This is a list of characters in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown''.

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown'']]

!!Haohmaru
->Voiced by: Masaki Sasaki, Creator/DaikiNakamura (64 games, DistantFinale and [=CvS2=]), Creator/BinShimada (Drama [=CDs=]), Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (''Samurai Shodown Oni'' pachislot game)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/haohmaru_2278.jpg
Our main hero who's out just mainly so [[BloodKnight he can get some kicks out of fighting those who are strong]]. Likes to booze off with drinks and of course, fight. As a young man, he once lost against Jubei and gets pumped up to get stronger. After said loss, he studied under Nicotine alongside Genjuro, and ends up being chosen as the school's successor much to Genjuro's dismay. In his travels to find worthy opponents, he finds himself entangled with many events, first by Amakusa, then adopting Shizumaru, helping to tame his demon self, eventually later being targeted by Mizuki for his soul, and then getting captured and enslaved by Yuga, until someone (either Nakoruru, or even Genjuro) breaks him free and later, makes an inspiration for Takechiyo in his quest to fight Golba. Oh, and he's got a YamatoNadeshiko lover named Oshizu.
----
Tropes associated with Haohmaru:
* TheAlcoholic: You never see him in a game without a jug of sake. From ''II'' on, one of his specials involves whacking you with it, too!
** "Alcoholic" is even the title of his ''SSIII'' theme.
* AnimeHair: And ''how''! It even gets '''bigger''' every game.
* BadassGrandpa: In the DistantFinale.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Usually in the backstories of other characters that he will hardly interact with outside of endings. (i.e: Shizumaru and Takechiyo.)
* TheBigGuy: Crossovers tends to portray him as this, being someone who is slow in combos, but deals massive damage. In the NGPC SNK vs Capcom, he's even paired with StreetFighter's [[MightyGlacier Zangief]]
* BloodKnight: Haohmaru is fueled by the sheer thrill of a good fight.
* BoisterousBruiser: A more idealistic version, as well as one of the rare ''main charas'' who follow the trope
* BlowYouAway: His traditional [[KiAttacks Fireball]], which sends out a compact spinning tornado which throws opponents high into the air on contact.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: In 64 by Yuga.
** DistressedDude: Thank you, Yuga.
* CharacterTitle: The second game in the series is subtitled "Haohmaru's Hell Incident".
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Oshizu, or sometimes Nakoruru when they're paired off in series covers. Granted, Haohmaru isn't THAT huge, but not only his ''hair'' is huge, but both girls are ''tiny''
* LovedINotHonorMore: He's dedicated entirely to fighting, as Shizu and later Charlotte came to learn. He lampshades it in his ending in the second game, where he and Oshizu kiss as he mentally apologizes to her.
* RedOniBlueOni: He is the Red, while Genjuro is the Blue
* RuleOfCool: One of his winposes has him throw his sword upwards, spin its sheath as the sword accurately enters the sheath back.
* {{Shotoclone}}: Somewhat. He's got a projectile and a dragon punch, but they don't function like you'd expect. Nonetheless, he serves this role in the series for the most part.
* ShoutOut: Based on MiyamotoMusashi
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Haohmal". Some arcade stickers include the romanization "Haōmaru"
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference on women, which Oshizu happens to be

!!Tachibana Ukyo

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ukyo_2682.jpg
The series' {{Bishonen}}, master of Iaijutsu, and formerly the main rival of Haohmaru until Genjuro appears. Ukyo is a complete ChickMagnet who attracts ladies wherever he goes. He suffers from [[IncurableCoughOfDeath Tubercolosis]] and has a crush on a certain girl named Kei Odagiri. He fights for her happiness, but not to win her love because of his short lifespan. He also has a link with Kurokouchi Yumeji, a successor of his master's Iaijutsu school and went out of his way to bring [[ViewerGenderConfusion him/her]] back to the cause of good, and later convinced him/her to become a nun. He was supposed to die after 64-2, but due to his popularity it was retconned in Edge of Destiny.
----
Tropes associated with Ukyo:
* {{Badass}}
** HandicappedBadass: He fights despite suffering from tuberculosis. See BloodFromTheMouth and IllBoy.
* BadassBack: He usually faces backwards when fighting, but if you ever see him face forward... let's just say you're dead
* {{Bishonen}}
* BloodFromTheMouth
* ChickMagnet
* DeathByAThousandCuts: His Bust/Rasetsu Desperation Move from ''III'' and ''IV''.
* DemotedToExtra: Somewhat. In the first game, he was Haohmaru's true rival. When Genjuro comes in, everything went downhill as eventually he is never very relevant to the plot again and reduced into something of a CannonFodder for Haohmaru (see Haohmaru's ending in IV).
* DiagonalCut: His Fatality, which is also ludicrously fast.
* IaijutsuPractitioner
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Most of his fighting purposes. More exactly, his relationship with [[CourtlyLove Kei Odagiri]]
* IllBoy: IncurableCoughOfDeath included
* TheStoic: If there's someone who'd let out VisibleSilence so often, it's him
* ReverseGrip: Started using it in the 3rd game, usually for his most damaging normal attacks and a couple specials.
* ShoutOut: If Haohmaru is MiyamotoMusashi, Ukyo is Sasaki Kojirou. He even got Kojirou's Tsubame Gaeshi as his move
* SwordBeam: The ground based projectile used by his Bust/Rasetsu incarnations is this.
* VictoryIsBoring: "The moment I drew my sword, the fight was over. Ho-hum"
* WarriorPoet: The only two languages Ukyo speaks are VisibleSilence and Haiku.
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference of women, which his lady-in-liege Kei Odagiri happens to be.
** StarCrossedLovers: He and Kei are mix of this and CourtlyLove. [[LoveHurts Oh, boooooy.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!!Nakoruru
->Voice actor: Harumi Ikoma, Reiko Chiba (first OVA; [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/nakoruru_452.jpg also as live actor]] in some advertisements), Creator/MikakoTakahashi (''Tenkaichi Kenkyakuden''), Creator/MarikoKouda (Drama [=CDs=])

The heroine of the series, most of the time the one being concerned in defeating the BigBad (compared to Haohmaru, who's in just for the fight itself). She is a priestess of the Ainu tribe who fights in order to protect Mother Nature herself, residing in the village of Kamui Kotan. Usually, she abhors fighting , but eventually she comes to terms on it and becomes more eager to fight, if it is to protect. She's usually accompanied with her pet hawk Mamahaha. Has a little sister named Rimururu. As it turned out, she made a contact with the spirit of nature to become their champion. She aided Haohmaru in his quests, but after the battle against Mizuki, she [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificed herself]] to restore the harmony of Nature.

SNK retconned her "death" in ''Edge of Destiny'' (which is after the 64 series). She's still alive but mostly "sleeps" within the forest, and her spirit only wakes up whenever there is trouble against Nature.
----
Tropes associated to Nakoruru:
* BadassAdorable
* BarrierMaiden Specially after her HeroicSacrifice and its retcon above.
* TheBeastMaster: Mamahaha and Shikuru
* {{Celibate Hero}}ine: Very aware of Galford's crush, but is adamant into never getting into a relationship since her mission is her priority. [[spoiler: She even tells him to not be hang up on her and live his own life before her HeroicSacrifice.]]
** The ''Nakoruru: Ano Hito Kara no Okurimono'' game has her explaining that her priestess nature doesn't allow her to think or desire for her own happiness, because it would be a distraction from her duty. [[spoiler: The kicker? She says it to reject Yantamu's marriage proposal.]]
* CuteBruiser
* FragileSpeedster: Even faster than the ninjas
* FriendToAllLivingThings
* HimeCut
* {{Mascot}} (Alongside [[FatalFury Terry Bogard]], she is SNK's other mascot. Unlike [[TheKingOfFighters Athena]], however, if they ever get into crossovers, Nakoruru just feels indifferent with Terry.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: A recurring theme for her in ''Ano hito kara no okurimono''.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness
* {{Leitmotif}}: Her theme song is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
* {{Nature Hero}}ine: The [[SelfParody Neo Geo DJ Station drama CD]] pokes fun at this in one skit. It involves Nakoruru stewing [[LethalChef horrendously]] [[{{Squick}} mismatched]] [[{{GargleBlaster}} ingredients]] whilst going on about how they're all natural, ''[[InsaneTrollLogic therefore]]'' [[WhatAnIdiot bound to taste delicious together.]]
* NatureSpirit
* OneeSama: She's is one for Rimururu and Mikato
* ReluctantWarrior: If it's possible, she'd rather not fight
* ReverseGrip: Uses it often.
* SavingTheWorld: She's the one who is mostly bound by this duty than any of the other characters and takes this seriously due to her contract as the protector of nature.
* ShipTease: Despite her dedication on Nature, there is a lot of teases about her and [[DoggedNiceGuy Galford]]
* WallJump
* YamatoNadeshiko: Strong willed priestess with a HimeCut, very kind and gentle [[BewaretheNiceOnes unless she's your opponent]], totally dedicated to her duty/mission to protect nature.

!!Galford D. Weiler
->Voiced by: Creator/ToshihikoSeki (in the Dengeki drama CD series), Creator/WataruTakagi (in the movie), Atsushi "Monster" Maezuka (geneal games).
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/galford_6350.jpg
American sailor/surfer dude turned into McNinja, fighting [[JusticeWillPrevail for justice]]. He trained under the same master as Earthquake, and completed his training to become a full fledged ninja. He is mostly accompanied with his pet dog Poppy. Is very much in love with Nakoruru, though [[UnrequitedLove she is way too focused on her mission on nature to focus on that]]. (To his credit, Galford seems to understand that and doesn't stalk her or anything.) For some reason, has an ability to generate lightning. Although at first seems like someone who doesn't have a focus except enforcing justice here and there, ''Edge of Destiny'' reveals that he had a father [[GenerationXerox who was like him, a justice lover]]... who got killed by Draco. Since he's also, well, evil, Galford sets out to kick his ass, for both justice and revenge.
----
Tropes associated with Galford:
* TheBeastMaster
* BigNo: He usually lets it out when he's beaten)
* BoisterousBruiser
* DoggedNiceGuy: towards Nakoruru. Puns not intended. In a mild subversion: [[spoiler: during his TearJerker ending in Samurai Shodown II, when Nakoruru's spirit apologizes to him and begs him to not be grieve for her, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he immediately complies]].]]
* {{Eagleland}}: Type B, but mostly on a heroic light.
* FunPersonified
* GenerationXerox: Aside of the ninja stuff, he is pretty much a justice lover like his father.
* GratuitousEnglish: [[CaptainObvious Well, is the sky blue?]]
* JusticeWillPrevail
* LargeHam: LET'S GO POPPY!
* {{Leitmotif}}: His theme song, the bizarrely named "Tuna" is one of the few recurring tracks in the series.
* LightningBruiser
* LoveFreak
* McNinja
* ParentalAbandonment: He ran away from home, leaving his mother and his four older sisters. And his father got killed by Draco.
* ScarfOfAsskicking: His most prized possession, from his sensei Ayame.
* ShockAndAwe: "Plasma Blade!"
* WallJump
* YamatoNadeshiko: His preference of women...and Nakoruru just happens to be one.
* YouKilledMyFather: Draco, as we finally learn in Sen. In his own words:
--> "[[ShutUpHannibal SHADDAP!]] [[MyNameIsInigoMontoya NEVAH]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable FORGEVE]] [[{{Engrish}} JUSS]] [[{{Narm}} LAEK]] [[http://d.hatena.ne.jp/video/niconico/sm3084506 YUU!]]"

!!UsefulNotes/HattoriHanzo
->Voiced by: Toshimitsu Arai, Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi (in the DistantFinale)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/hanzo_1377.jpg
The legendary {{Ninja}} in services of the Tokugawa shogunate, and is pretty much the enemy of anyone who opposes them. Super serious. He is good friends with Jubei and Yoshitora. In the events of the first game, he witnessed his son Shinzo possessed by Amakusa and he sets off to rescue him, only getting his body, not his soul. In the second game, he successfully retrieved his soul, but not after his ActionMom wife Kaede performed a HeroicSacrifice. Said son will later succeed him in the distant future that is Warriors' Rage. Also makes a anachronistic appearance in [[KingOfFighters KOF: Maximum Impact 2]]
----
Tropes associated with Hanzo:
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Humility isn't really his thing.
* BadassGrandpa, CoolOldGuy: Despite not being ''that'' old.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The few times he's been seen without his mask, we can see a BIG scar across one of his eyes.
* HitmanWithAHeart Well, he is a ninja.
* {{Invisibility}}
* LegacyCharacter: In the DistantFinale, one of his sons (widely believed to be Shinzo) takes over the name of Hattori Hanzo and becomes head of the clan.
* [[{{Ninja}} NINJA]]: [[CaptainObvious He also eats with his mouth.]]
* NinjaLog: Probably used the first playable fighting version of this trope.
* PapaWolf: To Shinzou, and by extension to his pupil Kanzou.
* PlayingWithFire
* {{Seppuku}} --> InterruptedSuicide: Was ''this'' close to commit suicide like this in his first ending, after he failed to save Shinzo from Amakusa. Then Kanzou and his friends stepped in and told him to become their mentor, which gave Hanzou his hope back.
* ScarfOfAsskicking
* TheStoic: He doesn't speak much.
* WallJump

!!UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei
->Voiced by: Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jubei_4429.jpg
Another legendary {{Samurai}} (mostly based on Mitsuyoshi), once defeated a young Haohmaru and sent him off to Nicotine for honing his potential. Jubei serves the Tokugawa shogunate, and was Yoshitora's sword instructor. Also a good friend of Hanzo, but by the time of the first game, he's out in retirement for inner enlightement. He helps out in defeating Amakusa, but later on, his soul, alongside with Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's and Sieger's, is targeted by Mizuki to revive Ambrosia. He is saved by the good Amakusa, and later returns to help defeat Mizuki. Fandom is a bit naughty on him, due to his slightly comical tone of voice, making him somewhat a ButtMonkey in some fan comics. According to his bio, the person he respected the most is Yagyu Munenori, which means although he doesn't appear on screen, SNK certainly averts the usual treatment of Munenori as a bastard.
----
Tropes associated with Jubei:
* BadassGrandpa: He's a middle-aged samurai.
* ButtMonkey: Fandom only.
* DualWielding: With his daisho.
* EyepatchOfPower Of course.
** HandicappedBadass
* Creator/KiyoshiKobayashi
* RatedMForManly
* {{Samurai}}

!!Earthquake

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/earthquake_921.jpg
Overly obese Texan McNinja. Earthquake used to learn under Galford's sensei Ayame, but quit early due to his greed. He later becomes a bandit, leading his gang to cause mischief here and there. His fart is said to be poisonous. He's always working for the bad guy, but later enters Makai, lured by the treasures there and vanished, never to be heard again.
----
Tropes associated with Earthquake:
* AssKicksYou: Or more like, 'Ass Stomps You'.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Look at this guy, would you ever guess that he's a ninja?
* BaldOfEvil
* DumbMuscle
* {{Eagleland}}: Type B... well, mostly.
* EpicFlail: He has a kusarigama as his weapon of choice.
* FacialMarkings: Earthquake has tattoos or face paint in the shape of flames around his eyes.
* {{Fartillery}}: His ''epic'' kick grab in the first 2 games.
* {{Gonk}}: It's also his complex: "His face looks like an old woman's".
* LightningBruiser: Especially since the second game, when he gained a few ninja abilities.
* McNinja
* MightyGlacier
* StoutStrength
* UnexpectedCharacter: Made his first playable appearance in nearly a decade as a character in ''SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos''.
* WallJump: Gained this ability in the second game.

!!Shiranui Gen-An

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/genan_5496.jpg
An... uh... goblin-like monster who claims himself 'The King of Demons' and does his best to do evils here and there, while being quite inept at it. Has a hot, very much humanly wife named Azami, and she bore him a lot of kids... LIKE HIM. During the first game, he is killed, but the second game had him resurrected by Mizuki. Eventually, however, under the begging of Azami, Gen-An stops fighting and settles down. Hinted to be the distant ancestor of that {{Stripperiffic}} {{Ninja}} [[FatalFury Mai]] [[MsFanservice Shiranui]].
----
Tropes Associated with Gen-An:
* BaldOfEvil
* CartoonCreature
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: One of his moves and his eventual super involves spinning.
* EvilLaugh: An unsettling cackle, to be specific.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: When your winposes are somewhat mirroring Haohmaru, you know you're not serious.
* ImAHumanitarian
* {{Gonk}}
* NamesTheSame: Shares his surname with [[TheKingOfFighters Mai]] [[FatalFury Shiranui]]. Whether or not they're related is something [[FlipFlopOfGod the writers can't agree on]].
* SmallNameBigEgo: He likes claiming himself 'The Demon King'.
* ThisIsADrill: In ''I'' Gen-An's punch throw has him use his claw like a drill. In ''II'' this becomes his Desperation Move.
* UglyGuyHotWife: And descendant, some say.
* WallJump: Gained this ability in the second game.

!!Charlotte Christine de Colde
->Voiced by: SakikoTamagawa (in the movie)
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/charlotte_7544.jpg
French fencer who came to Japan thanks to the trouble brewing there (starting from Gaoh). During the course of the first game, she became a good friend with Nakoruru. After the first Samurai Shodown, she returns to France and participates in the French Revolution, later coming back to Japan after hearing Amakusa's return, then she meets Haohmaru, whom she eventually falls for, but she was unaware of him having a lover already. She returns in the second game to fight off Mizuki, now with longer hair maybe to impress him, but found out that he's already taken. Facing the bitter truth, Charlotte cut her hair off and returned to France, hoping to be stronger.
----
Tropes associated with Charlotte:
* ActionGirl
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Her crush on Haohmaru.
* BattleBallgown
* BoobsOfSteel: [[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters/charlotte-samurai1.jpg Subverted.]] Slightly above average at best, never really emphasized in the games. [[HourglassHottie Her]] ''other'' [[ShesGotLegs assets]], on the other hand...
* CyanidePill: Her suicide move from ''SamuraiShodown IV'' seems to be this.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: If she really was supposed to be introduced as the 'sexy' {{Foil}} of the cuter Nakoruru. She came off as pretty damn {{Badass}} instead.
* GratuitousFrench: Has gone from ear-grating to amusing to just short of decent. "O-ribuaaa?"
** One NPC in her SSV intro takes it a couple dozen steps further, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to the utter hilarity of many a French fan.]]
--> ''"Ju t'm? Madeumwazzlll?"''
* ImportantHaircut: When she sees that [[LovedINotHonorMore Haohmaru]] ''[[LovedINotHonorMore does]]'' [[LovedINotHonorMore love Oshizu]] despite his dedication to fighting, she decides to get over it and starts by cutting her long hair with her rapier.
* LadyOfWar
* PatrioticFervor
* RoyalRapier
* ShoutOut: Her look is very much inspired with Oscar Jarjayes from ''RoseOfVersailles''. (But not her crossdressing tendencies.)
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Notably averted. Her bulky combat armor is only [[CombatStilettos two heels away]] from realistic.

!!Tam-Tam

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tamtam_2775.jpg
Hero of the Greenhell tribe in South America, protecting the Tanjil and Palenke Stones, which is responsible of keeping Ambrosia to be brought to the world. He was actually slain by Gaoh in the past, but one tribesman brought his mask to him, which resurrects him. Later, during Amakusa's return, Tam Tam hunts down the Palenke stone and retrieves it, but on the other hand, his sister Cham-Cham lost the other stone, thereby subjecting Tam-Tam to be punished... [[spoiler:turning into Cham-Cham's pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku.
----
Tropes associated with Tam-Tam:
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BackFromTheDead: Look below.
* BadassBoast
* BadassBystander[=/=]LegacyCharacter: Tam-Tam in the fifth game is a mere villager who came to find ''the'' revered hero Tam-Tam slain by Gaoh.
* TheBigGuy: Tall even by Western standards, so much indeed that he is constantly crouching while fighting. Once he stands up, he towers over everyone in the game.
* BreathWeapon: He can breathe fire.
* ButtMonkey: The fourth game turns him to this, first there's Galford's ending where his puppies took away his mask; then there's his ending where [[spoiler:it is revealed how he became Paku-Paku]]
* HotBlooded: His winquote describes it all: "My Boiling Blood Bubbles For Battle!"
* MaskPower: enough to revive him.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* TakehitoKoyasu: in the movie.
* WildMan

!!Senryo Kyoshiro

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kyoshiro_3449.jpg
Kabuki actor who thinks Kabuki dancing is SeriousBusiness. The evil presence kept disturbing his performances, so he usually fights to preserve his dancing stage. The second game provides a much bigger threat for him when his fellow performer got possessed and he's forced to kill him, and later he discovers that his soul is required by Mizuki to bring back Ambrosia. After being saved by Amakusa, he joins in defeating Mizuki, and then adopts the priestess Bizuki, whose body were possessed by Mizuki, turning her into his fellow Kabuki dancer.
----
Tropes associated with Kyoshiro:
* AnimeHair: Look at it. ''Look at it.''
* BladeOnAStick
* BreathWeapon: He can breathe fire.
* DoesnotLikeShoes: From '''III''' onwards.
* HandicappedBadass: He only uses one foot to stand while fighting
* '''[[LargeHam Very Large Ham]]''': Emphasis ours. ''Kabuki'', people!
** Even more amusing, when he defeats his palette-swapped counterpart in SS1 he calls him "ham".
* PaperFanOfDoom
* TookALevelInBadass: Compare his ''[[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/d/d7/Kyoshiross2.gif SSII]]'' and ''[[http://images.wikia.com/snk/images/5/55/Kyoshiross3.gif SSIII]]'' sprites.
* SeriousBusiness: "A method of acting that is a matter of life or death."

!!Wan-fu

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/wanfu_8787.jpg
Chinese Warlord out to unify China. Despite his seemingly evil idea, he is merely a good guy trying to make best of the situation, and to protect his land, which leads him to fight off the evil forces that ravaged the land. Seems to change his weapon in every installment (uses a huge scimitar in the first game, stone pillar in the second, huge mace in the fifth game). [[NoFourthWall Doesn't seem to know that there is a fourth wall]].
----
Tropes associated to Wan-fu:
* AssKicksYou: One of his aerial kicks, one of his standing kicks and one of his grabs.
* BadAssBoast
--> "Life is a dream. [[PreAssKickingOneLiner And it's Morning for you!"]]
* {{BFS}}: His weapon in the first game was almost a GameBreaker. If he hit you point-blank with his Power Slash (which reached nearly across the screen), it usually inflicted three hits that took off about half a full life meter ''and'' usually left you dizzy to boot. Once that happened, the round was over.
* BoisterousBruiser
* CastFromHP: Can sacrifice some health to max out his rage.
* HotBlooded
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LightningBruiser: He's not much of a MightyGlacier compared to Earthquake.
* NoFourthWall: Second game's ending. If you could call it that.
* [[TakeOverTheWorld Take Over China]]: ''"[[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses OF]] [[StreetFighter COURSE!]]"''
* UseYourHead: has a move in the second game which involves repeatedly slamming his head into his stone pillar to raise his extra gauge while losing a small amount of health.
* WeaponOfChoice: Notable for averting this; each game saw him using a different weapon.

!![[UsefulNotes/AmakusaShiro Amakusa Shiro Tokisada]]

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/amakusa_8411.jpg

Based on the Christian rebel with the same name, once he crossed the DespairEventHorizon due to losing and being executed, Amakusa made a pact with Ambrosia on his death. He possessed Hanzo's son Shinzo and returned to the land, spreading chaos. Ultimately, he is defeated and banished back to Makai, leaving Shinzo's body... then his soul is split in half, one is the good Amakusa who wants to truly atone for his sins, the other is the evil Amakusa, still hating the world. The evil one later kidnaps a BarrierMaiden named Hazuki Kazama, placed her inside a seal to sap her out of her life energy, and tried to use her to bring Zankuro Minazuki BackFromTheDead and keep him on the leash... until Hazuki's brothers Kazuki and Sogetsu kick his ass and destroy him permanently. The good Amakusa, still using Shinzo's body, tried to make amends, but was later sealed by Mizuki. He breaks free just in time to save Haohmaru, Jubei, Kyoshiro and Sieger from having their souls stolen by Mizuki, but after that he is killed by Mizuki permanently, leaving Shinzo's body for Hanzo to rescue.
----
Tropes associated with Amakusa:
* TheAtoner: His good self
* BackFromTheDead: Twice.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: Does he EVER! So much that many who first encountered him thought he was a woman at first.
* EnemyWithout: Aku Amakusa
* HeelFaceTurn
* HypocriticalHumor: "My religion says all are equal. Peasant."
* NoblewomansLaugh: No wonder many are fooled.
* ReligiousBruiser: Based on the real life Christian minister of the same name.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: His first reason for coming back and the basis of his evil self.
* ShoutOut
* SissyVillain: At least, that's what you think before he disembowls you with that magical orb he carries around.
* SNKBoss: In the first game at least. Less noticiable than other bosses since TheComputerIsACheatingBastard in [=SS1=] (effectively making every character a boss fight) and because of a GoodBadBugs case that allowed the player to win the first round against him easily. Still, he remains a very cheap enemy as his special moves have zero recovery time, can break out of comboes and can dizzy you quite easily.
* SplitPersonality[=/=]SuperpoweredEvilSide: Aku Amakusa.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Aku Amakusa again.
* WallJump
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 2'']]

!!Kibagami Genjuro
->Voiced by: Kong Kuwata
->Voiced by: Kong Kuwata
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/genjuro_7330.jpg
Haohmaru's true rival. An assassin for hire, with very much enjoyment in killing those who are weak. He starts out a decent man, training alongside Haohmaru, but has a hunger for power which got him failing to be the school successor and even got himself expelled from the dojo. He also has a deep-seated hatred for Haohmaru, not just because he's his 'goody-goody' rival, but also because [[IdenticalStranger he looked like a man Genjuro killed]] because said man slept with his mother, which eventually led his mother to attack him and Genjuro killed in self-defense. Said mother also looked like Shiki, and Genjuro has a soft spot on her, since at least he loved his mother. In Samurai Shodown 64-2, he unwittingly played the hero since Haohmaru got BrainwashedAndCrazy by Yuga, and he presumably is the one to break him out of control and was about to kill him, until a little kid whose father he killed stabbed him on the back, killing him... Then SNK retconned that AGAIN, since in ''Edge of Destiny'' he's alive and kicking.
----
Tropes associated with Genjuro:
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: [[WordOfGod Yeah.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Supplemental materials suggest that Genjuro regrets [[SelfMadeOrphan it]] '''''bigtime''''' -- which explains his soft spot to Shiki, a dead-ringer for her.
* {{Expy}}: He is sometimes likened to a 'Samurai [[KingOfFighters Iori Yagami]]', though they're not related and despite Genjuro being created before. SNK vs Capcom Chaos makes fun of this.
-->'''Iori''': Hmph.
-->'''Genjuro''': Hmph.
-->'''Iori''': Die!
-->'''Genjuro''': Die!
* FreudianExcuse: Son of a prostitute. Killed a client who was mistreating his mother. Mother went loopy and tried to kill her son, [[SelfMadeOrphan who ended up having to kill her in self-defense]]. No fuckin' wonder [[MaddenIntoMisanthropy the dude is pissed off]].
** And to twist the knife to the wound? Said client looked like Haohmaru. It's ''not'' Haohmaru's fault in the least, but still.
* TheGambler: His stage, special moves and winposes in his debut game are all hanafuda references.
** He also [[ImprobableWeaponUser uses giant cards as projectiles]] and cards go flying during his Desperation Move.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Towards Haohmaru.
* PsychoForHire: ''[[HiredGuns Hitokiri]]'', to be more exact.
* RedOniBlueOni: Subverted. The Blue to Haohmaru's Red at first sight, Genjuro is solely in it out of sadism.
* TheRival
* SelfMadeOrphan: Not exactly by choice.
* ShoutOut: Inverted. Watsuki being a bigtime fan, Genjuro's design was what inspired the design of pre-mummy [[RurouniKenshin Makoto Shishio]]
** Genjuro has a massive scar like [[StreetFighter Sagat's]], except Genjuro's is on his back.
* SocialDarwinist: He excuses his killing by [[InsaneTrollLogic rationalizing]] that people who piss him off are stupid, and stupid people defile the world by their existence; therefore, he does everyone a favour by killing them.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Genjuro" or "Genjyuro"? SNK seems to prefer the latter in more recent games.
* TheRival: To Haohmaru.
* WouldntHitAGirl: In V, the reason he didn't cut down Sankuro at first sight was because he didn't want to kill the girl in front of him. he would hit and likely kill a girl able to defend herself, but not a NeutralFemale.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pinkish Purple Hair]]

!!Cham-Cham
->Voiced by: Reiko Chiba

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/chamcham_2972.jpg
Little sister of Tam-Tam, and a somewhat likes to act like a [[CatGirl cat]], or playing and getting shocked by electric eels. She accidentally lost the Tanjil stone during a trip to play and in compensation, tried to retrieve it, accompanied by her pet chimpanzee Paku-Paku. In the end of her story, she found out that [[spoiler:Paku-Paku is actually Tam-Tam, cursed as a punishment for letting the stone be lost]].
----
Tropes associated with Cham-Cham:
* AssKicksYou: One of her aerial "kicks"
* TheBeastMaster
* CatGirl Often compared with [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]] and even has her color scheme
* CuteBruiser
* GenkiGirl
* JunglePrincess
* PrecisionGuidedBoomerang: Her melee and projectile attacks employ her boomerang, which returns back into her hands even if she's being thrown.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Somewhat; she is the replacement of her older brother. She is much more well received though.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]]
* WildChild

!!Neinhalt Sieger
->Voiced by: Kong Kuwata

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sieger_339.jpg
Leader of the Prussian Red Lion Knights. He protects his country from Mizuki, and his soul happens to be one of the souls that Mizuki sought to resurrect Ambrosia. He is, however, saved by Amakusa and later contributed in Mizuki's defeat. He returned home victorious and marries Princess Elizabeth, his liege's daughter.
----
Tropes associated to Sieger:
* BadassBaritone: Rather deep voiced. Very BadAss.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BodyguardCrush - LovedINotHonorMore: To Elizabeth, who loves him back. They end up HappilyMarried in his ending.
* FanNickname: Based on his BattleCry, developers nicknamed him ''"BAAAAH!!!"''
* EstrogenBrigadeBait[=/=]ForeignFanservice: [[WordOfGod Yes]], [[MrFanservice really.]]
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: With Princess Elizabeth.
* LightningBruiser: Is one of the biggest and most muscular characters amongst the cast, but is quite quick on his own
* LoveFreak: Possibly, based on his winquote, "Love is the best weapon in the world", unless it's just really one BlindIdiotTranslation
* MegatonPunch: Well, kind of hard not to when you pack a weapon like that.
* PatrioticFervor
* PowerFist[=/=]SwissArmyWeapon: His gauntlet doesn't just punch, it shoots things and sets his body on fire.
* WalkingShirtlessScene
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: He's got a rather nasty backbreaker.

!!Kafuin Nicotine

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/caffeine_3618.jpg
An old priest, formerly the master of both Haohmaru and Genjuro. He expelled Genjuro due to his bloodlust, and keeps in check about Haohmaru, especially when Mizuki starts targetting him. Nicotine later goes to battle to kill Mizuki and protect Haohmaru. He retires from the battle after the second game. Later in the 64 series, he is entrusted with Shiki's daughter Mikoto; and he raised her, helped with Haohmaru and his grandson Gaira.
----
Tropes associated with Nicotine:
* CoolOldGuy
* InterfaceScrew: One of his attacks will reverse your joystick controls for a brief time.
* OldMaster
* PlayingWithFire & ShockAndAwe: More talisman-based, but you get the idea.
* PunnyName

!!Rashoujin Mizuki
->Voiced by: Harumi Ikoma (Samurai Shodown II), Creator/ShizukaIto (in Samurai Shodown 5 Special), RicaMatsumoto (Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden), Miki Tsuchiya (Nakoruru ~Ano hito kara no okurimono~), Tsumugi Ōsawa (Samurai Shodown VI), Creator/MichieTomizawa (Samurai Shodown II Dengeki drama CD).

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mizuuki_6630.jpg
A vengeful spirit who made pact with Ambrosia, made famous as one of the first female BigBad in fighting game history. She was later challenged by the [[{{Miko}} priestess]] Bizuki, whom she defeats and possessed. She took over Amakusa's effort to revive Ambrosia, and dispatched him when he betrayed her when she tried to extract the souls for the Tanjil stone (Haohmaru's, Kyoshiro's, Jubei's and Sieger's). She is eventually defeated, but left the corruption so bad that Nakoruru had to do a HeroicSacrifice to set things right again. With Mizuki leaving Bizuki's body, she returned to normal life and was later drafted by Kyoshiro to assist him in his kabuki performances. However, she returns in other games...

----

Tropes associated with Mizuki:
* BalefulPolymorph: One of her attacks will briefly turn you into a helpless animal, usually a pig.
* BodySnatcher: Poor, poor Bizuki.
* TheBeastMaster: With her beast Maju.
* BigBad
* [[spoiler: DarkAndTroubledPast: The ''Samurai Shodown'' RPG says that, 800 years before Samurai Shodown II took place, a young Mizuki was abandoned by her parents during a massive famine. The little girl crossed the DespairEventHorizon and made a DealWithTheDevil with Ambrosia, turning herself into an angry demon that spent years laying waste around the globe.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: With Kyoshiro.
* InterfaceScrew: One of her moves will have your direction control reversed)
* {{Miko}}: Or more exactly, the woman whose body she stole was this.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Usually when using her teleportation powers.
* [[spoiler: RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Why she joined Ambrosia in the first place.]]
* SNKBoss: She's fast and her weapon can't be broken, for starters.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Less distorted than the typical example, though.
* WallJump

!!Kuroko

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kuroko_640.jpg
A mysterious fighter that acts as the judge of the fights in a few of the games. He has 4 other brothers that dress identical to him, making them indistinguishable from each other. He is a powerful fighter, but rarely enters the arena. While he appears in the first game, he reveals himself as a fighter until the second.
----
Tropes associated with Kuroko:

* BonusBoss (In ''SamuraiShodown 2'' you will fight him either randomly or by fulfilling certain conditions)
* NoNameGiven (His name is obscured in the ''SamuraiShodown 2'' credits. Recently ist's been revealed that his real name is Sukihiro ["Kuroko" is just an alias])
* ShoutOut (Mostly to other {{SNK}} games, and how! He is ''the'' embodiment of this trope)
* SNKBoss (He is strong and extremely fast. Plus in ''SamuraiShodown 2'', his weapon can't be broken)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 3'']]

!!Hisame Shizumaru

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shizumaru_4301.jpg
An amnesiac boy who is deemed as a "demon", only naming himself after his sword. He had a traumatic past as detailed in the fifth game. He usually trains and seeks advice from Haohmaru and eventually after learning about a great 'demon' named Minazuki Zankuro, he travels with Haohmaru and defeats him. Unfortunately he found out that he is also they would call a 'demon', as he found out that he has his bloodlust like Zankuro within. Thankfully, he manages to make peace with it and proceeded to live in peace.
----
Tropes associated with Shizumaru:
* AmnesiacDissonance
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie (He's been called a 'demon' (only called), hunts demons, but eventually found out that he does have a demon bloodlust in him similar to Zankurou.
** This was given a nod [[spoiler: in Shizumaru's Tesshun Ougi move for Samurai Shodown 5 Special. Right before performing said "fatality", we see a ghastly form behind him... which looks a LOT like Zankurou.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YggvBQ4uSPc See it at 6:07]])
* ApologeticAttacker: Some of his win-poses has him make a double take, mutter an apology and bow respectfully to his fallen opponent. Also, after performing his Tesshun Ougi, the poor boy will be horrified to see his rival dead [[TenderTears and collapse in tears]].
* DudeLooksLikeALady (Granted, he is mostly based on both [[RurouniKenshin Himura Kenshin]] and [[YuYuHakusho Kurama]])
* KidHero: One of the youngest characters in most games he appears in.
* ParasolOfPain
* ShipTease: He is often put into this with Nakoruru's sister Rimururu
* ShrinkingViolet: Male exemple
* TroubledButCute: Sweeter than the standard, but with a VERY DarkAndTroubledPast.

!!Rimururu
->Voiced by: Creator/HitomiNabatame (fifth game), Creator/RieKugimiya (sixth game)
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rimururu_3067.jpg
Nakoruru's [[NotBloodSiblings adoptive]] little sister. She is also a priestess of Ainu, and instead fights using an ice spirit named Konru/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Konril]]. At first, Nakoruru forbid her from fighting, but she managed to build up enough resolve to be acknowledged by Nakoruru by the time of the third game. After the second game, when Nakoruru dies... wem [[NeverSayDie goes into a deep sleep]], Rimururu officially takes over her main duty as the protector of Nature.
----
Tropes associated with Rimururu:
* AnIcePerson
* CheerfulChild
* BarrierMaiden -> DistressBall: PS1 Warriors Rage hands her this one when Oboro captures her so she doesn't interfere to his plans. Nakoruru had to take action and urge the rest of the warriors to rescue her.
* DropTheHammer: Her fatality consist in her smashing the opponent in the ground with ''a small iceberg'' on a stick.
* JustAKid (And she doesn't like being treated like that)
* NotBloodSiblings
* PluckyGirl
* WouldntHitAGirl: She and her sister were immune to fatal moves early on. Later in the series, [[KillTheCutie not so much.]]

!!Kubikiri Basara

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/basara_943.jpg
A restless spirit who was killed alongside his lover Kagaribi by the hands of Zankuro. Turns out that she was killed by Basara himself, but in denial, he continued to blame Zankuro, enough to come back to the mortal world to hunt down Zankuro... and swiftly killed again. Then Amakusa revived him, but he proves to be rebellious and attempts to kill him again. Amakusa later lures him into a trap and imprisons him in a stone pillar.
----
Tropes associated with Basara:
* AxCrazy
* ConfusionFu: One of the cornerstones of his playstyle is to spawn shadow clones of himself to make the opponent believe he's going to begin an action that he isn't.
* FuumaShuriken
* GhostLights (Can summon one as a projectile)
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
* LoveMakesYouEvil (Oh God, poor Kagaribi...)
* {{Gorn}}: His fatality. Enough said....
* [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Precision Guided Fuuma Shuriken]]
* PsychoForHire
* TheUndead
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair (Even after you die)
* {{Youkai}} (Yurei)

!!Kafuin Gaira

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaira_3340.jpg
Nicotine's very huge grandson, and also not that intelligent. After an argument with Nicotine, Gaira ran off from the temple to train, and saw Zankuro's massacre, but too afraid to stop him. To make up for it, he tried to defeat him. However, he's already defeated and Gaira eventually built a shrine for his grave... only to be raided by Amakusa and used for his plans. Later on, after Amakusa and Zankuro are defeated for good, Gaira eventually returns in peace to the temple, after much training.
----
Tropes associated with Gaira:
* DumbMuscle
* ImprobableWeaponUser (he fights with his beads)
* MightyGlacier
* TakenForGranite: His Fatality turns the enemy into stone. He then proceeds to shatter him/her.

!!Minazuki Zankuro

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/zankuro_8596.jpg
Third game's final boss. Trying his hardest to perfect is swordsmanship, he became a brutal manslayer, likened to a demon. He went to slaughter people here and there until he finds one girl named Shiori and couldn't bring himself to kill her (she is actually his daughter). [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Realizing what kind of man he has become]], he calls quits and retires into his hermitage, swearing only to raise his sword to fight WorthyOpponent. Said daughter eventually approached Haohmaru and Shizumaru, informing them about Zankuro, and eventually, Zankuro fought them. Both defeated him, but Zankuro has yet to give up... until [[LightningCanDoAnything a roaring thunder]] struck him dead. Gaira later found his corpse and built a gravestone for him. Shortly after, Amakusa attempted to bring Zankuro back to life and tried controlling him. Zankuro broke free of the control and tried to continue his battle, but this time he is KilledOffForReal by Sogetsu.
----
Tropes associated with Zankuro:
* AntiVillain (He was once a huge bastard, but as it stands now, he has retired and [[EvenEvilHasStandards won't kill people discriminately]]. Yet he's still the BigBad)
* {{Badass}}
* {{BFS}}: His katana is absolutely massive, standing about as tall as he is when it's planted in the ground.
* BloodKnight (A brutal version)
* HijackedByGanon / GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: Samurai Shodown 4 (subtitled AMAKUSA'S REVENGE for crying out loud) revolves around a new plan by a re-reawakened ClassicVillain, so you would think said classic villain would be the final boss. Nope, after defeating Aku Amakusa, the big stone thing in the background explodes, Aku Amakusa gets sliced in half, and in walks a newly resurrected Zankuro, who in 3--it should be noted--was just a normal human who was killed by lightning! Funnily enough, he's not the final battle of the game either. You gotta beat a character-specific rival after beating him.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone
* RatedMForManly Definitely!
* SealedEvilInACan (What he becomes after his death in the third game... which Amakusa tried to open)
* SNKBoss (By ''SamuraiShodown 4'', he had the greatest reach and base strenght of all bosses, as well as great speed)
* SwordBeam: His fatality in 5 consists of a superpowered slash that fires a green wave of death at his foe, totally obliterating him/her except for the lower parts of their feet.
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard (In ''SamuraiShodown 3'', where combos are restricted and doing them from behind is one of the few allowed ways, he can't be comboed from behind, as he will magically block any second hit you might attempt to land on him, leading to some heavy retribution. From that same game, he has a TrueFinalBoss round, where you must knock him down a third time, the cheating part being that even if you have not been knocked out before, you'll lose if he wins the round, and if you win by time out, you also lose the game. Finally in the fourth game, his Desperation Attack is a one hit kill if it catches you in the air)
* TrueFinalBoss (In ''SamuraiShodown 3'', as mentioned above. Subverted in ''SamuraiShodown 4'', since he is the last boss unlocked, but a special regular match follows)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 4'' ]]

!!Kazama Kazuki

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kazuki_4179.jpg
A ninja of the Kazama clan, younger brother of Sogetsu, way too much HotBlooded. When Amakusa kidnaps his BarrierMaiden sister Hazuki, Kazuki left the clan to become a nukenin, with his brother hot on trail to punish and execute him. They end up fighting alongside each other against Amakusa and Zankuro (Kazuki beats Amakusa) to save Hazuki and for that, Sogetsu lets him off while keeping his death fake. Then... poor Hazuki [[DistressedDamsel gets kidnapped]] [[ButtMonkey AGAIN]] (girl has NO luck, indeed) by Yuga the Destroyer, prompting Kazuki to save her again, and also tapping on the power of Enja who is trapped in his weapon. He goes berserk for awhile, but completed his mission and subdued Enja, then he can finally live in peace again with Hazuki.
----
Tropes associated with Kazuki:
* AnimeHair
* HighlyVisibleNinja (He's wearing a frigging RED costume and is on fire... what else do you ask for? He doesn't even quite bother with blending techniques...)
* HotBlooded
* KnightTemplarBigBrother (Hurt Hazuki in any way, and he'll crisp you)
* LargeHam
* PlayingWithFire
* RedHeadedHero
* RedOniBlueOni (Obviously, he's the Red Oni for Sogetsu's Blue Oni)
* SiblingYinYang

!!Kazama Sogetsu

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sogetsu_9248.jpg
Kazuki's {{Bishonen}} of a big brother, much more aloof and calm. When Hazuki gets kidnapped and Kazuki ran off, Sogetsu was assigned with the mission to kill him for running away from the clan, he complied to the mission but ended up fighting alongside Kazuki to save Hazuki from Amakusa and Zankuro (Sogetsu gets to beat Zankuro). Then he faked killing Kazuki and made a false report to his clan, ensuring that Kazuki and Hazuki would be able to live freely. Inside his weapon is another beast named Suija, which is sealed the same way as Enja is sealed on Kazuki's weapon. Sogetsu is later forced to call it off during the battle against Yuga, but he quickly overcame the possession, and returns to his clan, now recommended as the clan leader.
----
Tropes associated with Sogetsu:
* AloofBigBrother (to Kazuki and Hazuki)
* {{Bishonen}}
* {{Ninja}} (Unlike Kazuki, he's not so much visible since he can hide himself in water)
* MakingASplash
* RedOniBlueOni (He's the Blue Oni)
* SiblingYinYang
* TakeAThirdOption: Faking your rebellious little brother's death so he and your sister can run away is way more useful than either letting him go and being marked as a failure by your clan, or killing him and definitely losing both of your siblings.

!!Hazuki Kazama
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kazama_hazuki_8431.png
The younger sister of Kazuki and Sougetsu, and a member of the Kazama ninjas. She seems to be a kind, sweet person without much fighting abilities; instead, she has great spiritual powers that let her use powerful sealing techniques. Unfortunately, Amakusa realizes the last detail ''fast'' and takes a hold of Hazuki for his own purposes, which kicks off the subplot with Kazuki running off to save her and Sougetsu having to stop and kill him. In Zero, she also has to keep the peace between Kazuki and Sougetsu...
----
Tropes associated with Hazuki:
* BarrierMaiden: Unlike her brothers, she doesn't seem to have any fighting skills. OTOH, Hazuki ''is'' the one who "tamed" and then sealed Suija and Enja in their swords. [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsui.htm We get to see her do so in Suija's Zero ending.]]
* ButtMonkey: The kid has been either kidnapped or threatened HOW many times by now?
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Has green hair and GreenEyes
* GirlNextDoor: Ninja version, sorta.
* [[spoiler: GoThroughMe]]: In [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/a/sszsog.htm Sougetsu's Zero ending]], [[spoiler: she stops Sougetsu from killing the berserker Kazuki, then uses her powers to knock Kazuki out and help him "tame" Enja.]]
* {{NPC}}
* SatelliteCharacter
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Looks noticeably older in ''Zero''.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 64'']]

!!Shiki

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/shiki_3014.jpg
One of the main heroines in the 64 series. Ever since birth, she was tailored to be Yuga's servant and when she came to age, she became {{Brainwashed}} to his servant and hunted down the male counterpart that Yuga needs for a perfect body: Haohmaru. Fortunately, Haohmaru managed to kick Yuga's ass beforehand, thereby freeing her soul and granting her amnesia about her time with Yuga, which she uses to become a fortune teller by the name Kanae. Unfortunately, Yuga soon revives and sends in Asura's Shadow to kidnap her, but they end up falling in love. The original Asura and his shadow defeats Yuga and later Shiki gave birth to her daughter from Shadow Asura: Mikoto. She left her in care with Haohmaru and Nicotine (and presumably Gaira as well), then vanishes, possibly dying eventually.
----
Tropes associated with Shiki:
* BabiesEverAfter (Any of her endings in crossovers or spinoff games will ALWAYS involve her giving birth to Mikoto)
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* DualWielding
* EmotionlessGirl
* {{Expy}} (Somewhat thought to be an {{Expy}} for [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]]
* SexyBacklessOutfit
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* {{Tykebomb}}

!!Yagyu Hanma
!!Gandara

--
Tropes associated with Gandara:
* AttackItsWeakPoint: It seems to take more damage from blows to the head.
* FourIsDeath: Its creation involves placing a Deku into an egg for 44 months and 44 days.
* ImplacableMan
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/Talk:Gandara As well as a large number of forsaken adults.]]

!!Yuga the Destroyer

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Yugaup_2238.gif
The BigBad of the Samurai Shodown 64 games. Yuga is an ancient evil persumablely from the demon world and is now attempting to use Shiki and Haohmaru to create a perfect body for to be a [[GodOfEvil 'God of Destruction']] and unite the Demon and Human world. Yuga and its powers are themed around dual energies of yin/yang, and similarly it can employ male and female bodies for itself.

----
Tropes associated with Yuga the Destroyer:
* BigBad
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler: Becomes Shiki's daughter Mikoto later on and tries to completely possess her.]]
* GenderBender: Yuga switches between both male and female forms throughout the series.
* MarionetteMaster: Begins with stealing babies from wombs, giving them supernatural powers and brainwashing them later in their lives to be his mindless servants via puppet show.
* OneWingedAngel: Well he/she is a SNKBoss
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown 64-2'']]

!!Asura

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/asura_4867.jpg
A dark entity who battled Yuga over title of Demon World's Strongest, but got defeated and sealed, and he was later cloned, the clone becoming Yuga's servant. Yuga's first defeat weakened the seal, thus the original broke free and set out for revenge. Meanwhile, the clone (Shadow Asura), on the orders of Yuga, kidnapped Shiki and restored her memories as Yuga's servant, but in process, fell in love. The original Asura confronted the shadow, and the two ends up banding together to defeat Yuga for good. As the clone is vanishing due to being empowered with Yuga's magic, the original merged with him, turning into Yuda.
----
Tropes associated with Asura:
* AntiHero
* DarkIsNotEvil
* HeelFaceTurn (His shadow)
* LoveRedeems (His shadow becomes a good guy after falling in love with Shiki)
* SwissArmyWeapon (His katana can turn into a jousting spear, a bow and arrow, a poleaxe, etc...)
* ThemeNaming (His attack names are named after demons)
** (Asura's shadow's special attacks are all named after angels in GratuitousEnglish, spelled backward.)

!!Morozumi Taizan

A demon-sealing warrior armed with a giant spear who seeks to avenge his wife killed by Yuga. When needed the tip of his spear can turn to brush to write kanji symbols using own blood as an ink. Then, meaning of whatever was written becomes reality (like word "Fire" becomes a fiery explosion)

* BadAssBookworm
* BladeOnAStick
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Come on, a ''giant callygraphy bush''!?
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage (PS1)'']]

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/kuki-2-2.jpg Kuki Seishirou]]

The new main character to the DistantFinale, is the son of a legendary family and samurai known as Kuki. He was trained alongside his brother Tohma and his father's student Jushiro, but due to his [[BornWinner natural]] [[TheGift talent]] and his dedication was shown to be nearly peer less at sword fighting. One day his father was found dead and his father's sword, [[AncestralWeapon Blade of the Flaming Sun]] stolen. Suspecting his brother Tohma, he takes his father's [[AncestralWeapon Full Moon Blade]] and joins Jin-Emon Hanafusa's mission to [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]], where Tohma along with the Razor Trio are known to be attacking the government and terrorizing the inhabitants.

Tropes associated with Kuki Seishirou:
* AnimeHair (As per Samurai Shodown main character tradition)
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* CainAndAbel
* GoodIsNotNice (He is extremely rude to almost every character in the game.)
* HeavySleeper (Has the habit of falling asleep anywhere and at anytime he feels like it. Including other characters' monologues.)
* KnightTemplar
* {{Kuudere}}
* RedOniBlueOni (Blue Oni to Tohma's Red.)
* SiblingYinYang
* TookALevelInBadass (Was already a {{Badass}} but after beating the game, he takes the name Kuno Seishirou and a GameBreaker separate character form is available to select.)
* YouKilledMyFather (Somewhat subverted, in the fact that Seishirou seems more concerned about getting back HIS [[strike:father's]] [[AncestralWeapon sword]] and proving his superiority then avenging his father's murder.)

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/kuki-1-1.jpg Kuki Tohma]]

The older son of the legendary Kuki, Tohma, like Seishirou trained extensively throughout his life. Except unlike his fellow sparring partners under his father's teaching, he became more interested in [[EvilFeelsGood the power that comes with being the strongest]]. One night, believing it to be a source of great power, he takes the [[AncestralWeapon Blade of the Flaming Sun]] and kills his father. He then began traveling searching for [[WorthyOpponent worthy opponents]] and killing them or whoever crossed him along the way. During his travels he meets up with [[HopelessSuitor Mikoto]], who travels with him and later the two join up with [[DiabolicalMastermind Oboro]], forming the feared Razor Trio of most of [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]]. As the most openly violent of the three, Tohma becomes known as its strongest and most feared warrior, as well as the main target of the Bafuku government.

Tropes associated with Kuki Tohma:
* ArrogantKungFuGuy
* BloodKnight
* CainAndAbel
* TheDarkSide
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption (Even in his own ending, the duel between him and Seishirou always ends with Tohma defeated and HIS [[strike:father's]] [[AncestralWeapon sword]] being taken back.)
* HotBlooded
* ObliviousToLove (Barely acknowledges or doesn't comprehend Mikoto's feelings for him.)
* SocialDarwinist (His belief that only the strong should survive and rule leads him to joining the Razor Trio and taking over [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]])
* ThisCannotBe (After his defeat by Seishirou and Seishirou's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.)
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedOniBlueOni (Red Oni to Seishirou's Blue.)
* SelfMadeOrphan (Kills his father to prove his strength and take the [[AncestralWeapon sword]].)
* SiblingYinYang
* [[spoiler:UnknownRival ( Seishirou's)]]
* WhiteHairBlackHeart

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters3/yoshino1-1.jpg Yoshino Rinka]]

The proud daughter of the honorable and wealthy Yoshino family. Unexpected [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]] and betrayal among the shogunate, lead to the Yoshino bloodline's economic collapse as well as its members being placed on the shores of [[PenalColony Riten Kyo]], to slowly fade from history and society. However, Rinka returning from her secluded training to what was left of her family, decides to fight back, joining Jushiro and Saya, in the "Atom Rebels" anti-shogunate group.

Tropes associated with Yoshino Rinka:
* ActionGirl
* {{BFS}} (Not really that big compared to most to be called a BFS but literally much bigger then a 5'1" girl of her size could yeild effectively in combat.)
* ClearTheirName (Rinka joined the "Atom Rebels" as a means to reestablish her family's honor and free the island.)
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter (Her blueish mouse friend named Tetsunosuke)
* {{Tsundere}}
* WaifFu

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters3/sakaki-1.jpg Sakaki Jushiro]]

A young talent government's samurai, he was sent to train under the legendary samurai Kuki, where he trained alongside [[GrumpyBear Seishirou]] and [[AxCrazy Tohma]]. Both were distant towards others, so Jushiro mainly developed the [[TrueCompanions best of friendships]] with Jin-Emon Hanafusa. Jushiro also met and fell in love with a female samurai named Karen, but both Karen and Jushiro were loyal samurai and Karen decided to [[HonorBeforeReason put duties before personal happiness]] as was expected of them. When it was learned [[BigBad Oboro]] had designs on the princess, Karen offered to be the princess' BodyDouble in a trap. However, Oboro's power was more then expected and Karen along with the soldiers involved were slaughtered. Jushiro was the first to arrive at the site and when others found him alone, became the prime suspect. Leaving the government, he went into hiding on Riten Kyo. Forming the "Atom Rebels", along with Rinka and Saya, he becomes marked for extermination by his former employers. He later modified his sword with parts of gun he picked up from Oboro's party which killed Karen.

Tropes associated with Sakaki Jushiro:
* JadeColoredGlasses
* LoveableRogue
* TheMourningAfter
* RebelLeader (Even if it is basically just a small number of people)
* RebelliousSpirit
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge (Against nearly everyone, Oboro for kill Karen, Tohma for killing his master and the Bafuku for sending Karen on the mission and thinking he was responsible for the massacre because he was the first on the scene.)
* SwissArmyWeapon (The handle of his sword is a pistol.)

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters/hanafusa-1-1.jpg Hanafusa Jin-Emon]]

One of the most loyal servants to the Bafuku government and a life long friend of the master swordsman Kuki. He has served as a samurai for many years, living to protect his master. He used to train under Kuki's tutelage and there met with the younger samurai such as the young hopeful Sakaki Jushiro and the two sons of Kuki, quiet Seishiro and fiery Tohma. All who helped him retain his youthful spirit, especially Jushiro who he became best of friends with. Things however have since gone bad, with Jushiro's apparent betrayal of the government and Kuki's death at the hands of his son. Being the most experienced samurai, he is naturally given the dangerous mission of retaking control of Riten Kyo and terminate all the rebellious factions there. Along with Seishiro, he heads forward to complete his mission.


Tropes associated with Hanafusa Jin-Emon:

* BladeOnAStick
* CasanovaWannabe: Or seems like it around [[MsFanservice Saya]].
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption [[spoiler: (In his ending duel against Jushiro)]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Steady loyal to his master and the traditions of samurai.
* OlderSidekick: Although, technically he is Seishirou's superior.)

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/kanakura1-1.jpg Kanakura Haito]]

Haito is a former bodyguard gone rogue and one of the most feared criminals that live in Riten-Kyo. Son of a Japanese woman and a foreigner, he partner up with Yaci Izanagi and have terrorized the local population. Haito has a terrible sickness, the causes him to have seizures, which he controls by drinking a special potion to sooth the pain and provide extreme abilities. Cold blooded and ruthless, he is in love with Saya but upon her rejection of him, he decides there is nothing left to live for and to take all his frustration out on the Razor Trio who feels are unfit to rule.

Tropes associated with Kanakura Haito

* BashBrothers: With Yaci
* BloodLust: Is literally obsessed with it and the color red.
* MixedAncestry
* SoapOperaDisease: Coughs up blood during his bouts with it.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters3/saya-1-1.jpg Saya]]

Saya born in England, to a family that was working for one of the most important commercial trade corporations between England and Japan. To achieve success they had to make underworld contacts with criminals but due to their refusal to accept conditions by a gang of thieves led by Oboro, an extermination unit was sent to wipe out Saya's family. Saya's family were killed but she was spared and raised by one of the assassins who took her back to Japan. She has been trained in the art of assassination but has lived with hatred toward Oboro's Razor Trio and the Bafuku government who she blames for doing nothing to avoid their murder. She has since joined up with Jushiro's ''Atom Rebels'' to dethrone both the Bafuku and the Razor Trio in Riten Kyo.

Tropes associated with Saya:

* [[ChickMagnet Dude Magnet]]: Seems to have acquired a number of male admires among the male cast.
* JerkassFacade: Tries to act vain and arrogant but is really a very kind person.
* MsFanservice
* {{Ninja}}

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/izanagi1_jpg.jpg Izanagi Yaci]]

Yaci, a former bodyguard, he is one of the most dangerous thugs wandering around the streets of the prison island Riten Kyo, along with his friend Haito Kanakura. He enjoys making his opponents uffer and drains blood from his enemies in order to drink it. Yaci however began to change after meeting his beloved Namino, who due to her he has vowed to one day give up the life of crime, blood drinking and escape the island with. To achieve this goal he decides to move up the ranks among Riten Kyo's elite and become as powerful as the Razor Trio or the Bafuku government.

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters/garyo-1-1.jpg Garyo the Whirlwind]]

Garyo aka The Whirlwind, is the stubborn but kind hearted leader of a gang of thieves that roam Riten Kyo. Despite being criminals, Garyo has inspired his followers not to commit terrible crimes and to respect life. Their base was hidden in the caves underneath Razor Trio's castle but after being spotted by guards, they were all captured and imprisoned in the dungeons. After many weeks, Garyo managed to escape but could only get his most loyal partner, Cyobi-suke out as well due to the rest already being executed. He then vows revenge against those that killed his comrades.

!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters3/ranpo-1-1.jpg Ran Po]]

Ran Po, a short-tempered but mature for his age orphan whose parents were victims of the violence that reigned over Riten Kyo. He was save due to the kind old man Daruma, who took Ran Po and another lost child, Minto, as his grandchildren. Ran Po and Minto got along very well and being the elder has taken it upon himself to protect Minto. Daruma eventually depressed by the current situation on Riten Kyo, orders his grandchildren to leave the island to find a more peaceful life. The problem with this however is that Minto has become lost and Ran Po must search the island so that the two can leave together.

!![[http://www.samuraispirits.net/game/character/image/tas.jpg Tashon Mao]]
!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters/daruma.gif Daruma]]
!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/minto.gif Minto]]
!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/np2/char1/mugenji-ink.jpg Mugenji]]
!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/mikoto-wowed.jpg Mikoto]]
!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters4/yudaw.gif Yuda]]
!![[http://www.fightersgeneration.com/characters2/oboro-wr.gif Oboro]]
* SocialDarwinist (often repeats sayings like "Strong will live, while weak should die. Obey the law of nature!")
!![[Jigen Taishi]]
* SocialDarwinist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown V'']]

!!Tokugawa Yoshitora
->Voiced by: Creator/HiroYuki
http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yoshitora_8101.jpg
Heir of the Tokugawa regime... if only this guy isn't very much rebellious and party crazy and would rather hit on women. He is called back to the rulership when his master Gaoh pulls a rebellion and he took him down, helped by Hanzo and Jubei. Finally realizing that WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility, Yoshitora took the position of Shogun and almost recruited Haohmaru to serve him. He probably lost, considering Haohmaru is still a wandering BloodKnight afterwards. [[ExcusePlot He is also responsible of arranging the tournament behind the sixth game]].
----
Tropes associated with Yoshitora:
* TheAlcoholic: Despite his womanizing ways, completely subverted. His bio lists him as despising alcohol.
* AnachronismStew: Well, certainly none of the Tokugawas were {{Handsome Lech}}es.
* AnimeHair
* AwesomeButImpractical: Connecting with every single one of his special moves opens up access to the Final Sword, a devastating instant projectile taller than most characters can jump that instantly kills the opponent. However, landing this in a real match.....good luck with that.
* BadAss: '''Seven friggin' swords!''' Four daggers, two regular-length swords, and one giant sword as long as he is tall. He's able to DualWield these blades at will and slice with them almost too fast to see. Shame he's a [[GameplayAndStorySegregation pretty mediocre character in the newer games.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: "I love every kind of woman in this great world."
* ComesGreatResponsibility
* EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana: Averted he also uses four ''Tanto'' (daggers) and a ''Nodachi'' ({{BFS}}).
* HandsomeLech
* KingIncognito: He likes playing this.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Rebellious King]]
* RuleOfCool: Way too many swords to handle.)
* ShoutOut: Was designed by Nobuhiro Watsuki of ''RurouniKenshin'' fame, and is made a tribute of Cho, from the multiple swords and broom hair... but not the Shogun heritage.
* ThemeNaming: All his attacks are named after flowers.

!!Majikina Mina
->Voiced by: Creator/YokoAsada, actually TheOtherDarrin for Creator/SatsukiYukino, who voiced Mina in 5. Who then got darrin'd by Creator/RieTanaka for [[QueensBlade Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos]].

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mina_6467.jpg
A girl blessed with a certain demon-hunting power. She is revered as a Goddess, but ends up being shunned due to their fear for her power, thus she ends up being unable to express emotions and just doesn't like being near people around. Her only companion is a... creature... thing... named Chample, whom she met after her village was leveled after she went home from a certain demon hunting trip. She became determined to take revenge on her village and tries to kill as many demons as she can, but eventually... [[spoiler: she found out that it's Chample who did it. She killed it, but after realizing that she just killed her only friend, she is DrivenToSuicide.]]
----
Tropes associated with Mina:
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer
* AmbiguouslyBrown
* BareYourMidriff
* DoesNotLikeMen: Is very apprehensive and edgy around males.
* DownerEnding: Read her backstory, t hat's all you need to know.
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Not as extreme as Shiki, but you get the idea.
* GlassCannon: Despite her high damage output and extremely annoying screen controlling tactics, she can't take a hit at all.
* LonersAreFreaks
* {{Mukokuseki}}: ''Blue'' eyes??
* ShoutOut: She is likely named after revered Okinawan scholar, Anko Majikina.
* {{Stripperiffic}}

!!Liu Yunfei

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yunfei_5206.jpg
An old warrior who can fly with the power of winds. Once, through lust of power, he made a DealWithTheDevil, but ends up berserking him and killing his wife, it takes eight of his students to eventually seal him. Years later, said Devil left him and went to possess Gaoh. He went on to travel again and tries to make amends for his past crimes. Eventually, he forced that devil to possess himself and asked Gaoh to kill him, and he did.
----
Tropes associated with Yunfei:
* TheAtoner
** RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[TooCoolToLive Unfortunately.]]
* BadassGrandpa
* BlowYouAway
* DealWithTheDevil
* ShoutOut: WireFu at large
* SoulPower: His fatality allows him to ''[[DeaderThanDead extract the soul of the victim and cut it in half, killing him/her]]''

!!{{Youkai}} Kusaregedou

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kusaregedo_4818.jpg
A literal Complete Monster. A giant Gaki who was once a kind man... except for his [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] tendencies (caused by the Great Tenmei Famine), which cursed him into the thing he is now. All he cared about is to eat, eat and [[RuleOfThree eat]], and he likes eating humans... ''especially little girls''. One day, he happens to smell Rimururu and proceeded to chase her, only to be stopped by his daughter Hakana, who pleaded him to come back to the man he is. Kusaregedou manages to remember her... then proceeds to EAT her. [[MoralEventHorizon That bastard!]]
----
Tropes associated with Kusaregedou:
* BaldOfEvil
* ChildEater
* {{Gonk}}: According to the producer, he is based about the thought of 'combining Earthquake and Gen-An into one'. He's {{Gonk}}ier than both of them indeed.
* ImAHumanitarian: His becoming a gluttonous youkai in the first place is [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment punishment for cannibalism in his lifetime]], though his backstory's great emphasis on his former kindness brings some doubt as to whether it was of his own volition.
** In place of his biographical information are various disturbingly hilarious quips such as "I want some roashted childly wildies!"
* {{Jerkass}}: Definitely.
* KarmaHoudini: For a cannibal like him, he's just never heard again after all his crimes. Maybe he got away scots free, or whether he died, we don't know who killed him; they just list him as 'Never seen again'.
* VillainousGlutton
* {{Youkai}}: [[CaptainObvious Do we need to bother?]]

!!Rera

-->Voiced by: Harumi Ikoma (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' game), KyokoHikami (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' OAV, Samurai Shodown V and Samurai Shodown V Special), Creator/MikakoTakahashi (Samurai Shodown VI)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rera_164.jpg
During the early days of SamuraiShodown, the palette swap of Nakoruru is often seen with a naughty/malicious grin, instead of her innocent face. This builds up until she started to get unique enough that when the Slash/Bust system was introduced, she got a wolf named Shikuru instead of Mamahaha. People think this is the EvilTwin of Nakoruru, but eventually, this character is fleshed out further by SNK by being turned into the girl they called Rera. That's her origin story.

Rera is Nakoruru's SuperpoweredEvilSide of sorta but actually not ''evil'', just a WellIntentionedExtremist, who was very much sickened with Nakoruru's [[TechnicalPacifist apparent lack of will to hurt people when she wants to reach her goal]]. When she tried to find her missing father, Nakoruru's pacifism smacks her on the head when she failed to tame one wild bear and got knocked out. Pissed off at Nakoruru's supposed weakness, Rera took over her body, kills the bear and goes around finding Nakoruru's father along with Shikuru, killing those on the way if necessary. [[spoiler: She did something similar in ''Ano Kara no Okurimono'', this time to save Mikato's life.]] Eventually, she came to understand that sometimes peaceful methods can be a viable option to solve problems, not just fighting, thus she returned Nakoruru's body. As of the future days, Rera never possessed Nakoruru's body again, [[CharacterDevelopment hinting that she got better and matured]], thus there's no need to possess her again.
----
Tropes associated with Rera:
* {{Anti Hero}}ine: She loves nature as much as Nakoruru does, but is more extreme in her ways to protect it
* AscendedExtra: She was only a palette swap at first, and eventually becomes more and more integral to Nakoruru's story.
* [[spoiler: BigDamnHeroes: She took over Nakoruru's body twice, and both times it was to save both of their lives.]]
* TheBeastMaster
* EvilTwin: At first sight. She's more of an AntiHero actually.
* {{Expy}}: Somewhat justified.
* GrandTheftMe: A ''slightly'' necessary version.
* TheStoic
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Technically. She's less evil and more ruthless, and seriously misunderstands Nako's actual POV.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
* WhatTheHellHero: To Nakoruru in her opening sequences, before going ahead and possessing her.

!!Rasetsumaru

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rasetsumaru_6443.jpg
A demon released from Makai when Amakusa made a deal with Ambrosia. He's just around so he can kill more and more, reflecting his red blood blade. Hearing about Haohmaru, who looks like him, he hunts him down, but later meets his end by Yumeji.

In dream match game, his storyline further updated, explaining him being Amakusa's attempt to create Haohmaru (who is officially stated to be Amakusa's favourite type of warrior), but ended up a failure; Since he was created in Demon World he's essentially just a demon with his body shaped akin to Haohmaru's. In this storyline he hates not only Haohmaru but also Amakusa for creating him.
----
Tropes associated with Rasetsumaru:
* AxCrazy: Oh jeez... As with Kusaregedo, his "bio" is actually a collection of obsessive quotes in regards to his homicidal urges.
* BeatStillMyHeart: HIS [[FinishHim Zetsumei Ougi]].
* BloodyMurder: One of his special moves involves cutting himself in the chest area to max his POW gauge in exchange for losing a bit of his health.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Likes doing this to his victims.
* CombatSadomasochist: One of his specials involves cutting himself across the chest with his blade, causing him to bleed and take damage to fill up his rage gauge.
* EnemyToAllLivingThings
* EvilKnockoff: According to some sources, Rasetsumaru was Amakusa's failed attempt at creating his own minion modeled after Haohmaru.
* {{Expy}}: His moves is based on Bust/Rasetsu Haohmaru.
* LickingTheBlade
* SlasherSmile
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: Subverted, since he is NOT this but an EvilKnockoff of the real Haohmaru.

!!Enja

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/enja_6139.jpg
Once, he was Yunfei's pupil who sealed him, but in process, he became a demon himself and got sealed. Along with his brother Suija, he broke free a thousand years later (though separated), which took notice of the Kazama ninja clans, but he quickly decimated them, and possessed one of them. Enja's goal is to seal the spell of that devil who possessed Gaoh, then reunite with Suija, and with the spell, they can possess humans in a quicker method. He almost possessed Kazama Kazuki, but got sealed by Hazuki into his weapon. Later during the Yuga saga, Kazuki willingly lets Enja possess him, and he wreaks much havoc, but unfortunately, Kazuki has gotten better in self control and now manages to cow him out. Enja, probably due to years and years of being with Kazuki, somehow got a HeelFaceTurn and instead congratulates his willpower.
----
Tropes associated with Enja:
* TheBerserker
* EvilTwin
* HeelFaceTurn: ...somehow.
* LightningBruiser
* NoIndoorVoice: To say the least....
* PlayingWithFire
* ScreamingWarrior
* TheUnintelligible: But then, it's not that he actually ''says'' anything.

!!Suija

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/suija_3485.jpg
Enja's brother, and unlike his berserker of a brother, Suija is a much more composed person... with an ambition to become a God. Like Enja, he possessed a Kazama ninja and later aims to possess Sogetsu Kazama. However, he ends up being sealed into Sogetsu's weapon by Hazuki. Later, Sogetsu taps on his power to fight Yuga, but due to more experience, Suija couldn't become the dominant one with Sogetsu.
----
Tropes associated with Suija:
* AGodAmI
* AnimeHair
* EvilTwin
* KillItWithWater

!!Kurokouchi Yumeji

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yumeji_1793.jpg
Child of Ukyo's mentor, with... very much unidentified gender. Apparently based on OdaNobunaga's {{Uke}} Mori Ranmaru, who just looks as equally feminime. Yumeji got expelled from his/her dojo and ends up becoming Gaoh's right hand man/woman. Ukyo later defeats him/her and instead cut his/her hair rather than kill her. He/she later becomes a nun and is responsible on permanently killing Rasetsumaru.
----
Tropes associated with Yumeji:
* AmbiguousGender
* HeirToTheDojo: for a while.
* IllBoy: He was apparently kicked out of the dojo due to some sort of ambiguous illness -- though it's heavily implied that the "illness" was being female.
* ShapeShifter: in his/her debut, his/her special move is by morphing into other fighters
* TheDragon: To Gaoh
* YesMan: He/she is pretty much this for Gaoh.

!!Yorozu Sankuro

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sankuro_807.jpg
A lowly thug who's looking for an easy way to make very quick, and BIG bucks. He is a gang leader, consisting of him, Goshichi, Fuyo and Ippachi, all three appear to assist him in attacks, in fact, while he has Genjuro's animations, his moves includes calling those three, eat some sushi, or shoot a revolver once. And BOY is he very annoying to fight against. In Samurai Shodown V, he hired Genjuro to kill Gaoh so he can take over. However, eventually his cover was blown, but Genjuro almost spared him due to his disinterest on slicing up a woman. Ungrateful as he is, Sankuro tried shooting him down, but Genjuro intercepted, and then Sankuro was never seen again. Maybe he died.
----
Tropes associated with Sankuro:
* DirtyCoward
* DropTheHammer
* FunnyAfro
* NumericalThemeNaming: His own name is made of the kanji for three (San), nine (Kyu/Ku) and six (Roku/Ro). His associates are Goshichi (Five-Seven), Fuyo (Two-Four), and Ippachi (One-Eight). Sort of fitting that they all debut in ''Samurai Spirits '''Zero'''.''
* SmugSnake
* SmallNameBigEgo: Goes so far to call his style 'The Strongest Style'. He failed to garner the charm that [[StreetFighter Dan Hibiki]] exhibited, though.

!!Kyougoku Hinowanokami Gaoh
->Voiced by: KenjiUtsumi (V and V Special), Creator/AkioOhtsuka (VI)

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/gaoh_1767.jpg
Based on the [[DemonKingNobunaga Demon King]] UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga himself, Gaoh is a general of Tokugawa who got sickened with how the shogunate goes, and not to mention the heir Yoshitora, whom he mentored, is also an uncaring slacker. To stir up his responsibility, Gaoh led a rebellion, assisted with Yumeji. Along the way, he got possessed by the demon that made a deal with Yunfei. Yunfei later hunts him down and helps him free of the demon's influence and banished it. He is later beaten by Yoshitora and in his death, he finally gets to see Yoshitora maturing up.

In the dream match, there's his version called 'Gaoh, Oppressor of Demon World', which is a continuation of him and Kuraki Sumeragi being defeated and baninshed to Demon World by Yunfei in previous game. There, demons attacking him proved to be no match for Gaoh and he proceeded to defeat at them while using Kuraki Sumeragi's powers at wider extent, eventually transforming into demon itself. He ends up conquering Demon World and ruling it as Demon King, with his next objective being to conquer "the world above"
----
Tropes associated with Gaoh:
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie
* BadassMoustache
* BladeOnAStick: To be more precise, '''3''' blades on a stick! It also magically grows in size when Gaoh transforms into the Dark Emperor!
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: His intro image in the dream match, whereas he beckons the player while ''stomping on Satan's head''
* NobleDemon
* OneWingedAngel: The Dark Emperor/Kuraki-Sumeragi
* SNKBoss
* ShoutOut: Gaoh is one enormous shoutout to ''FistOfTheNorthStar'', from being voiced by Kenji "Raoh" Utsumi to shouting such things as "[[KiAttacks Tenha Kassatsu!]]" and ''"[[AttackAttackAttack Hikanu!]]"'', two famous lines of Kenshiro and Souther respectively.
* WellIntentionedExtremist
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown Tenkaichi Kenkakyuuden'']]

!!Andrew

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/andrew_5664.jpg
He is portrayed as an American soldier who goes to Japan to stop a new menace to his relatively young country. In his ending, he befriends Yoshitora. He is a serious and dedicated individual, always thinking about his job to his country above all else.
----
Tropes associated with Andrew:
* AndrewJackson
** RecycledInSPACE: AndrewJackson as A [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair WHITE-HAIRED]] [[PrettyBoy PRETTYBOY]] WITH GLASSES.
* BifurcatedWeapon: He uses a bayonet
* {{Eagleland}}: Variant 1
* PatrioticFervor
* StoicSpectacles

!!Iroha

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/iroha_289.jpg
She is a crane who transforms herself into a Japanese maid. She serves her master and appears to think of him/her as the most important aspect of her life. Her master is unknown (rumored to be Andrew), but is likely to be the player him/herself as she often bows and speaks to the player before and after her fights. [[WordOfGod Creators have confirmed this in an interview]], adding that she is specifically talking to the players.

Iroha is an obedient and cheerful maiden. She deeply cares for her master, trying her hardest to stay in her human form whilst in front of him/her. Despite debuting only in a dream match, Iroha then goes on to star in many {{Meido}} based spinoff games.
----
Tropes associated with Iroha:
* {{Animorphism}}: Between Crane and human forms
** ShapeshiftingLover
* BattleStrip[=/=]FullFrontalAssault: One of her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vqb5z6Uczz8 super moves]] (which happens in shadow) involves her stripping off her clothes resulting in her silouette appearing nude, then beating the crap out of her opponent [[GoodOldFisticuffs with her bare hands]] before morphing into her crane form momentarily to cause some more damage, then morphing back to her human form, still nude, to lay the final blow.
** DistractedByTheSexy: ...and during that whole sequence, her opponent is ''just standing there'' letting her beat the crap out of him[=/=]her.
* BoobsOfSteel
* HourglassHottie
* MsFanservice: Duh.
* NoFourthWall: This woman won't let something like that keep her from serving you.
* NinjaMaid
* {{Stripperiffic}}
* YamatoNadeshiko: Kind, domestic, submissive but not exactly weak, obedient to her master, feminine yet ''very'' capable of holding her own in battle. [[{{ShapeshiftingLover}} Her true form as crane helps too.]] Pretty much the ''only'' non-YN trait she has is her revealing wardrobe.

!!Matsuribayashi Sugoroku

A large, jolly man who really enjoys festivals and fun.
----
Tropes associated with Sugoroku:
* {{BFG}}: Wields a huge cannon used for shooting Fireworks!!
* BigFun: He's extremely cheery.
* FanDisservice: He wears an open jacket, fundoshi and form-fitting sarashi like bandages... and sadly is quite fat.

!!Karakuri Ochamaru
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Debuting in ''Samurai Shodown Edge of Destiny'']]

!!Takechiyo

He is a warrior-in-training who was once saved by Haohmaru when his village was attacked by bandits. He was then taught by Haohmaru in swordplay to become stronger. Like his idol, he travels the land in hopes of improving himself. One day, he was saved by Suzuhime when he swept ashore from his shipwrecked boat. Two months prior the events of the game, Suzuhime runs away from home and he decides to find her. Though he finds it a bother, he agrees as the journey will also help him improve his swordplay and his code of honor.
----
Tropes associated with Takechiyo:
* CaptainErsatz: His background and name are referred to ToshiroMifune in SevenSamurai.
* CombatPragmatist
* LightningBruiser
* WoodenKatanasAreEvenBetter: Fights with a bokuto, made for "smashing things".

!!Suzuhime

She is the princess of a foreign country, orphaned when her parents' ship was raided ten years ago. She washed ashore the beaches of Japan and was adopted by a daimyo who resides in Amori. One day, ten years later, she found Takechiyo along the shoreline to her home and nursed him back to health. After hearing that the ship he stowawayed on collided with a ship bearing a particular crest, Suzuhime runs away from home two months before the game begins in order to pursue Golba.
----
Tropes associated with Suzuhime:
* {{BFS}}: Her sword is quite huge.
* MusicalAssassin: Her other weapon is a flute.
* FallenPrincess --> RebelliousPrincess
* ShipTease: With Takechiyo
** RescueRomance: Genderflipped, she's the one who saved him.

!!Angelica

She was raised as an assassin to an unknown organization. She tried to flee from her benefactors but was allowed to live by her pursuers. To ensure her safety and her possible freedom, Angelica is given two missions: to bring Suzuhime and a treasured sword back to them and to find a worthy samurai successor for their leader. She obeys but is reluctant to leave their leader's side.

!!Kim Hye-Ryen

Hae-Ryen is a Korean warrior who has defeated many evil doers in the name of justice. He travels to Japan as an emissary where he witnesses Angelica killing an assassin. He decides to go after her, sensing the great evil surrounding her. In his ending, he spots her but realizes that she no longer has a killing intent. Convinced that people can change for the better, Hae-Ryen leaves her alone and proceeds on his journey.
----
Tropes associated with Hae-Ryen:
* JusticeWillPrevail: Wouldn't be a Kim in an SNK game if he didn't have this.
** ThisIsUnforgivable: And this, too

!!Gallows
He is the leader to his band of an honorable viking group who sail the seas looking for adventure and treasure. Many years prior to the game, his wife, Agnes, left on a trip to another country and never returned home. Hearing that a woman resembling her was found somewhere in Japan, he departs with his comrades to look for her. In his ending, he doesn't find her yet hasn't lost hope that she is still out there.

!!J
10 years prior to the events of the game, J. was an unfortunate sailor who washed up the shores of Japan. To survive, he learns to wield a blade and lovingly names his sword Elvis. He eventually meets and falls in love with a geisha and tries to buy her freedom without much success. Hearing of a reward for detailing the whereabouts of Suzuhime, he sets out in search of her.

!!Valter
Valter is a knight of the Mondschein Drache Empire and member of the Crimson Lion Knights like Neinhalt Sieger. After hearing that his home maybe soon invaded by a new threat, he leaves his home to investigate.

!!Sugamata Jinbei
Jinbei was a retired warrior, that one day, rescued Suzuhime from the sea. He raised her until she met Takechiyo and ran away. Jinbei now searches for her.

!!Black Hawk
Black Hawk is a Native American whose father was killed during the Independence War. Seeking revenge, he consults the shaman of his tribe who tells him to head east to fulfill his destiny.

!!Killian
Killian is a skilled torero who met Charlotte after one of his bullfighting events. He becomes intrigued by her when their encounter is interrupted by a hired man after her life. He then decides to follow her, wanting to see for himself why she was assaulted.

!!Draco

Draco is a Western outlaw, a hired gunman and bodyguard who takes his jobs in stride. In the past, he took the lives of many men for a sound sum of gold; one of his victims was Galford's father. He was recently hired by Golba to eliminate any possible threats that come to the foreign ships stationed at Japan.
----
Tropes associated with Draco:
* BloodKnight: His pre-match dialogue suggests he is this.
* TheDragon: To Golba.
* GunsAreWorthless: Subverted oh-so-hard, especially for a video game. His usage of a rifle as a weapon brings him so much closer to SnkBoss territory than Golba--who actually is the final boss--that it isn't funny.

!!Golba
->Voiced by: Creator/NorioWakamoto

Golba was one of the sons of Lesphia's king. He had attempted a coup d'etat after his brother became the chosen to be the rightful heir. After he failed, he was sent into exile and came to America. He joined and became an officer in the American army and eventually became a veteran of the Independence War. His participation in this war made him believe that creation of such powerful nation can become a threat to Europe. Desiring to protect his country and strengthen its military force, he seeks to conquer all of Europe.

Due to the comrades he made during the war, he has personal and influential connections around the world. During this time, he formed an assassin organization of which Angelica is a member. He uses this group to kill his niece's parents during their sea voyage in an attempt to claim Suzu's sword, a symbol of one's right to rule Lesphia. Unable to obtain it, he returns to America to use his military connections to weaken countries around the world and schemes to possibly use Suzu as a bargaining chip against his homeland. Seeking a strong military commander to rule his Lesphia army, he opted to recruit and lure certain strong warriors as well.
----
Tropes associated with Golba:
* BigBad
[[/folder]]

[[folder:From ''Nakoruru: Ano Hito kara no Okurimono'']]

!Manari
-->Voiced by: AyakoKawasumi (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' game)

* [[spoiler: AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She loves [[OneeSama Nakoruru]] like an older sister, but she also feels inferior to her.]]
* {{Dojikko}}: In one of Nako's victory poses in Capcom vs. SNK 2, Manari shows up to congratulate her... and ends up faceplanting.
* ElegantClassicalMusician: Sorta, she's an accomplished singer. Again, it's due to her storyteller role.
* NiceHat
* LoveTriangle: She, Nakororu and Yantamu
* [[spoiler: SheisAllGrownUp: [[http://snk.wikia.com/wiki/File:Manari-nakoadvold.png Here]].]]
* ShrinkingViolet
* TheStoryteller: She comes from a whole clan of these, the ''Sinotca''. They're very important in Kamuikotan, since they mantain the told traditions via their songs.
* [[spoiler: TenMinuteRetirement: After she walks into Yantamu confessing to Nakoruru, she's so heartbroken that she wants to stop singing since he's the one who encouraged her to sing in the local festival. However, after learning what her village songs actually mean ''and'' [[TogetherInDeath losing both Yantamu and Nakoruru]], she retakes songwriting and singing, even creating special songs for her lost friends and Mikato.]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: For Yantamu

!Yantamu
-->Voiced by: TakehitoKoyasu (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' game)

* AccidentalPervert: He once walked on the girls's bath [[ButtMonkey and got frozen by Konril]].
* ChickMagnet: He's thought of as cool and handsome by the Kamuikotan girls.
* [[spoiler: DiedInYourArmsTonight (Nakoruru's)]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Nakoruru's.
* [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice: To save Mikato and Nakoruru from Mizuki and her demons.]]
* TheChiefsDaughter: Genderflipped. His father is Outada, the leader of Kamuikotan and the local ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
** [[TheUglyGuysHotDaughter The Super Old Looking Guy's Hot Teenage Son]]
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Nakoruru. [[spoiler: He even asks her to marry him, but is rejected since she's a {{Celibate Hero}}ine]]) [[spoiler: Subverted in the end, they're TogetherInDeath.]]

!Mikato

-->Voiced by: Yukiko Yanou (''Nakoruru ano hito kara no okurimono'' game)

* CuteMute: Although the game has fully voiced dialogue, she rarely speaks and mainly communicates through text. Yukiko Yanou's lines are mostly there for exposition.
* [[spoiler: TheChosenOne: She's chosen as Nakoruru's succesor once she gets BroughtDownToNormal. She's confirmed as this when Nakoruru dies, and later when with the help of Nakoruru's soul and the Spirit of Nature, she slays Mizuki.]]
* IdiotHair: Though she's more of an inexperienced little girl than an idiot.
* MagicMusic: Sort-of. [[spoiler: The music that's sung in the village festivals is a part of a mystical song that only the Priestesses of Kamuikotan can fully hear and perform. With the help of the dying Nakoruru and later Manari, Mikato manages to finish the song, which gives her a massive power-up.]]
* MoralityPet: Sorta, to [[spoiler: Rera.]] In fact, Mikato is the one who [[spoiler: gave Rera her name.]]
* MysteriousWaif - TheEmpath: She sees things that others in her village can't and possesses some spiritual powers.
* PlayerCharacter: The story of ''Ano kara no okurimono'' develops from her POV.
* [[spoiler: SheIsAllGrownUp: [[img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121001163408/snk/images/e/e0/Mikato-hokute.jpg At the end of the game]].]]

!Hokute

* BigOlEyebrows ''and'' ForeheadOfDoom
* ChildhoodFriend: Mikato's
** ChildhoodFriendRomance: He seems to be infatuated with her, which would certainly explain why he sees Nakoruru as a "bad influence"
* [[spoiler: HeIsAllGrownUp: [[img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121001163408/snk/images/e/e0/Mikato-hokute.jpg At the end of the game]].]]

!!Outada

* CoolOldGuy
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The well-respected leader of the Kamuikotan groups. He's the one who appoints Mikato as Nakoruru's apprentice, having sensed the girl's powers and wanting her to develop them.

[[/folder]]

------