís Fróis, it was Nobunaga who nicknamed himself "Dairokuten maou", lit. "Devil King of the Sixth Heaven", which is essentially the same as calling himself Satan. He was probably being ironic, but later generations were eager to take it literally...
* {{Seme}}: Oda practiced ''shudo'' with his page Ranmaru, a form of homosexual relationship more closely related to Greek pederasty than modern gay relationships. The primary goal of the relationship was not sex necessarily, but rather the growth of the youth into a strong and powerful man -- the sex was just an added bonus. Ranmaru was in line to be his successor when the two of them died at Honno. While Oda's treatment of much of Japan would seem to suggest the personality of a BastardBoyfriend, according to Ranmaru he was an exceptionally kind and gentle lover. The relationship was accepted among Oda's contemporaries, but after Christian influence began to sweep Japan the closeness of the two warriors was largely swept under the rug.
* ShootTheDog: AlternateCharacterInterpretation for his ruthlessness.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Or rather, {{TableTopGame/Go}}. The move "Nobunaga's Cradle" is named after him.
* TheStrategist

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!!Oda Nobunaga in fiction:

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* Admiral Akainu from OnePiece is VERY similar personality and method-wise to Nobunaga. He is even paired with two other admirals who fit the Hideyoshi (Kizaru) and Ieyasu (Aokiji) characters.
* In an early episode of ''{{Inuyasha}}'', Kagome is startled when a handsome, idealistic young samurai gives his name as Nobunaga. She eagerly asks for his autograph, only to see in disappointment that he is ''Amari'' Nobunaga; when she asks about Oda Nobunaga, the other Nobunaga objects to being mistaken for "that idiot." This has been [[YearZero used by fans to put a date]] to the Inuyasha story, since there's a very limited period of time when Oda Nobunaga was known, but considered not to be a big deal.
* Nobunaga doesn't directly appear in ''Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma'', but the story takes place at the height of his conquests, and he influences the story since the main character is a ninja serving the Takeda clan when it opposes Nobunaga, and because the brutality of Nobunaga's conquests is giving power to the Yoma demons. At one point the main character thinks about Nobunaga's brutality and wonders if he is a demon. While he's doing this, Nobunaga and his army are seen in a montage, and all of them have [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
* Nobunaga is a major antagonist in ''SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* In ''{{Drifters}}'' Nobunaga is one of the titular Drifters, famous personalities from Earth taken from their rightful time to do battles in other worlds. As one of the main characters he is portrayed as a CoolOldGuy and, despite [[CardCarryingVillain very much revelling in his role of "Devil King"]], is one of the Drifters [[AntiHero that are on the side of humanity]].
* Oda Nobunaga is the reason Recca's clan all but perished in ''FlameOfRecca''; at the end of the series [[spoiler: Kurei returns to JidaiGeki Japan and takes his revenge by assassinating Nobunaga at Honnoji.]]
* A rowdy young man implied to be Nobunaga appears in the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' strip "The World of War and the Fool of Owari," in which he tells the anthropomorphic personification of Japan "This is the face of your future ruler." The anthropomorphic personification of Owari is skeptical.
* Nobunaga is {{gender flip}}ped into a violent redhead with a big sword in ''SengokuOtome''. She's also one of the main characters, seeking out the pieces of the Crimson Armor to unite Japan. Her [[ChainmailBikini armor]] is largely reminiscent of Comicbook/RedSonja, and she is one of the few portrayals of Nobunaga that is not villainous, wishing to stop the pointless conflict of the Sengoku Period by using the Armor as a vehicle through which she can end the fighting and unify the nation.
* In the historical comedy manga and anime ''HyougeMono'', Nobunaga is the liege lord of main character Sasuke. He is presented pretty much as he was in life: A very ambitious (and slightly megalomaniac) warlord with designs to rule Japan, and then conquer China and TakeOverTheWorld. He has an interest in western culture, wearing Portugese clothing and citing the myth of the Tower of Babel. He also seems to be highly dismissive of most of his vassals, with the exception of Sasuke whose foolishness amuses him. [[spoiler:He is killed by Hideyoshi at Honno-Ji.]]
* Another GenderFlip variant occurs in ''Anime/SengokuCollection''. This Nobunaga is a FishOutOfTemporalWater, and a little more naive than the ''Otome'' version. Still portrayed pretty positively, though.
* ''Another'' more GenderFlip: In ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', he became Oda '''Nobuna'''--although her portrayal is a little bit closer to history.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' second series ''GO'' Chrono Stone has the current members of Raimon go back in time to get the power of Oda Nobunaga in order to defeat Protocol Omega 2.0.

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* In Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/{{Kagemusha}}'', Takeda Shingen, a powerful rival of Nobunaga's, (and perhaps a better general) uses a lookalike thief to pretend to be healthy instead of [[spoiler:dead]] in an attempt to discourage an attack on his clan. [[spoiler:Rightfully infuriated, Nobunaga proceeds to decimate the Takeda cavalry led by Shingen's son, [[ReplacementScrappy the hotheaded Takeda Katsuyori]] in the Battle of Nagashino.]]
* In the film for ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', both Oda Nobunaga and his vassal blamed for his death, Akechi Mitsuhide, appear. A ghostly Akechi defends his apparent betrayal by explaining that Nosferatu killed the original Oda, transformed himself and took his place, leading to the famed brutality.
* Nobunaga is a target of the ninjas in ''Shinobi no Mono''.

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* The historical novel ''{{Taiko}}'' traces the rise of Nobunaga's general Toyotomi Hideyoshi from peasant to general and regent for the Emperor. Nobunaga, as Toyotomi's lord for much of his life, plays a large role. His defining characteristics are ambition and constant fury.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat'' tells the epic tale of Miawaro Tomokato's quest to avenge the death of his lord, Odo Nobunaga, who true to form had irritated a lot of people in his youth.
* Nobunaga is the BigBad in the novel ''BloodNinja'', set in 1500s Japan.
* Appears very thinly disguised as Goroda the Dictator in the backstory of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]].'' Notably, Mariko is Akechi's daughter [[spoiler: and never, ever forgives "Goroda's" successor for executing her father.]]
* Again, [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou''. She's still a Western culture otaku and an ambitious warlord, but she's already proven to be less ruthless than the original.

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* Another non-evil version in the ''Manga/KamenNoNinjaAkakage'' (''Red Shadow'') live-action Japanese TV series. (Three {{Compilation Movie}}s were released in English as ''Watari''.)
* ''Series/ToshiieToMatsu'' gives a largely sympathetic portrayal, though it doesn't shy away from Nobunaga's worse moments, either. (It helps that the actor portraying him is quite handsome.)
* A homonculus version of Nobunaga appears in ''[[KamenRiderOOO Kamen Rider OOO's]]'' first movie. Exactly ''what'' he is is hard to tell - Nobunaga himself revived by Medals, or a Greeed that ''thinks'' it's Oda Nobunaga? He is portrayed as ambition incarnate, but a pretty nice guy to his friends. However, at times, he [[spoiler: turns into his monster form and kills the descendants of those he blames for his death]], and is seemingly unaware of this when not actively engaged in it. Core Medals given to him by Dr. Maki corrupt him into a Greeed-like being that Eiji has to stop. And even then, he's not really stopped, as his Core Medals go on to create an even bigger problem.
** ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderGaimAndWizardTheFatefulSengokuMovieBattle'' is set in a parallel Sengoku Jidai where the Kamen Riders are members of warring factions lead by alternate universe versions of historical figures. Appropriately enough Nobunaga leads the OOO faction; in this film he's portrayed as an alternate version of [[SecondRider Akira Date/Kamen Rider Birth]], with actress Mao Ueda playing Ranmaru.

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Shi En and the rest of the Legendary Six Samurai are based off Oda Nobunaga's life story.

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* Bandai's ''SDSengokudenBushinKourinHen'' toyline, dedicated to making SD Franchise/{{Gundam}}s based on known Warring States characters, has deliberately made Oda Nobunaga, ToyotomiHideyoshi and TokugawaIeyasu at a larger "deluxe" size than the regular line. Oda is naturally the first to be released.

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* In the ''{{Onimusha}}'' game series Nobunaga is mortally wounded by an arrow during his great victory at Okehazama, but makes a deal with the [[TheDevil demon king]] to return to life as a demon and conquer Japan on behalf of the demons.
* In ''VideoGame/KessenIII'', Nobunaga does a rare turn as the protagonist, depicted in much more idealized fashion, making the traitor whose attack would kill him the antagonist, while using relatively conventional depictions of the rest of the cast. (Unlike ''Samurai Warriors'' however it actually deals with the shogunate at the time.) This game surprisingly contains a lot of TakeThat to treatments toward Nobunaga in general fiction...
** He appears in the first ''Kessen'' in a cutscene, also in a non-evil depiction, as a vision of the idealistic Tokugawa Ieyasu speaking of his dream of a unified Japan. WellIntentionedExtremist [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans of sorts?]]
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' has Nobunaga as one of many playable characters. He has a reputation for brutality and is called "The Demon King"; however, perhaps uniquely to the ''Samurai Warriors'' (1st game) depiction, his wife wavers between wanting to kill for him and wanting to kill him (their marriage was a setup for his assassination, but she hasn't completely adhered to this nor turned away from that), and at the same time he has a relationship with his page Mori Ranmaru; as he was also noted in Japan for this relationship, this perhaps is one of the few instances if any of a male video game character being openly bisexual, even if not overtly.
** He also gets [[HoYay paired up]] ironically in the second game with Akechi Mitsuhide, his future killer. However, in his ending he actually [[spoiler:survives, killing Mitsuhide instead and shows that he is in fact capable of feelings of remorse and regret]].
** Koei also really, really likes to show off his evilness by having him [[PerpetualMolt shed pitch black feathers]] all over the place despite having no visible wings.
** It really should be noted that the Koei games in general tend to portray Nobunaga as a pragmatist and a MagnificentBastard more than anything else. Sure, he still has the 'evil feather' thing going, but this portrayal of him really shines in the WarriorsOrochi SpinOff. There, Nobunaga sheds most of the 'evil demon' crap that surrounds him even in the Koei games and is more of a MagnificentBastard... [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a heart of gold]]. It somehow [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in the game]].
*** In game, Oda is shown more in the context of "This guy (Orochi) is a complete bastard with a disregard to all things around him, and people hate him a so much that I just seem petty by comparison". It could be guessed from ingame events and text that because of Orochi's single minded and incredibly cruel attitude to EVERYBODY, possibly even going out of his way for it, so Oda then becomes just a bastard to make sure that everybody didn't die.
** One shouldn't take the Dynasty Warrior series as Koei's only game, or in fact, their trademark game. Most of the time, he is just a MagnificentBastard.
** Additionally, Nobunaga wields a sword which is [[ObviouslyEvil visibly infused with]] BlackMagic.
** He gets less evil with each incarnation, and even Magoichi Saika, a man who loathes him with a passion, finds the rule of Nobunaga preferable to the chaos that happens after his death.
* Nobunaga is the final boss of the NeoGeo fighting game ''Ninja Master's'', complete with a pair of flaming swords and a posessed demonic cape.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Inindo}}'', Nobunaga is the BigBad. But through [[OneHundredPercentCompletion careful play]], he can die when historically supposed to (Shocks!) and be replaced by a [[ReplacementScrappy random guy who appears for no reason with his demon-pet]]. Woowee!
* A rare case of a non-evil Oda Nobunaga: the {{Koei}} strategy video game ''NobunagasAmbition'', which lets you play as Nobunaga or any of three dozen other daimyo trying to claim the Japanese crown. Nobunaga generally has the best attributes of all of them, though.
** In the series' crossover with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', known as ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' in America, Nobunaga is one of the main antagonists. His {{Badass}}ery is not lost here, as he gets to control [[spoiler:not one, but ''two'' [[OlympusMons Legendary]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]] (first [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Zekrom]], then [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Shiny Rayquaza]]) through the course of the game]]. Oddly, this is one of his most ''positive'' portrayals, given that his entire motive is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:stopping conflict before people grow to view their Pokémon as little more than tools. The final story teams him up with the player character as the eponymous "Two Heroes of Ransei."]]
* The ''Taikou Risshiden'' RPG/strategy series, where Hideyoshi is the main character, has Nobunaga shown as an magnificent lord defying the norm by trusting a peasant-born warrior.
* ''Shogun: TotalWar'' has a non-evil Nobunaga, in the linear campaign the player gets to command several of his more famous battles.
* Nobunaga makes a very brief appearance at the beginning of a historical campaign mission in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII: The Conquerors'', in which he is assassinated. The player then receives control of Hideyoshi's troops and the goal is to destroy three castles in Kyoto to avenge Nobunaga's death.
* Nobunaga gets referenced in ''SoulCalibur'' as the one who cut off Yoshimitsu's arm, or at least was there when it happened, and is the one responsible for Yoshimitsu's DoomedHometown.
* Oda Nobunaga is the Japanese leader in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'', his skill (Bushido) allows damaged units to be able to fight on as if they had full strength, with the right Social Policies damaging units ''[[ConservationOfNinjutsu actually makes them tougher to kill]]'', therefore it's [[BrokenBase highly debated]] whether his ability is overpowered or not.
* Nobunaga in ''Ikusagami'' inverts this [[spoiler:plays it straight and then inverts again. Nobunaga is shown to orchestrate battles solely to study Aoi Yasaka, Inugami and the demons and shows a borderline obsession towards them, but Mitsuhide Akechi takes the final boss role.]]
* In the HGame ''Sengoku Rance'', Nobunaga is shown to be a very compassionate leader and loves his sister dearly. His genocidal tendencies are caused by being possessed by a literal demon.
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: So Long My Love'', Nobunaga appears as the immortal demon lord BigBad. (Ranmaru, meanwhile, is TheDragon and appears as a [[PettingZooPeople bunny boy]] [[VillainousCrossdresser in a dress]].)
* In ''Robo {{Aleste}}'', Nobunaga is revealed to be the reincarnation of Lucifer, who will try to destroy the world by revealing his true form. Or so Astaros claims; the ending isn't quite clear.

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* Travis of FourPlayerPodcast has a loud, blood-thirsty alter ego that he uses sometimes in games of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' named Nobunaga. Whether or not he's related at all to Oda Nobunaga has yet to be confirmed.

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Credited as being the first of the Three Unifiers of modern Japan, Nobunaga was one of Japan's most successful warlords. He started as a son of a minor daimyo (and earned the nickname "The Fool of Owari" due to his [[ObfuscatingStupidity childhood and teenage antics]]), with a number of factions within his own province opposing him, eventually he would not only crush those factions but also proceed to conquer over a third of Japan, with the rest well positioned to fall to him. That ended on June 21, 1582, when his retainer AkechiMitsuhide attacked him at Honno temple; Nobunaga, his bodyguards and his [[{{Uke}} wakashu]] Mori Ranmaru died that night.

Although noted for many things, including a mastery of tactics, (most famously, at the Battle of Okehazama, Nobunaga's forces, numbering at most 3000, defeated an army of around 25,000 through a combination of daring, misdirection, a brilliant surprise attack, and more than a little luck) revolutionizing the ways Japanese armies used firearms, and completely changing the economic system of and the way wealth was counted in Japan, Nobunaga is chiefly remembered for his ruthless and brutal nature, and it is these traits that dominate most depictions of him in any period pieces or games. Nobunaga's actions leave him ripe for playing the part of the villain, as his most infamous deeds include the burning of powerful Buddhist temples critical of him, and the slaughter of the thousands of men, women and children that lived in them. Even the kinder portrayals of him tend to show him as a man fueled by ambition and greed, in many others it is either speculated or explicitly said that he has either [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade become a demon or made a literal]] DealWithTheDevil to carry out his ambitions. See DemonKingNobunaga.

Although he did not live to see the conquest of all Japan finalized, Nobunaga's actions all but ended over a century of near-constant civil war among the lords of Japan for dominance. After his death, his general Hashiba Hideyoshi (later known as ToyotomiHideyoshi) finished the conquest, and another general, TokugawaIeyasu, founded the Tokugawa shogunate that ruled Japan from 1600 until 1868.

Amusingly enough, his most famous descendant, Oda Nobunari, is one of Japan's top male figure skaters, and is most known for crying at the drop of a hat, and getting caught driving his moped drunk.

Compare with other historical figures MiyamotoMusashi and YagyuJubei. Almost always a BigBad, EvilOverlord and ZeroPercentApprovalRating dictator when he is receiving a HistoricalVillainUpgrade in fiction. And a MagnificentBastard as well (though this one can be applied in real life too).

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!!Tropes associated with the historical Nobunaga:

* AmbitionIsEvil: Nobunaga is the most ambitious of the unifiers, and is the most ruthless. Of course this is one source of his villainization.
** Oddly enough, there were a number of other people in the same time period, with the exact same ambition that tend to be portrayed positively. Nobunaga might not have been any more ruthless than them, but he was the one that actually ended up in the position to commit those ruthless acts.
*** It doesn't help that by most accounts it seems he was rather a {{Jerkass}}...
* {{Badass}}: Say what you will about the man, but he was undoubtedly ''badass''.
** He was only 26 when he won the Battle of Okehazama where his army of 1500 (other sources say 2000 or 3000) men defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto's army of about ''25,000''. Sure, Nobunaga attacked the main encampment that held "only" 5-6000 soldiers, and he got [[LuckyBastard really lucky]], but his army crushed the enemy and killed Yoshimoto and most of his generals, which led to a complete victory. So it was pretty badass.
* BadassCreed: ''Tenka Fubu'' -- "Take the country by military power."
* BadassMoustache: Just look at the page picture.
* BadBoss: Nobunaga did not treat even his inner circle well, being notably cold and tactless even to his highest ranking generals. Perhaps he was paranoid about betrayal or disloyalty, but if so Nobunaga might have turned it into a SelfFulfillingProphecy.
** He apparently also had a habit of making fun of his subordinates, such as mocking Akechi Mitsuhide's poetry (which was actually considered pretty good), and calling ToyotomiHideyoshi "monkey" and "bald rat" (because of his shortness and peculiar face).
** And there's a story that says that Nobunaga executed a hostage whom Mitsuhide had promised safety. In turn, the hostage's enraged family accused Mitsuhide of betrayal, and as a revenge, murdered his mother. This, plus the aforementioned mocking and other insults by Nobunaga (who allegedly went as far as kicking him) make it easy to see why Mitsuhide wasn't Nobunaga's biggest fan.
** He might be an example of this only as CommonKnowledge rather than an actual example.
*** He promoted ToyotomiHideyoshi based on his competence. This was basically unheard of at this point in Japanese history. In fact, a lot of the hatred for him came from noble families that Nobunaga embarrassed repeatedly by elevating lowborn peasants who displayed actual competence rather than choosing his followers based on noble blood.
*** He was known for not putting much faith in his lieutenants, but this was not entirely true. He didn't put much trust in the nobility that served him. The people he put his trust in were a ronin, peasant, and traitor. All people traditionally loathed in Japanese culture, but all of which proved extremely competent.
*** The situation with Mitsuhide is not actually well known. There is a gigantic gap in information between "Nobunaga and Mitsuhide are the best of pals" and "Nobunaga is publicly insulting Mitsuhide." Mitsuhide's mother being killed only provides a possible explanation for his actions, but not Nobunaga's.
*** All those degrading nicknames were at least partly affectionate. Nobunaga had a very eccentric sense of humor.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass / ObfuscatingStupidity: In his early life, he's called "The Fool of Owari". Then Okehazama happens, Nobunaga sheds the "Moron" part and becomes a complete {{Badass}}.
** A disguise he might have been all too happy to keep up, had his original province of Owari not been in the path of an eastern warlord marching westward to Kyoto, forcing Nobunaga to make a stand or capitulate.
** He showed signs of this trope much earlier. Since Nobunaga was "fooling around" in his early days, some Oda clan members decided to intiate a coup to take him out and place his brother as clan leader instead (so that when Yoshimoto's force arrive they'll surrender)...And Nobunaga proceeded to curbstomp the coup's forces. Even Shibata Katsuie (on the coup side), the well-known veteran of Oda clan, was shocked of his defeat, to the point that some suspected he let Nobunaga won the battle. Only then most of the clan members turned to recognize Nobunaga's hidden talents.
* CurbStompBattle: Nobunaga absolutely wrecked Takeda Katsuyori's cavalry forces at Nagashino when he brought [[GameBreaker Matchlock Ashigaru]] into the mix.
** Recent historical materials says that the battle wasn't as lopsided as people knew, but since Takeda clan lost most of their valuable generals in the battle, it's still a major victory for Nobunaga.
* {{Determinator}}
* DrivenToSuicide: He himself did this to Matsunaga Hisahide when he finally had enough of Hisahide betraying him. It's said that when Nobunaga had Hisahide cornered in his castle he sent a message to him, demanding his head and a priceless tea kettle in his possession. [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Hisahide answered by destroying the tea kettle and blowing himself up]].
** Nobunaga was actually forced to commit seppuku when he was betrayed by AkechiMitsuhide and forced into a completely hopeless situation with thousands of Mitsuhide's troops surrounding him at Kyoto and only a handful of retainers to protect him.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Went from being the "Fool of Owari" to being in a position to unify all of Japan under his rule.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: One of the biggest victims of this in all Japanese history. Of course, as mentioned repeatedly on this page, there are plenty of reasons why he usually plays the villain.
* KickTheDog: The burning of the temples on Mount Hiei. Buddhist warrior monks from this and other sects had been meddling in politics for centuries, and soon became vocal critics and enemies of Nobunaga. Nobonuaga responded by surrounding the culturally significant temple at night and attacking from all sides, working upwards. By the next day the sprawling temple complex was ashes and thousands lay dead, with not even innocent women or children safe from Nobunaga's wrath. Becomes a MoralEventHorizon to many historians, which kickstarted his long run of villainization in fiction.
** Less famous but arguably more horrifying than the destruction of Mt. Hiei was the burning of Nagashima, a fortress of another warrior monk sect. The group resisted a siege by Nobunaga for several years, but were eventually forced back within their entirely wooden inner fortifications. Nobunaga built a wall around the building, then set it on fire. With nowhere to run, not a single one of the 20,000 inhabitants survived. Note that once again, many of these inhabitants were noncombatants, including both women and children.
** This is one of the reasons why Nobunaga was betrayed by AkechiMitsuhide: As a high-ranking General of the Oda clan and a Buddhist, the torching of the Mt. Hiei temples did not sit well with him at all.
** Of course, Mt. Hiei and the Ikko-Ikki tend to have their own dark spots overlooked in this, and who tend to get painted as completely innocent victims. Suffice it to say this was *not* the case, and many argue that this was more of a necessary ShootTheDog.
*** The warrior monks of Mt. Hiei were a longstanding threat to Kyoto and so invasive in politics an [[PhysicalGod Emperor of Japan]] allegedly said he had no power over them. The reason why they came to blows with Nobunaga was because they aligned with his enemies and were trying to strongarm a law expelling all Christians and foreigners from the country. When they were challenged to justify this in a debate with a Jesuit priest sponsored by Oda, they accepted and [[AppealToForce were so utterly humiliated their debater tried to lunge at the priest]]. In response, they stepped up their intrigues with the Oda's enemies and outright tried to kill Nobunaga and several others.
*** The Ikko-Ikki are best summed up as Theocratic ChurchMilitant Communists/Socialists/Anarchists depending on the sect and interpretation (think something like a Medieval Japanese Taliban). They also had the stated intent of upturning Japanese society entirely and thus were hated even by their own allies. And who were also engaged in very brutal, very bloody politicking of their own that eventually targeted the Oda and their allies. The siege of Nagashima we all remember was actually the third in about as many years, after previous attempts to conquer it in a "cleaner"/more conventional way were driven back by the ultra militarized inhabitants and their clan allies.
* KillItWithFire: Nobunaga had a rather disturbing tendency to burn and raze the strongholds of his enemies... with his enemies still inside them.
* LuckyBastard: Not one but ''two'' lords and tremendously skilled generals (Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin) died under mysterious circumstances soon after having initial success in their campaigns against Nobunaga. Needless to say, conspiracy theories about these deaths abound.
* MagnificentBastard
* NoSocialSkills: At least part of the folklore about Nobunaga's cruel and evil actions comes from his being, even by contemporary standards, ''really weird''. For example, when he crushed the Azai clan, he had the skulls of Azai Hisamasa, Azai Nagamasa, and Asakura Yoshikage gilded and used them as drinking vessels. Many thought that he wanted to vent his spleen at a hated enemy after death, but in fact, he was attempting to pay homage to his enemies as {{Worthy Opponent}}s. He was a very eccentric man in a place and time that put high value in conformity, and many modern scholars believe that that is partly responsible for HistoricalVillainUpgrade after the fact.
* PetTheDog: In addition to his relationship with Ranmaru, Nobunaga was noted for his tolerance of and respect towards foreigners and foreign ideas. This stands in stark contrast to his "benevolent" successor Tokugawa's attitude towards "un-Japanese" ideas, in particular [[CrucifiedHeroShot Christians]]. Also, whether or not his treatment of Hideyoshi was degrading or affectionate, he still elevated a lowly peasant to become one of his right-hand men.
** He also comforted ToyotomiHideyoshi's wife when her husband took other women.
* RonTheDeathEater: As if being a victim of HistoricalVillainUpgrade wasn't enough, in some of those pieces they take it UpToEleven and have Nobunaga associating with a collection of supernatural evil.
* {{Satan}}: According to Luís Fróis, it was Nobunaga who nicknamed himself "Dairokuten maou", lit. "Devil King of the Sixth Heaven", which is essentially the same as calling himself Satan. He was probably being ironic, but later generations were eager to take it literally...
* {{Seme}}: Oda practiced ''shudo'' with his page Ranmaru, a form of homosexual relationship more closely related to Greek pederasty than modern gay relationships. The primary goal of the relationship was not sex necessarily, but rather the growth of the youth into a strong and powerful man -- the sex was just an added bonus. Ranmaru was in line to be his successor when the two of them died at Honno. While Oda's treatment of much of Japan would seem to suggest the personality of a BastardBoyfriend, according to Ranmaru he was an exceptionally kind and gentle lover. The relationship was accepted among Oda's contemporaries, but after Christian influence began to sweep Japan the closeness of the two warriors was largely swept under the rug.
* ShootTheDog: AlternateCharacterInterpretation for his ruthlessness.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Or rather, {{TableTopGame/Go}}. The move "Nobunaga's Cradle" is named after him.
* TheStrategist

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!!Oda Nobunaga in fiction:

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* Admiral Akainu from OnePiece is VERY similar personality and method-wise to Nobunaga. He is even paired with two other admirals who fit the Hideyoshi (Kizaru) and Ieyasu (Aokiji) characters.
* In an early episode of ''{{Inuyasha}}'', Kagome is startled when a handsome, idealistic young samurai gives his name as Nobunaga. She eagerly asks for his autograph, only to see in disappointment that he is ''Amari'' Nobunaga; when she asks about Oda Nobunaga, the other Nobunaga objects to being mistaken for "that idiot." This has been [[YearZero used by fans to put a date]] to the Inuyasha story, since there's a very limited period of time when Oda Nobunaga was known, but considered not to be a big deal.
* Nobunaga doesn't directly appear in ''Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma'', but the story takes place at the height of his conquests, and he influences the story since the main character is a ninja serving the Takeda clan when it opposes Nobunaga, and because the brutality of Nobunaga's conquests is giving power to the Yoma demons. At one point the main character thinks about Nobunaga's brutality and wonders if he is a demon. While he's doing this, Nobunaga and his army are seen in a montage, and all of them have [[GlowingEyesOfDoom glowing]] [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]].
* Nobunaga is a major antagonist in ''SamuraiDeeperKyo''.
* In ''{{Drifters}}'' Nobunaga is one of the titular Drifters, famous personalities from Earth taken from their rightful time to do battles in other worlds. As one of the main characters he is portrayed as a CoolOldGuy and, despite [[CardCarryingVillain very much revelling in his role of "Devil King"]], is one of the Drifters [[AntiHero that are on the side of humanity]].
* Oda Nobunaga is the reason Recca's clan all but perished in ''FlameOfRecca''; at the end of the series [[spoiler: Kurei returns to JidaiGeki Japan and takes his revenge by assassinating Nobunaga at Honnoji.]]
* A rowdy young man implied to be Nobunaga appears in the ''AxisPowersHetalia'' strip "The World of War and the Fool of Owari," in which he tells the anthropomorphic personification of Japan "This is the face of your future ruler." The anthropomorphic personification of Owari is skeptical.
* Nobunaga is {{gender flip}}ped into a violent redhead with a big sword in ''SengokuOtome''. She's also one of the main characters, seeking out the pieces of the Crimson Armor to unite Japan. Her [[ChainmailBikini armor]] is largely reminiscent of Comicbook/RedSonja, and she is one of the few portrayals of Nobunaga that is not villainous, wishing to stop the pointless conflict of the Sengoku Period by using the Armor as a vehicle through which she can end the fighting and unify the nation.
* In the historical comedy manga and anime ''HyougeMono'', Nobunaga is the liege lord of main character Sasuke. He is presented pretty much as he was in life: A very ambitious (and slightly megalomaniac) warlord with designs to rule Japan, and then conquer China and TakeOverTheWorld. He has an interest in western culture, wearing Portugese clothing and citing the myth of the Tower of Babel. He also seems to be highly dismissive of most of his vassals, with the exception of Sasuke whose foolishness amuses him. [[spoiler:He is killed by Hideyoshi at Honno-Ji.]]
* Another GenderFlip variant occurs in ''Anime/SengokuCollection''. This Nobunaga is a FishOutOfTemporalWater, and a little more naive than the ''Otome'' version. Still portrayed pretty positively, though.
* ''Another'' more GenderFlip: In ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou'', he became Oda '''Nobuna'''--although her portrayal is a little bit closer to history.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' second series ''GO'' Chrono Stone has the current members of Raimon go back in time to get the power of Oda Nobunaga in order to defeat Protocol Omega 2.0.

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* In Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Film/{{Kagemusha}}'', Takeda Shingen, a powerful rival of Nobunaga's, (and perhaps a better general) uses a lookalike thief to pretend to be healthy instead of [[spoiler:dead]] in an attempt to discourage an attack on his clan. [[spoiler:Rightfully infuriated, Nobunaga proceeds to decimate the Takeda cavalry led by Shingen's son, [[ReplacementScrappy the hotheaded Takeda Katsuyori]] in the Battle of Nagashino.]]
* In the film for ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', both Oda Nobunaga and his vassal blamed for his death, Akechi Mitsuhide, appear. A ghostly Akechi defends his apparent betrayal by explaining that Nosferatu killed the original Oda, transformed himself and took his place, leading to the famed brutality.
* Nobunaga is a target of the ninjas in ''Shinobi no Mono''.

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* The historical novel ''{{Taiko}}'' traces the rise of Nobunaga's general Toyotomi Hideyoshi from peasant to general and regent for the Emperor. Nobunaga, as Toyotomi's lord for much of his life, plays a large role. His defining characteristics are ambition and constant fury.
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat'' tells the epic tale of Miawaro Tomokato's quest to avenge the death of his lord, Odo Nobunaga, who true to form had irritated a lot of people in his youth.
* Nobunaga is the BigBad in the novel ''BloodNinja'', set in 1500s Japan.
* Appears very thinly disguised as Goroda the Dictator in the backstory of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]].'' Notably, Mariko is Akechi's daughter [[spoiler: and never, ever forgives "Goroda's" successor for executing her father.]]
* Again, [[GenderFlip genderflipped]] in ''LightNovel/OdaNobunaNoYabou''. She's still a Western culture otaku and an ambitious warlord, but she's already proven to be less ruthless than the original.

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* Another non-evil version in the ''Manga/KamenNoNinjaAkakage'' (''Red Shadow'') live-action Japanese TV series. (Three {{Compilation Movie}}s were released in English as ''Watari''.)
* ''Series/ToshiieToMatsu'' gives a largely sympathetic portrayal, though it doesn't shy away from Nobunaga's worse moments, either. (It helps that the actor portraying him is quite handsome.)
* A homonculus version of Nobunaga appears in ''[[KamenRiderOOO Kamen Rider OOO's]]'' first movie. Exactly ''what'' he is is hard to tell - Nobunaga himself revived by Medals, or a Greeed that ''thinks'' it's Oda Nobunaga? He is portrayed as ambition incarnate, but a pretty nice guy to his friends. However, at times, he [[spoiler: turns into his monster form and kills the descendants of those he blames for his death]], and is seemingly unaware of this when not actively engaged in it. Core Medals given to him by Dr. Maki corrupt him into a Greeed-like being that Eiji has to stop. And even then, he's not really stopped, as his Core Medals go on to create an even bigger problem.
** ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderGaimAndWizardTheFatefulSengokuMovieBattle'' is set in a parallel Sengoku Jidai where the Kamen Riders are members of warring factions lead by alternate universe versions of historical figures. Appropriately enough Nobunaga leads the OOO faction; in this film he's portrayed as an alternate version of [[SecondRider Akira Date/Kamen Rider Birth]], with actress Mao Ueda playing Ranmaru.

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* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': Shi En and the rest of the Legendary Six Samurai are based off Oda Nobunaga's life story.

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* Bandai's ''SDSengokudenBushinKourinHen'' toyline, dedicated to making SD Franchise/{{Gundam}}s based on known Warring States characters, has deliberately made Oda Nobunaga, ToyotomiHideyoshi and TokugawaIeyasu at a larger "deluxe" size than the regular line. Oda is naturally the first to be released.

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* In the ''{{Onimusha}}'' game series Nobunaga is mortally wounded by an arrow during his great victory at Okehazama, but makes a deal with the [[TheDevil demon king]] to return to life as a demon and conquer Japan on behalf of the demons.
* In ''VideoGame/KessenIII'', Nobunaga does a rare turn as the protagonist, depicted in much more idealized fashion, making the traitor whose attack would kill him the antagonist, while using relatively conventional depictions of the rest of the cast. (Unlike ''Samurai Warriors'' however it actually deals with the shogunate at the time.) This game surprisingly contains a lot of TakeThat to treatments toward Nobunaga in general fiction...
** He appears in the first ''Kessen'' in a cutscene, also in a non-evil depiction, as a vision of the idealistic Tokugawa Ieyasu speaking of his dream of a unified Japan. WellIntentionedExtremist [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans of sorts?]]
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' has Nobunaga as one of many playable characters. He has a reputation for brutality and is called "The Demon King"; however, perhaps uniquely to the ''Samurai Warriors'' (1st game) depiction, his wife wavers between wanting to kill for him and wanting to kill him (their marriage was a setup for his assassination, but she hasn't completely adhered to this nor turned away from that), and at the same time he has a relationship with his page Mori Ranmaru; as he was also noted in Japan for this relationship, this perhaps is one of the few instances if any of a male video game character being openly bisexual, even if not overtly.
** He also gets [[HoYay paired up]] ironically in the second game with Akechi Mitsuhide, his future killer. However, in his ending he actually [[spoiler:survives, killing Mitsuhide instead and shows that he is in fact capable of feelings of remorse and regret]].
** Koei also really, really likes to show off his evilness by having him [[PerpetualMolt shed pitch black feathers]] all over the place despite having no visible wings.
** It really should be noted that the Koei games in general tend to portray Nobunaga as a pragmatist and a MagnificentBastard more than anything else. Sure, he still has the 'evil feather' thing going, but this portrayal of him really shines in the WarriorsOrochi SpinOff. There, Nobunaga sheds most of the 'evil demon' crap that surrounds him even in the Koei games and is more of a MagnificentBastard... [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a heart of gold]]. It somehow [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in the game]].
*** In game, Oda is shown more in the context of "This guy (Orochi) is a complete bastard with a disregard to all things around him, and people hate him a so much that I just seem petty by comparison". It could be guessed from ingame events and text that because of Orochi's single minded and incredibly cruel attitude to EVERYBODY, possibly even going out of his way for it, so Oda then becomes just a bastard to make sure that everybody didn't die.
** One shouldn't take the Dynasty Warrior series as Koei's only game, or in fact, their trademark game. Most of the time, he is just a MagnificentBastard.
** Additionally, Nobunaga wields a sword which is [[ObviouslyEvil visibly infused with]] BlackMagic.
** He gets less evil with each incarnation, and even Magoichi Saika, a man who loathes him with a passion, finds the rule of Nobunaga preferable to the chaos that happens after his death.
* Nobunaga is the final boss of the NeoGeo fighting game ''Ninja Master's'', complete with a pair of flaming swords and a posessed demonic cape.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Inindo}}'', Nobunaga is the BigBad. But through [[OneHundredPercentCompletion careful play]], he can die when historically supposed to (Shocks!) and be replaced by a [[ReplacementScrappy random guy who appears for no reason with his demon-pet]]. Woowee!
* A rare case of a non-evil Oda Nobunaga: the {{Koei}} strategy video game ''NobunagasAmbition'', which lets you play as Nobunaga or any of three dozen other daimyo trying to claim the Japanese crown. Nobunaga generally has the best attributes of all of them, though.
** In the series' crossover with ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', known as ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' in America, Nobunaga is one of the main antagonists. His {{Badass}}ery is not lost here, as he gets to control [[spoiler:not one, but ''two'' [[OlympusMons Legendary]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons dragons]] (first [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Zekrom]], then [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Shiny Rayquaza]]) through the course of the game]]. Oddly, this is one of his most ''positive'' portrayals, given that his entire motive is eventually revealed to be [[spoiler:stopping conflict before people grow to view their Pokémon as little more than tools. The final story teams him up with the player character as the eponymous "Two Heroes of Ransei."]]
* The ''Taikou Risshiden'' RPG/strategy series, where Hideyoshi is the main character, has Nobunaga shown as an magnificent lord defying the norm by trusting a peasant-born warrior.
* ''Shogun: TotalWar'' has a non-evil Nobunaga, in the linear campaign the player gets to command several of his more famous battles.
* Nobunaga makes a very brief appearance at the beginning of a historical campaign mission in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII: The Conquerors'', in which he is assassinated. The player then receives control of Hideyoshi's troops and the goal is to destroy three castles in Kyoto to avenge Nobunaga's death.
* Nobunaga gets referenced in ''SoulCalibur'' as the one who cut off Yoshimitsu's arm, or at least was there when it happened, and is the one responsible for Yoshimitsu's DoomedHometown.
* Oda Nobunaga is the Japanese leader in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} V'', his skill (Bushido) allows damaged units to be able to fight on as if they had full strength, with the right Social Policies damaging units ''[[ConservationOfNinjutsu actually makes them tougher to kill]]'', therefore it's [[BrokenBase highly debated]] whether his ability is overpowered or not.
* Nobunaga in ''Ikusagami'' inverts this [[spoiler:plays it straight and then inverts again. Nobunaga is shown to orchestrate battles solely to study Aoi Yasaka, Inugami and the demons and shows a borderline obsession towards them, but Mitsuhide Akechi takes the final boss role.]]
* In the HGame ''Sengoku Rance'', Nobunaga is shown to be a very compassionate leader and loves his sister dearly. His genocidal tendencies are caused by being possessed by a literal demon.
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: So Long My Love'', Nobunaga appears as the immortal demon lord BigBad. (Ranmaru, meanwhile, is TheDragon and appears as a [[PettingZooPeople bunny boy]] [[VillainousCrossdresser in a dress]].)
* In ''Robo {{Aleste}}'', Nobunaga is revealed to be the reincarnation of Lucifer, who will try to destroy the world by revealing his true form. Or so Astaros claims; the ending isn't quite clear.

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* Travis of FourPlayerPodcast has a loud, blood-thirsty alter ego that he uses sometimes in games of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' named Nobunaga. Whether or not he's related at all to Oda Nobunaga has yet to be confirmed.

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** He also comforted YoyotomiHideyoshi's wife when her husband took other women.

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** He also comforted YoyotomiHideyoshi's wife when her husband took other women.
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** ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderGaimAndWizardTheFatefulSengokuMovieBattle'' is set in a parallel Sengoku Jidai where the Kamen Riders are members of warring factions lead by alternate universe versions of historical figures. Appropriately enough Nobunaga leads the OOO faction; in this film he's portrayed as an alternate version of [[SecondRider Akira Date/Kamen Rider Birth]], with actress Mao Ueda playing Ranmaru.
29th Nov '13 9:57:22 AM Prfnoff
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* In the film for ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', both Oda Nobunaga and his vassal blamed for his death, Akechi Mitsuhide, appear. In a uncommon aversion, a ghostly Akechi defends his apparent betrayal by explaining that Nosferatu killed the original Oda, transformed himself and took his place, leading to the famed brutality.

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* In the film for ''Anime/GhostSweeperMikami'', both Oda Nobunaga and his vassal blamed for his death, Akechi Mitsuhide, appear. In a uncommon aversion, a A ghostly Akechi defends his apparent betrayal by explaining that Nosferatu killed the original Oda, transformed himself and took his place, leading to the famed brutality.



** In the first game, you kill said demon king, but guess what? Nobunaga [[LikeABadassOutOfHell takes over the demonic realm]] for most of the series. Incidentally, he does pull a OneWingedAngel into a demonic form as well.
*** Thrice. He goes OneWingedAngel thrice. Twice in the second game, once in the third.
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Although noted for many things, including a mastery of tactics, (most famously, at the Battle of Okehazama, Nobunaga's forces, numbering at most 3000, defeated an army of around 25,000 through a combination of daring, misdirection, a brilliant surprise attack, and more than a little luck) revolutionizing the ways Japanese armies used firearms, and completely changing the economic system of and the way wealth was counted in Japan, Nobunaga is chiefly remembered for his ruthless and brutal nature, and it is these traits that dominate most depictions of him in any period pieces or games. Nobunaga's actions leave him ripe for playing the part of the villain, as his most infamous deeds include the burning of powerful Buddhist temples critical of him, and the slaughter of the thousands of men, women and children that lived in them. Even the kinder portrayals of him tend to show him as a man fueled by ambition and greed, in many others it is either speculated or explicitly said that he has either [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade become a demon or made a literal]] DealWithTheDevil to carry out his ambitions.

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Although noted for many things, including a mastery of tactics, (most famously, at the Battle of Okehazama, Nobunaga's forces, numbering at most 3000, defeated an army of around 25,000 through a combination of daring, misdirection, a brilliant surprise attack, and more than a little luck) revolutionizing the ways Japanese armies used firearms, and completely changing the economic system of and the way wealth was counted in Japan, Nobunaga is chiefly remembered for his ruthless and brutal nature, and it is these traits that dominate most depictions of him in any period pieces or games. Nobunaga's actions leave him ripe for playing the part of the villain, as his most infamous deeds include the burning of powerful Buddhist temples critical of him, and the slaughter of the thousands of men, women and children that lived in them. Even the kinder portrayals of him tend to show him as a man fueled by ambition and greed, in many others it is either speculated or explicitly said that he has either [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade become a demon or made a literal]] DealWithTheDevil to carry out his ambitions.
ambitions. See DemonKingNobunaga.



* In ''Wrath of the Ninja'' Nobunaga appears to be the chief antagonist for the 3 heroes, conquering Japan with demonic help and seeking to be transformed into a demon himself. [[spoiler:This time, however, there's a ManBehindTheMan, a demon looking to use the bloodshed of war and Nobunaga's cruelty to power the demons themselves, and Nobunaga is just his patsy.]]



* In the ''BlackLion'' {{OVA}}, Nobunaga is actually possessed by alien invaders who equip his armies with high-tech armaments so he can conquer Japan as a beachhead (probably; the backstory isn't covered much).



* Even the CthulhuMythos is up against Nobunaga. In the ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Secrets of Japan'', it's revealed that Nobunaga is but one of Nyarlathotep's thousand masks, and that the Outer God still occasionally pulls him out for, of all things, business meetings.



* Capcom loves Evil Nobunaga. So in ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'', he's once again a cruel, ruthless S.O.B with a sword, a shotgun and a [[BadassCape nasty cape]] that can attack enemies. He's also possibly the most ObviouslyEvil depiction of him, a TinTyrant decked out in SpikesOfVillainy and often seen [[SlouchOfVillainy reclining]] on [[NothingButSkulls his throne of skulls]]. When you have NorioWakamoto as the voice actor, of course [[LargeHam ham]] is to be expected.
** The anime turns this UpToEleven: DramaticThunder and [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous German Chanting]] follow Nobunaga whenever he makes an appearance.
** And the third game ([[spoiler:and TheMovie of the anime]]) does even better when Nobunaga returns LikeABadassOutOfHell, having apparently taken over the sixth underworld and turned his epithet into a literal description. As a playable character, his story pretty much involves killing ''everyone'' else in Japan before returning to Hell again.



* In the erotic game ''SengokuRance'', Nobunaga is shown to be a very compassionate leader and loves his sister dearly. His genocidal tendency are caused by being possessed by a literal demon.



* Nobunaga appears as the immortal demon lord BigBad in ''SakuraWars: So Long My Love''. (Ranmaru, meanwhile, is TheDragon and appears as a [[PettingZooPeople bunny boy]] [[VillainousCrossdresser in a dress]].)

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* In the HGame ''Sengoku Rance'', Nobunaga is shown to be a very compassionate leader and loves his sister dearly. His genocidal tendencies are caused by being possessed by a literal demon.
* In ''VideoGame/SakuraWars: So Long My Love'',
Nobunaga appears as the immortal demon lord BigBad in ''SakuraWars: So Long My Love''.BigBad. (Ranmaru, meanwhile, is TheDragon and appears as a [[PettingZooPeople bunny boy]] [[VillainousCrossdresser in a dress]].)



* In ''{{Persona 2}}'' there are monsters/Persona based on Nobunaga called "Demon King", in Japanese, it's called "Dairoku Tenmaoh". Later, in ''{{Persona 4}}'', Kanji Tatsumi's evolved Persona is a shortened version of these demon/Persona: "Rokuten Maoh".

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* In ''{{Persona 2}}'' there are monsters/Persona based on Nobunaga called "Demon King", in Japanese, it's called "Dairoku Tenmaoh". Later, in ''{{Persona 4}}'', Kanji Tatsumi's evolved Persona is a shortened version of these demon/Persona: "Rokuten Maoh".
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* ShootTheDog: AlternateCharacterInterpetation for his ruthlessness.

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* ShootTheDog: AlternateCharacterInterpetation AlternateCharacterInterpretation for his ruthlessness.
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*** The Ikko-Ikki are best summed up as Theocratic ChurchMilitant Communists/Socialists/Anarchists depending on the sect and interpretation (think something like a Medieval Japanese Taliban). They also had the stated intent of upturning Japanese society entirely and thus were hated even by their own allies. And who were also engaged in very brutal, very bloody politicking of their own that eventually targeted the Oda and their allies. The siege of Nagashima we all remember was actually the third in about as many years, after previous attempts to conquer it "cleanly" were driven back by the ultra militarized inhabitants and their clan allies.

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*** The Ikko-Ikki are best summed up as Theocratic ChurchMilitant Communists/Socialists/Anarchists depending on the sect and interpretation (think something like a Medieval Japanese Taliban). They also had the stated intent of upturning Japanese society entirely and thus were hated even by their own allies. And who were also engaged in very brutal, very bloody politicking of their own that eventually targeted the Oda and their allies. The siege of Nagashima we all remember was actually the third in about as many years, after previous attempts to conquer it "cleanly" in a "cleaner"/more conventional way were driven back by the ultra militarized inhabitants and their clan allies.
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** Of course, Mt. Hiei and the Ikko-Ikki tend to have their own dark spots overlooked in this, and who tend to get painted as completely innocent victims. Suffice it to say this was *not* the case, and many argue that this was more of a necessary ShootTheDog.
*** The warrior monks of Mt. Hiei were a longstanding threat to Kyoto and so invasive in politics an [[PhysicalGod Emperor of Japan]] allegedly said he had no power over them. The reason why they came to blows with Nobunaga was because they aligned with his enemies and were trying to strongarm a law expelling all Christians and foreigners from the country. When they were challenged to justify this in a debate with a Jesuit priest sponsored by Oda, they accepted and [[AppealToForce were so utterly humiliated their debater tried to lunge at the priest]]. In response, they stepped up their intrigues with the Oda's enemies and outright tried to kill Nobunaga and several others.
*** The Ikko-Ikki are best summed up as Theocratic ChurchMilitant Communists/Socialists/Anarchists depending on the sect and interpretation (think something like a Medieval Japanese Taliban). They also had the stated intent of upturning Japanese society entirely and thus were hated even by their own allies. And who were also engaged in very brutal, very bloody politicking of their own that eventually targeted the Oda and their allies. The siege of Nagashima we all remember was actually the third in about as many years, after previous attempts to conquer it "cleanly" were driven back by the ultra militarized inhabitants and their clan allies.


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* ShootTheDog: AlternateCharacterInterpetation for his ruthlessness.
28th Oct '13 1:46:36 PM SpectralTime
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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Or rather, {{TableTopGame/Go}}. The move "Nobunaga's Cradle" is named after him.
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