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! Date Clan

!!UsefulNotes/DateMasamune
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-->Voiced by: Creator/KazuyaNakai (Japanese), Creator/KirbyMorrow (''Devil Kings''), Creator/RobertMcCollum (anime), Creator/ReubenLangdon (''Samurai Heroes'')

-> ''"Now give it all you've got and let me enjoy this!"''

Young, cool but HotBlooded leader of the Date clan from Oshu Province. He's out mostly to conquer the land and [[BloodKnight get on a good fight while he's at it]]. He's also a guy who values style, therefore his army look very [[{{Delinquents}} delinquentish]] and he likes spouting [[GratuitousEnglish Engrish]] speeches.

His ''[[{{Macekre}} Devil Kings]]'' counterpart's name was ''Azure Dragon''.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: The ''Ranse Ranbu'' manga made his hair white.
* AnachronismStew: In anime and manga, he plays a major role in the Battle of Okehazama. Historically, he hadn't even been born at the time.
* AnimalMotifs: Dragons, obviously. Though others with less respect for him, like Hideyoshi, will instead compare him to a snake.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassBiker: His [[CoolHorse horse]] has handlebars and ''Harley Davidson'' exhaust pipes... [[AnachronismStew in the Sengoku Era]].
** BadassArmFold: How he rides said horse.
** HandicappedBadass: In fact, it makes him even ''more'' badass than before!
* BandageBabe: After getting shot in season 1 and his second fight with Hideyoshi in season 2. The fangirls were pleased.
* BattleCry: Anime-only so far.
--> "Big Boss of Oshu, Date Masamune! ''Full speed ahead!''"
* BenevolentBoss: No one in the Date army gets left behind if he can help it. As Yukimura puts it, Masamune is loyal to his subordinates, and they in turn are loyal to him.
* BerserkButton: Harming his followers, ''especially'' Kojuro, will set Masamune off on a bout of UnstoppableRage. Case in point: the majority of Masamune's story path in ''[=SB2=]'' has him chasing after Hanbe for hurting Kojuro. Never mind that Hanbe was aiming for Masamune and Kojuro [[TakingTheBullet took the hit]], never mind that Kojuro was apparently only lightly harmed by said hit (he continues to follow Masamune for the remainder of the story), but just the fact that his faithful retainer was harmed at ''all'' set Masamune on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge which only ended when the entirety of the Toyotomi army had been crushed.
--> (At Kojuro's death) "You have ''no idea'' what you have just unleashed!"
** The anime makes the following the one time he loses his cool when dealing with Mitsuhide:
--> "You used someone as a shield, just so that you can finish him, along with your enemies, from behind? There are things that you should, and shouldn't do!"
* BloodKnight: He frequently takes on one-on-one battles just for the hell of it, whether they're necessary or not, to prove his strength.
* BossSubtitles: "Chief of Oshu"
** "Masamune Date - Ready to Party" for ''Samurai Heroes''.
* CallingYourAttacks: With Engrish to boot!
** '''JET-X!'''
** '''WAR DANCE!'''
** '''CRAZY STORM!'''
** '''PHANTOM DIVE!'''
** '''JUMPING JACK BREAKER!'''
* CatchPhrase: Masamune always loves a good "party" when he gets the chance. And though not to the point of VerbalTic, he does sometimes end his sentences with the phrase "you see?"
* CoolHorse: Anime-only. It's not just any CoolHorse, but a ''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Motor]]''-Horse.
* TheCharmer: He's charismatic enough that most characters can't help but be drawn to him. From the third game, Magoichi seems to bring out the smooth-talker in him too.
-->'''Masamune:''' "Go easy on me now, boss lady..."
* DeadpanSnarker: Sometimes, usually when he's threatening someone, but also jokingly too.
--> "We wouldn't want anyone else with a scary face like yours hanging around now would we, Kojuro?"
** In the anime dub he rarely says anything that ''isn't'' snarky.
* DefiantToTheEnd: In the anime, when Nobunaga threatens to stab his eye out, Masamune tells him to go on and try it.
* {{Determinator}}: In [[spoiler:season 2's finale]]. Gets thrown through several walls, nearly strangled to death, is shoved into a stone castle wall and punched so hard that the whole castle is destroyed and collapses ''on top of him''. He still manages to defeat the BigBad.
** Made even worse in the ''Samurai Legends'' manga, where Hideyoshi [[DramaticDislocation dislocates Masamune's shoulder]] (forcing him to fix it himself to keep fighting) and almost drowns him.
* DualWielding: How about wielding six swords at once instead of just two swords, HA? Or six [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Alastors]], heh?
* {{Expy}}: Personality-wise, he's one of Dante of the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' series, and, while he lacks guns, some of his moves resemble DMC moves, such as Stinger and High Time. As well as having Alastor as his weapons in the earlier games and the above-mentioned ActorAllusion, he even gets a Dante costume (complete with white hair and Alastor) as DLC in the fourth game.
* EyepatchOfPower: Masamune is the current '''[[Pantheon/PersonalAppearance God of Eyepatches]]'''.
* EyeScream: Masamune's missing eye had to be gouged out in his youth. In the anime Nobunaga tries to gouge out his ''other eye'' during their FinalBattle.
* FriendlyEnemy: When they're not feeling compelled to try and kill each other, he and Yukimura seem to get along fine. Then again, they also genuinely enjoy fighting each other.
* FullNameBasis: Always calls Yukimura by his full name.
** He has switched to FirstNameBasis once or twice during their climactic final duel.
** He's also switched to LastNameBasis when he's angry with him.
* GetBackHereBoss: There will always be a stage where you have to get in a horse race with him (since the Date are expert horsemen and he lives in the mountains), making it to the goal before he does. The same applies to Kojuro, though in his case the goal is to kill him before he reaches Masamune.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: He does his fair share of cursing, even though it's in [[ForeignCussWord English]].
* GratuitousEnglish: Masamune ''loves'' his Gratuitous English.
-->'''Masamune:''' "ARE YOU READY GUYS?!"
-->'''Lackeys:''' "Yeah!"
-->'''Masamune:''' "PUT YA GUNS ON!"
* GrinOfAudacity: Usually flashes a crazy grin when he's enjoying himself. His [[SuperDeformed chibi]] in the ''Mini Sengoku Basara'' shorts often features one.
* HellishPupils: For no apparent reason, aside from his association with dragons. Not present in the anime.
** They also show up quite a bit in fanart, along with his having an eye of gold.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The historical Masamune was certainly much more ruthless, but... hey, this is ''Basara''.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: It's [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/Date_Masamune02.jpg rather doubtful]] that the real Masamune was as maddeningly attractive as this one...
** Time for a historical fun fact! Some time ago, Date Masamune's remains were dug up and measured. He was approx 159cm tall. Not much, considering most of his fangirls are taller. But it was the average height during his time.
* HomoeroticSubtext: His retainer Kojuro and rival Yukimura are the most prevalent, but Motochika, Ieyasu, and Katsuie are also noticeable. He's [[LauncherOfAThousandShips shipped]] with everyone though.
* HotBlooded: Yukimura influences him.
-->"Guess I got a little too heated up. I gotta stay cool."
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: Has to pick himself up and recover his former reputation after Mitsunari delivers his first crushing defeat in ''[=SB3=]''.
* ICanStillFight: Does this in the anime after [[spoiler:his soldiers are kidnapped]]. Despite having been shot only hours earlier, he acts like everything's okay and decides to stage a rescue attempt. Kojuro knows he is in no condition to go anywhere and knocks him out (not without a duel first, however).
** Does it again in the second season when he attempts to fight Hideyoshi in a rather ragged condition. It goes about as well as you could expect (well, a little better, considering Hideyoshi spared his life).
* IndyPloy: Although he does come up with strategies, Masamune seems to find it more fun to charge in first and make things up as he goes along.
* InvincibleHero: He shows huge signs of this in the second season of the anime. Not so much in the games, where consequences of his defeat by Mitsunari Ishida shape his storyline for the third game (and his overall role in the plot is much less significant).
* JapanesePronouns: 'Ore'
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's a great guy underneath that cocky, disrespectful teenage BloodKnight persona. Honestly.
* LargeHam: Becomes loud and boisterous whenever he's fired up. He especially likes making a [[IncomingHam big entrance]].
* JackOfAllStats: In the games. Average attack, average defense, average attack speed, average reach. Has a good mixture of {{Spam Attack}}s, powerful single strikes, dash attacks, a ranged attack, and a SuperMode that turns him into a temporary GlassCannon.
* JapaneseDelinquents: A whole army of them.
* KamehameHadoken: Masamune's [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Hell Dragon"]] skill. As a bonus, it appears to be [[ShoutOUt modelled after]] [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu's]] [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIII Denjin Hadoken]].
* MrFanservice: The fans go absolute ''crazy'' over him and Capcom damn well know it. How else do you explain his amount of fanservice steadily increasing since the first game?
** In the anime he tends to get beaten up just so he can walk around in bandages for a while.
* MyHorseIsAMotorbike: His black horse from the anime is TropeNamer. However, it's not a real motorbike, just a horse with handlebars.
* TheNicknamer: In the anime dub. Examples include "Kid" and "Red" for Yukimura, "Flower Boy" for Keiji, "Muttonchops" for Hideyoshi, and "Captain Lavender" for Motochika.
* PetTheDog: He has his moments with [[MoralityPet Itsuki]] and [[TheIngenue Tsuruhime]] in the games, and [[TheWoobie Oichi]] in the anime. Seems he can't leave a girl in distress alone.
** Off the battlefield he also has his moments with Yukimura, surprisingly.
* RedBaron: The One-Eyed Dragon and the Big Boss of Oshu. It turns out that Kojuro gave him the latter one.
** As of ''4'', he's now calling himself the Dragon King. [[spoiler:Although he ditches it for Big Boss again at the end of his normal route]].
* TheRival[=/=]WorthyOpponent: Towards Yukimura.
* RousingSpeech: They certainly inspire his troops.
-->'''"LET'S PARTY!"'''
* TheScream: Happens at least in the third manga [[spoiler:when Mitsunari slaughters a good portion of his army and severely injures Kojuro. Complete with bloody backround]]. Rather cruel turnpoint for the previously cocky and invincible One-Eyed Dragon. [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/sengoku_basara_3_roar_of_dragon/v01/c005/45.html See it here.]]
* SecretStabWound: When he is shot in the stomach at Nagashino, he successfully hides the injury until several miles from the battlefield, only revealing himself by ''fainting'' and falling off his horse.
** Not only that, it was implied that he spent half the journey ''unconscious''. That's right, he was on his way back to Oshu ''[[BadAss while he wasn't even awake]]''.
* ShirtlessScene: Anime Episode 8. He [[ArtShift got muscular]] just for the occasion.
* ShockAndAwe
* SmokingIsCool: In the ''Samurai Legends'' manga he occasionally smokes a pipe and has since done so in quite a lot of doujins and fanart.
* SuperMode: The Six Claws stance, which gives him a more powerful moveset, though he sacrifices the ability to defend.
* TakeOverTheWorld: His ultimate goal, although unlike Nobunaga or Hideyoshi he bears no ill will and wants to make it a place of peace.
* ThereWasADoor: "Ah, sorry, I forgot to knock!"
* ThisCannotBe: If you beat him during the horse race, he says this in Engrish for good measure.
* TrashTalk: Does plenty of this, even when it's not in his best interests. If Masamune's not taunting them, you can assume he respects his opponent.
** It gets him in trouble when he insults Hideyoshi's memory in front of Mitsunari, a dangerous man by anyone's standards, who goes mad with rage and promptly hunts Masamune down. Then Masamune digs himself even deeper by taunting Mitsunari.
* WolverineClaws: He does the trope one better by wielding ''three'' Dragon Claws in ''each hand''.
* WouldHitAGirl: When speaking with Naotora, Masamune claims that he'll take down anyone who challenges him, whether they be man or woman.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: According to WordOfGod, he's only about '''19'''.
** He also deliberately tries to look mature in comparison to Yukimura who, despite being only a couple years younger, gets treated like a child by Masamune.
-->'''Masamune''': (To Yukimura) [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Age before beauty, kid."]]

!!Katakura Kojuro
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-->Voiced by: Creator/ToshiyukiMorikawa (Japanese), Creator/TravisWillingham (English)

-> ''"I am prepared for anything."''

Masamune's NumberTwo, retainer and overall right-hand man, introduced as an NPC in ''Sengoku Basara 2''. Loyal, devoted and extremely protective of his master, and serves as a calmer counterpoint to the HotBlooded Masamune. He is arguably [[RuleOfCool just as cool]] though.
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* AdaptationDyeJob: The franchise can't seem to agree whether his hair is black or brown.
* AlliterativeName: Only in English (since in Japanese it's "ka" and "ko").
* {{Badass}}
** BadassLongcoat
** BadassInDistress: He spends most of season 2 of the anime as a Toyotomi captive.
** SubmissiveBadass: To the point other characters suggest he should be the commander. However Kojuro will chose no other way of life except to serve Masamune.
* BossSubtitles: "Kojuro Katakura - Doing Work"
* DemotedToExtra: Becomes an NPC once again in ''[=SB3=]'' after only becoming playable for an expansion and PSP game. Then he's playable once more in ''Utage''.
** Also in the ''Ranse Ranbu'' manga, at least in the first volume. Partially justified as it was based on the first game (and he appeared in the second one).
* {{Determinator}}: According to Ieyasu, he should have been dead long before deciding to take on the entire Tokugawa army. And he's still standing afterwards.
* DiagonalCut: One of his favoured moves.
* FaceOfAThug: He's very intimidating, and looks it too, but underneath he's righteous and quite kind-hearted.
-->'''Itsuki''': "Your face might be scary, but really you're a good person."
* GoodOldFisticuffs: In Berserk Mode he can also attack with punches and kicks. His hand-to-hand combat skills are shown to be devastating in the anime.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: The scar on his face. We're never told how he got it.
* HomoeroticSubtext: He is ''utterly'' devoted to Masamune and would rather die than let him come to harm.
* HotMenAtWork: Quite frequently subject to this, due to his passion for vegetables.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: About the only ''aversion'' in the whole series; Kojuro wields a traditional daisho, a katana/wakizashi pair, in the traditional samurai manner.
* InvincibleHero: If Masamune can't fight a certain opponent, rest assured that he will pwn them for him. It's inevitable. Just ask [[spoiler:Mitsuhide]], [[spoiler:Hisahide]] and [[spoiler:Hanbe]]...
* JapanesePronouns: 'Ore'
* {{Keigo}}: He only uses it around Masamune, Kenshin and Shingen. Otherwise he talks like a gangster.
* LoveBubbles: In ''Mini Sengoku Basara'', when taking care of [[CargoShip his vegetables]].
* {{Mangst}}: If he angsts at all, it's quietly and sternly, and he never lets it get in the way of everyday life.
** In his ''[=SB4=]'' ending, [[spoiler:he cries a SingleTear.]]
* MeditationPowerup: Routinely meditates for a moment during his taunt.
* MyGreatestFailure: In the anime, he sees his inability to protect his lord at the Battle of Nagashino as this.
* NamedWeapons: His katana, the Black Dragon.
* NiceGuy: Outside the battlefield or Masamune's service, he spends his time with townsfolk helping them harvest the rice fields.
** BewareTheNiceOnes
* NumberTwo: He actually seems to be far more involved in day-to-day running of the province, and there's also the implication that he's stronger than Masamune.
* OlderSidekick: Has a good ten years on his master, yet follows him devotedly and (mostly) without question.
* PapaWolf: Dare to hurt Masamune or his subordinates, and Kojuro will destroy you.
* PerpetualFrowner: The number of times he's been caught smiling can be counted on one hand.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: His strength is renewed during the ''Utage'' story mode thanks to [[spoiler:the souls of his dead troops bonding together to help]].
* PrecisionFStrike: Kojuro drops a pretty blunt one of these when he enters Slaughter Mode in ''2'':
-->'''Koujuro:''' "I'll fucking kill you."
** In fact, he drops them a bit ''too'' often...
--> '''Kojuro:''' "Hey you, don't be fucking around now."
* RealMenWearPink: His hobby is vegetable gardening, and no one even attempts to mock him for it. He takes it [[SeriousBusiness very seriously]].
* RedBaron: The Dragon's Right Eye.
* TheRival: His designated rival is Hisahide, though Kojuro sees him as more of an ArchNemesis.
** As of ''Sengoku Basara 4'', Sasuke is Kojuro's official rival. Hanbe also returns as a rival in the same way as he was in ''2''.
* ShockAndAwe
* TheSouthpaw: Is notably the only left-handed character in the series.
* SwordBeam: "Narukami", one of his most powerful attacks, which can also be upgraded. Employs this in the anime to defeat Matsunaga and [[spoiler:Mitsuhide]].
* SwordDrag: When in Berserk Mode he does this constantly, which displays his marked lack of composure. In the anime he uses it to intimidate Hanbe and some mooks.
* SwordPlant: He plants his katana in the ground before doing a surprise attack with his other sword.
* TeamDad: He constantly worries about Masamune's antics and acts as his voice of reason.
* UndyingLoyalty
* UnstoppableRage: After [[ManipulativeBastard Hisahide]] steals Masamune's swords, kidnaps some Date troops and injures Masamune, he sends [[{{Ninja}} Fuma]] out to intercept Kojuro, who's so pissed he enters "Berserk Mode" and proceeds to completely [[CurbStompBattle brutalize]] him.
** And in season 2, [[spoiler:after escaping Toyotomi, he hunts down Hanbe to make him pay for cutting Masamune's back.]]
* WiserAdvisor: Far more level-headed and cautious than Masamune, who he tries to keep in check and teach about the ways of war. Also comes up with all the army's battle strategies.
* {{Yakuza}}: His whole attitude is based on this concept. In ''Heroes'' his alternate design took this further, complete with tattoos.

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