History VideoGame / SamuraiShodown

14th Nov '17 3:15:24 PM xcountryguy
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** Another example is that of Charlotte-Oshizu-Haohmaru. Charlotte and O-Shizu were both in love with Haohmaru, but he is a CelibateHero, dedicated entirely to fighting. While O-Shizu is depicted as being permanently interested in him and Haohmaru returning her feelings to a degree (he even kisses her in his SS 2 ending, though he also tells her she's better off without him), [[spoiler: Charlotte eventualy renounces to her feelings (ImportantHaircut and all) once she finds Haohmaru and O-Shizu together at the end of the second game.]]

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** Another example is that of Charlotte-Oshizu-Haohmaru. Charlotte and O-Shizu were both in love with Haohmaru, but he is a CelibateHero, dedicated entirely to fighting. While O-Shizu is depicted as being permanently interested in him and Haohmaru returning her feelings to a degree (he even kisses her in his SS 2 ending, though he also tells her she's better off without him), [[spoiler: Charlotte [[spoiler:Charlotte eventualy renounces to her feelings (ImportantHaircut and all) once she finds Haohmaru and O-Shizu together at the end of the second game.]]



* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: Ambrosia and its servants are subjects of this trope. [[spoiler: In RPG, its revealed that Ambrosia draws strength from negative emotions of humanity.]]

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* AsLongAsThereIsEvil: Ambrosia and its servants are subjects of this trope. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In RPG, its revealed that Ambrosia draws strength from negative emotions of humanity.]]



* TheBadGuyWins: In only one year after being defeated in Samurai Shodown 64, Yuga comes back, successfully enslaves Haohmaru and Shiki, plunges the world in darkness and nearly merges it with the Demon World. [[spoiler: Then Asura unexpectedly comes and deals with Yuga for good...which doesn't change much since Asura is ''another bad guy''.]]

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* TheBadGuyWins: In only one year after being defeated in Samurai Shodown 64, Yuga comes back, successfully enslaves Haohmaru and Shiki, plunges the world in darkness and nearly merges it with the Demon World. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Asura unexpectedly comes and deals with Yuga for good...which doesn't change much since Asura is ''another bad guy''.]]



* {{Celibate Hero}}: Though Haohmaru has a girlfriend, his priority is fighting and O-Shizu knows that very well. Nakoruru is well aware of Galford's love for her, but she's too MarriedToTheJob of being the priestess/spirit of Nature. [[spoiler: The Nakoruru-centric OAV also hints that, if Nakoruru ever got married, [[CartwrightCurse much misfortune would follow]]. It happened to Nakoruru's parents, after all. But we don't know if said OAV is 100% canon or not...]]

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* {{Celibate Hero}}: Though Haohmaru has a girlfriend, his priority is fighting and O-Shizu knows that very well. Nakoruru is well aware of Galford's love for her, but she's too MarriedToTheJob of being the priestess/spirit of Nature. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Nakoruru-centric OAV also hints that, if Nakoruru ever got married, [[CartwrightCurse much misfortune would follow]]. It happened to Nakoruru's parents, after all. But we don't know if said OAV is 100% canon or not...]]



* CursedWithAwesome: Basara, first appearing in Samurai Shodown 3, is a ghost. In the living world, Basara can teleport through shadow, transform into a shadowy bat, and control his chain blade with his mind. He wants his "accursed" existence to end so he can stay with his beloved Kagaribi in the afterlife. [[spoiler: After Samurai Shodown V storyline retcon, in his Samurai Shodown V ending, he recovers a repressed memory: he, not Zankuro, had killed Kagaribi.]]

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* CursedWithAwesome: Basara, first appearing in Samurai Shodown 3, is a ghost. In the living world, Basara can teleport through shadow, transform into a shadowy bat, and control his chain blade with his mind. He wants his "accursed" existence to end so he can stay with his beloved Kagaribi in the afterlife. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After Samurai Shodown V storyline retcon, in his Samurai Shodown V ending, he recovers a repressed memory: he, not Zankuro, had killed Kagaribi.]]



* DownerEnding: Ending of Nakoruru ADV game [[spoiler:Yantamu dies trying to save Nakoruru, then she dies as well, and its implied they happily reunited in afterlife]]. Many of the characters have downer endings in several games, ending in the demise of themselves or a loved one. Mina's SS5 ending is possibly the worst, as she [[spoiler: has to kill her adorable pet, after which it is heavily implied that she kills herself.]]

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* DownerEnding: Ending of Nakoruru ADV game [[spoiler:Yantamu dies trying to save Nakoruru, then she dies as well, and its implied they happily reunited in afterlife]]. Many of the characters have downer endings in several games, ending in the demise of themselves or a loved one. Mina's SS5 ending is possibly the worst, as she [[spoiler: has [[spoiler:has to kill her adorable pet, after which it is heavily implied that she kills herself.]]



* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Victoria in Samurai Shodown RPG, [[spoiler: she eventually turns into a demon.]]
** Also the queen in Charlotte's Samurai Shodown 1 intro (exclusive to portable version of game) - [[spoiler: who was possessed by the demon.]]

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Queen Victoria in Samurai Shodown RPG, [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she eventually turns into a demon.]]
** Also the queen in Charlotte's Samurai Shodown 1 intro (exclusive to portable version of game) - [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who was possessed by the demon.]]



* HeroAntagonist: Haohmaru in ''Warriors Rage'' (PS). [[spoiler: He wants to save Mikoto, but at that moment she is technically one of the villains, and good guys want to kill the villains, so Haohmaru clashes swords with the main hero Seishiro (in drama CD) and Hanzo (in game itself).]]

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* HeroAntagonist: Haohmaru in ''Warriors Rage'' (PS). [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He wants to save Mikoto, but at that moment she is technically one of the villains, and good guys want to kill the villains, so Haohmaru clashes swords with the main hero Seishiro (in drama CD) and Hanzo (in game itself).]]



* ImAHumanitarian: Kusaregedo is a huge, deformed, demonic creature who got to be that way by eating people, and his goal in entering the tournament is to track down and eat one of the other fighters. [[spoiler: In his ending, he eats his daughter instead.]]

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* ImAHumanitarian: Kusaregedo is a huge, deformed, demonic creature who got to be that way by eating people, and his goal in entering the tournament is to track down and eat one of the other fighters. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In his ending, he eats his daughter instead.]]



* LouisCypher: [[spoiler: Asura fullfills the role of [[{{Satan}} Devil]] in Samurai Shodown universe. His struggle with Yuga is a play on SatanIsGood and GodIsEvil tropes.]]

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* LouisCypher: [[spoiler: Asura [[spoiler:Asura fullfills the role of [[{{Satan}} Devil]] in Samurai Shodown universe. His struggle with Yuga is a play on SatanIsGood and GodIsEvil tropes.]]



* NearVillainVictory: In only one year after being defeated in Samurai Shodown 64, Yuga comes back, successfully enslaves Haohmaru and Shiki, plunges world in darkness and nearly merges it with Demon World. [[spoiler: Then Asura unexpectedly comes and deals with Yuga for good.]]

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* NearVillainVictory: In only one year after being defeated in Samurai Shodown 64, Yuga comes back, successfully enslaves Haohmaru and Shiki, plunges world in darkness and nearly merges it with Demon World. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Asura unexpectedly comes and deals with Yuga for good.]]



* OneWingedAngel: Literally - Yuda's design. Like Sephiroth, he has single black wing over his shoulder (when its not visible, he has black wing tattoo there isntead), has similar design of shoulder pads on straps, he also has very long sword, and [[spoiler: in his ending he grows a number of white wings aside of single black wing - akin to Safer Sephiroth]]. Also, inscription on his official artwork reads "Angel of Death - One-Winged Death God - Yuda" (?????????????, ''Shi no Tenshi ? Katayoku no Shinigami ? Yuda''), which is a throwback to Sephiroth's music theme "One-Winged Angel (?????, ''Katayoku no Tenshi''), which is a trope namer.

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* OneWingedAngel: Literally - Yuda's design. Like Sephiroth, he has single black wing over his shoulder (when its not visible, he has black wing tattoo there isntead), has similar design of shoulder pads on straps, he also has very long sword, and [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in his ending he grows a number of white wings aside of single black wing - akin to Safer Sephiroth]]. Also, inscription on his official artwork reads "Angel of Death - One-Winged Death God - Yuda" (?????????????, ''Shi no Tenshi ? Katayoku no Shinigami ? Yuda''), which is a throwback to Sephiroth's music theme "One-Winged Angel (?????, ''Katayoku no Tenshi''), which is a trope namer.



* StalkerWithACrush: Shiki subverts this trope by stalking Haohmaru due to Yuga's bidding. Nevertheless according to plan they should have sexual intercourse [[spoiler: just because theoretically body of their child would be a perfect vessel for Dark God's incarnation - at least according to Samurai Shodown 64 storyline]]

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* StalkerWithACrush: Shiki subverts this trope by stalking Haohmaru due to Yuga's bidding. Nevertheless according to plan they should have sexual intercourse [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just because theoretically body of their child would be a perfect vessel for Dark God's incarnation - at least according to Samurai Shodown 64 storyline]]



* SuperPersistentPredator: Rasetsumaru, even when he is ''in decapitated condition''. Also Kusaregedo, although [[spoiler: he failed to eat Rimururu in any of his endings, he later made up for it by hunting all the game's cast in his Samurai Shodown VI ending.]]

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* SuperPersistentPredator: Rasetsumaru, even when he is ''in decapitated condition''. Also Kusaregedo, although [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he failed to eat Rimururu in any of his endings, he later made up for it by hunting all the game's cast in his Samurai Shodown VI ending.]]



* TokenMotivationalNemesis: Draco may very well be this to Galford, [[spoiler: since he killed his father which served one of Galford's main motivators in his quest for justice]].

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* TokenMotivationalNemesis: Draco may very well be this to Galford, [[spoiler: since [[spoiler:since he killed his father which served one of Galford's main motivators in his quest for justice]].



* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Karakuri Hanma against Hanma, and [[spoiler: Hanmen no Asura against Yuga]].

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* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: Karakuri Hanma against Hanma, and [[spoiler: Hanmen [[spoiler:Hanmen no Asura against Yuga]].
8th Nov '17 6:36:56 PM WillKeaton
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* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Series had 3 {{OVA}}s: SS1-based, SS Asura Zanmaden-based, and Nakoruru game-based (which was left unfinished).

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* TheAnimeOfTheGame: Series had 3 {{OVA}}s: SS1-based, [=SS1-based,=] SS Asura Zanmaden-based, and Nakoruru game-based (which was left unfinished).
20th Oct '17 7:55:45 AM Basara-kun
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* WesternSamurai: Claude from ''Sen'' is a European blond guy that is a samurai, in this case from France. An amnesiac guy that adopted Japan's culture and became a samurai trained by monks and eventually he became one, defending his temple form various menaces. And from the same game, there's "J", an obvious {{expy}} of Anime/AfroSamurai.
3rd Oct '17 8:27:45 AM Basara-kun
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* BalanceSpeedStrengthTrio: In Spin-Off "Samurai Spirits Gaiden: Cham-Cham", there's the TerribleTrio of the game: The Three Robbers Laura, Gororo and Bobon, which are the balance, speed and strength respectively.
26th Sep '17 9:20:42 AM normal19
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Known as ''Samurai Spirits'' in Japan, this SNK Playmore one-on-one FightingGame series is set during the closing years of the Edo period. The first game was the debut of the Weapon Fighter subgenre, and the one of the first fighting games to introduce a super meter, the [[TurnsRed Rage Gauge]]. Once filled, this gauge increases the strength of attacks; starting with the second game, ''Samurai Shodown 2'', each character also has a [[LimitBreak super move]] that empties the gauge after successfully connecting. ''Samurai Shodown 2'' is also credited with introducing the first "parry" system.

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Known as ''Samurai Spirits'' in Japan, this SNK Playmore Creator/{{SNK}} one-on-one FightingGame series is set during the closing years of the Edo period. The first game was the debut of the Weapon Fighter subgenre, and the one of the first fighting games to introduce a super meter, the [[TurnsRed Rage Gauge]]. Once filled, this gauge increases the strength of attacks; starting with the second game, ''Samurai Shodown 2'', each character also has a [[LimitBreak super move]] that empties the gauge after successfully connecting. ''Samurai Shodown 2'' is also credited with introducing the first "parry" system.
16th Sep '17 4:31:51 PM nombretomado
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* ShooOutTheClowns: When Samurai Shodown III came around, SNK decided they wanted a "darker" atmosphere. This resulted in drastic redesigns for most of the characters (LargeHam Kabuki actor Senryo Kyoshiro apparently TookALevelInBadass), and the removal of the more light-hearted characters, including Genan, Cham Cham and her brother Tam Tam, Caffeine Nicotine, YagyuJubei (?!) and Charlotte. Samurai Shodown IV came around and added some of them back in, and by Samurai Shodown VI, the entire cast of 2D games has been reunited.

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* ShooOutTheClowns: When Samurai Shodown III came around, SNK decided they wanted a "darker" atmosphere. This resulted in drastic redesigns for most of the characters (LargeHam Kabuki actor Senryo Kyoshiro apparently TookALevelInBadass), and the removal of the more light-hearted characters, including Genan, Cham Cham and her brother Tam Tam, Caffeine Nicotine, YagyuJubei UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei (?!) and Charlotte. Samurai Shodown IV came around and added some of them back in, and by Samurai Shodown VI, the entire cast of 2D games has been reunited.



** Don't forget YagyuJubei (1607-1650). Don't understand why SNK didn't invent some equivalents; didn't seem to have a problem with this for Axel Hawk or Terry Rogers. (Amakusa, at least, has an in-game explanation, that he made a deal with Ambrosia to return from the dead.) As for the seaport and southern wilderness locations needed for Galford and Earthquake's stages, any Northeaster port town (like Boston) and Atlanta would've worked fine. Puzzling.

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** Don't forget YagyuJubei UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei (1607-1650). Don't understand why SNK didn't invent some equivalents; didn't seem to have a problem with this for Axel Hawk or Terry Rogers. (Amakusa, at least, has an in-game explanation, that he made a deal with Ambrosia to return from the dead.) As for the seaport and southern wilderness locations needed for Galford and Earthquake's stages, any Northeaster port town (like Boston) and Atlanta would've worked fine. Puzzling.
13th Sep '17 11:28:37 PM Vulcan422
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** Averted in Samurai Shodown 5 Special and onward, where all the female characters are vulnerable to fatalities. Every single girl - even the young and cute Rimururu - gains a full range of death animations; she can be decapitated, sliced in half, eaten, dismembered, or exploded into a rain of blood. Nakoruru, Rimururu and Mina even have animations where their clothes are cut or torn off right after they are struck by a strong blow that kills them, exposing their body parts or underwear, before their bodies collapse or fall apart.

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** Averted in Samurai Shodown 5 Special and onward, where all the female characters are vulnerable to fatalities. Every single girl - even the young and cute Rimururu - gains a full range of death animations; she can be decapitated, sliced in half, eaten, dismembered, or exploded into a rain of blood. Nakoruru, Rimururu and Mina even have animations where their clothes are cut or torn off right after they are struck by a strong blow that kills them, exposing their body parts or underwear, before their bodies collapse or fall apart. Nakoruru and Rimururu are also given special [[DeathCryEcho KO screams]] if they are hit with particularly brutal fatalities.
14th Jun '17 12:07:14 PM Piterpicher
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* TheCameo: [[FatalFury Mai Shiranui]] in Haohmaru's ending in the first game.

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* TheCameo: [[FatalFury [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai Shiranui]] in Haohmaru's ending in the first game.
14th Jun '17 9:22:33 AM AnotherGamer
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** The POW powerbar is filled with the damage received and when it's full, the character makes an angry pose and it {{turns red}}, being able to do a Desesperation Move during few time before the bar goes empty. Also used in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'', in which the K-Groove is based on this game series (plus the "Just Defend" ability from ''[[Videogame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'').

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** The POW powerbar bar is filled with the damage received and when it's full, the character makes an angry pose and it their skin {{turns red}}, being able allowing them to do perform a Desesperation Move during few time before Desperation Move: unlike most fighters, performing one doesn't instantly empty out the POW meter and if they miss with their DM, they can keep trying until the bar goes empty.empties on its own or they connect with the DM. Also used in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'', in which the K-Groove is based on this game series (plus the "Just Defend" ability from ''[[Videogame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'').
19th May '17 10:23:23 AM Basara-kun
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* RedIsViolent:
** The POW powerbar is filled with the damage received and when it's full, the character makes an angry pose and it {{turns red}}, being able to do a Desesperation Move during few time before the bar goes empty. Also used in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'', in which the K-Groove is based on this game series (plus the "Just Defend" ability from ''[[Videogame/FatalFury Garou: Mark of the Wolves]]'').
** Kazuki Kazama is a HotBlooded FieryRedhead {{Ninja}} who has [[CurtainsMatchTheWindow red hair and eyes]] and even [[HighlyVisibleNinja his clothes are in red]] that manages [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]]. An impulsive fighter that has a HairTriggerTemper if someone makes harm to his sister Hazuki.
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