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! Takeda Clan

!!UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen
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-->Voiced by: Creator/TesshoGenda (Japanese), Mark Gibbon (''Devil Kings''), Creator/ChrisAyres (anime), Creator/{{Michael McConnohie}} (''Samurai Heroes'')

->''"I, Shingen, will become a tiger ruling over Heaven and Earth!"''

Head of the Takeda from Kai Province, a HotBlooded old man whose fist sets things on fire. He is also known for his strategic genius too, being the rival of Uesugi "God of War" Kenshin. He has something like a father-son relationship with Yukimura. Wields a huge, mean axe on fire, and is too awesome for one horse so he rides two instead.

He is known in ''Devil Kings'' as ''Red Minotaur''.
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* AnAxeToGrind : And it's large enough to cause [[BlowYouAway tornadoes]] when swung.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassArmFold: Does this when he means business. Even during his death animation.
* BaldOfAwesome: Usually hidden under his helmet.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Has apparently trained himself to be strong enough to lift buildings over his head.
* CoolOldGuy: Masamune calls him this practically word-for-word at one point.
* DemotedToExtra: Is an NPC in ''4,'' but isn't PutOnABus, unlike in ''3.''
* EccentricMentor: The "Manstravaganza" episodes really hammer it home. Perhaps all that testosterone affected his brain?
* AFatherToHisMen: His troops care a lot about him, he has their total respect, and seems to think of Yukimura in a fatherly way.
** ParentalSubstitute: He raised Yukimura from a young age and takes full responsibility for his training and upkeep.
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Repeatedly. Leading to...
** PunchedAcrossTheRoom: For Yukimura.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Used comically in the anime, since Yukimura is too dense (or loyal) to take it as a sign he should ''run for his life''.
* HeroicSpirit: One stage in ''[=SB4=]'' has Shingen yelling at a progressively more injured Yukimura to get better until he picks himself up again.
* HotBlooded: Almost as much as Yukimura in fact. It's enough to set the surrounding area aflame with manliness!
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: As he prepares to finish Kenshin in the movie, he thanks him for all the years of worthy battle he provided him.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Washi'
* LargeAndInCharge: He's one of the tallest and most muscular characters, and considered one of the most influential in Japan.
* LargeHam: When you get as fired up as he does, merely shouting isn't gonna cut it. He's also a master of {{Kiai}}.
* MegatonPunch: Woe is anybody who happens to come into contact with his fist (except [[MadeOfIron Yukimura]]).
* MightyGlacier
* NemeanSkinning: Whether he killed the original owner or not, Shingen wears that tiger skin shirt with pride.
* NiceHat: His helmet is covered in a long, red mane which has a tendency to dramatically flap in the wind. It also has a pair of huge horns.
* NoIndoorVoice: He only seems to use his quiet voice when he's outside...
* [[spoiler:TheObiWan: In ''Basara 3'', losing him is a major part of Yukimura's arc.]]
** [[spoiler:This almost happens in the first anime season as well, but he recovered. [[MentorOccupationalHazard Then it happens in the movie too]].]]
* PassingTheTorch: In ''[=SB4=]'' he decides to test Yukimura by entrusting him with command of the Takeda army, though he's still around to take care of business when needed.
* PlayingWithFire
* PutOnABus: Fell ill in the third game, omitting him from the playable cast. He returns fully well and playable in ''Utage''.
** UnexplainedRecovery: So how did he beat that crippling illness? [[HandWave He's just that awesome]].
--> "You thought I was dead? HAHAHAHA!"
* RatedMForManly
* RedBaron: The Tiger of Kai.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the Red Oni for Kenshin's Blue Oni.
* TheRival[=/=]WorthyOpponent: To Kenshin.
* SayMyName: "YUKIMURA!" "OYAKATA-SAMA!!" "YUKIMURA!!!" "OYAKATA-SAMA!!!". Punching in-between is optional.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: The manly man to Kenshin's sensitive guy.
* SuperMode: His Furinkazan mode in ''Utage''.
* TrainingFromHell: Yukimura believes that all the constant punching and shouting is actually ''a form of training''.
** Which, to be fair, [[FridgeBrilliance it may very well be]]. He tries to educate Yukimura to prepare him for the day he will take over as leader of the Takeda army. He's just a bit... eccentric about it.
* UpUpAndAway: His Season 2 OVA introduction. So wait, [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands when did Shingen learn to fly]]?
* WarriorPoet: In the anime, after roasting Ujimasa, Shingen pays proper tribute to his fallen adversary by reciting some verses.
* WouldHitAGirl: Has no qualms punching Naotora in the face. She started it though.

!!UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura
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-->Voiced by: Creator/SoichiroHoshi (Japanese), Creator/AndrewFrancis (''Devil Kings''), JohnnyYongBosch (English)

->''"There is a time when a real man cannot back down, and that time is now!"''

Takeda Shingen's most loyal vassal and HotBlooded to a fault, he charges fearlessly into battle with two spears...[[RuleOfCool which he dual wields.]] He's also the long-term rival of Date Masamune, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience whose blue colors are a distinct contrast to Yukimura's red.]]

Goes by the name ''Scorpio'' in ''[[{{Macekre}} Devil Kings]]''.

Ascended to the Tropes Pantheon as the '''God of Fearless Soldiers''' in the [[Pantheon/{{War}} House of War]].
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* {{Badass}}
** BadassAdorable: Especially in the anime where he skirts being [[{{Moe}} moe]] even when fighting.
** BadassLongcoat: Gets one in the movie. At one point it [[TheCoatsAreOff comes off]].
** BadassInDistress: In season 2 Oichi's demon hands get a hold of him, and, not wanting to attack her, he spends some time being manhandled before eventually fighting them off. More importantly, it was a great opportunity to [[FanService have the demon hands roam over his naked torso]] while he [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything makes rather suggestive facial expressions]].
*** It happens again later on in the season when Motonari pins him to a giant mirror. He's almost burned to death before breaking free. And again with the groaning in pain...
* BattleButler: Yukimura lives to serve Takeda Shingen and has the ambition of a shoe. Shingen [[DopeSlap tries to educate him otherwise]], noting that he will one day grow old and have to learn to take his place.
** In the anime he seems to finally learn the lesson. As Shingen amusedly notes, by the end Yukimura pretty much ''orders'' him to keep out of the last fight.
-->"My lord, I'm not going to be a tiger cub forever! One day ''I'm'' going to be the Tiger of Kai!"
* BattleCry: Anime only so far.
-->"[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Perfect! Spear! Of conquest!]] Sanada Yukimura is here!"
* BenevolentBoss: Even though he's only a ninja, Yukimura would die for Sasuke's sake, and states it is his duty to protect his subordinates.
* {{Bishounen}}: Over time he's developed much more delicate features than some of the manlier characters.
* BossSubtitles: "Yukimura Sanada - Willing and Able"
* BreakTheCutie: Sort of, in the second season of the anime. Starting with losing to Masamune, he's sent on an important mission where his compassion and sense of honor leads him to make some bad decisions resulting in losing soldiers he's responsible for, leading to HeroicBSOD. Lampshaded by none other than Masamune who notes that purity and innocence won't get him too far in this era.
** Fortunately he seems to overcome it eventually and come out of it stronger and with new found self-confidence.
* CatchPhrase: "'''Burn, my soul!'''"
* ChasteHero: Doesn't know the first thing about sex, romance or relationships, and gets incredibly flustered whenever anyone mentions such things.
** Hilariously, in the ''Samurai Legends'' manga, Keiji manages to put him off love even more by telling him it [[LoveHurts "makes your chest hurt, your heart race, and keeps you up at night"]]. Yukimura replies that all of those things sound horrible.
** Although, by the third game, he seems to like the idea of getting married.
** Played to hilarious effect in the fourth game, where Masamune implies he and [[DoesNotLikeMen Naotora]] have a thing going on in the Osaka: Dragon-Tiger Formation stage. Yukimura and Naotora tag together to scold Masamune, with the latter only replying with "...What?".
* ChewingTheScenery: About 80% of his lines are shouted with scenery-crunching fervency, and it's clear at the live shows that Hoshi is ready to lose his voice or pass out by the end of it.
* CompositeCharacter: This version of Yukimura shares many traits with Shingen's RealLife son Katsuyori, such as: Shingen appointed him to lead the Takeda in his absence, his carelessness and tendency to be impatient, and him almost jeopardising the clan in ''Utage'' (Katsuyori almost led the Takeda to destruction at the Battle of Nagashino).
* DemotedToExtra: As of ''Sengoku Basara 4'' he's no longer a poster boy, with the more popular Mitsunari taking his place as main character and Masamune's rival. Eventually subverted, since the rivalry is still very much present, and it even gets an exclusive {{Leitmotif}}.
* {{Determinator}}: Ok, if stopping ''a freaking mobile castle on wheels'' with only your ''spears'' (and huge BattleAura) doesn't count...
* DualWielding: With two spears! [[RuleOfCool TWO SPEARS!]] Or if that's not crazy enough, there's two [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Sparda Swords]], you read that right, [[{{BFS}} TWO]] [[InfinityPlusOneSword SPARDA]] [[CoolSword SWORDS!]]
* FearlessFool: In the early days. Shingen [[DopeSlap beats]] it out of him eventually.
* FriendlyEnemy: Yukimura has great respect for Masamune, and they work very well together as a team. Their [[HomoeroticSubtext developing friendship]] and rivalry is one of the main focuses of the anime.
* HeroicBSOD: Happens in the anime [[spoiler:after Shingen is supposedly killed]]. Masamune and Kojuro are forced to knock some sense into him with a manly RousingSpeech. Also occurs in ''Samurai Heroes'' for the exact same reason. Ends in relatively the same way.
** Also in the second season of the anime, after he loses an important retainer (as well as half of his army) due to some bad decisions he had made.
* HeroicSpirit: Even Mori has compared his spirit to a fire that burns hotter than the sun itself.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sanada_Yukimura.jpg Really?]]''
* HomoeroticSubtext: With Masamune, Sasuke and sometimes even Shingen. Though like Masamune he's [[LauncherOfAThousandShips shipped with practically every other male character]].
* HotBlooded: Hell yes. One of his in-game lines even has him scream it at the top of his voice to get himself worked up.
* IdiotHero: Yukimura's not really stupid - on the contrary, he's well spoken and educated - but he's very naive, 100% direct, doesn't think before he acts, and seldom seems to learn from his mistakes.
* IncendiaryExponent: His feet have the ability to catch fire and kick your face in.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Sessha'[=/=]'Soregashi'[=/=]'Ware', sometimes 'Ore'.
* {{Keigo}}: Yukimura is notable for his very archaic and humble speech patterns (unlike Masamune or Keiji). He addresses ''everyone'' with respectful [[JapaneseHonorifics honorifics (such as "-dono")]] and punctuates his sentences with "de gozaimasuru" and "de gozaru", both very old and self-effacing versions of "desu". The only one he doesn't talk like that with is Sasuke, who is effectively his retainer, and he's been known to drop the keigo when he's supremely pissed.
* LargeHam
-->'''Yukimura''':'' "OYAKATA-SAMA!"
-->'''Shingen''': "YUKIMURA!"
-->[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4NfhXoqTG0&feature=related OBSERVE!]]
** In the dub, replace "OYAKATA-SAMA" with "YOUR LORDSHIP!"
* LeeroyJenkins: Yukimura generally does not think that plans more complicated than "charge at the enemy head-on" are very honorable. His very first [[DopeSlap educative punch]] by Shingen in the anime is for this sort of thinking.
** In one drama [=CD=] he accompanies Sasuke on a mission, and is outraged at his plan of sneaking in and doing the job under cover. Sasuke has to remind him that he's a ''ninja'' and sneaky attacks are his class's forte. And even then Yukimura gleefully ignores the plan, charges in spears blazing, and has to be dragged away by Sasuke.
* MadeOfIron: He gets punched by Shingen, a man who can create tornadoes with one swing, on a daily basis, and gets away with minor injuries.
** At one point in the anime a MegatonPunch by Shingen apparently ''cures'' his broken arm.
** ''Tiger's Blood'' has Yukimura recovering from horrible sword wounds in just a week, at which point Sasuke gives up and declares him immortal.
* MrFanservice: Girls love his chest revealing jacket... also his anime design and the newest releases of official figures aren't helping him much by [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yukimura_9446.jpg exposing his pelvic bones.]]
* JackOfAllStats: Edging towards FragileSpeedster[=/=]GlassCannon. He has less attack and defence than Masamune and no ranged attacks, but his attack and movement speeds and his reach are higher and (in the third game) he has the ability to {{Combo}} near infinitely due to finishing all his ground attacks with a forward dash.
* MartialArtsHeadband: Flaps dramatically in the wind. Also plays an important part in the anime finale.
* NiceGuy: Yukimura uses ridiculously polite and respectful language most of the time, even to enemies and subordinates.
* NoIndoorVoice: Except when he's [[ContemplateOurNavels ruminating]].
** In the second game, Yukimura's shouting made Mitsuhide want to kill him just to get some peace and quiet.
* NotSoDifferent: While the gallant, good-hearted Yukimura's alliance with Mitsunari might seem strange, they face similar situations in ''[=SB3=]''; their beloved masters dead or dying, responsibility thrust upon them, and Ieyasu (partially) to blame. In ''Tiger's Blood'', Yukimura reflects that Mitsunari is what he could have become if tipped over the edge, and feels duty bound to help him. Both of them are also incredibly honest and don't know how to give up.
* ParentalAbandonment: A drama CD reveals that his father is dead, and his mother is never mentioned.
* PlayingWithFire
* RecurringDreams: In the third game he repeatedly has a dream in which he is drowning and hearing voices. [[ChekhovsGun It becomes important later on]].
* RedBaron: The Young Tiger, Red Tiger or the Tiger's Cub, after his master.
* TheRival[=/=] WorthyOpponent: To Masamune.
* SayMyName: '''"OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!"'''
** He also has a tendency to bark Sasuke's name whenever he's about to request something ridiculous of him.
** And then there's the "DAAATEE MAASAAAMUUUNEEEE" "SAANAADAA YUKIIIMUUURRAAAAA" call, when he and Masamune get down to it.
* ScreamingWarrior: Good grief, boy's got some lungs!
** In a seiyuu event where they had to switch roles for a few scenes, the seiyuu who voiced Yukimura said they now felt sorry for Hoshi.
* ShipperOnDeck: In the anime, he firmly supports Sasuke's "engagement" with Kasuga. This is strange, considering his normal reaction to any mention of love, but Sasuke is the closest thing he has to a friend.
* ShortHairWithTail: An odd combination done with spiky ShounenHair and a sleek ponytail.
* SkilledButNaive: The reason Yukimura's not considered one of the strongest opponents around is that, while he has lots of potential, he simply hasn't had enough battle experience.
* SticksToTheBack: His spears, apparently.
* SweetTooth: Extra material gave him a fondness for dango, which the fandom then turned into his TrademarkFavouriteFood. In the second game the Maedas were able to bribe him with sweets.
* TookALevelInBadass: Played in ''Samurai Heroes''.
** Also happens in the second season of the anime, as a result of him overcoming his HeroicBSOD.
* UndyingLoyalty
* UnusualEyebrows: The fiery sort in the games and the anime, but they're normal in his manga incarnations. Also, the fork is in a different place in the games (at the root of his eyebrows) and in the anime (at the end of his eyebrows).
* WalkingShirtlessScene: According to WordOfGod, it was a last-minute RuleOfCool decision.
* WouldntHitAGirl: He's very chivalrous and seems initially reluctant to fight girls. Funnily enough, by the fourth game one of his main rivals is Naotora (then again, she's a tomboy).
* YouShallNotPass: Spoken word for word as he tries to hold off [[spoiler: Mori's Sun fortress]].
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Less extreme a case than Masamune, but it can still come as a surprise that he's only 17. Explains his IdiotHero tendencies somewhat.

!!UsefulNotes/SarutobiSasuke
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-->Voiced by: TakehitoKoyasu (Japanese), David Orth (''Devil Kings''), MichaelSinterniklaas (English)

->''"You should be glad, having a nice guy like me as your opponent."''

One of the Sanada Ten Braves, he is a ninja in the service of Takeda and often assists Yukimura. Sasuke is a jovial and laid back ninja, which puts him at odds with Kasuga, with whom he shares a friendly rivalry (though she doesn't look at it that way). However when the time calls, [[LetsGetDangerous he can be deadly serious.]]

He is called ''Talon'' in ''Devil Kings''.
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* AlliterativeName
* {{Badass}}
* BeleagueredAssistant: Being forced to look after a hyperactive teenager who refuses to listen to his advice seems to have affected Sasuke's ability to care.
* BerserkButton: The one time so far he's issued an [[IllKillYou outright death-threat]] is in ''[=SB3=]'', after his defeat during the Osaka Summer Siege, because he knows that Yukimura's up next.
* BigBrotherMentor: Occasionally has moments like this with the younger, sheltered Yukimura.
* BossSubtitles: "Sasuke Sarutobi - Reporting for Duty"
* BridalCarry: Does it multiple times in the anime. Rescuing people basically becomes his trademark.
* CharacterTics: Has a peculiar habit of assuming a half sitting, half standing position where he balances on one leg and rests the other on his opposite knee. Just how he manages to hold this position for long periods of time is a mystery.
* CollaredByFashion: His [[BuffySpeak poncho-thing]] has a big collar, sometimes shown covering his mouth, giving him a shadier look.
* CreepyCrows: Has a crow familiar he uses to glide on, befitting the shadow element.
* [[spoiler:DarkAndTroubledPast]]: Implied. All we know is that '''[[AtopAMountainOfCorpses a lot]]''' of people died.
* DarkIsNotEvil: One of the few examples in the series.
* DemotedToExtra: Like Kojuro he's an NPC in ''Sengoku Basara 3''. And back to a PC in ''Utage''.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Despite the fact that Kasuga has tried to kill him a couple of times, he still attempts to win her heart.
* DopplegangerAttack: Both his Basara attack and his Shadow Clone technique. By holding down his attack commands, he can summon up Shadow Clones to add in an extra strike to his attacks.
* FacePalm: Whenever Yukimura does something really stupid. Which is quite often.
* FacialMarkings: Camouflage paint on his nose and cheeks.
* DualWielding FuumaShuriken: Uses them for both short and long range combat, since they're attached with RazorWire.
* GentlemanSnarker: A light-hearted example, though virtually everything he says is brimming with sarcasm. The only person exempt is Shingen, being his master and all.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: He hauls off and slaps Kasuga when she declares her intention to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Oda in the anime.
** He slaps Yukimura in ''Utage'' when he's being too indecisive and jeopardising the clan's survival.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Averted. He wears forest camouflage and is a master of stealth tactics, in contrast to the less careful Kasuga.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Sasuke sure does a lot more than would generally be expected of a ninja to keep his master from running off and getting himself and/or everyone else killed.
* IHaveTheHighGround: In the anime, notably, at one point he stands balanced on the very tip-top of a tall pine tree.
** In the games he's seen a couple of times perched on one of Yukimura's spears.
* JapanesePronouns: 'Ore'[=/=]'Ore-sama'
* JustWhistle: In the anime, Sasuke gives Kasuga a flute and tells her to blow on it should she need help. When the time does come to use it, rather than making him appear as she had hoped, it turns into a ''rocket-powered glider'' that carries her off. Turns out he was using Kasuga as a guinea-pig to test the latest ninja gear.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: In the anime dub after Yukimura describes how the fight with Masamune made him feel.
-->'''Sasuke''': [[DeadpanSnarker So he, uh, lights your fire does he?]]
* LetsGetDangerous: His ''Utage'' story mode is chock full of this. Even Masamune was caught off guard.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Becomes this to Yukimura in ''[=SB3=]'', who he has to encourage to do just about anything.
* {{Ninja}}
** NinjaLog: Uses this on Shingen when Kasuga attacks him during the ''Battle Heroes'' opening.
** FlashStep
** SuperSenses: He's able to see an incredibly long distance (including through walls), as well as apparently having a heightened sense of hearing and smell.
** WalkOnWater: In ''Utage'' he has a memorable cutscene battle with Kotaro out at sea.
* MesACrowd: Tends to employ shadow clones in fights. He also interacts with them for his own amusement.
* MasterOfDisguise: He has disguised himself as various people, including Yukimura, during Shingen's special "training". Of course, Yukimura [[IdiotHero doesn't suspect a thing]]...
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: In the anime Kasuga throws a kunai at his face, which he catches in his mouth and keeps smiling.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He's definitely a lot sharper and more well-informed than his lazy attitude lets on. He has to be, considering that by the third game he's practically running the Takeda clan.
* OlderSidekick: Although, as Mitsunari and Yoshitsugu point out, Sasuke behaves more like Yukimura's MOTHER than anything else.
* OnlySaneMan: Forced to put up with Shingen and Yukimura's crazy antics. Poor guy.
** And for the setting as well. In a WorldOfHam filled with some very kooky personalities, he's pretty grounded compared to most.
* PerpetualPoverty: Implied, since he's always asking Yukimura for a raise, [[RunningGag but never gets one]].
* TheRival: It varies between fellow ninja Kasuga and Kotaro and, in recent games, fellow devoted poster-boy sidekick Kojuro.
* SirSwearsALot: One of the only people in the English dub of ''Samurai Heroes'' to swear.
* StepfordSmiler: As much as he attempts to remain upbeat and comical, by ''Utage'' it's clear that Sasuke's finding it hard to cope with the pressure. [[spoiler:Yoshitsugu says that Sasuke possesses much despair.]]
* TheTease: Towards Kasuga, apparently just because he enjoys winding her up.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: [[spoiler:In ''Utage'' he reveals that he sees disposable people as nothing more than "monkeys".]]
* WildHair: [[http://bulk.destructoid.com/ul/user/4/45084-150700-basara3sasukebmp-620x.jpg Especially]] since the third game. He looks like some sort of rock star.

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